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Writing is making sense of life.
by Nadine Gordimer

Writing is making sense of life.
You work your whole life and perhaps you've made sense of one small area.
- Nadine Gordimer

The facts are always less than what really happened.
- Nadine Gordimer

Power is something of which I am convinced there is
no innocence this side of the womb.
- Nadine Gordimer

A desert is a place without expectation.
- Nadine Gordimer

 

From Ernest Hemingway's stories, I learned to listen
within my stories for what went unsaid by my characters.
- Nadine Gordimer

Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity.
- Nadine Gordimer

The creative act is not pure.
History evidences it.
Sociology extracts it.
The writer loses Eden, writes to be read and comes
to realize that he is answerable.
- Nadine Gordimer

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A child understands fear, and the hurt and hate it brings.
- Nadine Gordimer

Perhaps the best definition of progress would be the
continuing efforts of men and women to narrow the gap
between the convenience of the powers that be and the unwritten charter.
- Nadine Gordimer

I cannot live with someone who can't live without me.
- Nadine Gordimer

There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.
- Nadine Gordimer

The gap between the committed and the indifferent is
a Sahara whose faint trails,
followed by the mind's eye only, fade out in sand.
- Nadine Gordimer

Truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
- Nadine Gordimer

People give one another things that can't be gift wrapped.
- Nadine Gordimer

Time is change; we measure its passing by how much things alter.
- Nadine Gordimer

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can
earn much more money writing or talking about his art
than he can by practicing it.
- W. H. Auden

When I started writing fiction, I knew how good it was immediately.
- John Hawkes

I identified in a very deep way with the individuals
I was writing about because the theme that runs through
this story is of extraordinary hardship and the will to overcome it.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I cry, sometimes, because I'm not 20 years younger,
and I'm not healthy.
But if I were, I would even sacrifice my writing to enter politics.
- Oriana Fallaci

I'm addicted to creating and writing.
- Bret Michaels

Translation makes me look at how a poem is put together in a different way,
without the personal investment of the poem I'm writing myself,
but equally closely technically.
- Marilyn Hacker

For TV I don't think I could have gotten a better part
than Uncle Junior because of the intimacy of the character
based on David Chase's brilliant writing.
- Dominic Chianese

That's the best thing about writing,
when you're in that zone,
you're porous, ready to absorb the solution.
- Michael Chabon

Writing is like carrying a fetus.
- Edna O'Brien

When you're a songwriter and you click with someone,
you tend to want to keep writing with that person.
- Billy Sherwood

Writing can sometimes be exploitative.
I like to take a few steps of remove in order to respect
the privacy of the subject.
If readers make the link, they have engaged with the poem.
- John Barton

As an economics undergraduate, I also worked on a part-time basis in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, for a company that was advising customers
about portfolio decisions,
writing reports.
- Merton Miller

If you want to study writing, read Dickens.
That's how to study writing, or Faulkner,
or D.H.
Lawrence, or John Keats.
They can teach you everything you need to know about writing.
- Shelby Foote

The beautiful feeling after writing a poem is on the
whole better even than after sex,
and that's saying a lot.
- Anne Sexton

I have no interest in writing, directing or producing.
- Ted Shackelford

I've been to a lot of places and done a lot of things,
but writing was always first.
It's a kind of pain I can't do without.
- Robert Penn Warren

I instantly chucked my academic ambitions and began
writing fiction full-time.
- Peter Straub

But I'm so slow on it because I find it terribly hard
writing blind on computers.
The computer speaks to me, but it's just so slow,
I'm so terribly slow using it.
- Jack Vance

I am writing a book about the Crusades so dull that I can scarcely write it.
- Hilaire Belloc

Right now I just finished writing the music for a Rugrats
feature film and the third week of September I go to London,
and the Orchestra is going to perform the score.
- Mark Mothersbaugh

All I'm writing is just what I feel,
that's all.
I just keep it almost naked.
And probably the words are so bland.
- Jimi Hendrix

My first semester, I got a D in creative writing.
- Conrad Hall

Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained.
For those two hours he has been in a different place
with totally different people.
- Roald Dahl

We do very little re-writing in the office.
We often take on people who show great promise and
who we hope will develop into somebody important and someone good.
- James Laughlin

Although I like the work I've done in the past,
I like what I'm writing now even more.
- Cynthia Weil

If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing,
then the desire must be not to write.
- Hugh Prather

This means I must pay close attention to the writing,
but equally so to the scientific background -
which sometimes means doing fairly involved calculations.
- Stanley Schmidt

No, I have to really focus, especially when I'm writing
because I wanna be good at it.
- Tom Araya

I just have to proceed as usual.
No matter what happens, nothing helps with the writing of the next book.
- Frank McCourt

To me, all writing is like music.
And especially dialogue.
I studied music in college; that is what I wanted to be,
a composer.
Acting got me sidetracked.
- Dirk Benedict

I wish thee as much pleasure in the reading,
as I had in the writing.
- Francis Quarles

The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis.
- William Styron

Music is the doorway that has led me to drawing,
photography, and writing.
- Layne Staley

The software patent problem is not limited to Mono.
Software patents affect everyone writing software today.
- Miguel de Icaza

Southern poets are still writing narrative poems,
poems in forms, dramatic poems.
- Robert Morgan

I got out of college and I went to get my master's
in creative writing at San Francisco State.
I was working as an actor at the Actor's Workshop,
being abused as a intern.
- Peter Coyote

It's a discovery of a story when I write a book,
a case of inching ahead on each page and discovering
what's beyond in the darkness,
beyond where you're writing.
- Michael Ondaatje

I'm more interested in writing than in performing.
- Frank McCourt

Writing is like jazz.
It can be learned, but it can't be taught.
- Paul Desmond

I am 82 years old.
I imagine that I will keep on writing as long as anyone wants to keep reading.
- Tony Hillerman

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are a married man resident in Cuba,
you cannot get a passport to go to the next town without
your wife's permission in writing.
- Edward Burnett Tylor

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as
much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
- Booker T. Washington

There's a joy in writing short stories,
a wonderful sense of reward when you pull certain things off.
- Tobias Wolff


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