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You have to expect the raps when you have ...
by Irwin Shaw

You have to expect the raps when you have achieved popularity as a writer.
- Irwin Shaw

When I started out in the early 1930s,
there were a great many magazines that published short stories.
Unfortunately, the short-story market has dwindled to almost nothing.
- Irwin Shaw

The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about,
is almost always best left out.
- Irwin Shaw

Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life.
- Irwin Shaw

 

My views naturally have mellowed.
Most of the critics have been more or less nice to me.
- Irwin Shaw

The great writers just kept bringing them out.
They didn't care if they repeated themselves.
- Irwin Shaw

There are too many books I haven't read,
too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I
haven't kept long enough.
- Irwin Shaw

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Writers of fiction, when they begin,
are more likely to try the short form.
- Irwin Shaw

In a novel, it's hard to keep track of everybody.
- Irwin Shaw

I am forced to say that I have many fiercer critics than myself.
- Irwin Shaw

In America, we have the feeling of the doomed young artist.
Fitzgerald was the great example of that.
- Irwin Shaw

Writing is finally play, and there's no reason why
you should get paid for playing.
- Irwin Shaw

Isaac Singer was born in Poland and doesn't write in English.
Still, he's an American.
- Irwin Shaw

In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical
cord from the writer and talk in their own voices.
- Irwin Shaw

I imagine that my characters have become much more
complicated than when I first began,
which would be normal.
- Irwin Shaw

At the height of the McCarthy period,
writers were being hounded.
- Irwin Shaw

Every novelist has a different purpose -
and often several purposes which might even be contradictory.
- Irwin Shaw

I haven't stuck to any formula.
Most great writers stick to the same style,
but I wanted to be more various.
- Irwin Shaw

My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever.
- Irwin Shaw

I'm not as hopeful as I was when I was young.
- Irwin Shaw

Writing is like a contact sport, like football.
You can get hurt, but you enjoy it.
- Irwin Shaw

It's those damn critics again.
- Irwin Shaw

A writer has to live with a sense of honor.
- Irwin Shaw

If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do
for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship.
- Irwin Shaw

I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel.
What's an unpopular novel?
- Irwin Shaw

The writer works in a lonely way.
- Irwin Shaw

Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the
writer an acceptable public figure;
obviously,
he was no sissy.
- Irwin Shaw

I don't think that the writer is regarded as a freak by Americans.
- Irwin Shaw

A good editor understands what you're talking and writing
about and doesn't meddle too much.
- Irwin Shaw

I never show anything to anybody until I've finished it.
- Irwin Shaw

A writer is a human being.
He has to live with a sense of honor.
- Irwin Shaw

I've gone on the wagon, but my body doesn't believe it.
- Irwin Shaw

I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses
I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober.
- Irwin Shaw

I reach my readers regardless of what the critics have written.
- Irwin Shaw

Posterity makes the judgments.
There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody.
- Irwin Shaw

All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good
reviews and remember one bad one.
- Irwin Shaw

My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have
to read all my books to find out how they have.
- Irwin Shaw

No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it,
even if he doesn't get paid.
- Irwin Shaw

In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75.
- Irwin Shaw

Curiously, the United States is full of writers who
have one big work in their life and that's all.
- Irwin Shaw

People who light up like Roman candles come down in the dark very quickly.
- Irwin Shaw

Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got
invited to the White House.
- Irwin Shaw

You must avoid giving hostages to fortune,
like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house,
and a style of living that never lets you aford the
time to take the chance to write what you wish.
- Irwin Shaw

Special-interest magazines are dangerous places for
writers to start out in because the writing quickly
falls into a routine and people are likely to find
themselves artistically exhausted when they want to
work on something of their own.
- Irwin Shaw

An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment,
almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment,
both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment
he inflicts upon himself.
- Irwin Shaw

The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer
must suffer for his talent.
I think a writer is a citizen of humanity,
part of his nation, part of his family.
He may have to make some compromises.
- Irwin Shaw

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous


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