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Alice Munro Quotes and Sayings

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The complexity of things - the things within things -
just seems to be endless.
I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.
- Alice Munro

I can't play bridge.
I don't play tennis.
All those things that people learn, and I admire,
there hasn't seemed time for.
But what there is time for is looking out the window.
- Alice Munro

In twenty years I've never had a day when I didn't
have to think about someone else's needs.
And this means the writing has to be fitted around it.
- Alice Munro

In my own work, I tend to cover a lot of time and to
jump back and forward in time,
and sometimes the way I do this is not very straightforward.
- Alice Munro

 

That's something I think is growing on me as I get older:
happy endings.
- Alice Munro

Memory is the way we keep telling ourselves our stories -
and telling other people a somewhat different version of our stories.
- Alice Munro

I want the reader to feel something is astonishing.
Not the 'what happens,' but the way everything happens.
These long short story fictions do that best,
for me.
- Alice Munro

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Sometimes I get the start of a story from a memory,
an anecdote, but that gets lost and is usually unrecognizable in the final story.
- Alice Munro

The deep, personal material of the latter half of your life is your children.
You can write about your parents when they're gone,
but your children are still going to be here,
and you're going to want them to come and visit you in the nursing home.
- Alice Munro

The stories are not autobiographical,
but they're personal in that way.
I seem to know only the things that I've learned.
Probably some things through observation,
but what I feel I know surely is personal.
- Alice Munro

The march of science and technology does not imply
growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people.
It often means the opposite.
- Thomas Sowell

I think complexity is mostly sort of crummy stuff that
is there because it's too expensive to change the interface.
- Jaron Lanier

Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.
- Christopher Alexander

The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection
is the only theory we know of that is in principle
capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.
- Richard Dawkins

Armageddon is not around the corner.
This is only what the people of violence want us to believe.
The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future.
- Michael Palin

The sheer complexity of writing a play always had dazzled me.
In an effort to understand it, I became a critic.
- Kenneth Tynan

From time immemorial, man has desired to comprehend
the complexity of nature in terms of as few elementary concepts as possible.
- Abdus Salam

The complexity of the emotional life of the play is
what you live to work on.
- Marsha Mason

Afghan society is very complex, and Afghanistan has a very complex culture.
Part of the reason it has remained unknown is because of this complexity.
- Mohsen Makhmalbaf

This growth in the number, speed of formation,
permanence, delicacy and complexity of associations
possible for an animal reaches its acme in the case of man.
- Edward Thorndike

In my piano concerto I developed this polyphony to much higher complexity.
- Gyorgy Ligeti

The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity.
- Scott Turow

The orthogonal features, when combined,
can explode into complexity.
- Yukihiro Matsumoto

I don't really have preferred roles except those with some complexity.
- Richard Roxburgh

I have been interested in phenomena involving complexity,
diversity and evolution since I was a young boy.
- Murray Gell-Mann

Simplicity does not precede complexity,
but follows it.
- Alan Perlis

The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.
- Douglas Horton

The father's greatest folly is that he believes he
can be a much more simple person than he is;
he is not really able to deal with his own complexity as a human being.
- Atom Egoyan

We have a picture for how complexity arises,
because if the universe is computationally capable,
maybe we shouldn't be so surprised that things are
so entirely out of control.
- Seth Lloyd

And so from that, I've always been fascinated with
the idea that complexity can come out of such simplicity.
- Will Wright

Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down -
there have only been three or four SF movies in the
history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF.
- Dan Simmons

Fools ignore complexity.
Pragmatists suffer it.
Some can avoid it.
Geniuses remove it.
- Alan Perlis

The intellectual evolution of the race consists in
an increase in the number,
delicacy, complexity, permanence and speed of formation of such associations.
- Edward Thorndike

Complexity that works is built up out of modules that work perfectly,
layered one over the other.
- Kevin Kelly

We need to shift the paradigm from reactive technologies
to more integrative solutions that deal with the variety
and complexity of the threats that are out there today.
- John W. Thompson

Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

We're all complex human beings, and if some of that
complexity shows through,
I think it's advantageous for the movie.
- Jan de Bont

The Mozilla project is big in terms of lines of code and complexity.
- Mitchell Baker

Everything from airplanes to kitchen blenders and even
chopsticks comes with an instruction manual.
Children, despite all their complexity,
do not.
- Lawrence Kutner

I love to work.
I love to have complexity.
- Mary McDonnell

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life,
and the labors of life reduce themselves.
- Edwin Way Teale

What we call 'evil' doesn't necessarily deserve any
kind of respect or understanding,
by any means; it just deserves an acknowledgement of
its complexity so we can better understand it -
so we can help prevent it.
- Bryan Singer

Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time,
attention and mental energy.
There is never any justification for things being complex
when they could be simple.
- Edward de Bono

The Tax Code today is more complicated than ever,
and the very people on the Republican side who denounce
the Tax Code's complexity are the ones that put together
what they now call a convoluted monstrosity.
They put it into effect.
- Richard Neal

We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process
with no drive to complexity,
not the expected results of evolutionary principles
that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding
the mode of its own necessary construction.
- Stephen Jay Gould

We need a President who is not afraid of complexity,
who believes in an open and tolerant society,
and who knows that the world can be made new again -
and that President is Al Gore.
- Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg

The truly privileged theories are not the ones referring
to any particular scale of size or complexity,
nor the ones situated at any particular level of the predictive hierarchy,
but the ones that contain the deepest explanations.
- David Deutsch

I treat the photograph as a work of great complexity
in which you can find drama.
Add to that a careful composition of landscapes,
live photography, the right music and interviews with people,
and it becomes a style.
- Ken Burns

It doesn't matter how much you want.
What really matters is how much you want it.
The extent and complexity of the problem does not matter
was much as does the willingness to solve it.
- Ralph Marston

A graphic representation of data abstracted from the
banks of every computer in the human system.
Unthinkable complexity.
Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind,
clusters and constellations of data.
Like city lights, receding.
- William Gibson

Human beings, viewed as behaving systems,
are quite simple.
The apparent complexity of our behavior over time is
largely a reflection of the complexity of the environment
in which we find ourselves.
- Herbert Simon

My father taught me Basic and rudimentary C,
I learned everything else on my own,
including studying computational complexity on my own.
That's more a function of my age than anything else though -
back when I was in school there were hardly any programming classes.
- Bram Cohen

Today is your day to paint life in bold colors;
set today's rhythm with your heart-drum;
walk today's march with courage;
create today as your celebration of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward
is to move toward perfection.
March on, and fear not the thorns,
or the sharp stones on life's path.
- Khalil Gibran

I Walk Today's March With Courage.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

March to the beat of your own drum.
- Proverb

Today is my day to paint in bold colors,
set today's rhythm with my heart-drum,
walk today's march with courage,
create today as my celebration of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Wedding March always reminds me of the music
played when soldiers go into battle.
- Heinrich Heine

The truth is on the march and nothing will stop it.
- Emile Zola

It was one of those March days when the sun shines
hot and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light,
and winter in the shade.
- Charles Dickens

I was devastated by the loss of my job in March,
although I can understand why it occurred.
- Steven Hatfill

When you get to my age life seems little more than
one long march to and from the lavatory.
- A. C. Benson

Well, if they will not march with Paine,
they shall march under him.
- James Lick

The events of the day's march are now becoming so dreary
and dispiriting that one longs to forget them when we camp;
it is an effort even to record them in a diary.
- Robert Falcon Scott

Dr. David Livingstone left the Island of Zanzibar in March,
1866.
- Henry Morton Stanley

I was the first candidate to come out against this war,
spoke at every anti-war march.
- Al Sharpton

I appeal to you as a soldier to spare me the humiliation
of seeing my regiment march to meet the enemy and I not share its dangers.
- George Armstrong Custer

Every life is a march from innocence,
through temptation, to virtue or vice.
- Lyman Abbott

Don't ever become a pessimist...
a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist,
but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.
- Robert A. Heinlein

The whole order of nature evinces a progressive march towards a higher life.
- H. P. Blavatsky

Hand in hand with nationalist economic isolationism,
militarism struggles to maintain the sovereign state
against the forward march of internationalism.
- Christian Lous Lange


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