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Ann Patchett Quotes and Sayings

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I don't write for an audience, I don't think whether my book will sell,
I don't sell it before I finish writing it.
- Ann Patchett

I can write for any magazine now, in any voice.
I can do it in two hours, I could do it in my sleep,
it's like writing a grocery list.
- Ann Patchett

People gave me such a bad time about wanting a baby.
I didn't want a baby, and I still don't.
I wanted a dog.
- Ann Patchett

I think people become consumed with selling a book
when they need to be consumed with writing it.
- Ann Patchett

 

Write because you love the art and the discipline,
not because you're looking to sell something.
- Ann Patchett

Part of it is living in Tennessee.
I'm so out of the loop.
And as a person, I'm out of the loop.
I'm oblivious by nature.
- Ann Patchett

Well, I always say that the two things I was most disastrous at in my life,
being a teenager and being a wife, were the two things
I really wound up cashing in on when I was writing fluffy magazine pieces.
- Ann Patchett

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Praise and criticism seem to me to operate exactly on the same level.
If you get a great review, it's really thrilling for about ten minutes.
If you get a bad review, it's really crushing for ten minutes.
Either way, you go on.
- Ann Patchett

I was very influenced by The Magic Mountain.
It's a book that had a huge impact on me.
I loved that as a shape for a novel:
put a bunch of people in a beautiful place,
give them all tuberculosis, make them all stay in a
fur sleeping bag for several years and see what happens.
- Ann Patchett

You see an absolutely brilliant film later,
as an adult, and you walk out thinking about what to have for dinner.
Whereas something like Jaws winds up having a huge effect on me.
If only my parents had been taking me to Kurosawa films when I was eight,
but no.
- Ann Patchett

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw PHOTO

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

Always speak the truth,
think before you speak,
and write it down afterwards.
- Lewis Carroll

Persevere. Plan. Strategize. Focus. Breathe. Write.
Let go: relax. Forgive. All this failing: take a nap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography
until after they're dead.
- Samuel Goldwyn

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

Always write angry letters to your enemies.
Never mail them.
- James Fallows

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

The man who has done his level best...
is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak
or write very often about his job.
It releases tension needed for his work.
- Henry Moore

Golf is a game in which you yell "fore,"
shoot six,
and write down five.
- Paul Harvey

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

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
- Edgar Allan Poe

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

Now I can't wait to write my next play.
- Scott Caan

I had to go into a studio and compose and write and
press up 12 songs in 14 hours.
When you're recording a song from scratch it takes
you 14 hours to do just one song.
- Grandmaster Flash

It was my 16th birthday - my mom and dad gave me my
Goya classical guitar that day.
I sat down, wrote this song, and I just knew that that
was the only thing I could ever really do -
write songs and sing them to people.
- Stevie Nicks

I wouldn't say the world is my parish,
but my readers are my parish.
And especially the readers that write to me.
They're my parish.
And it's a responsibility that I enjoy.
- Andrew Greeley

John Lennon and Ringo Starr liked my songs.
I used to write songs and they heard me sing songs on stage in London.
- Ben Kingsley

My next project is to get back to that.
Actually, to learn how to write poetry.
I'm not kidding.
- Harry Mathews

The urge to write poetry is like having an itch.
When the itch becomes annoying enough,
you scratch it.
- Robert Penn Warren

You don't want to write your own opinion,
you don't want to just represent yourself,
but represent yourself through someone else.
- Michael Ondaatje

I didn't have to say it.
I just had to write it.
It was painful enough.
- Robert B. Parker

Anyone who believes you can't change history has never
tried to write his memoirs.
- David Ben-Gurion

The least learned, for the most part,
have been always most ready to write.
- Roger Ascham

I knew what book we had to write, it was clear in my head;
it was journals and poetry.
So I passed on their offer.
I told my agent this is our vision, and no one's done it this way.
- Kenny Loggins

For each letter received from a creditor,
write fifty lines on an extraterrestrial subject and you will be saved.
- Charles Baudelaire

It's much easier to write when you're sad.
But you can end up isolated and depressed because you
almost need to put yourself in that situation to have
that angst to write from.
- Natalie Imbruglia

If you make your living writing, and you can't write anything,
it's over.
It's very frightening.
- Sting

Even if you only want to write science fiction,
you should also read mysteries, poetry,
mainstream literature, history, biography,
philosophy, and science.
- Walter Jon Williams

It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write.
Let them think you were born that way.
- Ernest Hemingway

Take the time to write.
You can do your life's work in half an hour a day.
- Robert Hass

It takes a lot of energy and a lot of neurosis to write a novel.
If you were really sensible, you'd do something else.
- Lawrence Durrell

When you write songs, you can't really point out the
exact thing you're inspired by.
It's more a state or a mood or an atmosphere that you're
trying to put into words.
- Keren Ann

If I write that it was a cold day, you can be sure
I know it was a cold day because Pepys told us.
- Antonia Fraser

How vain it is to sit down to write
when you have not stood up to live.
- Henry David Thoreau

In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on.
A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book.
I am a writer and I take up my pen to write.
- Pearl S. Buck

I want to play music when I want, write a song if I
want or watch a baseball game if I want.
- John Lee Hooker

For some reason when I write in cursive,
it's easier and flows better for me to read that when I print.
- Ashley Scott

A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more
try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists
are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.
- Graham Greene

The outline is 95 percent of the book.
Then I sit down and write, and that's the easy part.
- Jeffery Deaver

An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation,
the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

But I can also write in crappy motel rooms,
while standing in line, or sitting in the dentist's chair.
- Augusten Burroughs

I love the paranormal, because there,
every genre I write can become one beacon for my imagination.
- Leslie Banks

I write of the wish that comes true -
for some reason,
a terrifying concept.
- James M. Cain

I don't write any of my material down.
I like to improvise and be spontaneous.
- Dane Cook

I loved to write when I was a child.
I wrote, but I always thought it was something that you did as a child,
then you put away childish things.
- Rita Dove

When something irritates me, I don't go home and write;
I just don't do that.
- Kerry King

Most film directors do not come up with their own subjects
or write their own screenplays.
- Thomas Harrison

I write best in the morning, and I can only write for about half a day,
that's about it.
- Norton Juster


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