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David Guterson Quotes and Sayings

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Hemingway said the only way to write about a place is to leave it.
- David Guterson

Even though I may not intend it when I set out to write the book,
these places just emerge as major players in what I'm doing,
almost as if they are insisting on it.
- David Guterson

I'm not an urban person.
- David Guterson

I think you have an obligation to share what you know as a writer.
- David Guterson

 

At one level you're condemned to the voice you have.
But within those confines, you have a certain amount
of freedom to range among your possible voices.
- David Guterson

I became paralyzed as an artist with writer's block.
- David Guterson

I have relaxed into my persona as an author,
although I used to fight that.
- David Guterson

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When I went to college I took a creative writing class
and decided in a week to be a writer.
- David Guterson

It doesn't matter who you are, how many awards you've won,
how popular you are, or how much critical acclaim you've had.
- David Guterson

I grew up in Seattle, but I always knew I wanted to leave.
- David Guterson

What sustains me is to be with my family and to write.
- David Guterson

There's a certain nostalgia and romance in a place you left.
- David Guterson

Post-modernism is dead because it didn't address human needs.
- David Guterson

I'm interested in themes that endure from generation to generation.
- David Guterson

Cities produce in me melancholy or a tension I don't need.
- David Guterson

I think of myself as a really happy person.
- David Guterson

It's a brooding melancholy that haunts me.
- David Guterson

When it comes time to sit down and write the next book,
you're deathly afraid that you're not up to the task.
That was certainly the case with me after Snow Falling on Cedars.
- David Guterson

My father is a practicing criminal law attorney in the Seattle area.
- David Guterson

My book is traditional.
It runs counter to the post-modern spirit.
- David Guterson

Fiction is socially meaningful.
- David Guterson

I was born in Washington State and have lived here for 42 plus years.
- David Guterson

What some people interpret as brooding melancholy is serenity.
I don't feel required to grasp all the time.
- David Guterson

Don Quixote is one that comes to mind in comparison to mine,
in that they both involve journeys undertaken by older men.
That is unusual, because generally the hero of a journey story is very young.
- David Guterson

The real question is: How do you react? What do you
do next? Evade responsibilities? Bury yourself in work?
What do you do? All three of my novels take up that question,
although none gives an answer.
- David Guterson

I often heard about his cases and I often sat in on his trials.
In the late 1960s when I was growing up I wanted to
be a crusader like him but I didn't want to wear a suit and commute.
- David Guterson

I write because something inner and unconscious forces me to.
That is the first compulsion.
The second is one of ethical and moral duty.
I feel responsible to tell stories that inspire readers
to consider more deeply who they are.
- David Guterson

I was totally absorbed in the real world,
the politics, the history, the news,
and I just couldn't find my way into the fictional world...
When I finally could return to writing the novel,
it was in fits and starts.
- David Guterson

I have traveled the entire state and spent a lot of time out of doors.
So I have known the landscape of the Columbia Basin for quite a while,
and I have had this strong feeling about it for many years.
- David Guterson

Writing became an obsessive compulsive habit but I
had almost no money so I thought about being an urban
firefighter and having lots of free time in which to
write or becoming an English teacher and thinking about
books and writers on a daily basis.
That swayed me.
- David Guterson

Everybody has a world, and that world is completely
hidden until we begin to inquire.
As soon as we do, that entire world opens to us and yields itself.
And you see how full and complex it is.
- David Guterson

I was aware that there is an expectation that writers
inevitably falter at this stage,
that they fail to live up to the promise of their first successful book,
that the next book never pleases the way the prior one did.
It simply increased my sense of being challenged.
- David Guterson

Time made me change.
I gradually woke up to the realization that this is who I am,
an author, a public figure, and I couldn't just hide in my study,
tapping away at the keyboard and pretend that I didn't
have a role to play beyond stringing words together.
- David Guterson

About morals: I know only that
what is moral is what you feel good after
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
- Ernest Hemingway

I am not a Hemingway aficionado.
- Margaux Hemingway

The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet
mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.
- Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway's remarks are not literature.
- Gertrude Stein

Hemingway never grew out of adolescence.
His scope and depth stayed shallow because he had no idea what women are for.
- Rex Stout

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

Hemingway seems to be in a funny position.
People nowadays can't identify with him closely as
a member of their own generation,
and he isn't yet historical.
- Leslie Fiedler

I've never felt influenced by Ernest Hemingway though
I suppose there is something inevitable there.
- Jim Harrison

The Glass Key is better than anything Hemingway ever wrote.
- Rex Stout

Hemingway was a prisoner of his style.
No one can talk like the characters in Hemingway except
the characters in Hemingway.
His style in the wildest sense finally killed him.
- William Burroughs

I wasn't looking for another marriage.
I had been married before.
He is a nice man - a geologist, an Ernest Hemingway type.
But Paul and I married because of convention.
- Linda McCartney

Gertrude Stein really thought of Hemingway as frail.
He almost married Stein.
- Leslie Fiedler

Finding some quiet time in your life,
I think, is hugely important.
- Mariel Hemingway

Hemingway was a jerk.
- Harold Robbins

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.
- Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway is terribly limited.
His technique is good for short stories,
for people who meet once in a bar very late at night,
but do not enter into relations.
But not for the novel.
- W. H. Auden

Never think that war, no matter how necessary,
nor how justified, is not a crime.
- Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway hated me.
I sold 200 million books, and he didn't.
Of course most of mine sold for 25 cents,
but still...
you look at all this stuff with a grain of salt.
- Mickey Spillane

If I had not existed, someone else would have written me,
Hemingway, Dostoevski, all of us.
- William Faulkner

One gets the impression that this is how Ernest Hemingway
would have written had he gone to Vassar.
- Jack Paar

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

In modern war...
you will die like a dog for no good reason.
- Ernest Hemingway

That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best -
make it all up -
but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.
- Ernest Hemingway

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk.
That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
- Ernest Hemingway

That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any
good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward.
- Ernest Hemingway

The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for
and I hate very much to leave it.
- Ernest Hemingway

I like to listen.
I have learned a great deal from listening carefully.
Most people never listen.
- Ernest Hemingway

I wanted out of my pain and that silliness,
but I wanted an easy out.
That's before realizing that there is no easy out.
Before accepting that you just have to do the work.
- Mariel Hemingway

Never mistake motion for action.
- Ernest Hemingway

It's rather splendid to think of all those great men
and women who appear to have presented symptoms that
allow us to describe them as bipolar.
Whether it's Hemingway, Van Gogh...
Robert Schumann has been mentioned...
Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath...
some of them with rather grim ends.
- Stephen Fry

For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can.
Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.
- Ernest Hemingway

Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is
as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while
you write a letter to your girl.
- Ernest Hemingway

I believe that everybody comes from pain and a certain amount of dysfunction.
- Mariel Hemingway

Well, I was passionately curious about what my body was doing,
and when I got the lessons on how to meditate,
it seemed really solid to me.
It seemed real.
- Mariel Hemingway

When people talk, listen completely.
Most people never listen.
- Ernest Hemingway

The good parts of a book may be only something a writer
is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck
of his whole damn life and one is as good as the other.
- Ernest Hemingway

Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is
in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance
in the performance is left to the fighter's honor.
- Ernest Hemingway

Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been
known to live on grass once he had learned about meat -
no matter who killed the meat for him.
- Ernest Hemingway


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