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Donald E. Westlake Quotes and Sayings

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Who's a boy gonna talk to if not his mother?
- Donald E. Westlake

Related topics: Mom

If you think of movie studio executives,
say, as society, then I root for the independent producers.
- Donald E. Westlake

If it weren't for received ideas, the publishing industry
wouldn't have any ideas at all.
- Donald E. Westlake

All of the changes in publishing since 1960 are significant.
There are far fewer publishers.
- Donald E. Westlake

 

Everybody in New York is looking for something.
Once in a while, somebody finds it.
- Donald E. Westlake

A friend of mine, now retired, was then a major exec at a major bank,
and one of her jobs, the last four years,
was the farewell interview.
- Donald E. Westlake

I loved it, but social reality impeded.
Now I wander in here at 9 in the morning or so,
and come back for a while in the afternoon.
I am a very lenient boss.
- Donald E. Westlake

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I make a note, set it aside, and hope it makes sense
when the time comes to look at it again.
- Donald E. Westlake

Sorry; I have no space left for advice.
Just do it.
- Donald E. Westlake

The many magazines, ranging from pulp to slick,
that used to serve as both farm teams for writers and lures to readers,
with hundreds of short stories every month,
don't exist.
Most of the doors for new people have been sealed.
- Donald E. Westlake

My work schedule has changed over the years.
The one constant is, when at work on a novel,
I try to work seven days a week, so as not to lose touch with that world.
Within that, I'm flexible on hours and output.
- Donald E. Westlake

I start with the story, almost in the old campfire sense,
and the story leads to both the characters,
which actors should best be cast in this story,
and the language.
The choice of words, more than anything else,
creates the feeling that the story gives off.
- Donald E. Westlake

Nothing about it interested me.
Or about anything else, except making up stories.
If literacy weren't so nearly universal,
God knows what I'd be.
A drain on the State, I shouldn't wonder.
- Donald E. Westlake

When Stark isn't off sulking somewhere,
or whatever he's doing when he won't return my calls,
I alternate between the two.
That usually works well, though occasionally an idea
for the wrong guy drifts through my mind.
- Donald E. Westlake

I also wanted Parker to operate in the Internet age
without losing being Parker.
He's always operated in the world without really being with the world,
and cyberspace means that the rest of us are more and
more living the same way.
- Donald E. Westlake

Seem to be telling this, but really telling that.
Three-dimensional writing, like three-dimensional chess.
Nabokov was the other master of that.
You could learn something from Nabokov on every page he ever wrote.
- Donald E. Westlake

Once he became a series character, I made the conscious
choice that he would never act like a series character,
never wink at the reader, never pull his punches.
Better for him, better for me.
- Donald E. Westlake

"Be Prepared."
"Be prepared for what?"
"Why, for any old thing."
- Robert Baden-Powell,
the founder of Scouting.
[as quoted in the Boy Scout Handbook]

Give a boy address and accomplishments
and you give him the mastery
of palaces and fortunes where he goes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
- Proverb

Be prepared for life -
to live happily and without regret,
knowing that you have done your best.
- the Boy Scout Handbook

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn -I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Inside every working anarchy, there's an Old Boy Network.
- Mitchell Kapor

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance,
and to turn around three times before lying down.
- Robert Benchley

A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far
better company than the average adult.
- John B. S. Haldane

To people who remember JFK's assassination,
JFK Jr. will probably always be that boy saluting his father's coffin.
- Michael Beschloss

A friend is someone who will bail you out of jail.
A best friend is the one sitting next
to you saying "boy was that fun."
- The Maugles

I was thrown out of N.Y.U. my freshman year
for cheating on my metaphysics final ...
I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President;
I'm beginning to believe it.
- Clarence Darrow

What must it be like for a little boy to read that daddy never loved mummy?
- Princess Diana

When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick.
- George Burns

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is
a jay and which is a sparrow,
he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
- Eric Berne

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand to have the old man around.
But when I got to be 21, I was astonished
at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
- Mark Twain

Sometimes, I feel like I spent the first part of my
life wishing to be a teen-age boy,
and the second part condemned to being one.
- S. E. Hinton

I saw a boy of the crew purchasing javelins of them
with bits of platters and broken glass.
- Christopher Columbus

Men still get a lot more opportunity.
It is still a big part of the old boy network.
They have more companies they can get money from.
- Billie Jean King

The boy who expects every morning to open into a new
world finds that today is like yesterday,
but he believes tomorrow will be different.
- Charles Dudley Warner

A man is never completely alone in this world.
At the worst, he has the company of a boy,
a youth, and by and by a grown man -
the one he used to be.
- Cesare Pavese

Listen, little boy.
In this business, there's only one law you gotta follow to keep outta trouble.
Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doin' it.
- Ben Hecht

The truth is, this being errand boy to one hundred
and fifty thousand people tires me so by night I am
ready for bed instead of soirees.
- Rutherford B. Hayes

I guess I was a bad boy...
Yes, yes, I've had lots of women in my life.
- Kirk Douglas

I didn't want to be known as Madonna's playboy,
her boy toy.
- Dennis Rodman

I'm a Brooklyn boy.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised there,
and spent most of my childhood there.
- Robert Jay Lifton

Never fight fair with a stranger, boy.
You'll never get out of the jungle that way.
- Arthur Miller

I was a boy when I first realized that the fullest
life liveable was a Poet's.
- Wilfred Owen

A scientist is in a sense a learned small boy.
There is something of the scientist in every small boy.
Others must outgrow it.
Scientists can stay that way all their lives.
- George Wald

Being the 8th out of 10 kids, and being the one that stayed in trouble,
I sort of became a momma's boy.
- Bo Jackson

When I was a boy we didn't wake up with Vietnam and
have Cyprus for lunch and the Congo for dinner.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I was brought up with psychics and tarot cards.
My mum was always told I was going to be in a boy band
and be famous as a singer.
- Lee Ryan

The good, the admirable reader identifies himself not
with the boy or the girl in the book,
but with the mind that conceived and composed that book.
- Vladimir Nabokov

To me, White Boy Shuffle is sort of like Catcher in the Rye,
the story is so universal.
- Ryan Phillippe

Girls can wear jeans, cut their hair short,
wear shirts and boots, 'cause it's okay to be a boy,
but for a boy to look like a girl is degrading.
- Charlotte Gainsbourg

You seldom get a censorship attempt from a 14-year-old boy.
It's the adults who get upset.
- Robert Cormier

A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy,
and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
- Robert Frost

The boy can do anything, but to be the star of the
World Cup you have got to get to the final and win it!
- Alan Hansen

Maybe I'm sort of like the players -
there's still a lot of little boy in me.
- Herb Brooks

I'm not a politician.
I'm not a lawyer.
I'm just a country boy.
- Max Burns

It is rare that one can see in a little boy the promise of a man,
but one can almost always see in a little girl the threat of a woman.
- Alexandre Dumas

Why would I cry over a boy? I would never waste my tears on a boy.
Why waste your tears on someone who makes you cry?
- Kirsten Dunst

I have the luxury of being a little boy...
To me, the most important thing in life is to be a human being.
Second is acting.
- Peter Stormare

People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff.
I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy...
and I keep it in a jar on my desk.
- Stephen King

I'm not just a boy toy.
I have feelings and dreams like anybody else.
- Jon Stewart

I go into a young film director's office these days and he says,
'Hey man, I know who you are.
I grew up watching 'McHale's Navy'.
And I think, 'Oh boy, here we go again'.
- Mako

Since I was a boy, from this house, I was out rescuing crocodiles and snakes.
My mum and dad were very passionate about that and,
I was lucky enough to go along.
- Steve Irwin

The drums of Africa still beat in my heart.
They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro
boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth.
- Mary McLeod Bethune

A young sailor boy came to see me to-day.
It pleases me to have these lads seek me on their return from their first voyage,
and tell me how much they have learned about navigation.
- Maria Mitchell

Telling lies is a fault in a boy, an art in a lover,
an accomplishment in a bachelor, and second-nature in a married man.
- Helen Rowland

I went to school, but they didn't give you too much
schooling because just as soon as you was big enough,
you get to working in the fields.
I guess I was a big boy for my age.
- Muddy Waters

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

Clooney is just a pretty boy, man, and that's it,
OK? I carried him on my back long enough.
I'm on my own.
- Mark Wahlberg

An actor's popularity is fleeting.
His success has the life expectancy of a small boy
who is about to look into a gas tank with a lighted match.
- Fred Allen


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