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Donna Tartt Quotes and Sayings

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Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction.
- Donna Tartt

You are - all your experience just kind of accumulates,
and the novel takes a richness of its own simply because
it has the weight of all those years that one's put into it.
- Donna Tartt

Sometimes you can do all the right things and not succeed.
And that's a hard lesson of reality.
- Donna Tartt

It's hard for me to show work while I'm writing,
because other people's comments will influence what happens.
- Donna Tartt

 

Everything takes me longer than I expect.
It's the sad truth about life.
- Donna Tartt

I think innocence is something that adults project
upon children that's not really there.
- Donna Tartt

So I'm not a Southern writer in the commonly held sense of the term,
like Faulkner or Eudora Welty, who took the South for
their entire literary environment and subject matter.
- Donna Tartt

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I think it's hard to write about children and to have an idea of innocence.
- Donna Tartt

In order for a long piece of work to engage a novelist
over an extended period of time,
it has to deal with questions that you find very important,
that you're trying to work out.
- Donna Tartt

Storytelling and elegant style don't always go hand in hand.
- Donna Tartt

The job of the novelist is to invent:
to embroider,
to color, to embellish, to make things up.
- Donna Tartt

Taking on challenging projects is the way that one
grows and extends one's range as a writer,
one's technical command, so I consider the time well-spent.
- Donna Tartt

I'd rather write one good book than ten mediocre ones.
- Donna Tartt

I really do work in solitude.
- Donna Tartt

To really be centered and to really work well and to
think about the kinds of things that I need to think about,
I need to spend large amounts of time alone.
- Donna Tartt

Children have very sharp powers of observation -
probably sharper than adults -
yet at the same time their emotional reactions are
murky and much more primitive.
- Donna Tartt

I love the tradition of Dickens, where even the most
minor walk-on characters are twitching and particular and alive.
- Donna Tartt

Children love secret club houses.
They love secrecy even when there's no need for secrecy.
- Donna Tartt

Well, I think storytellers have always found murder a fascinating device.
- Donna Tartt

My novels aren't really generated by a single conceptual spark;
it's more a process of many different elements that
come together unexpectedly over a long period of time.
- Donna Tartt

Actually, I enjoy the process of writing a big long novel.
- Donna Tartt

I've written only two novels, but they're both long ones,
and they each took a decade to write.
- Donna Tartt

I just finished writing an essay about William Maxwell,
an American writer whose work I admire very much.
- Donna Tartt

The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn't.
But style is at least partly a learned thing:
one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice -
by work.
- Donna Tartt

But it's for every writer to decide his own pace,
and the pace varies with the writer and the work.
- Donna Tartt

But romantic vision can also lead one away from certain very hard,
ugly truths about life that are important to know.
- Donna Tartt

The books I loved in childhood - the first loves -
I've read so often that I've internalized them in some really essential way:
they are more inside me now than out.
- Donna Tartt

Children - if you think back really what it was like
to be a child and what it was like to know other children -
children lie all the time.
- Donna Tartt

There's an expectation these days that novels -
like any other consumer product -
should be made on a production line,
with one dropping from the conveyor belt every couple of years.
- Donna Tartt

I'm not sure whay I've been drawn to this subject,
except that murder is a subject that has always drawn
people for as long as people have been telling stories.
- Donna Tartt

Well, I do have some maiden aunts that are not quite
like the aunts in the book,
but I definitely do have a couple of them,
and a couple of old aunties.
- Donna Tartt

I believe, in a funny way, the job of the novelist
is to be out there on the fringes and speaking for
an experience that has not really been spoken for.
- Donna Tartt

When I'm writing, I am concentrating almost wholly on concrete detail:
the color a room is painted,
the way a drop of water rolls off a wet leaf after a rain.
- Donna Tartt

On the other hand, I mean, that is what writers have
always been supposed to do,
was to rely on their own devices and to -
I mean,
writing is a lonely business.
- Donna Tartt

The Little Friend is a long book.
It's also completely different from my first novel:
different landscape,
different characters, different use of language and diction,
different approach to story.
- Donna Tartt

The novel is about five students of classics who are
studying with a classics professor,
and they take the ideas of the things that they're
learning from him a bit too seriously,
with terrible consequences.
- Donna Tartt

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.
- Yoda, character in Star Wars movie

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
- Anonymous

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experiences of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened,
vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

People seem not to see that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Judge your natural character
by what you do in your dreams.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We can't control the impressions others form about us,
and the effort to do so only debases our character.
- Epictetus

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
- John Wooden

People do not seem to realize that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I look to a day when people will not be judged
by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Society is a masked ball,
where every one hides his real character,
and reveals it by hiding.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will
not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can easily judge the character of others
by how they treat those who can
do nothing for them or to them.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

Our actions are constrained by fear of reprisal,
but our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We censor our actions, but
our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You cannot build character and courage by
taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

People grow through experience
if they meet life honestly and courageously.
This is how character is built.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
- Albert Einstein

Society censors our actions,
but our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're standing on the threshold of success.
Don't look down, it'll make you dizzy.
- the character Timothy Q. Mouse in the Walt Disney movie Dumbo

What you want is irrelevant,
what you have chosen is at hand.
- Spock character in Star Trek VI movie

You remember lesson about balance?
Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life.
Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

Imagine for yourself a character,
a model personality whose example you determine to follow,
in private as well as in public.
- Epictetus

To deny the facts would be illogical.
- the character Spock in the television series Star Trek

Problem: attitude.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

You must unlearn what you have learned.
- the character Yoda in the movie Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
- the character Morpheus in the movie The Matrix

Things are only impossible until they're not.
- Jean-Luc Picard, character in STAR TREK: The Next Generation


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