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Irwin Shaw Quotes and Sayings

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When I started out in the early 1930s,
there were a great many magazines that published short stories.
Unfortunately, the short-story market has dwindled to almost nothing.
- Irwin Shaw

It's those damn critics again.
- Irwin Shaw

My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have
to read all my books to find out how they have.
- Irwin Shaw

In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75.
- Irwin Shaw

 

People who light up like Roman candles come down in the dark very quickly.
- Irwin Shaw

At the height of the McCarthy period,
writers were being hounded.
- Irwin Shaw

I've gone on the wagon, but my body doesn't believe it.
- Irwin Shaw

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Every novelist has a different purpose -
and often several purposes which might even be contradictory.
- Irwin Shaw

I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses
I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober.
- Irwin Shaw

In a novel, it's hard to keep track of everybody.
- Irwin Shaw

My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever.
- Irwin Shaw

I reach my readers regardless of what the critics have written.
- Irwin Shaw

I never show anything to anybody until I've finished it.
- Irwin Shaw

Isaac Singer was born in Poland and doesn't write in English.
Still, he's an American.
- Irwin Shaw

Writing is like a contact sport, like football.
You can get hurt, but you enjoy it.
- Irwin Shaw

A writer has to live with a sense of honor.
- Irwin Shaw

Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life.
- Irwin Shaw

In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical
cord from the writer and talk in their own voices.
- Irwin Shaw

All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good
reviews and remember one bad one.
- Irwin Shaw

The writer works in a lonely way.
- Irwin Shaw

The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about,
is almost always best left out.
- Irwin Shaw

I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel.
What's an unpopular novel?
- Irwin Shaw

I haven't stuck to any formula.
Most great writers stick to the same style,
but I wanted to be more various.
- Irwin Shaw

I'm not as hopeful as I was when I was young.
- Irwin Shaw

I am forced to say that I have many fiercer critics than myself.
- Irwin Shaw

Curiously, the United States is full of writers who
have one big work in their life and that's all.
- Irwin Shaw

No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it,
even if he doesn't get paid.
- Irwin Shaw

The great writers just kept bringing them out.
They didn't care if they repeated themselves.
- Irwin Shaw

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

There are too many books I haven't read,
too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I
haven't kept long enough.
- Irwin Shaw

In America, we have the feeling of the doomed young artist.
Fitzgerald was the great example of that.
- Irwin Shaw

A good editor understands what you're talking and writing
about and doesn't meddle too much.
- Irwin Shaw

Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got
invited to the White House.
- Irwin Shaw

My views naturally have mellowed.
Most of the critics have been more or less nice to me.
- Irwin Shaw

Posterity makes the judgments.
There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody.
- Irwin Shaw

Writing is finally play, and there's no reason why
you should get paid for playing.
- Irwin Shaw

I imagine that my characters have become much more
complicated than when I first began,
which would be normal.
- Irwin Shaw

A writer is a human being.
He has to live with a sense of honor.
- Irwin Shaw

If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do
for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship.
- Irwin Shaw

You have to expect the raps when you have achieved popularity as a writer.
- Irwin Shaw

Writers of fiction, when they begin,
are more likely to try the short form.
- Irwin Shaw

I don't think that the writer is regarded as a freak by Americans.
- Irwin Shaw

Special-interest magazines are dangerous places for
writers to start out in because the writing quickly
falls into a routine and people are likely to find
themselves artistically exhausted when they want to
work on something of their own.
- Irwin Shaw

The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer
must suffer for his talent.
I think a writer is a citizen of humanity,
part of his nation, part of his family.
He may have to make some compromises.
- Irwin Shaw

You must avoid giving hostages to fortune,
like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house,
and a style of living that never lets you aford the
time to take the chance to write what you wish.
- Irwin Shaw

An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment,
almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment,
both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment
he inflicts upon himself.
- Irwin Shaw

If you have no confidence in self,
you are twice defeated in the race of life.
With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the narrow confines
of his individualistic concerns
to the broader concerns of all humanity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I started dieting.
I dieted, dieted, dieted and tried all the diets and
I would lose and then I would go back to normal eating
and would put it on and then some.
- Suzanne Somers

As I have discovered by examining my past,
I started out as a child.
Coincidentally, so did my brother.
My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket,
so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell,
who taught me what was meant by "survival of the fittest."
- Bill Cosby

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty.
She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is.
- Ellen DeGeneres

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence;
but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I started on an Apple II, which I had bought at the
very end of 1978 for half of my annual income.
I made $4,500 a year, and I spent half of it on the computer.
- Bill Budge

I'm not a real movie star.
I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.
- Will Rogers

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

It all started when my dog began getting free roll over minutes.
- Jay London

The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs.
- Bill Maher

I started playing ball when I was a kid.
My dad was a pro ball player and he passed on his knowledge to me.
- Kurt Russell

The greatest pleasure when I started making money was
not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to
have as many freshly typed drafts as possible.
- Gore Vidal

I have been dairy free for several years,
and I started because I felt it was going to reduce my allergies,
which it did, and help me lose weight,
which it did.
- Fran Drescher

I think, after about a week in, I started to get really down.
I would feel better when I would eat.
- Morgan Spurlock

I don't remember anybody's name.
How do you think the "dahling" thing got started?
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

Then one day I thought it would be wonderful to make a whole book,
to make my text and my drawings together,
and that's how I started doing children's books.
- Dick Bruna

I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be when I started.
- Todd Barry

I admit I was somewhat concerned when we started to sign so many players -
naturally you are going to worry about whether you
can retain your place in the side.
- Frank Lampard

I started out Ice skating with Holiday On Ice and just
got offered the part of R2 by chance.
- Kenny Baker


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