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J. M. Coetzee Quotes and Sayings

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I tend to resist invitations to interpret my own fiction.
- J. M. Coetzee

The idea of writer as sage is pretty much dead today.
I would certainly feel very uncomfortable in the role.
- J. M. Coetzee

The most important of all rights is the right to life,
and I cannot foresee a day when domesticated animals
will be granted that right in law.
- J. M. Coetzee

We are not by nature cruel.
- J. M. Coetzee

 

In order to be cruel we have to close our hearts to
the suffering of the other.
- J. M. Coetzee

Strictly speaking, my interest is not in legal rights
for animals but in a change of heart towards animals.
- J. M. Coetzee

The mode of consciousness of nonhuman species is quite
different from human consciousness.
- J. M. Coetzee

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If there were a better, clearer, shorter way of saying what the fiction says,
then why not scrap the fiction?
- J. M. Coetzee

I say that I represent this movement because my intellectual
allegiances are clearly European,
not African.
- J. M. Coetzee

As you see, I do not treat the creation of fiction,
that to say the invention and development of fantasies,
as a form of abstract thought.
I dont wish to deny the uses of the intellect,
but sometimes one has the intuition that the intellect
by itself will lead one nowhere.
- J. M. Coetzee

The writers who have the deepest influence on one are
those one reads in ones more impressionable,
early life, and often it is the more youthful works
of those writers that leave the deepest imprint.
- J. M. Coetzee

That has always seemed to me one of the stranger aspects of literary fame:
you prove your competence as a writer and an inventor of stories,
and then people clamour for you to make speeches and
tell them what you think about the world.
- J. M. Coetzee

There are works of literature whose influence is strong
but indirect because it is mediated through the whole
of the culture rather than immediately through imitation.
Wordsworth is the case that comes to mind.
- J. M. Coetzee

In its conception the literature prize belongs to days
when a writer could still be thought of as,
by virtue of his or her occupation, a sage,
someone with no institutional affiliations who could
offer an authoritative word on our times as well as on our moral life.
- J. M. Coetzee

Elizabeth, Lady C, claims to be writing at the limits of language.
Would it not be insulting to her if I were diligently to follow after her,
explaining what she means but is not smart enough to say?
- J. M. Coetzee

I see no marks of Wordsworths style of writing or style
of thinking in my own work,
yet Wordsworth is a constant presence when I write
about human beings and their relations to the natural world.
- J. M. Coetzee

As for September 11, let us not too easily grant the
Americans possession of that date on the calendar.
Like May 1 or July 14 or December 25,
September 11 may seem full of significance to some people,
while to other people it is just another day.
- J. M. Coetzee

My response, a dubious and hesitant one,
is that it has been and may continue to be,
in the time that is left to me, more productive to
live out the question than to try to answer it in abstract terms.
- J. M. Coetzee

If it is indeed impossible - or at least very difficult -
to inhabit the consciousness of an animal,
then in writing about animals there is a temptation
to project upon them feelings and thoughts that may
belong only to our own human mind and heart.
- J. M. Coetzee

Gardening is all about optimism.
I put a seed in the ground.
I consistently tend it,
confident I will see the results, in time,
of the nurture I have provided.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't
come as a result of getting something we don't have,
but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
- Frederick Koenig

We all tend to measure our worth by what we DO -
the actions we take.
We also highly value what we SAY.
However, the greatest impact we have
on our family, our friends,
and our world is our kindness and love.
A bowl of soup served with love
is a greater gift than a steak dinner served brusquely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The difference between men friends and women friends
is that men tend to do things together,
women tend to just be together.
- Art Jahnke

If the only tool you have is a hammer,
you tend to see every problem as a nail.
- Abraham Maslow

The grass is not always greener
on the other side of the fence.
Fences have nothing to do with it.
The grass is greenest where it is watered.
When crossing over fences, carry water with you
and tend the grass wherever you may be.
- Anonymous

If your only tool is a hammer,
you tend to see every problem as a nail.
- Abraham Maslow

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Make the most of your regrets;
never smother your sorrow,
but tend and cherish it till it comes to have
a separate and integral interest.
To regret deeply is to live afresh.
- Henry David Thoreau

In many ways, it is easier to be a good giver than a good receiver.
The giver chooses the gift and the timing.
More important, societal and religious traditions
tend to elevate the status of giver and lower the status of receiver.
When the Bible (Acts 20:32-35) speaks of it being
more blessed to give than to receive,
I believe that a better translation might be
"take" rather than "receive," as the context
of that passage is "coveting."
Certainly there is nothing blessed about coveting,
stealing, begging, or demanding,
however the skill of graciously receiving a freely offered gift
is another matter entirely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Conversations with God are very different
from the usual nature of prayer.
Prayers are commonly only in one direction -
the one praying speaks and hopes God is listening.
Prayers also tend to focus on asking
for specific things or outcomes one wants,
rather than seeking to better understand the mind of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
- Terry Pratchett

To the extent that we are all educated and informed,
we will be more equipped to deal with the gut issues that tend to divide us.
- Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg

Anger and Danger are intimately intertwined.
An angry person is a dangerous person,
whether that person crosses our path
or whether the angry person is ourself.
To complete the anger/danger cycle,
whenever we feel threatened -
when we believe we are in danger -
we tend to exhibit anger as well as fear.
We look for someone to blame for the dangerous situation,
and direct our anger toward them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It seems that we have it backward in our society.
We tend to look up to people
who are under a great deal of stress,
who can handle loads of stress,
and those who are under a great deal of pressure.
- Richard Carlson

As a rule lawyers tend to want to do whatever they can to win.
- Bill Williams

Some men tend to cling to old intellectual excitements,
just as some belles, when they are old ladies,
still cling to the fashions and coiffures of their exciting youth.
- Jane Jacobs

I must be careful not to get trapped in the past.
That's why I tend to forget my songs.
- Mick Jagger

I haven't stopped playing.
If you play all the time, then your chops are up and you tend to grow.
- Neil Schon

I did not deal well with the politicians.
I tend to tell people that when they are full of crap,
that they are full of crap.
- Robert Crandall

Nevertheless, I tend to get offensive easily.
- Robert Loggia

A lot of people tend to chew up the scenery.
I'm a firm believer in less is more,
especially on the big screen.
- Mark Wahlberg

You only get one life so you might as well make it a happy one,
and that's why I tend to just jump into things.
I'm sort of a fearless idiot that way.
- Nia Vardalos

I have brought a PS2 on set with me before.
But games can be really addicting, and that's dangerous.
So I tend to keep it fairly limited on a certain level.
- Christian Slater

It's difficult working with very rich actors,
because inevitably they become a little spoilt,
and the managers and agents tend to control things more than is healthy.
- Mike Figgis

Governments tend not to solve problems,
only to rearrange them.
- Ronald Reagan

The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line,
banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did -
which was to hide.
- James A. Baldwin

I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing
that God ever created on earth -
certainly greater than sex,
although sex isn't too bad either.
- Harold Pinter

I think people nowadays do tend to blame their parents for everything.
- Peter Shaffer

When people are like each other they tend to like each other.
- Tony Robbins

I tend to really be partial to Ayn Rand,
and to The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
- Clarence Thomas

Empowerment of individuals is a key part of what makes open source work,
since in the end, innovations tend to come from small groups,
not from large, structured efforts.
- Tim O'Reilly

We're loving something to death in a way,
which Americans tend to do a lot.
- John Phillips

Before, I just spewed whatever it was I thought about everything.
I tend to be more contemplative now.
- Anne Heche

I tend to prefer the shelter of fiction.
- Armistead Maupin

I tend to think of the organ as part of the rhythm section,
rather than a frontline voice.
- Alan Price

Some people are always critical of vague statements.
I tend rather to be critical of precise statements;
they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled 'wrong'.
- Raymond Smullyan

The older I get, the more I see that there really aren't
huge zeniths of happiness or a huge abyss of darkness
as much as there used to be.
I tend to walk a middle ground.
- Paula Cole

People tend not to use this word beauty because it's not intellectual -
but there has to be an overlap between beauty and intellect.
- Tadao Ando

They wish for a general government of unity,
as they see that the local legislatures must naturally
and necessarily tend to retard the general government.
- Henry Knox

I think there's an anxiety in life where we automatically
tend to look to the next thing or we're complaining about the past.
Worrying is not going to make it happen or not happen.
- Sherilyn Fenn

For example, I tend to personally reward myself for
specific acts of exceptional discipline.
- Robert Vaughn

All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.
- William Butler Yeats

I tend to lean toward strong female stories.
I want to make things that don't already exist out there.
- Natalie Portman

Freddie and Brian tend to write the majority of the material.
- John Deacon

And they do tend to be fast and up, because that's how I like to drive.
- Peter Hook

People tend to become more emotionally intelligent as they age and mature.
- Daniel Goleman

Novels tend to end as the Paternoster begins:
with the kingdom of God on earth.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

We all know we are unique individuals,
but we tend to see others as representatives of groups.
- Deborah Tannen

I tend to watch a little TV...
Court TV, once in a while.
Some of the cases I get interested in.
- O. J. Simpson

In every particular state of the world,
those nations which are strongest tend to prevail over the others;
and in certain marked peculiarities the strongest tend to be the best.
- Walter Bagehot

Same thing, like my commercials are often times really
funny because I tend to find 30 seconds is a really
good amount of time to tell a joke.
- Alex Winter


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