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Jeffrey Eugenides Quotes and Sayings

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When I wrote The Virgin Suicides, I gave myself very
strict rules about the narrative voice:
the boys would only be able to report what they had
seen or found or what had been told to them.
- Jeffrey Eugenides

It wasn't conscious, but I guess that one book is the reaction to the other.
The first is so imprisoned in a male point-of-view,
and the second is a point-of-view that can go anywhere it wants.
- Jeffrey Eugenides

The book has many different characteristics:
some are extremely old-fashioned storytelling traits,
but there are also a fair number of postmodern traits,
and the self-consciousness is one.
- Jeffrey Eugenides

He knew a lot about his grandparents -
and perhaps he feels he's been endowed with abilities
to go into people's heads who are long dead -
but,
to a certain extent, he's making it up.
- Jeffrey Eugenides

 

At the same time, it's a family story and more of an epic.
I needed the third-person.
I tried to give a sense that Cal, in writing his story,
is perhaps inventing his past as much as recalling it.
- Jeffrey Eugenides

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

I don't think my wife likes me very much,
when I had a heart attack she wrote for an ambulance.
- Frank Carson

My writing improved the more I wrote -
and the more I read good writing,
from Shakespeare on down.
- Dick Schaap

Twyla Tharp put it together from the material I wrote
and recorded over my whole career.
I thought it was pretty good, but how objective could I be?
- Billy Joel

Around 1967 Dan Bobrow wrote a program to do algebra
problems based on symbols rather than numbers.
- Marvin Minsky

I can't remember anything I ever wrote.
- Joni Mitchell

What is wonderful about great literature is that it
transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
- E. M. Forster

When we started I wasn't the singer.
I was the drunk rhythm guitarist who wrote all these weird songs.
- Robert Smith

You made a lot of mistakes, and you wrote a lot of crap.
But it was all part of the learning process.
- Cynthia Weil

I sat down one night and wrote the line rock,
rock, rock everybody.
- Bill Haley

In that long sequence, when Lawrence enters in the
desert to rescue a lost man,
Lean listened the music I wrote and wanted to extend
the scene to let my work stay completely.
- Maurice Jarre

Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.
- Warren Buffett

It's called Sisters of the Winter Madrigal.
It was interesting for me to see it done after so many years;
because I wrote it and I didn't realize what a rage I was in.
- Beth Henley

I put a piece of paper under my pillow,
and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.
- Henry David Thoreau

Peace Train is a song I wrote, the message of which
continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts
of millions of human beings.
- Cat Stevens

Though my father was Norwegian, he always wrote his
diaries in perfect English.
- Roald Dahl

The reporter wrote with the hope that he would get a by-line in the Times,
a testimony to his being alive on that day and all
the tomorrows of microfilm.
- Gay Talese

I write from my imagination, not from what I've read
in books or seen on TV or to make money.
I wrote from an idea I was passionate about.
- Dirk Benedict

We wrote what sounded good to us and hoped it would find a home.
- Cynthia Weil

I think there's a poet who wrote once a tragedy by Shakespeare,
a symphony by Beethoven and a thunderstorm are based on the same elements.
I think that's a beautiful line.
- Maximilian Schell

I think I settled on the title before I ever wrote the book.
- Frank McCourt

On that other novels followed: but I still wrote fairy
tales and dreamy poems of another world.
- Laurence Housman

Royal Canadian Air Farce, and I was in three sketches there.
And they wrote some really great stuff for me.
- Trish Stratus

No writer of a portion of the Bible was perfect.
It was the direct and miraculous operation of the Holy
Spirit that what they wrote is without mistake.
- Walter Lang

My musical heroes are people like Pete Seeger and Woody
Guthrie who wrote and sang real songs for real people;
for everyone,
old, young, and in between.
- Tom Chapin

I basically wrote the code and the specs and documentation
for how the client and server talked to each other.
- Tim Berners-Lee

The next thing I wrote was in a writing class at night school.
It was about a poor woman who worked at a dime store
and who was all alone for Christmas in Laurel,
Mississippi.
- Beth Henley

I always wrote about things that were important to me.
I think our past success showed that it was also important for a lot of others.
- Gavin Rossdale

I wrote a novel for my degree, and I'm very happy I
didn't submit that to a publisher.
I sympathize with my professors who had to read it.
- David Eddings

When you know your cast well and their strengths and weaknesses,
you can start writing for them, just the way Shakespeare wrote for his actors.
- Stephen Sondheim

At the time I wrote Xone I had never been on the Internet.
- Piers Anthony

But mostly, I wrote songs and Viv wrote songs.
- Neil Innes

I wrote for nearly six hours.
When I stopped, the dark mood, as if by magic,
had folded its cloak and gone away.
- Zane Grey

When I wrote The Onion Field, I realized that my first
two novels were just practice.
- Joseph Wambaugh

They wrote it that my moustache was insured for 13 million.
- John Newcombe

Once I was condemned to three months' absolute silence.
As I could not speak, I wrote a book.
- Nana Mouskouri

In my late teenage years, I developed a real passion for it,
and wrote a lot of poetry.
- Danielle Steel

I wrote as a very angry young man, believing he was
going to be killed in a world war.
- John Edward Christopher Hill

Of the first seven novels I wrote, numbers four and five were published.
Numbers one, two, three, six, and seven,
have never seen the light of day...
and rightly so.
- Sue Grafton

If all I ever wrote about was inner city freaks,
I think it would be dishonest.
- Eric Bogosian

Back then when Chomsky and Herman wrote,
the left, myself among them, all knew that something
terrible was happening in Vietnam,
though most now claim to remember otherwise.
- James Donald

My poems - I don't even like the sound of that,
in a way.
Not that anyone else wrote them.
But we know that only people who are really close to
us care about our personal experience.
- Sharon Olds

I did not write it.
God wrote it.
I merely did his dictation.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

I wrote it the right way, so it was copied the wrong way right.
I mean the right way wrong.
- Eugene Ormandy

It was at this moment that I wrote my first important
paper in theoretical physics.
I was 32 years old, 5 years beyond the alleged age
of senility for theorists.
- Robert B. Laughlin

The first comedy screenplay that I wrote was Animal
House and I always thought I could and should be a
director but no one was about to give me that opportunity on Animal House.
- Harold Ramis

For me, the original play becomes an historical document:
This is where I was when I wrote it,
and I have to move on now to something else.
- August Wilson

I am not overlooking any mail.
I'm looking at all of it.
I even wrote back to the Viagra people.
- Randy Newman

I got about 6037 songs I wrote myself and I'm trying
to get them on the market and I just wish people could
hear them and stuff but they'll do pretty good.
- Hasil Adkins

As for action movies, I did Tarzan, and I'm also about to shoot Meltdown,
which John Carpenter wrote.
- Casper Van Dien

I was lucky enough to have the songs in my first show
written by George and Ira Gershwin.
Then Cole Porter wrote five shows for me.
- Ethel Merman

The songs are about things that we were thinking and we wrote 'em down,
and when you listen to 'em, whatever you think it's about...
THAT'S what it's about!
- Layne Staley

I'm a commercial writer, not an author.
Margaret Mitchell was an author.
She wrote one book.
- Mickey Spillane

My second play, The Birthday Party, I wrote in 1958 -
or 1957.
It was totally destroyed by the critics of the day,
who called it an absolute load of rubbish.
- Harold Pinter

Cooper wrote a novel which is absolutely indistinguishable from Austen,
completely from a female point of view,
completely English, no sense that he was an American.
- Leslie Fiedler

I don't see myself as the boss.
I sing and write the songs, and it would feel strange
if somebody else wrote the lyrics I sang.
- Gavin Rossdale

Remember that I wrote a pavane for a dead princess,
and not a dead pavane for a princess!
- Maurice Ravel

I wrote songs with the guys from Air Supply for their record...
So I was just writing songs.
- Billy Sherwood

That's what George wrote!
He wrote it.
Why change it? There was this European company that
I was speaking about awhile ago -
course,
didn't nobody know what Porgy was.
- Cab Calloway

For example, after developing a sound similar to an elephant trumpeting,
I wrote the song Elephant Talk which gave my elephant
sound an appropriate place to live.
- Adrian Belew

I loved to write when I was a child.
I wrote, but I always thought it was something that you did as a child,
then you put away childish things.
- Rita Dove

One lady wrote me and told me how she wants to see
me get beat up and near death and that kind of stuff.
- George Eads

I'm the guy who wrote The Authority Song.
Did they think I was kidding? Did they think it was
only a song to entertain?
- John Mellencamp

Every article I wrote in those days,
every speech I made,
is full of pleading for the recognition of lead poisoning
as a real and serious medical problem.
- Alice Hamilton


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