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Jim Harrison Quotes and Sayings

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The only advice I can give to aspiring writers is don't
do it unless you're willing to give your whole life to it.
Red wine and garlic also helps.
- Jim Harrison

I can write anywhere.
- Jim Harrison

The old fun thing is when somebody typed up the first
chapter of War and Peace.
And then made a precis of the rest of it and sent it
out and only one publisher recognized it.
- Jim Harrison

Success and money can really be quite blinding.
- Jim Harrison

 

Yeah, but now suddenly - you know, universities are
notoriously market oriented,
too.
- Jim Harrison

Everybody has a gun in their car in Detroit.
- Jim Harrison

I do have trouble with titles.
- Jim Harrison

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So when I made some money, I didn't have any idea how
one handled such a situation because no one in our
family ever had any money.
- Jim Harrison

There is a neurologist, a woman over at Harvard who
wanted me to come talk to them,
and in France I have a lot of readers in the sciences.
I can't tell you why.
- Jim Harrison

Naturally we would prefer seven epiphanies a day and
an earth not so apparently devoid of angels.
- Jim Harrison

Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness.
And they live by what they hear.
Such people become crazy...
or they become legend.
- Jim Harrison

I see more genuine sociability between the races in
Mississippi than I see in Michigan.
No question.
- Jim Harrison

I've never felt influenced by Ernest Hemingway though
I suppose there is something inevitable there.
- Jim Harrison

I asked a French critic a couple of years ago why my
books did so well in France.
He said it was because in my novels people both act and think.
I got a kick out of that.
- Jim Harrison

Your kids inevitably want to move where they had their
vacations when they were younger.
- Jim Harrison

I used to get criticized for putting food in novels.
- Jim Harrison

I should add that I very much enjoy certain cities especially Paris,
New York and Chicago.
- Jim Harrison

I'm actually forced to write about Michigan because
as a native of that state it's the place I know best.
- Jim Harrison

I got $30 from Nation magazine for a poem and $500
for my first book of poems.
- Jim Harrison

I rarely read or buy a book because of a review.
- Jim Harrison

After a lifetime of world travel I've been fascinated
that those in the third world don't have the same perception of reality that we do.
- Jim Harrison

New Yorkers are mostly interested in New York -
in case you haven't noticed.
- Jim Harrison

I write novellas because I don't like loose sprawling prose.
- Jim Harrison

Writing as a woman presents enormous problems but I
have attempted it several times and haven't had many complaints.
- Jim Harrison

I'm not rational enough to be a good journalist.
- Jim Harrison

I thought, frankly, that it would be more pleasant
to write a memoir than it was.
- Jim Harrison

Because most writers have totally unrealistic concepts of how publishing works.
- Jim Harrison

Short things are short all over and long things are long all over.
- Jim Harrison

Writers can write outside their ethnicity or sex depending
how open and vulnerable they wish to be.
- Jim Harrison

The fact is, the media never gets off the interstate
unless there's a major explosion.
- Jim Harrison

I don't see gender as the most significant fact of human existence.
- Jim Harrison

I enjoy about 1 out of 100 movies, it's about the same
proportion to books published that I care to read.
- Jim Harrison

We are all naturally xenophobic.
- Jim Harrison

Michigan is two radically different places -
the North and the South which makes for good drama and contrast.
- Jim Harrison

I don't know what psychotherapy does.
I have been seeing the same person for 26 years now.
- Jim Harrison

The trajectory started when I was on the roof of our
house looking out at a swamp when I was 19.
I had written for several years, starting at about 15,
but that day on the roof I took my vows and acknowledged my calling.
- Jim Harrison

I couldn't run a tight schedule, and if you're any good at teaching,
you get sucked dry because you like your students and
you're trying to help them,
but you don't have any time left to write yourself.
- Jim Harrison

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Life is an adventure.
I can only wonder what treasure
awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Don't hurry. Don't worry.
You're only here for a short visit.
So don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
- Walter Hagen

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition,
is not only a waste of energy
but the worst habit you could possibly have.
- Dale Carnegie

Life only
appears to be
rushing toward us
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


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