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Jonathan Franzen Quotes and Sayings

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I really enjoy doing both, but I didn't write nonfiction until 1994.
- Jonathan Franzen

It's very liberating for me to realize that I don't
have to step up to the plate with a plot that involves the U.N.
Security Council.
- Jonathan Franzen

I was about 13, in some ways, when I wrote the first book.
Approximately 18 when I wrote the second.
- Jonathan Franzen

But as far as being popular, yeah, I think Dave Barry is really funny.
- Jonathan Franzen

 

I feel as if I'm clearly part of a trend among writers
who take themselves seriously -
and I confess to taking myself as seriously as the next writer.
- Jonathan Franzen

The real pleasure in writing this, for me,
was discovering how little you need.
- Jonathan Franzen

I voluntarily inflicted a certain level of insanity on myself.
- Jonathan Franzen

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When I finally gave up any hope of doing anything representative of the American family,
I actually seemed to have tapped into other people's weirdness in that way.
- Jonathan Franzen

We may freak out globally, but we suffer locally.
- Jonathan Franzen

It's just a matter of writing the kind of book I enjoy reading.
Something better be happening at the beginning,
and then on every page after, or I get irritated.
- Jonathan Franzen

I was a late child from my parents, so I grew up surrounded
by people a lot older than me.
I think even when I was 21, I felt like I was a 70-year-old man.
- Jonathan Franzen

And Silence of the Lambs is a really smart book.
- Jonathan Franzen

The Mekons were kind of like the background music of my life.
- Jonathan Franzen

's one of the perversities of the age:
I'm embarrassed by its success,
but I'm happy it's selling.
- Jonathan Franzen

I hate that word dysfunction.
- Jonathan Franzen

It seems to me self-evident that if you have a life,
things happen in it, and certain things do change;
certain things end.
People you know die.
- Jonathan Franzen

I wrote two plotted books, got some of the fundamentals of storytelling down,
then...
it's sort of like taking the training wheels off,
trying to write a book that's fun in the same way without
relying on quite such mechanical or external beats.
- Jonathan Franzen

I was unwise enough to actually mention this in public a few times,
and in fact to point out that there were two versions of the book now.
One of them had somebody else's name on the cover,
one had my name on the cover.
- Jonathan Franzen

If you're interested in how people behave,
if you're interested in the way they talk about themselves,
the way the conceive of themselves, it's very hard
to ignore drugs nowadays,
because that is so much part of the conversation.
- Jonathan Franzen

I used to think it was hard to write,
and I still find the process more or less unpleasant,
but if I know what I'm doing it rattles along,
then the rewrite whips it into shape rather quickly.
- Jonathan Franzen

It's not surprising to see in my own work,
looking back, and in the work of some of my peers,
an attention to family.
It's nice to write a book that does tend toward significance and meaning,
and where else are you sure of finding it?
- Jonathan Franzen

I look at my father, who was in many ways an unhappy person,
but who, not long before he got sick,
said that the greatest source of satisfaction in his
life had been going to work in the company of other workers.
- Jonathan Franzen

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson PHOTO

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius PHOTO

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Sometimes the things you really want
sneak in the back door.
Notice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

Love me when I least deserve it,
because that's when I really need it.
- Swedish Proverb PHOTO

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We really have to understand the person we want to love.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

We can never get enough of what we don't really need.
- Matthew Kelly

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

One of the secrets of life is that
all that is really worth the doing
is what we do for others.
- Lewis Carroll

The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it
as he who helps to perpetrate it.
He who accepts evil without protesting against it
is really cooperating with it.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Take time to contemplate -
away from the opinions and influence of others -
what you really want
and what you believe to be important in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One thing I know: the only ones among you
who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

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

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

Forgiveness is really a gift to yourself -
have the compassion to forgive others,
and the courage to forgive yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
- Gail Sheehy

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
- e. e. cummings

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know:
the only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

How different our lives are when we
really know what is deeply important to us,
and keeping that picture in mind,
we manage ourselves each day
to be and to do what really matters most
- Stephen Covey

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true
were really true, there would be little hope of advance.
- Orville Wright

The really great secret - Happiness is free.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion.
- Soren Kierkegaard

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

What you seem to be, be really.
- Benjamin Franklin

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are
and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We're constantly striving for success, fame and comfort
when all we really need to be happy
is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous,
there's really nothing to lose.
- Jewel

The journey between what you once were
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis

We never see Life as it really is.
All we can ever see is the reflection of Life -
distorted by our unique perceptions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I hear many people talk about their longing for a balanced life.
What I think they are really expressing
is a desire for a life with less pressure.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous;
there's really nothing to lose.
There's no wrong you can't make right again,
so be kinder to yourself;
have fun, take chances. There are no bounds.
- Jewel

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We all have a social mask, right?
We put it on, we go out, put our
best foot forward, our best image.
But behind that social mask is a personal truth,
what we really, really believe
about who we are and what we're capable of.
- Phil McGraw

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel that
you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

You can never really live anyone else's life,
not even your child's.
The influence you exert is through your own life,
and what you've become yourself.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

To have a friendship with God,
all I really have to do is have
a friendship with my Self.
- Neale Donald Walsch

Maybe life isn't really as complicated
as we make it out to be.
Perhaps a simple child-like attitude would create
a less stressful and happier life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we like what we do, if we always do our best,
then we are really enjoying life.
We are having fun, we don't get bored,
we don't have frustrations.
- don Miguel Ruiz


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