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Jonathan Lethem Quotes and Sayings

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The past is still visible.
The buildings haven't changed, the layout of the streets hasn't changed.
So memory is very available to me as I walk around.
- Jonathan Lethem

I keep one simple rule that I only move in one direction -
I write the book straight through from beginning to end.
By following time's arrow, I keep myself sane.
- Jonathan Lethem

I've never related to the work geek at all-it sounds
much more horrible than nerd.
Like a freak biting a chicken's head off in a sideshow.
- Jonathan Lethem

I grew up with an artist father, and my parents' friends
were also mainly artists or writers,
so he connects what I do with his example.
- Jonathan Lethem

 

I never take any notes or draw charts or make elaborate diagrams,
but I hold an image of the shape of a book in my head
and work from that mental hologram.
- Jonathan Lethem

I can't bear the silent ringing in my skull.
- Jonathan Lethem

Nerds are just deep, and neurotic, fans.
Needy fans.
We're all nerds, on one subject or another.
- Jonathan Lethem

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I plan less and less.
It's a great benefit of writing lots,
that you get good at holding long narratives in your
head like a virtual space.
- Jonathan Lethem

Comics? Honestly, that's more a matter of nostalgia for me.
I think most of that energy has gone to my love of
literature and my love of film.
- Jonathan Lethem

I had always wanted to be a writer who confused genre
boundaries and who was read in multiple contexts.
- Jonathan Lethem

What's lucky about my career in general is that I stumbled
into what every writer most wants.
Not repeating myself and doing strange things has become my trademark.
- Jonathan Lethem

It's now expected of me that I will defy expectation,
so I really generally seem to be free to write what I want.
- Jonathan Lethem

It was only as I wrote about it that I began to find
paths of access to feelings that were intolerable to me then.
- Jonathan Lethem

I got into underground comics fairly early on and kind
of wandered away from the superhero stuff,
but I was an art student and I was drawing a lot as a kid.
- Jonathan Lethem

I work on a laptop specifically so I can work in cafes
and pretend I'm part of the human world.
- Jonathan Lethem

I try not to become too regular an addict of any one subculture.
- Jonathan Lethem

Fantastic writing in English is kind of disreputable,
but fantastic writing in translation is the summit.
- Jonathan Lethem

I learned to write fiction the way I learned to read fiction -
by skipping the parts that bored me.
- Jonathan Lethem

When the civil rights battle was won,
all the Jews and hippies and artists were middle class
white people and all the blacks were still poor.
Materially, not much changed.
- Jonathan Lethem

My fiction has been influenced by the visual arts,
though not in obvious ways, it seems to me.
I don't offer tremendous amounts of visual information in my work.
- Jonathan Lethem

It was good while it was good.
- Jonathan Lethem

The arts and a belief in the values of the civil rights movement,
in the overwhelming virtue of diversity,
these were our religion.
My parents worshipped those ideals.
- Jonathan Lethem

In my third novel there is an actual black hole that
swallows everything you love.
- Jonathan Lethem

I don't paint anymore.
I haven't since I abandoned it at 19,
in order to begin writing seriously.
- Jonathan Lethem

I'd have been a filmmaker or a cartoonist or something
else which extended from the visual arts into the making
of narratives if I hadn't been able to shift into fiction.
- Jonathan Lethem

Discomfort is very much part of my master plan.
- Jonathan Lethem

I just noticed recently that in one book after another
I seem to find an excuse to find some character who,
to put it idiotically simply, is allowed to talk crazy.
- Jonathan Lethem

The book is openly a kind of spiritual autobiography,
but the trick is that on any other level it's a kind
of insane collage of fragments of memory.
- Jonathan Lethem

The more film I watch, the more John Ford looks like a giant.
His politics aren't so good, and you have to learn
to accept John Wayne as an actor,
but he's a poet in black and white.
- Jonathan Lethem

I'd excluded New York from my writing,
and then I came back and I fell in love with it all over again.
The energy comes from an absence, that yearning for
New York when you are not there.
- Jonathan Lethem

I've had the odd good luck of starting slowly and building gradually,
something few writers are allowed anymore.
As a result I've seen each of my books called the breakthrough.
And each was, in its way.
- Jonathan Lethem

What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare PHOTO

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson PHOTO

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

The past is a ghost, the future a dream,
and all we ever have is now.
- Bill Cosby

Fear not for the future,
weep not for the past.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

There is a great future in front of you,
you can leave your past behind.
- Joel Osteen

Life is the future, not the past.
- Terry Goodkind

The past has no power over the present moment.
- Eckhart Tolle

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

You change the past when you change the way you see it.
- Alan Cohen

Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell

Forgiveness does not change the past,
but it does enlarge the future.
- Paul Boese

Gain happiness by living in the present -
without regret for the past or fear of the future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live life with no regrets and no resentments.
Whatever happened in the past,
forgive yourself and others. Choose love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever happened in the past,
forgive yourself and others.
Choose love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Like a bird in flight, your life can soar
above the troubles of the world.
Breathe deep, choose, and break the shackles of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The distinction between the past, present and future
is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
- Albert Einstein

Fill your heart with the creative power
to accept the past,
decorate the present
and transform the future.
- Osho

The past does not equal the future.
- Anthony Robbins

Study the past, if you would divine the future.
- Confucius

RESPONSIBILITY: Fulfill the obligations that the past posts to me.
Embrace the opportunity for service based in love.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past
have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
- George S. Patton

For time and the world do not stand still.
Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

If we open a quarrel between past and present,
we shall find that we have lost the future.
- Winston Churchill

Don't let the past drive life - choose life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
- The Buddha

The future has nothing in common with the past -
except natural laws and human nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Inner peace can be reached
only when we practice forgiveness ...
letting go of the past,
and correcting our misperceptions.
- Gerald Jampolsky

He who spends time regretting the past,
loses the present and risks the future.
- Quevedo

Create your future from your future not your past.
- Werner Erhard

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste
that they hurry past it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

With the past, I have nothing to do;
nor with the future. I live now.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The heart knows nothing of the past,
nothing of the future;
it knows only of the present.
- Osho

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to
remember seven generations in the past and
consider seven generations in the future
when making decisions that affect the people.
- Wilma Mankiller

Drive into your future looking at the open road ahead
rather than into the rear-view mirror of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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