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Joyce Maynard Quotes and Sayings

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The portrait of my parents is a complicated one,
but lovingly drawn.
- Joyce Maynard

Not only did I avoid speaking of Salinger;
I resisted thinking about him.
I did not reread his letters to me.
The experience had been too painful.
- Joyce Maynard

To share our stories is not only a worthwhile endeavor for the storyteller,
but for those who hear our stories and feel less alone because of it.
- Joyce Maynard

Long after Salinger sent me away, I continued to believe
his standards and expectations were the best ones.
- Joyce Maynard

 

I continued to protect him with my silence.
- Joyce Maynard

Many women my age have known the experience of giving
up crucial parts of themselves to please the man they love.
- Joyce Maynard

If I told you about all the stories I don't tell,
I would be violating the very boundaries I set for myself.
- Joyce Maynard

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If a man wishes to truly not be written about,
he would do well not to write letters to 18-year-old girls,
inviting them into his life.
- Joyce Maynard

Some literary types subscribe to the notion that being
a writer like Salinger entitles a person to remain
free of the standards that might apply to mere mortals.
- Joyce Maynard

A person who deserves my loyalty receives it.
- Joyce Maynard

The silence was part of the story I wanted to tell.
- Joyce Maynard

The painter who feels obligated to depict his subjects
as uniformly beautiful or handsome and without flaws
will fall short of making art.
- Joyce Maynard

I believe every one of us possesses a fundamental right to tell our own story.
- Joyce Maynard

My job is writing.
I get paid to do it.
When was the last time you heard someone challenge
a doctor for making money off of cancer?
- Joyce Maynard

For 25 years, I did take my responsibilities as a pleaser
of others sufficiently seriously.
- Joyce Maynard

I have long observed that the act of writing is viewed,
by some, as an elite and otherworldly act,
all the more so if a person isn't paid for what she writes.
- Joyce Maynard

It is not the task of a reader to please her subjects.
- Joyce Maynard

I compromised my ability to tell my story,
at the most basic level.
- Joyce Maynard

Nothing like being visible, publishing one's work,
and speaking openly about one's life,
to disabuse the world of the illusion of one's perfection and purity.
- Joyce Maynard

Women writers have been told, forever,
that our stories were not valuable.
Not as valuable as men's stories about wars,
business, power.
- Joyce Maynard

At Home in the World is the story of a young woman,
raised in some difficult circumstances,
and how she survives.
It tells a story of redemption, not victimhood.
- Joyce Maynard

It's not only children who grow.
Parents do too.
As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives,
they are watching us to see what we do with ours.
I can't tell my children to reach for the sun.
All I can do is reach for it, myself.
- Joyce Maynard

The vehemence with which certain critics have chosen
not simply to criticize what I've written,
but to challenge my writing this story at all,
speaks of what the book is about: fear of disapproval.
- Joyce Maynard

Teach a child to play solitaire, and she'll be able
to entertain herself when there's no one around.
Teach her tennis, and she'll know what to do when she's on a court.
But raise her to feel comfortable in nature,
and the whole planet is her home.
- Joyce Maynard

I believed my story would be helpful to young women my daughter's age,
who are still in the process of forming themselves as women,
and in need of encouragement to remain true to themselves.
- Joyce Maynard

Although Salinger had long since cut me out of his
life completely and made it plain that he had nothing but contempt for me,
the thought of becoming the object of his wrath was
more than I felt ready to take on.
- Joyce Maynard

I wonder what it is that the people who criticize me
for telling this story truly object to:
is it that I have dared to tell the story? Or that
the story turns out not to be the one they wanted to hear?
- Joyce Maynard

The portrait I do best is of the person I know best.
- Nadar

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Even though I love my mother, I didn't want to make
an idealized portrait of her.
I'm fascinated more by her defects -
they are funnier than her other qualities.
- Pedro Almodovar

The countenance is the portrait of the soul,
and the eyes mark its intentions.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Your library is your portrait.
- Holbrook Jackson

Not only are Christians writing about Jesus,
but also Communists, Jews, atheists and agnostics are
taking up their pens to paint a portrait of Jesus.
- John Clayton

Traffic is about drugs.
As detailed a portrait as I can muster about what is
happening in the drug world,
from top to bottom, from policy to how things move on the street.
- Steven Soderbergh

A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.
- John Singer Sargent

Every man's work, whether it be literature,
or music or pictures or architecture or anything else,
is always a portrait of himself.
- Samuel Butler

It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait.
- James Whistler

You know, if one paints someone's portrait,
one should not know him if possible.
- Otto Dix

I used to try to draw my girlfriends.
I think one of the most romantic things that anybody
can do is draw a portrait of the person you love.
- Nick Carter

My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce,
amuse and entertain.
- Helmut Newton

I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject,
rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.
- Salvador Dali

We know evolution happened because innumerable bits
of data from myriad fields of science conjoin to paint
a rich portrait of life's pilgrimage.
- Michael Shermer

Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
- John Singer Sargent

I found it an interesting portrait of a marriage in
exploring notions of how one partner supports the other,
whilst not jeopardizing the greater good -
which is the family.
- Rachel Griffiths

The landscape is like being there with a powerful personality
and I'm searching for just the right angles to make
that portrait come across as meaningfully as possible.
- Galen Rowell

When I paint a person, his enemies always find the
portrait a good likeness.
- Edvard Munch

The reason that I'm an actor, or an artist,
is ultimately because I'm trying to paint a self-portrait,
and the most complete and beautiful self-portrait that you can.
- Terrence Howard

There are only two styles of portrait painting;
the serious and the smirk.
- Charles Dickens

Few persons who have ever sat for a portrait can have
felt anything but inferior while the process is going on.
- Anthony Powell

The length of exposure (one minute in sunlight) is
still too long for the portrait.
It was fifteen minutes when I first began my work.
Progress may continue.
- Gabriel Lippmann

The progression of roles you take strings together a portrait of an actor,
but it's a completely random process.
- Meryl Streep

I would hardly call myself an artist in that sense;
I doodle,
I draw, I'm not a trained artist, I couldn't sit down
and do an accurate portrait of anyone.
- Rene Auberjonois

To sit for one's portrait is like being present at one's own creation.
- Alexander Smith

The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are,
whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball.
In a word, I have tried to be objective.
- Berenice Abbott

In a portrait, you have room to have a point of view.
The image may not be literally what's going on,
but it's representative.
- Annie Leibovitz

The true portrait of a man is a fusion of what he thinks he is,
what others think he is, what he really is and what he tries to be.
- Dore Schary

It is done...
the precious portrait placed in the hands of the gentlemen for safe keeping.
- Dolley Madison

The moment seemed right to me for a full and,
if possible, authoritative portrait of the life and
character of the Prince of Wales.
- Jonathan Dimbleby

The most difficult thing for me is a portrait.
You have to try and put your camera between the skin
of a person and his shirt.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

When having my portrait painted I don't want justice,
I want mercy.
- Billy Hughes

I wanted to become a cartoon artist,
a portrait artist,
and an illustrator.
This was my first idea.
- Karl Lagerfeld

It seems to be a law of nature that no man,
unless he has some obvious physical deformity,
ever is loth to sit for his portrait.
- Max Beerbohm

A true portrait should, today and a hundred years from today,
the Testimony of how this person looked and what kind of human being he was.
- Philippe Halsman

Is it possible that the portrait of the divine Son
of God is an exaggeration,
at best, or a complete fabrication, at worst,
of the original Jesus?
- John Clayton

I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence
all the days and nights that I am away from you.
- Frida Kahlo

There is no self-portrait of me.
- Gustav Klimt

When you start with a portrait and search for a pure form,
a clear volume, through successive eliminations,
you arrive inevitably at the egg.
Likewise, starting with the egg and following the same process in reverse,
one finishes with the portrait.
- Pablo Picasso

At the unveiling at the White House of the presidential portrait,
President Bush pointed out that Hillary Clinton was
the first sitting Senator in history to have her portrait
hanging in the White House.
- Eleanor Clift

So, did I work with Warhol? I worked with him less
on that play then I did on other things.
He actually did a portrait of my rabbit and some other stuff.
Warhol was definitely...
Warhol.
- Harvey Fierstein

And then I went round the corner and there's a Van Gogh portrait,
and you just think, well, this is another level.
A higher level, actually.
I love the Sargent, but it's not the level of Van Gogh.
- David Hockney

It is not likely that posterity will fall in love with us,
but not impossible that it may respect or sympathize;
so a man would rather leave behind him the portrait
of his spirit than a portrait of his face.
- Robert Louis Stevenson


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