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Peter Straub Quotes and Sayings

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As soon as I started writing Julia, by which I mean
while writing its first sentence,
I felt a sudden, reassuring charge of excitement.
I knew it was going to work.
- Peter Straub

Fear and I were old buddies, despite my best efforts to the contrary.
- Peter Straub

Each new book is a tremendous challenge.
- Peter Straub

Everyone wants to get better as they go along,
but sometimes it's all you can do to stay consistent.
- Peter Straub

 

I had a connoisseur's...
appreciation of fear.
- Peter Straub

I generally wade in blind and trust to fate and instinct to see me through.
- Peter Straub

An average working day begins at 8 or 9 am,
includes an hour for lunch, and ends at 5 or 6 pm.
- Peter Straub

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Dick Dart emerged from the ether during a flight from
New York with my wife and children to Puerto Rico.
- Peter Straub

The actual Blue Rose murders, which lie at the core of the three novels,
yield various incorrect solutions which assume the status of truth.
- Peter Straub

If I planned everything out in advance,
I'd expire of boredom.
- Peter Straub

On gym days, I don't get to my desk until 4 in the afternoon,
and everything except bedtime and the appointment with
the liquid narcotic is pushed back a bit.
- Peter Straub

Many fiction writers eventually want to feel that their work forms a single,
unified entity.
- Peter Straub

I believe I encountered death, which was a bit too
much for a seven-year-old.
- Peter Straub

Nobody is surprised that women writers accurately represent
male characters over and over again,
no doubt because everybody knows that women understand
men much better than vice-versa.
- Peter Straub

I write longer sentences than most of the others,
maybe because I probably like Henry James more than they do.
- Peter Straub

However, I think I managed to reach a new level with Koko,
and I will always be grateful for the experience.
- Peter Straub

When, in the third book, we do learn the identity of the Blue Rose murderer,
the information comes in a muted, nearly off-hand manner,
and the man has died long before.
- Peter Straub

My first real breakthrough collided with the last months
of Callaghan's Labour government,
which had every intention of enjoying my success as much as I did.
- Peter Straub

I instantly chucked my academic ambitions and began
writing fiction full-time.
- Peter Straub

There were a lot of adventure books for boys,
historical novels by Kenneth Roberts,
and whatever mystery novels the alarmed librarian imagined
might not corrupt an eager but innocent youth.
- Peter Straub

These days, there are a great many books about childhood trauma and its effects,
but at the time all the experts agreed that one should
forget about it as quickly as possible and pick up where you left off.
- Peter Straub

Instead, I was interested in what I guess I could call narrative indeterminacy,
in questioning the apparent, taken-for-granted authority
of any particular representation of the events in question.
- Peter Straub

There have been times when I reread -
or at least leafed through -
something because I'd sent a copy to a friend,
and what usually happened was that I noticed dozens
and dozens of clumsy phrases I wished I could rewrite.
- Peter Straub

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted,
but beholds it as something
unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
- Albert Schweitzer

As soon as you trust yourself,
you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Act the way you'd like to be
and soon you'll be the way you act.
- Leonard Cohen

Knowledge is soon changed, then lost in the mist, an echo half-heard.
- Gene Wolfe

As soon as there is life there is danger.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but think you can't
It's almost a cinch you won't.
Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.
- Anonymous

If a man does not make new acquaintances
as he advances through life,
he will soon find himself alone.
A man, sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.
- Samuel Johnson

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We should meet abuse by forbearance.
Human nature is so constituted that
if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse,
the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

As soon as someone is identified as an unsung hero,
he no longer is.
- George Carlin

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.
- Albert Einstein

I am but a grain of sand on the beach of life.
My footprints in the sands of time soon wash away.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon,
but that we wait so long to begin it.
- Anonymous

I'd just as soon stay home and raise babies.
- June Allyson

A fool and his money are soon elected.
- Will Rogers

I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down.
- Robert Frost

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench
the fire of love with words.
- William Shakespeare

Truth is by nature self-evident.
As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance
that surround it, it shines clear.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted,
but now it happens to everybody.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

A fool and his money are soon parted.
- Thomas Tusser

He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass.
- Edgar R. Fiedler

Some people will never learn anything,
for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.
- Alexander Pope

A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're
talking about real money.
- Everett Dirksen

There is a fine line between perseverance and insanity.
At what point have you tried your best,
and it's time to do something different?
It's a balance - a paradox.
If you get in the habit of giving up
as soon as something gets difficult,
your life won't work,
but if you keep tilting at windmills -
madly trying the same thing again and again,
your life also won't work.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
- John Cage

When people get married because they think
it's a long-time love affair,
they'll be divorced very soon,
because all love affairs end in disappointment.
But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.
- Joseph Campbell

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal.
Soon we'll need a new definition.
- Alvin Toffler

Love built on beauty, soon as beauty,
dies.
- John Donne

Birds are indicators of the environment.
If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble.
- Roger Tory Peterson

Soon we'll be out amid the cold world's strife.
Soon we'll be sliding down the razor blade of life.
But as we go our sordid sep'rate ways,
We shall ne'er forget thee, thou golden college days.
Hearts full of youth,
Hearts full of truth,
Six parts gin to one part vermouth.
- Tom Lehrer - song: Bright College Days,
album: An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible,
then they seem improbable, and then,
when we summon the will,
they soon become inevitable.
- Christopher Reeve

I made my money by selling too soon.
- Bernard Baruch

I am a Korean War veteran.
I support our troops as much as anyone in this body,
but I do so by advocating redeployment out of Iraq
as soon as it can be safely done.
- John Conyers

As soon as liberty is complete it dies in anarchy.
- Will Durant

This business switching styles can't be done honestly by one man.
As soon as he can play his instrument well,
he can express himself, and all his life he has only one self.
- Jimmy Rushing

If there's a silence in a room I'll try to fill it
as soon as humanly possible.
- Matthew Perry

Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment
are cherished in the mind.
Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.
- John Dryden

We plan to support Exchange 2003 as soon as it is released.
We already have the prerelease versions from MSDN.
- Nat Friedman

I loved to read when I was a kid, and as soon as I
realized that an actual person got to make up the books I loved so much,
I decided that that was the job for me.
- Margaret Haddix

There never was and is not likely soon to be
a nation of philosophers,
nor am I certain it is desirable that there should be.
- Henry David Thoreau

Any nation that thinks more of its ease and comfort
than its freedom will soon lose its freedom;
and the ironical thing about it is that it will lose
its ease and comfort too.
- W. Somerset Maugham

We are Bayern Munich and English teams always have
trouble as soon as they leave the island.
- Oliver Kahn

When you really don't like a guy, they're all over you,
and as soon as you act like you like them,
they're no longer interested.
- Beyonce Knowles

As long as a film stays unmade, the book is entirely yours,
it belongs to the writer.
As soon as you make it into a film, suddenly more people
see it than have ever read the book.
- Iain Banks

There are no more new worlds.
The unoccupied arable lands of the earth are limited,
and will soon be taken.
- Josiah Strong

Fortune pays you sometimes for the intensity of her
favors by the shortness of their duration.
She soon tires of carrying any one long on her shoulders.
- Baltasar Gracian


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