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Rick Moody Quotes and Sayings

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The point is to balance on the edge between musicality and content.
- Rick Moody

Genre is a bookstore problem, not a literary problem.
- Rick Moody

I'm trying to read more dead people because I keep
having to read stuff for juries and so forth.
- Rick Moody

It's also true, however, that having conquered the regional writer ghetto,
I am now intent on conquering the nationalist writer
ghetto and moving out into the world more.
- Rick Moody

 

I am in Boston right now, in fact, to do work at the
New England Historical Genealogical Library,
where I'm trying to finish up tracing my lineage back
to the seventeenth century.
- Rick Moody

Nonfiction that uses novelistic devices and strategies to shape the work.
That's material that I really like.
- Rick Moody

I'm trying to make sure that there's comedy as well as sadness.
It makes the sadness more memorable.
- Rick Moody

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I suppose I should say that I treasure blasphemy,
as a faith of the highest order.
- Rick Moody

My contention is that that style is just as stylized as an ornate style.
- Rick Moody

This is odd, but there are certain things that are
really embarrassing to talk about -
one is my job and the success that I've had in it,
and the other is money.
- Rick Moody

I turned forty, and I'm finally going to get married and maybe have a kid.
- Rick Moody

I judged about a zillion awards this year so I've been
reading a lot of books that just came out.
- Rick Moody

I have worked really hard to defy categorization,
to break down a taxonomy whenever it comes my way.
- Rick Moody

All the stuff that I used to treat with contempt -
you know,
I'm an artist, man, I don't do that family stuff -
has begun to seem really important.
- Rick Moody

I made this list of stuff that it's time for me to try to do.
- Rick Moody

Literature precedes genre.
- Rick Moody

The process of composition, messing around with paragraphs
and trying to make really good prose,
is hardwired into my personality.
- Rick Moody

The Ice Storm, because of the movie,
has had,
or is to have, a vigorous life in other cultures.
- Rick Moody

Impotence, fetishism, bisexuality, and bondage are all facts of life,
and our fiction should reflect that.
- Rick Moody

So while it is true that I find really dark stuff funny sometimes,
it's also true that as a writer of books I want to
have the whole range of human emotions.
- Rick Moody

What genre it falls under is only of interest later.
- Rick Moody

When prose gets too stylized and out of control -
and Stein is sometimes a good example -
when you don't know what the hell is going on,
then it's kind of boring.
- Rick Moody

I didn't know how to kill off a character unless I was able,
as a narrator, to get really complicated.
Because it was a big deal.
I'd never killed a character before.
- Rick Moody

I love comic books and always did as a kid.
- Rick Moody

I always wanted to write something illustrated,
and the Details strip finally gave me the opportunity.
- Rick Moody

Writing the book was itself a process of concealing and revealing.
- Rick Moody

Maybe when I'm sixty-five I'll talk about my literary life.
- Rick Moody

It turns out that my memory is just not that great,
so for specific scenes with people doing stuff,
sometimes I'd have the details all wrong or I couldn't
remember what happened exactly,
so I just let that be.
- Rick Moody

But that incessant drive to be out there in the literary
universe that was important to me when I was in my twenties,
like going to a Paris Review party or whatever,
that seems totally irrelevant now.
- Rick Moody

My grandfather was a newspaper publisher and his paper
had all the comics in NYC,
so some of my earliest memories are of reading the
family paper and heading straight for the comics insert.
- Rick Moody

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

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There's a point... when you have to choose
whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life,
or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

We see Life through the fun-house mirrors of our point-of-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The starting point of all achievement is desire.
- Napoleon Hill

Your point of view sets you up well in advance
for how you view the events as they unfold.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Most everything in life is about our
point-of-view rather than any absolute.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We cling to our own point of view,
as though everything depended on it.
Yet our opinions have no permanence;
like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
- Zhuangzi

If there is any one secret of success,
it lies in the ability to get
the other person's point of view
and see things from that person's angle
as well as from your own.
- Henry Ford

Your opinion is nothing but your point of view.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Competition has been shown to be useful
up to a certain point and no further,
but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today,
begins where competition leaves off.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I will dance a little.
I will move with the wind.
I will give my body to my love and celebrate
that we have substance beyond the idea of ourselves.
We can move. We can touch. This is my physical exclamation point.
This is how I can awaken my mind to the possibilities in the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Thoughtful people seldom share exactly the same opinion -
the same point-of-view.
The wise ones understand that they know nothing -
for virtually none of our experience is truly factual -
and they graciously honor all other opinions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Exotic or ordinary, glamorous or plain,
exciting or boring - it's all in our point-of-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is in our point-of-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are now at a point where we must educate our children
in what no one knew yesterday,
and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
- Margaret Mead

If you have an important point to make,
don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.
Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again.
Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
- Winston Churchill

Most of us believe that we have
been betrayed by someone outside of us -
in other words someone has done something to hurt us,
been dishonest or broken a promise made:
some trust in some concept was broken.
Indeed someone may have taken an action
that took only their needs into consideration,
they may have not followed through on a promise made,
and they may have not told you the truth.
But their actions have nothing to do with you
and have everything to do with them.
That's why no one can do anything TO you.
They can take actions that involve you that you may not like -
according to your point of view.
But you are not a victim, no way, no how.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Life is a continuity always and always.
There is no final destination it is going towards.
Just the pilgrimage, just the journey in itself is life,
not reaching to some point,
no goal - just dancing and being in pilgrimage,
moving joyously, without bothering about any destination.
- Osho

Above all, don't lie to yourself.
The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie
comes to a point that he cannot
distinguish the truth within him, or around him,
and so loses all respect for himself and for others.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Misery nourishes your ego -
that's why you see so many miserable people in the world.
The basic, central point is the ego.
- Osho

Each of us is burdened by an unlimited number of
expectations (demands) that we hold for the actions of others.
We "know" that there is a right way to do things,
and are often outraged when our expectations are not met.
Usually, we are unaware that we merely
have a strong opinion and point-of-view,
and are sure that we know how everything is supposed to be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us holds a different image of God.
There are as many perspectives on
the nature of God as there are people.
However much any of us may choose to argue,
or to fight and kill, for our point of view,
the nature of God is an unanswerable question.
Perhaps there is a specific answer,
that we will never learn - in this lifetime.
Perhaps the nature of God is so complex and multifaceted
that each view of God describes an aspect of the complex whole.
Or perhaps the nature of God is actually defined by our beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is no point at which you can say,
"Well, I'm successful now.
I might as well take a nap."
- Carrie Fisher

Men must live and create.
Live to the point of tears.
- Albert Camus

I quit high school on my birthday.
It was my senior year and I didn't see the point.
This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.
- Barry White

At a certain point I'm going to want to have a family.
- Gwen Stefani

Have a talk with your mind
(it really is something separate from yourself).
Lay down the law.
"My life begins TODAY.
I am like a newborn.
I have what I have today;
I have my fingers, my toes,
some people in my life,
some material and financial state.
Yesterday is only a dream -
perhaps a nightmare,
perhaps a cherished memory,
but only a dream - nothing more.
I will make all decisions and actions based solely
on what I have today as a starting point."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes it happens that a man's circle
of horizon becomes smaller and smaller,
and as the radius approaches zero
it concentrates on one point.
And then that becomes his point of view.
- David Hilbert

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's really no point in having children if you're
not going to be home enough to father them.
- Anthony Edwards

A poet's work is to name the unnameable,
to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments,
shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
- Salman Rushdie

There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure
to dance without cessation;
and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.
- Lewis Carroll

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome.
No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
- Andre Gide

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence;
but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Food can become such a point of anxiety -
not because it's food,
but just because you have anxiety.
That's how eating disorders develop.
- Vanessa Carlton

I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack
that life is extinct on other planets
because their scientists were more advanced than ours.
- John F. Kennedy

Life repeats itself mindlessly -
unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel.
That's why Buddhists call it the wheel of life and death,
the wheel of time.
It moves like a wheel: birth is followed by death,
death is followed by birth;
love is followed by hate, hate is followed by love;
success is followed by failure,
failure is followed by success. Just see!
If you can watch just for a few days,
you will see a pattern emerging, a wheel pattern.
One day, a fine morning, you are feeling so good and so happy,
and another day you are so dull,
so dead that you start thinking of committing suicide.
And just the other day you were so full of life,
so blissful that you were feeling thankful to God,
that you were in a mood of deep gratefulness,
and today there is great complaint
and you don't see the point why one should go on living...
And it goes on and on, but you don't see the pattern.
Once you see the pattern, you can get out of it.
- Osho

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

At a certain point, I just put the building and the art impulse together.
I decided that building was a legitimate way to make sculpture.
- Martin Puryear

Equality and development will not be achieved however
if peace is not understood from women's' point of view.
- Jenny Shipley


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