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Sharon Olds Quotes and Sayings

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When I quit all these things and said I didn't have any time,
I meant I didn't have any time.
- Sharon Olds

I wish I wrote more about the world at more distance from myself.
- Sharon Olds

I think this is true for all artists.
My senses are very important to me.
- Sharon Olds

It might be a bad thing, not to know what's going on in the world.
I can't say I really approve of it.
- Sharon Olds

 

I think that there are fiction writers for whom that works well.
I could never do it.
I feel as if, by the time I see that it's a poem,
it's almost written in my head somewhere.
- Sharon Olds

Their spirits and their visions are embodied in their craft.
And so is mine.
It's not Jane Saw Puff.
But the clarity of Jane Saw Puff is precious to me.
- Sharon Olds

Well, one thing I'm really interested in,
when I'm writing, is being accurate.
- Sharon Olds

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The amount of horror one used to hear about in one
village could be quite extreme.
But one might not have heard about all the other villages'
horrors at the same time.
- Sharon Olds

I didn't have time to sit down and look at the work
of a year and choose what to type.
- Sharon Olds

Many poets write books.
They'll tell you: Well, I've got my next book,
but there are two poems I need to write,
one about x, one about y. This is a wonder to me.
- Sharon Olds

Well, "The Wellspring" was written from 1983 to 1986.
And it had a section in the beginning that was poems
that began from others' experience.
- Sharon Olds

This creature of the poem may assemble itself into
a being with its own centrifugal force.
- Sharon Olds

The older I get, the more I feel almost beautiful.
- Sharon Olds

I was very afraid that I wouldn't be able to do this job well.
And the time never came back.
- Sharon Olds

My poems - I don't even like the sound of that,
in a way.
Not that anyone else wrote them.
But we know that only people who are really close to
us care about our personal experience.
- Sharon Olds

I'm probably so out of it at my age that I don't know what people think.
- Sharon Olds

There are some fine books and essays about that.
Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and
the role that society gives its writers -
encouraging them to die.
- Sharon Olds

So I did quit coffee and I did quit smoking.
But I haven't managed that with drinking!
- Sharon Olds

At one point I took on a new job, and I just didn't
have time to do anything but work.
- Sharon Olds

The decision for me was whether to have "The Father"
be a book that told a story -
from the point of view of this speaker,
the daughter - without, as in the earlier books,
then having a section on something else and a section on something else.
- Sharon Olds

If I wrote in a sonnet form, I would be distorting.
Or if I had some great new idea for line breaks and I used it in a poem,
but it's really not right for that poem,
but I wanted it, that would be distorting.
- Sharon Olds

I'm not sure that the benefit - as a writer and as a citizen -
that I would get from reading at least the front page
of the Times every day or every other day would outweigh the depression.
- Sharon Olds

Maybe we can use a metaphor for it, out of dance.
I think for many years I was aware of the need,
in dance and in life, to breathe deeply and to take
in more air than we usually take in.
- Sharon Olds

Most people give up just when
they're about to achieve success.
They quit on the one yard line.
They give up at the last minute of the game,
one foot from a winning touch down.
- Ross Perot

Never quit.
- Anonymous

Do not quit!
Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the
towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes
along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Winners never quit and quitters never win.
- Vince Lombardi

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves
and our own self-preservation,
we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
- Joseph Campbell

Don't quit.
- Anonymous

Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

Success seems to be connected with action.
Successful people keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up.
Perhaps you will need to change your plan
and approach you goal from a different direction, but don't quit.
Keep thinking. Keep re-planning. Keep going.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Feeling good about government is like looking on the
bright side of any catastrophe.
When you quit looking on the bright side,
the catastrophe is still there.
- P. J. O'Rourke

Suicide is man's way of telling God,
"You can't fire me -
I quit."
- Bill Maher

Take everything easy and quit dreaming and brooding
and you will be well guarded from a thousand evils.
- Amy Lowell

You can never quit.
Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
- Ted Turner

It's always too early to quit.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Quit worrying about your health.
It will go away.
- Robert Orben

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

But we need to quit taxing people upon death.
No taxation without respiration.
- Steve King

Quit thinking that you must halt before the barrier of inner negativity.
You need not.
You can crash through...
whatever we see a negative state, that is where we can destroy it.
- Vernon Howard

It's a little like wrestling a gorilla.
You don't quit when you're tired - you quit when the gorilla is tired.
- Robert Strauss

A lot of people quit looking for work as soon as they find a job.
- Zig Ziglar

Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does.
A man is not finished when he's defeated.
He's finished when he quits.
- Richard M. Nixon

I quit flying years ago.
I don't want to die with tourists.
- Billy Bob Thornton

I think somebody ought to do a survey as to how many great,
important men have quit to spend time with their families
who spent any more time with their family.
- Walter Cronkite

I would have quit before I went rock-n-roll.
I know one way, and that's natural, and when I can't make it,
I'll come home and stay.
I believe in my music.
- Ralph Stanley

The guys have told me not to quit my day job.
- Garth Brooks

I will work on Invincible until I am made to quit.
- Robert Kirkman

You're always better off if you quit smoking;
it's never too late.
- Loni Anderson

There's a lot of things that are said on the American Idol message board.
I quit reading them because most of the people are very mean.
- Carrie Underwood

My mother and father, Joe and Theresa Montana brought
me along and taught me to never quit,
and to strive to be the best.
- Joe Montana

Literally, I think I've quit acting three or four times,
only for a few days.
Maybe for a few weeks.
- Mark Ruffalo

I don't have any regrets.
When I quit college and moved to Los Angeles to become an actress,
it was so that I would not look back and have any regrets.
- Amy Weber

Knowing when to quit is probably a very important thing,
but I just am not ready.
- James Taylor

I played, like, a year of piano until I learned the Pink Panther theme.
That was my goal.
Once I was good enough, I quit.
Now my music has to have some rock.
- Jack Black

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
- Walt Disney

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
- Vince Lombardi

It's like all the signs were telling me that I shouldn't be a boxer,
so I quit.
- Olivier Martinez

A lot of people say I'd miss show business if I quit.
I'd miss some of it.
Now it's the only life I know.
- Loretta Lynn

You're never a loser until you quit trying.
- Mike Ditka

I won't quit to become someone's old lady.
- Janis Joplin

If you don't quit, and don't cheat, and don't run home when trouble arrives,
you can only win.
- Shelley Long

Yes, we have got to quit worrying about fighting each
other and trying to figure out a way to work together.
- John Breaux

A man desires praise that he may be reassured,
that he may be quit of his doubting of himself;
he is indifferent to applause when he is confident of success.
- Alec Waugh

Fear has nothing to do with cowardice.
A fellow is only yellow when he lets his fear make him quit.
- Jerome Cady

Some children act as if they thought their parents had nothing to do,
but to see them established in the world and then quit it.
- Samuel Richardson

I won't quit skating until I am physically unable.
- Tony Hawk

There's only one cure for what's wrong with all of us pitchers,
and that's to take a year off.
Then, after you've gone a year without throwing,
quit altogether.
- Jim Palmer

As an actress, there were so many months,
years even, when I didn't get work, when I wanted to quit.
- Mariska Hargitay

All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel
as if all the baselines run uphill.
- Babe Ruth


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