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Tobias Wolff Quotes and Sayings

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And you can tell the writers who do it -
Robert Stone,
for example, who with each new novel is doing something new.
I appreciate that in other writers.
- Tobias Wolff

The reader really has to step up to the plate and read a short story.
- Tobias Wolff

Memory is funny.
Once you hit a vein the problem is not how to remember
but how to control the flow.
- Tobias Wolff

When I was about 14 or 15 I decided to become a writer
and never for a moment since have I wanted to do anything else.
- Tobias Wolff

 

Because I don't have to be careful of people's feelings when I teach literature,
and I do when I'm teaching writing.
- Tobias Wolff

There's a joy in writing short stories,
a wonderful sense of reward when you pull certain things off.
- Tobias Wolff

Like so many writers I started writing stories because
I didn't have much time for anything else.
- Tobias Wolff

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Work for most people is really very social,
and the actual thinking is often done in community.
- Tobias Wolff

You don't teach information in a writing workshop.
- Tobias Wolff

Of course it's why you want to become a writer -
because you have the liberty to do that,
but once you have the liberty you also have the obligation to do it.
- Tobias Wolff

I believe that the short story is as different a form
from the novel as poetry is,
and the best stories seem to me to be perhaps closer
in spirit to poetry than to novels.
- Tobias Wolff

Everything has to be pulling weight in a short story
for it to be really of the first order.
- Tobias Wolff

One of the last courses I taught was on the Russian short story,
which I love.
- Tobias Wolff

You have to be kind of clued into them,
they are a world of their own, and most people find
them disappointing because the best short stories are
not constructed like novels.
- Tobias Wolff

But a lot of writers - and I'm one of them -
do tend to feel dissatisfied.
It makes you a little hard to live with,
but it's a goad and does keep you alert and restless.
- Tobias Wolff

The short story, on the other hand, is the perfect American form.
- Tobias Wolff

I love Chekhov.
I could go on all day about him.
- Tobias Wolff

There are writers who do start doing the same thing
again and again and almost inevitably fall into self-parody.
- Tobias Wolff

Most of us don't live lives that lend themselves to novelistic expression,
because our lives are so fragmented.
- Tobias Wolff

That, for me, is a very important test of a young writer's
commitment because most of them are going to have to
continue doing that when they've finished the program.
- Tobias Wolff

Because the more you write the more you're aware of
the weight of your tradition and the difficulties of
the form and the more you have already done that you do not want to do again.
- Tobias Wolff

It's probably why I'm a short story writer.
I tend to remember things in the past in narrative form,
in story form, and I grew up around people who told stories all the time.
- Tobias Wolff

But as my brother was doing his research for a book about my father,
it became his opinion that the most influential anti-semitism
my father encountered when he was growing up was from Jews,
because his relatives were German Jews,
and doctors.
- Tobias Wolff

Anybody can be very destructive in that position without at all meaning to be,
and I know that I have been inadvertently destructive
in the past for certain people on certain occasions.
- Tobias Wolff

I try to help people become the best possible editors of their own work,
to help them become conscious of the things they do well,
of the things they need to look at again,
of the wells of material they have not even begun to dip their buckets into.
- Tobias Wolff

Perhaps that is why the novel flourished in England.
You had these communities that would stay put and people
would see one another all the time and cause one another
to change and have the opportunity to observe the changes over time.
- Tobias Wolff

I teach one semester a year, and this year I'm just
teaching one course during that semester,
a writing workshop for older students in their late 20s and early 30s,
people in our graduate program who are already working
on a manuscript and trying to bring it to completion.
- Tobias Wolff

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson PHOTO

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White PHOTO

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll PHOTO
(Alice in Wonderland)

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- John Wooden

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

Would you rather be right or happy?
- A Course in Miracles


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