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Tracy Kidder Quotes and Sayings

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The hardest thing was learning to write.
I was 13, and the only writing I had done was for Social Studies.
It consisted of copying passages right out of the encyclopedia.
- Tracy Kidder

Things were here before you and will be here after you're gone.
The geographic features, especially,
give you a sense of your own place in the world and in time.
- Tracy Kidder

I want my prose to be as clear as a pane of glass.
- Tracy Kidder

At first, I spend about four hours a day writing.
Toward the end of a book, I spend up to 16 hours a day on it,
because all I want to do is make it good and get it done.
- Tracy Kidder

 

In a very basic way, a prominent landmark such as Mt.
Holyoke tells you where you are.
They let you know that you're not the first person in a place.
- Tracy Kidder

I always want to write something better than the last book.
- Tracy Kidder

I never planned on doing a book about Paul Farmer or his organization.
I met him in Haiti when I was on a magazine assignment.
It's almost like his story sort of fell in my lap.
- Tracy Kidder

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If you live in the same small place long enough,
something you don't like is bound to happen.
- Tracy Kidder

I wrote a novel about the combat experiences I didn't have in Vietnam.
- Tracy Kidder

When I select a topic, it's usually a commitment of
two to three years of my life.
- Tracy Kidder

People say you can't teach writing, but I think that's nonsense.
- Tracy Kidder

Continuity is one of the things I like about New England.
- Tracy Kidder

If you had an essentially happy childhood,
that tends to dwell with you.
- Tracy Kidder

I tell beginning readers to read a lot and write a lot.
If you want to write a book, find a subject that's
really worth the time and effort you'll put in.
- Tracy Kidder

I think if the writing comes too easily,
it shows - it's usually hard to read.
- Tracy Kidder

What interests me is trying to catch the reflection
of the human being on the page.
I'm interested in how ordinary people live their lives.
- Tracy Kidder

Being a professional writer is not an easy way to make a living.
- Tracy Kidder

I do believe that enduring geological features are important,
though I don't think I can be clear about exactly why.
- Tracy Kidder

What I like about non-fiction is that it covers such a huge territory.
The best non-fiction is also creative.
- Tracy Kidder

The combination of domesticity and wildness -
that's a deep expression.
- Tracy Kidder

You do the right thing even if it makes you feel bad.
The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be worthy of happiness.
- Tracy Kidder

I know that to write you have to have stories you want to tell.
You have to keep your mind alive, and you have to work hard.
- Tracy Kidder

I usually write about ordinary people and ordinary things,
but Paul Farmer is the least ordinary person I've ever met...
He's the leader of a small group of people who hope to cure a sick world,
and I hope my book can help in some small way.
- Tracy Kidder

Paul Farmer has helped to build amazing health care
system in one of the poorest areas of Haiti.
He founded Partners in Health, which serves the destitute
and the sick in many parts of the world from Haiti
to Boston and from Russia to Peru.
- Tracy Kidder

The way lies in softness and patience,
as the softest water cuts through the hardest rock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The softest things in the world overcome
the hardest things in the world.
- Lao Tzu

The hardest part is what to leave behind, ... It's time to let go!
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The hardest of all, is learning to be
a well of affection, and not a fountain,
to show them that we love them,
not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

The easiest kind of friendship for me
is with ten thousand people.
The hardest is with one.
- Joan Baez

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.
- Albert Einstein

Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done,
and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.
- Ann Richards

Love is the hardest habit to break, and the most difficult to satisfy.
- Drew Barrymore

The hardest thing to believe about The Fan is not that
Robert De Niro is stalking somebody again but that
anyone cares that much about a baseball player.
- Bernie Lincicome

The hardest part is to travel, and to be away from your family.
- Glenn Tipton

The hardest thing about being James Brown is I have to live.
I don't have no down time.
- James Brown

In essence the Renaissance was simply the green end
of one of civilization's hardest winters.
- John Fowles

I think loss of loved ones is the hardest blow in life.
- Marlo Thomas

Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine art;
the easiest to dabble in,
the hardest in which to reach true excellence.
- Edmund C. Stedman

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him
who conquers his enemies;
for the hardest victory is over self.
- Aristotle

Writing is the hardest way of earning a living,
with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.
- Olin Miller

All I had to do was go out and perform.
One of the hardest things was doing those back flips,
where you had to jump up and land on the top rope.
It's precision movement.
- Owen Hart

The hardest that I've laughed at a movie was probably Team America.
I laughed 'til I thought I was just gonna throw up.
I almost had to turn it off.
- Ron White

The hardest job an actor can do is all this pretend,
all this screaming and being scared for your life.
- Kirsten Dunst

I asked for help, which is the hardest thing in the world.
- Marcia Wallace

Death is the easiest of all things after it,
and the hardest of all things before it.
- Abu Bakr

Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that
the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.
- James Russell Lowell

I have played in rain before.
I have played in wind before.
I have played in cold before, but not all put together.
They were the hardest conditions I ever played in.
- Michelle Wie

I like boxing movies.
One of the hardest things for me to watch as far as boxing films,
is the boxing.
The actual boxing usually sucks.
- Omar Epps

The hardest and worst interview that I have ever done was with Frank Zappa.
- Nina Blackwood

The worst part was waiting around.
Sometimes you are ready at 9 a.m.
and you don't start until the afternoon.
Occupying your time while you wait is the hardest part of the movie.
- Colleen Haskell

The hardest part about being a kid is knowing you have
got your whole life ahead of you.
- Jane Wagner

I find it some of the hardest photography and the most
challenging photography I've ever done.
It's a real challenge to work with the natural features and the natural light.
- Galen Rowell

The hardest part was convincing people that I was serious.
The people were like 'you want to do this again'?
- Rob Zombie

We have the hardest working people in the world,
the most adaptable and the most congenial to employ.
- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

My job, I think, is the hardest job out of all the
judges because I am the only one that is a performer.
- Paula Abdul

It's hard enough to write a good drama,
it's much harder to write a good comedy,
and it's hardest of all to write a drama with comedy.
Which is what life is.
- Jack Lemmon

The hardest times for me were not when people challenged what I said,
but when I felt my voice was not heard.
- Carol Gilligan

I love playing Chekhov.
That's the hardest; that's why I love it most.
- Uta Hagen

The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.
- Fred Astaire

In these times, the hardest task for social or political
activists is to find a way to get people to wonder
again about what we all believe is true.
The challenge is to sow doubt.
- Lawrence Lessig

The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people.
The hardest is with one.
- Joan Baez

Sometimes, getting up in the morning and brishing your
teath is the hardest part of the day -
it all just hurts.
- Tom Brady

I have to say that elections, even in the most peaceful region,
always make the hardest time for regional state institutions,
including security structures.
- Akhmad Kadyrov

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident
which everybody had decided not to see.
- Ayn Rand

Leaving Australia was the hardest thing I have ever done.
- Barry Gibb

Life's a tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest.
- Wilson Mizner

The hardest novel to write was Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.
- Anne Tyler

Until I separated from Parker, I had never been without
them-and it's the hardest thing to share them.
But we're trying to give the children the semblance of having whole lives.
- Kirstie Alley

The hardest thing is to take less when you can get more.
- Kin Hubbard

When David Arquette and I got engaged we started therapy together.
I'd heard that the first year of marriage is the hardest,
so we decided to work through all that stuff early.
- Courteney Cox

Risk!
Risk anything!
Care no more for the opinions of others,
for those voices.
Do the hardest thing on earth for you.
Act for yourself.
Face the truth.
- Katherine Mansfield


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