Quote collector

It is my habit to collect quotes that speak to me for whatever reason and, I seem to be all blogged out for the present, so what follows are some better words than mine:
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~Dr. Seuss

All the time you’re trying to get back something someone’s took from you, there’s more goin’ out the door. Comes a time you just got to put a tourniquet on it and go on from there. ~Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

Don’t ever hold anything back. Put everything out that can possibly belong in that poem or story. Don’t save anything for the next one. That’s the only way to work. It’s the only way to live, really. ~Donald Hall

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.  ~E.L. Doctorow

Living a conscious and reflective life is a prerequisite for writing a memoir of substance. ~Judith Barrington, Writing the Memoir


I tell it because there is an ache in my heart for the imagined beauty of a life I haven’t had, from which I have been locked out, and it never goes away. ~Robert Goolrick, The End of the World as We Know It


Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. ~Al Franken, Oh, the Things I Know


Memoir is actually the most egoless genre, even though it might seem ostensibly so much ego-driven. In order for it to succeed, you have to dissolve the self into these larger universal truths, and explore these deeper mysteries. If it’s purely autobiographical and ego-driven, it’s going to fail. –Nick Flynn Memoir Writer in The Rumpus interview


“We may be through with the past but the past ain’t through with us.” –offhand remark from the movie Magnolia

 Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue. –Henry James

 Acting: Pretending to be someone else who was dreamed up by a third party. City Island, the movie (2009)


I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.     ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden


And even before the potential post-publication humiliation, there’s deadline pressure; crippling self-doubt; diets of Entenmann’s pastries and black coffee; self-made cubicles structured with piles of books, papers and unpaid bills; night-owl tendencies; failed relationships; unanswered phone calls; weight gain; poverty; and, of course, exhaustion.   ~Gillian Reagan, “My Book Deal Ruined my Life,” essay in N.Y Observer 6/5/2007

What is your favorite quote?

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