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Anita Desai Quotes

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People think that because I write about India I must
be trying to portray India in a way.
- Anita Desai

My style of writing is to allow the story to unfold on its own.
I try not to structure my work too rigidly.
- Anita Desai

I aim to tell the truth about any subject,
not a romance or fantasy, not avoid the truth.
- Anita Desai

Usually a feeling of disappointment follows the book,
because what I hoped to write is not what I actually accomplished.
However, it becomes a motivation to write the next book.
- Anita Desai

 

Ever since I could first write I have been doing so.
When I was taught how to write and read at school,
I made up my mind that this was what I love to do best
and this was the world I was going to occupy.
- Anita Desai

Many characters in the novel are representative of
types that exist in India.
He represents the caste system in India with an air of superiority,
the caste system in India and the people thinking that
western things are better.
- Anita Desai

Someone who wants to write should make an effort to
write a little something every day.
Writing in this sense is the same as athletes who practice
a sport every day to keep their skills honed.
- Anita Desai

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I try to trace the connection between the characters
and that way a story or plot emerges.
- Anita Desai

The book begins and ends with the visits to give the
impression of a tunnel into their ancestors and family history.
I believe in going backwards into the past -
I felt I was digging a tunnel back to the past.
- Anita Desai

India is a curious place that still preserves the past,
religions, and its history.
No matter how modern India becomes, it is still very much an old country.
- Anita Desai

When I was very young, I used to share much of what I wrote with my family,
but as I got older and more self-conscious,
it became a much more private process.
- Anita Desai

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

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

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

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

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

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.

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Forgiveness of all people and all acts -
is a sure path to happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

Envy comes from people's ignorance of,
or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
- Jean Vanier

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Remember that the happiest people
are not those getting more, but those giving more.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.
Different people, different beliefs,
different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
- Jimmy Carter

As we let our light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence actually liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

The enlightened give thanks
for what most people take for granted.
- Michael Beckwith

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to
remember seven generations in the past and
consider seven generations in the future
when making decisions that affect the people.
- Wilma Mankiller

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Self-care is critical to having a strong inner foundation.
Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life
will receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.
- Lorraine Cohen

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; ...
Forgive them anyway.
- Kent Keith
(often attributed to Mother Teresa, who kept a copy
on the wall of her orphanage)

Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
- Steve Jobs

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
- Joseph Joubert

Inside most people there's a feeling of being separate,
separated from everything ... And they're not.
They're part of absolutely everyone, and everything.
- the movie Powder

A great gift requires two people,
the giver and the receiver.
Think of a football pass -
skillfully catching the pass, the gift,
is fully as important, and difficult, as throwing it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is better to displease the people
by doing what you know is right.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Life is ever giving of Itself.
We must receive, utilize and extend the gift.
Success and prosperity are spiritual attributes
belonging to all people.
- Ernest Holmes

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

Know that all people are your brothers and sisters.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Reputation is what other people know about you.
Honor is what you know about yourself.
- Lois McMaster Bujold

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

What old people say you cannot do,
you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

The manifest universe is the body of God ...
all people are incarnations of the One Spirit.
- Ernest Holmes

Affirmation:
All people are my heart-felt brothers and sisters.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You hold onto religion, you know,
rules, regulations, traditions.
I think what God is interested in
is people's hearts, and that's hard enough.
- Bono

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

Whenever you're in conflict with someone,
there is one factor that can make the difference
between damaging your relationship and deepening it.
That factor is attitude.
- William James

In matters of truth and justice,
there is no difference between large and small problems,
for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
- Albert Einstein

God is equally available to all people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

Most people don't CHOOSE their value system -
they simply inherit the beliefs of their parents and community.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure about you.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
- Marianne Williamson

The meeting of two personalities is
like the contact of two chemical substances:
if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
- Carl Jung

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

Without deep reflection,
one knows from daily life
that one exists for other people.
- Albert Einstein

I choose to enjoy people as I enjoy a rainbow or a butterfly -
they are most beautiful when they are free.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am ME.
I am not my attachments.
I am not my possessions.
I am not the people in my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I look to a day when people will not be judged
by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I honor all people and cultures.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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