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Ann Beattie Quotes

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I think I write about things that are mysterious to me.
- Ann Beattie

It's gratifying that it does; I love to give readings.
- Ann Beattie

I've spent my life supporting myself.
- Ann Beattie

I don't even correct people when they mispronounce my name now.
- Ann Beattie

 

I think that I'm serious, but I don't think that I'm inordinately bleak.
- Ann Beattie

Nobody can assume that, to a writer,
everything is off-limits.
- Ann Beattie

Women are obviously much more discriminated against than men in many ways.
- Ann Beattie

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I like a lot of Margaret Atwood, I like much of Alice Munro.
Again, if you were to ask me about male writers,
there's often a novel I admire, but not all of their works.
- Ann Beattie

Also minimalism is a term that all of us who share
so little in common and who are lumped together as
minimalists are not terribly happy with.
- Ann Beattie

Falling in Place was meant to be very much rooted in a place and time,
and music was a part of that.
- Ann Beattie

Quite often my narrator or protagonist may be a man,
but I'm not sure he's the more interesting character,
or if the more complex character isn't the woman.
- Ann Beattie

It's interesting, though, that in daily life,
I think of myself as being relatively unobservant.
- Ann Beattie

I must say also that it's never worked to my disadvantage that I have long,
blond hair.
- Ann Beattie

I don't write about things that I have the answers
to or things that are very close to home.
It just wouldn't be any adventure.
It wouldn't have any vitality.
- Ann Beattie

There is some reason, obviously, that you are drawn to your material,
but the way in which you explore it might come to be
quite different from what you would expect.
- Ann Beattie

It's often been said that I'm an extremely depressing,
cynical writer.
I've never known what to make of that.
- Ann Beattie

Well, a few years ago I think I could have given you
a more enthusiastic answer about that but in the last few years,
for the first time in my life, I really haven't listened to much music.
I used to work with music on and now I don't.
- Ann Beattie

I think almost always that what gets me going with
a story is the atmosphere,
the visual imagery, and then I people it with characters,
not the other way around.
- Ann Beattie

When I lived in New York, not only did I have safety
locks on the door but I had the music going,
keeping the city at a distance, trying to find creative
time and peace and so forth.
- Ann Beattie

I've been in this business for a long time,
and I no longer think that anything that I do by way
of clarification is ever going to eradicate the mistakes.
- Ann Beattie

You have to figure out who the right person is to tell the story.
And often, people who are very self-aware will only
sound as if they are pontificating if they tell the story.
- Ann Beattie

I feel that these stories are being written to articulate
certain confusions and disappointments,
and I do mean to shake up the reader,
and I do hope they're on target.
- Ann Beattie

While I would agree that I write about serious subjects,
and that they're not necessarily the most pleasant
subjects or even the most pleasant people,
as a writer I just think about the humorous aspects of these things -
that's what keeps me going when I'm writing a story.
- Ann Beattie

If you could have a book called My Favorite Six Stories,
I don't think I'd have trouble doing that.
- Ann Beattie

I could name a few songs and say exactly what summer
they came out and what boy I thought I was in love
with when I was fourteen years old,
but I think that music used to be really more a part
of the culture when people went out dancing in a different way than they do now.
- Ann Beattie

Much of what happens in Love Always is really from
overheard conversations in the Russian Tea Room.
It's an improvisation of the way certain Hollywood
agents think and talk to each other.
- Ann Beattie

When I was teaching at Harvard in the 1970s,
I went to Project Incorporated in Cambridge and took photography classes.
I didn't even know how to aim the camera in those days.
- Ann Beattie

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Exercise free-will.
CHOOSE each and every action you make,
every thought you think,
and every emotion you feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

Every thought you think
and every word you speak
is affirming something.
- Louise L. Hay

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

Know that life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

You become what you think about.
- Earl Nightingale

The world is more malleable than you think
and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.
- Bono

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Cheer for endings - whether goals have been met or not -
whether the ending is tidy or ragged.
Without endings, there would be neither the opportunity
nor the incentive to think new thoughts,
and to begin great new projects.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

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

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

Happiness is when
what you think,
what you say,
and what you do
are in harmony.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long.
If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

Prayer is not asking for what you think you want,
but asking to be changed in ways you can't imagine.
- Kathleen Norris

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must dare to think "unthinkable" thoughts.
- J. W. Fulbright

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

Don't marry the person you think you can live with;
marry only the individual you think you can't live without.
- James C. Dobson


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