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Anthony Doerr Quotes

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I guess you could say I've been writing all my life.
- Anthony Doerr

It wasn't until I was 26 or 25 when I started sending work out to magazines.
- Anthony Doerr

I always told my dad I'd play professional football.
- Anthony Doerr

You don't say, I'm going to be a writer when I grow up -
at least I didn't.
- Anthony Doerr

 

Travel definitely affects me as a writer.
- Anthony Doerr

I've been getting into Nick Drake lately,
the folk singer.
Sad, gorgeous stuff.
- Anthony Doerr

I never played inside as a kid - even in the rain I'd go out.
- Anthony Doerr

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I found my first novel difficult.
I don't want to make it sound like it's any more difficult
than driving a cab or going to any other job,
but there are so many opportunities for self-doubt,
that you just kind of need to soldier on.
- Anthony Doerr

It took me about three years to write About Grace.
I wasn't teaching two of those years,
so I was working eight-hour days, five days a week.
And it would include research and reading -
it wasn't just a blank page,
laying down words.
- Anthony Doerr

For me it was perfect, because it wasn't a very competitive environment,
and it was a studio program.
They basically send you off, and say,
bring us some work, and we'll help you improve it.
It really rewarded self-discipline.
- Anthony Doerr

I guess whatever maturity is there may be there because
I've been keeping a journal forever.
In high school my friends would make fun of me -
you're doing your man diary again.
So I was always trying to translate experience into words.
- Anthony Doerr

I write reviews of science books for the Boston Globe,
so I like to give science books.
- Anthony Doerr

My sister-in-law is a painter, and I'll say,
how long did it take you to paint that painting.
She'll say, It took me maybe three days,
but it took me all my life to get the skills to paint that painting.
- Anthony Doerr

Anyone who has spent a few nights in a tent during a storm can tell you:
The world doesn't care all that much if you live or die.
- Anthony Doerr

But then of course you reach a point where you have to say,
I've got to figure out how this book's going to end.
Otherwise, you're going to write yourself into so many dead-ends.
- Anthony Doerr

I feel like it has gone very fast for me,
but I feel like it wasn't instantaneous,
at all.
I was getting a lot of rejections.
I just got very lucky and it happened quickly for me.
I don't feel like I'm a prodigy or something.
- Anthony Doerr

Short stories are wonderful and extremely challenging,
and the joy of them, because it only takes me three or four months to write,
I can take more risks with them.
It's just less of your life invested.
- Anthony Doerr

I do fish.
I think there is a connection between thinking and
fishing mostly because you spend a lot of time up to
your waist in water without a whole lot to keep your mind busy.
- Anthony Doerr

I'm becoming more and more myself with time.
I guess that's what grace is.
The refinement of your soul through time.
- Jewel

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness
with which one must look and listen,
record in astonishment
and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
- Margaret Mead

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

Still, things could be a lot worse.
Oh, that's right... I'm falling to my death. Guess they can't.
- the movie Megamind (2010)

Meddling:
Everything that happens in the world, or doesn't happen,
is NOT my responsibility.
There are more than enough things that are my responsibility.
I am responsible for my thoughts, my beliefs, and my actions -
and that is enough.
It does not serve me to mind anyone else's business.
I can only make myself unhappy by trying to second guess
what anyone else thinks or does.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Walk on road, hmmm?
Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe.
Walk middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape.
Here, karate, same thing.
Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no."
You karate do "guess so," squish just like grape. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

I guess I was a mom so late in life,
my daughter was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
- Candice Bergen

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door,
leaving those who look through to guess about what
is seen during the moment.
- Carl Sandburg

I am not quite sure where home is right now.
I do have places in London and Milan,
and a house in Spain.
I guess I would say home is where my mother is,
and she lives in Spain.
- Sarah Brightman

I don't like formal gardens.
I like wild nature.
It's just the wilderness instinct in me,
I guess.
- Walt Disney

If you don't design your own life plan,
chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan.
And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
- Jim Rohn

From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else's.
- Will Rogers

Every spirit makes its house,
and we can give a shrewd guess
from the house to the inhabitant.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's still going on.
I guess it will be until Redmond quits,
dies or is jailed.
- Farrah Fawcett

The fact that I've achieved this so soon is just a bonus,
I guess.
Everything from now on is a bonus for me.
- Karrie Webb

We're great, Jo and me.
We're pals, and I guess sex has a lot to do with it.
She's also brilliant at clearing a room.
So protective, so devoted.
I can't believe how much she loves me.
- Ron Wood

I guess the painkillers wipe out your memory along with your ethics.
- Keith Olbermann

As you know, Microsoft eventually kind of grabbed the
gold ring out of Apple's hands,
I guess.
- Andy Hertzfeld

Shaft was a pop culture figure along t he lines of,
I guess, Dirty Harry - except that he wasn't as much of a racist.
So yeah, I was always a fan.
- Jeffrey Wright

I'd like to be a wife and mother.
I guess I'll know Mr. Right when I meet him.
- Marcia Cross

I did three tours in Vietnam.
I guess a total of about almost two years.
- Morley Safer

I was told to avoid the business all together because of the rejection.
People would say to me, 'Don't you want to have a normal
job and a normal family?' I guess that would be good advice for some people,
but I wanted to act.
- Jennifer Aniston

Seems like everything people oughta know they just don't want to hear.
I guess that's the big trouble with the world.
- Daniel Mainwaring

It seems essential to try to find some meaning to life
and I guess Jungian philosophy is the one that's helped
me understand myself and the world more than anything else.
- Noah Taylor

I guess I'm way too kind and generous,
and a saint - if you can believe that!
- R. L. Stine

The whole thing of weight, I guess it's because there
is a wider fascination we all have with weight.
- Daniel Day-Lewis

And I tried it and I felt, I guess I must have been
pulled in by the red light of television and now I've been on TV since 1992.
- Star Jones

I did try to get a few of those teen high-school movies,
but they just didn't like me.
I guess I wasn't a certain type.
- Leelee Sobieski

The wonderful thing about Clint is you can never second
guess how he is going to react to anything.
- Paul Haggis

I hate that word, mature, but I guess I am growing up.
- Sheryl Crow

I guess my enthusiasm kind of rubs off on people.
- Margaret Murray

I don't know, examination I guess.
And then they put the jump suit back on me again.
I went through the compound - I remember somebody shouting,
Jim don't let them break you.
- Jim Bakker

I guess when I first started speaking with an American accent,
there's a tendency to create a caricature of the accent
because you just exaggerate the pieces that stand out to you.
- Radha Mitchell

I wouldn't say no to other kinds of musical opportunities.
I guess that it just depends on what it was or what it required me to do,
and if I felt that it compromised my own soul.
- Joan Jett

I guess any time you believe in God you've got to be
considered a spiritual person.
That would make me a spiritual person.
But I don't really know what that means.
- Jules Shear

People fear death even more than pain.
It's strange that they fear death.
Life hurts a lot more than death.
At the point of death, the pain is over.
Yeah, I guess it is a friend.
- Jim Morrison

I guess more players lick themselves that are ever
licked by an opposing team.
The first thing any man has to know is how to handle himself.
- Connie Mack

We live in a time where government is not a leadership thing,
it's more a business that's out there and running riot,
so I guess the people have to go out there and say stuff.
- Yahoo Serious

My guess is many top athletes, distance runners included,
use performance-enhancing drugs, enough so that the problem must be tackled.
- Bill Rodgers

I love acting and making your own luck.
You have to recreate yourself, I guess.
Although, I don't know how.
- Dennis Quaid

I guess I just don't have a talent for it,
some women just aren't the marrying kind -
or anyway,
not the permanent marrying kind, and I'm one of them.
- Jane Wyman

Nobody heard records of you playing whatever the melody
was on those low strings.
It worked out good, you know, about 25 or 26 million records later.
I guess it worked out alright.
- Lee Hazlewood

If there's such a thing as somebody having nine lives,
I guess I'm somewhat in that category.
- Ron Rice

Being me is no different than being most anyone else,
I guess.
- Layne Staley

I love things made out of animals.
It's just so funny to think of someone saying,
'I need a letter opener.
I guess I'll have to kill a deer.
- David Sedaris

It just proves that I've been here for a long time and,
I guess, have done the right things over the years.
- Cobi Jones

Well, I guess, but I just feel so strong.
Actually, it was probably when I was 50 that we were trying to -
to get pregnant,
and I thought that I could do it then.
- Cheryl Tiegs

It's OK, I guess, if you really need the money,
but luckily, I'm not in that position.
- Shirley Booth

Yeah, I guess everyone's had a reasonable amount of sex in their lives,
some less than others.
- Josh Silver

The Republican Party is a much bigger tent than people give it credit for.
We have a lot of what I guess you all call moderate Republicans.
- Rudy Giuliani

I guess I've learned that there's really no such thing as a bad label,
there is only a bad contract.
- Peter Steele

Yeah.
I've been pretty fortunate to travel I guess,
all around the place.
- Ben E. King


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