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Andre Dubus Quotes: "One of the things I learned about writing a memoir is you can’t drag the reader through everything. Every human life is worth 20 memoirs."

One of the things I learned about writing a memoir is you can’t drag the reader through everything. Every human life is worth 20 memoirs.




Andre Dubus Quotes: "I see a lot of marriages crash and burn around me and my wife. I've always been curious about how hard it is to love well and be loved."

I see a lot of marriages crash and burn around me and my wife. I've always been curious about how hard it is to love well and be loved.




Andre Dubus Quotes: "I've learned over the years that the writing is smarter and far larger than the writer and his or her own desires for it."

I've learned over the years that the writing is smarter and far larger than the writer and his or her own desires for it.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "As a matter of writing philosophy, if there is one, I try not to ever plot a story. I try to write it from the character's point of view and see where it goes."

As a matter of writing philosophy, if there is one, I try not to ever plot a story. I try to write it from the character's point of view and see where it goes.




Andre Dubus Quotes: "Fear is a ghost; embrace your fear, and all you’ll see in your arms is yourself."

Fear is a ghost; embrace your fear, and all you’ll see in your arms is yourself.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "Somewhere, sometime I'd stopped expecting my father to father."

Somewhere, sometime I'd stopped expecting my father to father.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "I have always known that writing fiction had little effect on the world; that if it did, young men would not have gone to war after The Iliad."

I have always known that writing fiction had little effect on the world; that if it did, young men would not have gone to war after The Iliad.




Andre Dubus Quotes: "I read poetry every day. I love the boiled down essence of poetry. I look for poetry in prose. In a way that evocative."

I read poetry every day. I love the boiled down essence of poetry. I look for poetry in prose. In a way that evocative.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "Years later I would hear my father say the divorce had left him dating his children. That still meant picking us up every Sunday for a matinee and, if he had the money, an early dinner somewhere."

Years later I would hear my father say the divorce had left him dating his children. That still meant picking us up every Sunday for a matinee and, if he had the money, an early dinner somewhere.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "My mother was making $135 a week, but she had resilience and imagination. She might take frozen vegetables, cook them with garlic, onion and Spam, and it would taste like a four-star dinner."

My mother was making $135 a week, but she had resilience and imagination. She might take frozen vegetables, cook them with garlic, onion and Spam, and it would taste like a four-star dinner.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "What is art if not a concentrated and impassioned effort to make something with the little we have, the little we see?"

What is art if not a concentrated and impassioned effort to make something with the little we have, the little we see?



Andre Dubus Quotes: "I love short stories because I believe they are the way we live. They are what our friends tell us, in their pain and joy, their passion and rage, their yearning and their cry against injustice."

I love short stories because I believe they are the way we live. They are what our friends tell us, in their pain and joy, their passion and rage, their yearning and their cry against injustice.




Andre Dubus Quotes: "That was the source of my vanity and my cowardice: always I believed everyone was watching me."

That was the source of my vanity and my cowardice: always I believed everyone was watching me.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "I know I learn a lot from the students in my class and I'm not just saying that to sound like some generous teacher."

I know I learn a lot from the students in my class and I'm not just saying that to sound like some generous teacher.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "I wonder if politicians know less about the land, now that they campaign by air."

I wonder if politicians know less about the land, now that they campaign by air.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "People fascinate the hell out of me. I never get tired of watching people, listening to people. The best part is not getting up in front of people but meeting people."

People fascinate the hell out of me. I never get tired of watching people, listening to people. The best part is not getting up in front of people but meeting people.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "I love the earth too much to contemplate a life apart from it, although I believe in that life."

I love the earth too much to contemplate a life apart from it, although I believe in that life.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "I truly believe the art's larger than the artist. Who cares about John Steinbeck? I care about the Joad family."

I truly believe the art's larger than the artist. Who cares about John Steinbeck? I care about the Joad family.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "Writers have to be careful not to confuse personal attention with the attention that's going towards the book."

Writers have to be careful not to confuse personal attention with the attention that's going towards the book.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "I was always a sensitive, sweet kid, but I got brutalized and I became brutal. And frankly, I don't think it was my natural makeup. I don't think its anyone's natural makeup to be a violent brawler."

I was always a sensitive, sweet kid, but I got brutalized and I became brutal. And frankly, I don't think it was my natural makeup. I don't think its anyone's natural makeup to be a violent brawler.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "For ritual allows those who cannot will themselves out of the secular to perform the spiritual, as dancing allows the tongue-tied man a ceremony of love."

For ritual allows those who cannot will themselves out of the secular to perform the spiritual, as dancing allows the tongue-tied man a ceremony of love.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "Even a day writing badly for me is 10 times better than a day where I don’t write at all."

Even a day writing badly for me is 10 times better than a day where I don’t write at all.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "I love short stories because I believe they are the way we live."

I love short stories because I believe they are the way we live.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "For the twenty million Americans who are hungry tonight, for the homeless freezing tonight, literature is as useless as a knowledge of astronomy."

For the twenty million Americans who are hungry tonight, for the homeless freezing tonight, literature is as useless as a knowledge of astronomy.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "I really think that if there's any one enemy to human creativity, especially creative writing, it's self-consciousness."

I really think that if there's any one enemy to human creativity, especially creative writing, it's self-consciousness.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "Talent is cheap. What really matters is discipline."

Talent is cheap. What really matters is discipline.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "It is not hard to live through a day, if you can live through a moment."

It is not hard to live through a day, if you can live through a moment.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "Don't outline your stories. A lot of fiction workshops say you should. I say the opposite. I quote Grace Paley: "We write what we don't know we know.""

Don't outline your stories. A lot of fiction workshops say you should. I say the opposite. I quote Grace Paley: "We write what we don't know we know."



Andre Dubus Quotes: "I think the writer's job is to paint the gray because no life is clearly defined."

I think the writer's job is to paint the gray because no life is clearly defined.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "We receive and we lose, and we must try to achieve gratitude; and with that gratitude to embrace with whole hearts whatever of life that remains after the losses."

We receive and we lose, and we must try to achieve gratitude; and with that gratitude to embrace with whole hearts whatever of life that remains after the losses.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "Romance dies hard, because its very nature is to want to live."

Romance dies hard, because its very nature is to want to live.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "The truth is life is full of joy and full of great sorrow, but you can't have one without the other."

The truth is life is full of joy and full of great sorrow, but you can't have one without the other.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "Talent is cheap. What matters is discipline."

Talent is cheap. What matters is discipline.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "Dat's what they say of this cauntry back home, Kath: 'America, the land of milk and honey.' Bot they never tell you the milk's gone sour and the honey's stolen."

Dat's what they say of this cauntry back home, Kath: 'America, the land of milk and honey.' Bot they never tell you the milk's gone sour and the honey's stolen.



Andre Dubus Quotes: "Sometimes in this life, only one or two opportunities are put before us and we must seize them no matter the risk."

Sometimes in this life, only one or two opportunities are put before us and we must seize them no matter the risk.