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Annie Proulx Quotes: "You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write."

You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.




Annie Proulx Quotes: "I wish I knew how to quit you."

I wish I knew how to quit you.




Annie Proulx Quotes: "Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write."

Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "Anyway, there's something wrong with everybody and it's up to you to know what you can handle."

Anyway, there's something wrong with everybody and it's up to you to know what you can handle.




Annie Proulx Quotes: "If you get the landscape right, the characters will step out of it, and they'll be in the right place."

If you get the landscape right, the characters will step out of it, and they'll be in the right place.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "We're all strange inside. We learn how to disguise our differences as we grow up."

We're all strange inside. We learn how to disguise our differences as we grow up.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "Develop craftsmanship through years of wide reading."

Develop craftsmanship through years of wide reading.




Annie Proulx Quotes: "I think it's important to leave spaces in a story for readers to fill in from their own experience."

I think it's important to leave spaces in a story for readers to fill in from their own experience.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "What we fear we often rage against."

What we fear we often rage against.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "If you are looking for smart judging based on merit, skip the Academy Awards next year and pay attention to the Independent Spirit Awards."

If you are looking for smart judging based on merit, skip the Academy Awards next year and pay attention to the Independent Spirit Awards.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "Their silence comfortable. Something unfolding. But what? Not love, which wrenched and wounded. Not love, which came only once."

Their silence comfortable. Something unfolding. But what? Not love, which wrenched and wounded. Not love, which came only once.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "It is my feeling that a story is not finished until it is read, and that the reader finishes it through his or her life experience, prejudices, worldview and thoughts."

It is my feeling that a story is not finished until it is read, and that the reader finishes it through his or her life experience, prejudices, worldview and thoughts.




Annie Proulx Quotes: "Ordinary parties, he thought, were subtle games of sexual and social badminton."

Ordinary parties, he thought, were subtle games of sexual and social badminton.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "It takes a year, nephew... a full turn of the calendar, to get over losing someone."

It takes a year, nephew... a full turn of the calendar, to get over losing someone.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "And I think that's important, to know how the water's gone over the dam before you start to describe it. It helps to have been over the dam yourself."

And I think that's important, to know how the water's gone over the dam before you start to describe it. It helps to have been over the dam yourself.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "I find it satisfying and intellectually stimulating to work with the intensity, brevity, balance and word play of the short story."

I find it satisfying and intellectually stimulating to work with the intensity, brevity, balance and word play of the short story.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "And it may be that love sometimes occurs without pain or misery."

And it may be that love sometimes occurs without pain or misery.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "... there are four women in every man’s heart. The Maid in the Meadow, the Demon Lover, the Stouthearted Woman, the Tall and Quiet Woman."

... there are four women in every man’s heart. The Maid in the Meadow, the Demon Lover, the Stouthearted Woman, the Tall and Quiet Woman.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "In a rough way the short story writer is to the novelist as a cabinetmaker is to a house carpenter."

In a rough way the short story writer is to the novelist as a cabinetmaker is to a house carpenter.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "All the travelin I ever done is going around the coffeepot looking for the handle."

All the travelin I ever done is going around the coffeepot looking for the handle.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "If you can't fix it, you have to stand it."

If you can't fix it, you have to stand it.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "No wonder, he thought, that the panhandle people were a godly lot, for they lived in sudden, violent atmospheres. Weather kept them humble."

No wonder, he thought, that the panhandle people were a godly lot, for they lived in sudden, violent atmospheres. Weather kept them humble.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "...all them things I don't know could get you killed if I come to know them"

...all them things I don't know could get you killed if I come to know them



Annie Proulx Quotes: "Wonderful ... I was up all night reading it, laughing and crying out in horror."

Wonderful ... I was up all night reading it, laughing and crying out in horror.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "There was some open space between what he knew and what he tried to believe, but nothing could be done about it, and if you can't fix it you've got to stand it."

There was some open space between what he knew and what he tried to believe, but nothing could be done about it, and if you can't fix it you've got to stand it.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "A spinning coin, still balanced on its rim, may fall in either direction."

A spinning coin, still balanced on its rim, may fall in either direction.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "I am influenced by words and the chewiness of language"

I am influenced by words and the chewiness of language



Annie Proulx Quotes: "Everybody that went away suffered a broken heart. "I'm coming back some day," they all wrote. But never did. The old life was too small to fit anymore."

Everybody that went away suffered a broken heart. "I'm coming back some day," they all wrote. But never did. The old life was too small to fit anymore.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "Change itself is what fascinates me. I am drawn, as a moth to the flame, by edge situations, by situations of metamorphosis."

Change itself is what fascinates me. I am drawn, as a moth to the flame, by edge situations, by situations of metamorphosis.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "If a piece of knotted string can unleash the wind, and if a drowned man can awaken, then I believe a broken man can heal."

If a piece of knotted string can unleash the wind, and if a drowned man can awaken, then I believe a broken man can heal.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "I would rather be dead than not read"

I would rather be dead than not read



Annie Proulx Quotes: "It's easier to die if others around you are dying."

It's easier to die if others around you are dying.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "And I think that's important to know how the water's gone over the dam before you start to describe it. It helps to have been over the dam yourself."

And I think that's important to know how the water's gone over the dam before you start to describe it. It helps to have been over the dam yourself.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "In every life there are events that reshape one's sense of existence. Afterward, all is different and the past is dimmed."

In every life there are events that reshape one's sense of existence. Afterward, all is different and the past is dimmed.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "When the watermelons were as large as a child's head, the women boiled them, but they collapsed into a tasteless green mush that no one could eat, not the children, not the cow."

When the watermelons were as large as a child's head, the women boiled them, but they collapsed into a tasteless green mush that no one could eat, not the children, not the cow.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "The thing American people fear about corporations is that they might achieve too much power. We have an antipathy to power even as we admire it."

The thing American people fear about corporations is that they might achieve too much power. We have an antipathy to power even as we admire it.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "Quoyle experienced moments in all colors, uttered brilliancies, paid attention to the rich sound of waves counting stones, he laughed and wept, noticed sunsets, heard music in rain, said I do."

Quoyle experienced moments in all colors, uttered brilliancies, paid attention to the rich sound of waves counting stones, he laughed and wept, noticed sunsets, heard music in rain, said I do.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "All must pay the debt of nature."

All must pay the debt of nature.



Annie Proulx Quotes: "You’ve got a chance to start out all over again. A new place, new people, new sights. A clean slate. See, you can be anything you want with a fresh start."

You’ve got a chance to start out all over again. A new place, new people, new sights. A clean slate. See, you can be anything you want with a fresh start.