Geez, if I could get through to you, kiddo, that depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling. Reduction, see? Of all feeling. People who keep stiff upper lips find that it's damn hard to smile.
Depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling.
And if you ever do a survey, you'll find that people prefer illusion to reality, ten to one. Twenty, even.
Make notes—I’ve lost more material than I’ve ever written. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not still up there in one’s brain. It’s in outer space and it ain’t coming back.
Writers don't write to inform other people, they write to find out something themselves.
Feeling is not selective, I keep telling you that. You can’t feel pain, you aren’t gonna feel anything else, either.
Make peace with what is.
And do not be paralyzed. It is better to move than to be unable to move, because you fear loss so much: loss of order, loss of security, loss of predictability.
Life is not a series of pathetic, meaningles actions. Some of them are so far from pathetic, so far from meaningless as to be beyond reason, maybe beyond forgiveness.
Always good to have one crazy in the family ... It takes the pressure off everybody else.
Don't put anyone out of your heart, there's room for all.
You have to live your life according to what comforts you, not what the rest of your family thinks you ought to be doing.
Jesus but people got weird when they lived alone.
... the monotonous beauty of wealth.
I've never been one to tear the social fabric.
It's true that every day away from work requires two more days to get back into it.
To have a reason to get up in the morning, it is necessary to have some kind of guiding principle. A belief of some kind
My success is not who I am.
Some people have an unrealistic expectation when it comes to getting published; the fact is most publishers will turn down your work which is why you need to be persistent.
The 'creator' and the 'editor' - two halves of the writer whole - should sleep in separate rooms.
...let the emotional weight of a scene rest on the dialogue wherever possible. This is the easy way to avoid overinterpretation, which seems to be what turns a scene from sympathetic to sentimental.
I notice when I'm on these trips, I read like mad. It's the only thing that seems to center me, bring me back to remembering who I am. Or forgetting who I am!
With my friends, I don't feel pressure to be someone other than who I am.
Riding the train gives him too much time to think, he has decided. Too much thinking can ruin you.
The small seed of despair cracks open and sends experimental tendrils upward to the fragile skin of calm holding him together.
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