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.
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.
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.
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.
Always good to have one crazy in the family ... It takes the pressure off everybody else.
Feeling is not selective, I keep telling you that. You can’t feel pain, you aren’t gonna feel anything else, either.
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.
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
Make peace with what is.
Writers don't write to inform other people, they write to find out something themselves.
The small seed of despair cracks open and sends experimental tendrils upward to the fragile skin of calm holding him together.
...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.
The 'creator' and the 'editor' - two halves of the writer whole - should sleep in separate rooms.
You have to live your life according to what comforts you, not what the rest of your family thinks you ought to be doing.
Autonomy is the whole thing; it's what unhappy people are missing. They have given the power to run their lives to other people.
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.
Some people with awful cards can be successful because of how they deal with the tragedies they're handed, and that seems courageous to me.
. . . crazy world or maybe it's just the view we have of it, looking through a crack in the door, never being able to see the whole room, the whole picture.
Don't put anyone out of your heart, there's room for all.
It's always obvious to me when someone is looking at me with an idea of who I am and hoping that that's the person I'm going to be. No matter how subtle it is, it's there, and you want to give them who they really want. But it ain't me.
Ours was not a political household, when I was growing up.
I think living the blessed life is the luck of the draw.
With my friends, I don't feel pressure to be someone other than who I am.
I am also working on a couple of short stories for anthologies. This is new to me and Im enjoying it.
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