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E. L. Doctorow Quotes

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It's like driving a car at night.
You never see further than your headlights,
but you can make the whole trip that way.
- E. L. Doctorow

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I try to avoid experience if I can.
Most experience is bad.
- E. L. Doctorow

I thought I would lose, so I didn't prepare a speech.
- E. L. Doctorow

Writers are not just people who sit down and write.
They hazard themselves.
Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.
- E. L. Doctorow

 

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
- E. L. Doctorow

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights,
but you can make the whole trip that way.
- E. L. Doctorow

We're always attracted to the edges of what we are,
out by the edges where it's a little raw and nervy.
- E. L. Doctorow

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Writing is an exploration.
You start from nothing and learn as you go.
- E. L. Doctorow

There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction;
there's only narrative.
- E. L. Doctorow

Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader -
not the fact that it is raining,
but the feeling of being rained upon.
- E. L. Doctorow

I can walk into a bookstore and hand over my credit
card and they don't know who the hell I am.
Maybe that says something about bookstore clerks.
- E. L. Doctorow

Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important
avenue of assimilation into society.
- E. L. Doctorow

History is the present.
That's why every generation writes it anew.
But what most people think of as history is its end product,
myth.
- E. L. Doctorow

Planning to write is not writing.
Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing,
none of that is writing.
Writing is writing.
- E. L. Doctorow

The writer isn't made in a vacuum.
Writers are witnesses.
The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses
to this terrifying century.
- E. L. Doctorow

In the twentieth century one of the most personal relationships
to have developed is that of the person and the state.
It's become a fact of life that governments have become
very intimate with people,
most always to their detriment.
- E. L. Doctorow

Anger is like a thorn in the heart.
- Yiddish Proverb

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.
- Anonymous

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

Time expands like a brightly colored balloon
when it is filled with joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Celebrate! Celebration is an expression of Gratitude.
Gratitude is like the prayer, while
Celebration is the hymn and sacred dance.
Celebration is its own road to happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

We are most like God when we forgive.
- Anonymous

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.
Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts
give joy when they speak or act.
Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
- The Buddha

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

Life is like a ten speed bicycle.
Most of us have gears we never use.
- Charles M. Schulz

Dance like no one is watching,
love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like no one is listening.
Live life like it's heaven on earth.
- Anonymous (various attributions and alternate phrasings)

Worrying is like a rocking chair,
it gives you something to do,
but it gets you nowhere.
- Glenn Turner

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Expressing gratitude seems like a cosmic invitation
for all kinds of thankfulness and appreciation to pour in.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity.
Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
- Max Lucado

Like a Dolphin, I am Graceful, Powerful, and Compassionate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Like an Eagle, I Soar High Above the Troubles of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The unknown is like the darkness of a cave -
it can be illuminated by the brief light
of one adventurer's small candle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The hardest of all, is learning to be
a well of affection, and not a fountain,
to show them that we love them,
not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

In your days - things like this happen to you...
You get a tap, a nudge, a gentle shake,
and life whispers to you, "I know you're tired -
but I don't want you to miss this."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Like a Manatee, I am Peaceful, Respectful,
Gentle, Kind, and Self-Healing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

"Be like me" is not a Golden Rule.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is like the truth,
sometimes it prevails,
sometimes it hurts.
- Victor M. Garcia Jr.

Like an Owl, I am Alert, Patient, and Objective.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

I like the silent church before the service begins,
better than any preaching.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Like a Chameleon, I Adapt to Changing Circumstances.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Act the way you'd like to be
and soon you'll be the way you act.
- Leonard Cohen

Like a Butterfly, I have been Reborn
with Bold Colors and Strong Wings.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Like a Cat, I am Independent, Patient, Alert, and Decisive.
When the time is right, I pounce on opportunity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Why, I'd like nothing better than to achieve
some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.
- Aristophanes

"I can forgive, but I cannot forget,"
is only another way of saying, I will not forgive.
Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note -
torn in two, and burned up,
so that it never can be shown against one.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
- Khalil Gibran

Love like you've never been hurt,
dance like no one is watching,
live as though heaven is on earth.
- Satchel Paige

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

There's a point... when you have to choose
whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life,
or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

The greatest lovers are like twin blooms,
each reflecting the passion and the glory of the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

Like a Rose, I Thrive -
Blessed With Both My Thorns and My Blooms.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

Love is like a beautiful flower
which I may not touch,
but whose fragrance makes the garden
a place of delight just the same.
- Helen Keller

If we fail to plan, we merely bob helplessly -
like a cork on the sea of life.
If we resist whatever life delivers to us,
we create untold misery for ourselves.
If we act with vision and commitment,
and then accept whatever Spirit provides,
we live a life of purpose and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

Make a conscious choice to live
a serene and stress-free life.
Stress is always waiting just outside your door
like a vicious wild-dog.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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