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Donald Ray Pollock Quotes

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary
A girl doesn't need anyone who doesn't need her
You had me at hello
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work
Money may not buy happiness, but it's better to cry in a Lamborghini
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I don’t think writing fiction has changed my worldview  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) I would try to write my own story about some East Coast suburbanite having an affair or something like that. So I did that for maybe two years or so, and it just wasn’t working for me at all.  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) One of the reasons I write about religion is due to my own envy of people who truly feel the presence of God in their lives, good souls who believe devoutly in a supreme being and an afterlife.  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) I started going to Ohio University when I was in my mid-thirties, ended up with an English degree when I was forty.  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) I think my characters - well, at least a few of them - are hoping or searching for some kind of contact with God.  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) I don’t think I’d call [mood] a major force, but it is important as far as hitting the right notes or nuances with a character or scene.  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) Don’t get me wrong: I think that everyone should put forth an effort to do better, but let’s face it, some of us are just plain luckier than others.  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) [Degree in English] gave me a little more self-confidence, to know that I’d managed to complete something like that.  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) I’d always been a big reader, and I loved books, and I always thought writing would be a great way to get by in the world.  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) I’m not sure about ‘absolute’ happiness, but I am happiest when I go to bed at night knowing that I tried to do my best that day.  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) I look upon [writing about religion] as a nice way to get by in this precarious world, though I’ve never been able to do it myself.  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) I worked in a paper mill all my adult life and there were a lot of funny guys there. So you pick up on that. Even though something really bad might have happened to somebody you can still make a joke out of it  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) I remember a class I taught at Ohio State where I assigned a Mary Gaitskill story, which really wasn’t that bad, and I had this one girl refuse to read it. But better that reaction than no reaction at all  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) I had this bad habit of not writing out a first draft and going back. For me it was the first sentence, then the second sentence, and I might be several weeks on the first page instead of writing a draft and trying to figure it out from there  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) When I first started out, I was trying to write stories about nurses and lawyers and a lot of people I didn’t know anything about, and they just weren’t working  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) I sort of like writing about weird characters, I guess  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) I was always a big reader, even when everything was bad and miserable  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) When I turned fifty, I decided to quit the mill and go to graduate school  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) Some people were born just so they could be buried  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) I’m beginning to believe that anything I do to extend my life is just going to be outweighed by the agony of living it  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) Id always been a big reader, and I loved books, and I always thought writing would be a great way to get by in the world  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes) A lot of people get the wrong impression, think there’s something romantic or tragic about hitting bottom  (Donald Ray Pollock Quotes)