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E L Doctorow Quotes

A girl doesn't need anyone who doesn't need her
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I told you I'll be ready in FIVE minutes, stop calling me every half hour
You don't need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely
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Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is
I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times, just to be sure
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Money may not buy happiness, but it's better to cry in a Lamborghini
A true friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future
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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why
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I have a number of vices, one of which is moderation  (E L Doctorow Quotes) The nature of good fiction is that it dwells in ambiguity  (E L Doctorow Quotes) Somehow he had catapulted himself beyond the world’s value system. But this very fact lay upon him an awesome responsibility to maintain the illusions of other men.  (E L Doctorow Quotes) It proposed that human beings, by the act of making witness, warranted times and places for their existence other than the time and place they were living through  (E L Doctorow Quotes) One of the things I had to learn as a writer was to trust the act of writing. To put myself in the position of writing to find out what I was writing. I did that with ‘World’s Fair,’ as with all of them. The inventions of the book come as discoveries  (E L Doctorow Quotes) One of the things I had to learn as a writer was to trust the act of writing  (E L Doctorow Quotes) I have committed many sins in my life. This precise sin-the sin against poets-is without absolution  (E L Doctorow Quotes) I lived in New York for a couple months. It seemed to me at first an incredibly clean place with well-dressed people and washed cars and bright-painted red-and-yellow streetcars and white buildings  (E L Doctorow Quotes) The Shadow had no imagination. He neither looked at naked women nor thought of ridding the world of dictators like Hitler or Mussolini  (E L Doctorow Quotes) A writer’s life is so hazardous that anything he does is bad for him. Anything that happens to him is bad: failure’s bad, success is bad; impoverishment is bad, money is very, very bad. Nothing good can happen... Except the act of writing  (E L Doctorow Quotes) We are all good friends. Friendship is what endures. Shared ideals, respect for the whole character of a human being  (E L Doctorow Quotes) 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 Quotes) I thought of myself as a writer for years before I got around to writing anything  (E L Doctorow Quotes) One of the things I had to learn as a writer was to trust the act of writing. To put myself in the position of writing to find out what I was writing  (E L Doctorow Quotes) 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 Quotes) I’m not the sort of writer who can walk into a party and take a look around, see who’s sleeping with whom and go home and write a novel about society. It’s not the way I work  (E L Doctorow Quotes) A writer of books has to admit that film is the enemy, and that in my case I have been sleeping with the enemy  (E L Doctorow Quotes) When I’m writing, I like to seal everything off and face the wall, not to look outside the window. The only way out is through the sentences  (E L Doctorow Quotes) I did have a feeling then that the culture of factuality was so dominating that storytelling had lost all its authority  (E L Doctorow Quotes) A new reader shouldn’t be able to find you in your work, though someone who’s read more may begin to  (E L Doctorow Quotes) The philosophical conservative is someone willing to pay the price of other people s suffering for his principles  (E L Doctorow Quotes) Poems have ideas. The ideas of poems come out of their emotions and their emotions are carried on images  (E L Doctorow Quotes) Longing, the hope for fulfillment, is the one unwavering passion of the world’s commerce  (E L Doctorow Quotes) Happiness consists of living in the dailyness of life and not knowing how happy you are  (E L Doctorow Quotes) 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 Quotes) I am led to the proposition that there is no fiction or nonfiction as we commonly understand the distinction: there is only narrative.  (E L Doctorow Quotes) There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there’s only narrative  (E L Doctorow Quotes) I did have a feeling then that the culture of factuality was so dominating that storytelling had lost all its authority.  (E L Doctorow Quotes) I began to ask two questions while I was reading a book that excited me: not only what was going to happen next, but how is this done? How is it that these words on the page make me feel the way I’m feeling? This is the line of inquiry that I think happens in a child’s mind, without him even knowing he has aspirations as a writer.  (E L Doctorow Quotes) My father was the proprietor of a music shop on Forty-third Street, where many of the finest performers and musicians of the day would come to shop. He knew the classical repertoire inside out.  (E L Doctorow Quotes)
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