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Jane Smiley Quotes

Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is - Funny Quotes
What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs - Dog Quotes
The darkest nights produce the brightest stars - Motivational Quotes
Dogs teach us a lot of things but none more important than to love unconditionally - Dog Quotes
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken - Oscar Wilde Quotes
When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me - Love Quotes
Together is my favorite place to be - Love Quotes
I told you I'll be ready in FIVE minutes, stop calling me every half hour - Funny Quotes
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Love is a general emotion. Marriage is exactingly specific  (Jane Smiley Quotes) You know that the urge for revenge is a fact of marital life  (Jane Smiley Quotes) Writing novels is an essentially amateur activity  (Jane Smiley Quotes) Novelists never have to footnote  (Jane Smiley Quotes) As Fallingwater demonstrates, Wright’s genius was always specific, but also always lively, always daring  (Jane Smiley Quotes) I think that the Cold War was an exceptional and unnecessary piece of cruelty  (Jane Smiley Quotes) In his 30 years of broadcasting and publishing fiction, Garrison Keillor has set the laugh bar pretty high  (Jane Smiley Quotes) Sinclair Lewis may be ripe for a revival; his books raise several interesting issues of art and fashion  (Jane Smiley Quotes) A novelist is on the cusp between someone who knows everything and someone who knows nothing  (Jane Smiley Quotes) A child who is protected from all controversial ideas is as vulnerable as a child who is protected from every germ. The infection, when it comes- and it will come- may overwhelm the system, be it the immune system or the belief system  (Jane Smiley Quotes) There is a sociology of horses, as well as a psychology. It is most evident in the world of horse racing, where many horses are gathered together, where year after year, decade after decade, they do the same, rather simple thing - run in races and try to win  (Jane Smiley Quotes) There are hundreds of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings around the United States and in other countries, too. Wright lived into his 90s, and one of his most famous buildings, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, was completed just before his death. Wright buildings look like Wright buildings - that is their paradox  (Jane Smiley Quotes) Eavesdrop and write it down from memory - gives you a stronger sense of how people talk and what their concerns are. I love to eavesdrop!  (Jane Smiley Quotes) One of the profound effects of economics in our day is that the people with the money and the power have embraced the guilt-free, external-less, everything-will-turn-out-okay-in-the-end philosophy of economics in order to justify their own evil works. And the economists, for the most part, have sucked up to that money  (Jane Smiley Quotes) Sometimes, a novel is like a train: the first chapter is a comfortable seat in an attractive carriage, and the narrative speeds up. But there are other sorts of trains, and other sorts of novels. They rush by in the dark; passengers framed in the lighted windows are smiling and enjoying themselves  (Jane Smiley Quotes) I have reared, or helped to rear, five children and the scariest bit, bar none, is the learning-to-drive part. It has filled me with anxiety not only about the children, but also about my former self and my friends  (Jane Smiley Quotes) In December 1998, I considered myself an expert on love. I was almost a year into a relationship, one that had grown more slowly than I had wished, but once it flowered it was much more stimulating than any marriage or relationship I had known  (Jane Smiley Quotes) In the traditional urban novel, there is only survival or not. The suburban idea, the conformist idea, that agony can be seen to and cured by doctors or psychoanalysis or self-knowledge is nowhere to be found in the city. Talking is a way of life, but it is not a cure. Same with religion  (Jane Smiley Quotes) Most of my childhood revolved around wondering when we would be blown up by the Russians. I couldn’t stand the news, I knew that if the missile were launched, mortality would arrive in half an hour, so I spent a lot of my childhood feeling that I was 30 minutes from being dead  (Jane Smiley Quotes) When ‘The Awakening’ was published it was considered so scandalous it was banned in the author’s home-town library, and she herself was barred from the Fine Arts Club in the same city. What the novel has to offer, among other things, is honesty  (Jane Smiley Quotes) Why are we reading a Shakespeare play or ‘Huckleberry Finn?’ Well, because these works are great, but they also tell us something about the times in which they were created. Unfortunately, previous eras and dead authors often used language or accepted as normal sentiments that we now find unacceptable  (Jane Smiley Quotes) But what truly horsey girls discover in the end is that boyfriends, husbands, children, and careers are the substitute-for horses  (Jane Smiley Quotes) I was depressed, but that was a side issue. This was more like closing up shop, or, say, having a big garage sale, where you look at everything you’ve bought in your life, and you remember how much it meant to you, and now you just tag it for a quarter and watch ‘em carry it off, and you don’t care. That’s more like how it was  (Jane Smiley Quotes) When I came home for the summer after my first year of college, I told my mother that my best friend and I were driving to California. She laughed out loud - 2,000 miles in a what? Well, my best friend had an old Chevy. What could go wrong?  (Jane Smiley Quotes) Twenty-five, he was. Twenty-five tomorrow. Some years the snow had melted for his birthday, but not this year, and so it had been a long winter full of cows  (Jane Smiley Quotes) The only siblings I have are half-siblings. My nuclear family would have been an extra-suffocating threesome. Instead, I have an interesting brother and sister, in-laws, and darling nephews  (Jane Smiley Quotes) Well, in fact everybody - everybody - in the entire nation has enough stuff in their life to write about that’s interesting that they could write their autobiography. And in the end that’s why I find people interesting  (Jane Smiley Quotes) The brave view is that talking it out helps work it out. Maybe the realistic view is that talking it out inflames the issues further. But that is America, especially these days  (Jane Smiley Quotes) With any novel that you begin, you can’t foresee how difficult or easy it’s going to be, and you can’t really prepare yourself. You just have a take it one step at a time and know that it’s all right to keep going - you can always fix it  (Jane Smiley Quotes) If American literature has a few heroes, Miller is one of them. He refused to name names at the McCarthy hearings, and his play ‘The Crucible’ analysed the hearings in the context of a previous American mass psychosis, the Salem witch trials.  (Jane Smiley Quotes)
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