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E. L. Doctorow Quotes and Sayings
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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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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

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

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

 

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

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
- 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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 PHOTO

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

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

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

Confession of errors is like a broom
which sweeps away the dirt
and leaves the surface brighter and clearer.
I feel stronger for confession.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A divorce is like an amputation:
you survive it, but there's less of you.
- Margaret Atwood

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

Life is like an onion:
you peel it off one layer at a time,
and sometimes you weep.
- Carl Sandburg

I don't like that man.
I must get to know him better.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

I'm actually starting to like more and more people
who have convictions that are unpopular.
-Bono

I don't know if we each have a destiny,
or if we're all just floatin' around accidental-like on a breeze.
But I, I think maybe it's both.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Revenge... is like a rolling stone,
which, when a man hath forced up a hill,
will return upon him with a greater violence,
and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.
- Albert Schweitzer

Life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance you must keep moving.
- Albert Einstein

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
- Lao Tzu

It is easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words
but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

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

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

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear,
feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
- Samuel Butler

If we like what we do, if we always do our best,
then we are really enjoying life.
We are having fun, we don't get bored,
we don't have frustrations.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Life is like dancing.
If we have a big floor, many people will dance.
Some will get angry when the rhythm changes.
But life is changing all the time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Prejudice is a two-edged sword.
Like the steel sort of sword, it's very sharp, very useful,
and very dangerous if not properly mastered.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Feeling overwhelmed by apparent demands on our time
is like going to a restaurant,
ordering everything on the menu,
and complaining about indigestion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A man too busy to take care of his health is like
a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.
- Spanish Proverb

People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare

Like a bird in flight, your life can soar
above the troubles of the world.
Breathe deep, choose, and break the shackles of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We cling to our own point of view,
as though everything depended on it.
Yet our opinions have no permanence;
like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
- Zhuangzi

This time, like all times, is a very good one,
if we but know what to do with it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not everyone is always going to like what you do.
Your job application, your book proposal,
your offer of marriage is going to
get rejected sometimes - perhaps often.
Your boss, your spouse, even the person
behind you in the supermarket checkout line
is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong.
Don't take it personally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is like a box of chocolates.
- Forrest Gump

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

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

What if we just acted like everything was easy?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

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

Our deepest fears are like dragons
guarding our deepest treasure.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed,
easy to get into, but hard to get out of.
- Proverb

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

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

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

To dream of the person you would like to be
is to waste the person you are.
- Anonymous

A closed mind is like a closed book;
just a block of wood.
- Chinese proverb

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

An overfull calendar, like an overfull stomach,
is a consequence of taking on too much.
Commit, and eat, in moderation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Like Beauty, Joy and Suffering are
in the Eye of the Beholder.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A discussion of philosophy is like a cat chasing its tail -
it may be an amusing diversion but
it has no chance for a satisfying conclusion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The truth is like a scalpel. The truth is painful.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain

Know that time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
You give your own meaning to time, as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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