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Kazuo Ishiguro Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Kazuo Ishiguro

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I do feel part of that generation of people who were
rather idealistic in the '70s and became disillusioned in the '80s.
Not just about social services issues,
but the world.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

People were incredibly kind to our family and went
out of their way to help.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

Now when I look back to the Guildford of that time,
it seems far more exotic to me than Nagasaki.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

When you become a parent, or a teacher,
you turn into a manager of this whole system.
You become the person controlling the bubble of innocence around a child,
regulating it.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

 

All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

Our family arrived in England in 1960.
At that time I thought the war was ancient history.
But if I think of 15 years ago from now,
that's 1990, and that seems like yesterday to me.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

There are things I am more interested in than the clone thing.
How are they trying to find their place in the world
and make sense of their lives? To what extent can they
transcend their fate? As time starts to run out,
what are the things that really matter?
- Kazuo Ishiguro

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As a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell
themselves happened rather than what actually happened.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

My friends and I took songwriting very,
very seriously.
My hero was and still is Bob Dylan, but also people
like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell and that whole generation.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

I think I had actually served my apprenticeship as
a writer of fiction by writing all those songs.
I had already been through phases of autobiographical or experimental stuff.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

Screenplays I didn't really care about,
journalism, travel books, getting my writer friends
to write about their dreams or something.
I just determined to write the books I had to write.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

The book was at a reasonably high position on the New York Times...
before I was in the country.
I thought it would be an interesting experiment to
see if my presence here would push it up or down.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

Memory is quite central for me.
Part of it is that I like the actual texture of writing through memory.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

When I got to 40 or so...
I had the sense when I looked back over my life I would
actually see a mess of decisions,
a few of which I had thought about, some of which I had sort of stumbled on,
and many that I had no control over whatsoever.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

If you look at my last songs and first short stories,
there is a real connection between them.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

There's a practical problem about time and energy,
and a more subtle problem of what it does to a writer's head,
to continually analyze why they write,
where it all comes from, where it's going to.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

I'm very fortunate in that I don't have money problems.
I have lunch with my wife at home.
I don't have to commute, so I have much more time with my family.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

I had been plunged into a different world.
I found myself spending half my time answering weird
questions on book tours in the Midwest.
People would stand up and explain to me the situation
in their office and ask me whether they should resign or not.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

The world is crawling with authors touring now.
They're like performance artists.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

People aren't quite sure what it means when a book
is a Booker Prize winner.
They're not quite sure what is being recommended,
what literary values it stands for, because every year
it stands for something different.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

I felt slightly superior to student politics,
for instance.
I had no reason to think this, but I thought of myself
as slightly more seasoned.
I became quite cynical talking to my student friends.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

There was another life that I might have had,
but I am having this one.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

I was a little concerned that a lot of people thought
I wrote Merchant Ivory movies.
I also thought if I was ever going to write something strange and difficult,
that was the time.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

What is difficult is the promotion, balancing the public
side of a writer's life with the writing.
I think that's something a lot of writers are having to face.
Writers have become much more public now.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

I couldn't speak Japanese very well,
passport regulations were changing,
I felt British, and my future was in Britain.
And it would also make me eligible for literary awards.
But I still think I'm regarded as one of their own in Japan.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

Do you feel stuck?
Whether in a project, a job, a relationship,
or some other situation,
there is a time for perseverance,
and a time for letting go and moving on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

I am a Passionate Observer of Life.
I See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou PHOTO

We humans feel an instinctive need to know
what is coming next - what we can count upon.
We fear change - even the most positive change.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Few is the number of those
who think with their own mind
and feel with their own heart.
- Albert Einstein

Few are those who see with their own eyes
and feel with their own hearts.
- Albert Einstein

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy

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

When you feel worried and depressed,
consciously form a smile on your face and act upbeat
until the happy feeling becomes genuine.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most truths are so naked
that people feel sorry for them
and cover them up,
at least a little bit.
- Edward R. Murrow

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"How do you spell 'love'?" asked Piglet.
"You don't spell it...you feel it." answered Pooh.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

I'm so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Smell the smells, feel the fear,
and smile at the incoherent way
life runs us in circles
while inscribing the real lessons
in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River of Life just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is full of beauty. Notice it.
Notice the bumble bee, the small child,
and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, and feel the wind.
Live your life to the fullest potential,
and fight for your dreams.
- Ashley Smith

Keep courage. Whatever you do,
do not feel sorry for yourself.
You will win in a great age of opportunity.
- Richard L. Evans

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

Do what you feel in your heart to be right.
You'll be criticized anyway.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Know the power of perspective.
Be a passionate observer of life.
See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

When you feel the need to hurry,
remember that everything in life is a CHOICE.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

Feel the fear and do it anyway.
- Susan Jeffers

When I do good, I feel good.
When I do bad, I feel bad.
That's my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln

When we come into the present,
we begin to feel the life around us again,
but we also encounter whatever we have been avoiding.
We must have the courage to face whatever is present -
our pain, our desires, our grief,
our loss, our secret hopes our love -
everything that moves us most deeply.
- Jack Kornfield

My definition of success is to live your life in a way
that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain -
and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel
a lot more pleasure than they do pain.
- Tony Robbins

Loneliness is not what it seems.
One does not feel lonely because one is alone,
but because of a feeling of lack -
a feeling that something is missing.
Loneliness is essentially independent
of how many other humans are around.
It has much more to do with one's self-esteem -
one's sense of inherent worth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we don't see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach,
but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect,
we will immediately feel overwhelmed.
- Anthony Robbins

Identify your assumptions (what you believe).
Question how you feel when you hold those assumptions.
Visualize holding different assumptions.
Ask yourself how it feels to hold a different world-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The more you know the less you feel.
- Bono

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Reality is what you believe it to be.
It's what you put your thought and energy into,
because your hands physically manifest thought.
So your world becomes what you feel and what you think.
- Jewel

People sort themselves into groups
of happy people and unhappy people
through two different, but complementary mechanisms,
influence and affinity.
I influence those around me
with my emotional state, either happy or unhappy.
At the same time, I feel an affinity
for others who are like me in some way -
in this case by sharing my emotional outlook on life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing,
while others judge us by what we have already done.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Just smiling goes a long way toward
making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.
- Art Linkletter

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger
we have already ceased striving for the truth,
and have begun striving for ourselves.
- The Buddha

Love is saying "I feel differently,"
instead of "You're wrong."
- Anonymous

Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

I am a being of free-will,
and I CHOOSE each and every action I make,
every thought I think, and every emotion I feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never say goodbye when you still want to try,
never give up when you still feel you can't take it.
Never say you don't love the person anymore
when you can't let go.
- Anonymous

To love what you do and feel that it matters,
how on earth could anything be more fun.
- Katherine Graham

Every time you don't follow your inner guidance,
you feel a loss of energy, a loss of power,
a sense of spiritual deadness.
- Shakti Gawain


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