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If I had a plot that was all set in advance,
by Chaim Potok

If I had a plot that was all set in advance,
why would I want go through the agony of writing the
novel? A novel is a kind of exploration and discovery,
for me at any rate.
- Chaim Potok

All of us grow up in particular realities -
a home,
family, a clan, a small town, a neighborhood.
Depending upon how we're brought up,
we are either deeply aware of the particular reading
of reality into which we are born,
or we are peripherally aware of it.
- Chaim Potok

But today we become aware of other readings of the
human experience very quickly because of the media
and the speed with which people travel the planet.
- Chaim Potok

Each work seems to give me the most trouble at the time I'm working on it.
- Chaim Potok

 

Well, one hopes that if you're really related to the
core of your particular culture,
you have profound commitments to it,
and that you are aware of how much you can strain it
before you do violence to its essential nature.
- Chaim Potok

Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.
- Chaim Potok

It is impossible to fuse totally with a culture for
which you feel a measure of antagonism.
- Chaim Potok

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I think the hardest part of writing is revising.
And by that I mean the following: A novelist has to
create the piece of marble and then chip away to find the figure in it.
- Chaim Potok

And these two elements are at odds with one another
because Freud is utterly adversary to almost all the
ways of structuring the human experience found in Western religions.
No Western religion can countenance Freud's view of man.
- Chaim Potok

There is in my work a very strong religious foreground and background.
In the later work some of that tends to diminish,
but it's certainly present in the early work.
- Chaim Potok

Two hundred or more years ago most people on the planet
were never aware of any reality other than the one
into which they were brought up.
- Chaim Potok

I'm constantly revising.
Once the book is written and typed, I go through the entire draft again.
- Chaim Potok

It is inconceivable to me that a million or three million
or half a million human beings will think and feel
precisely the same way on any single subject.
- Chaim Potok

I think that to a very great extent we are partners
with the divine in this enterprise called history.
That is an ongoing relationship, and there is absolutely
no guarantee that things will automatically work out to our best advantage.
- Chaim Potok

Yes, there is some thought about making a film of My Name Is Asher Lev.
- Chaim Potok

I think most serious writers, certainly in the modern period,
use their own lives or the lives of people close to
them or lives they have heard about as the raw material for their creativity.
- Chaim Potok

To the extent that I come from a deeply religious tradition
and have been contending with those beginnings all of my life -
that constitutes the subject of much of my early fiction.
- Chaim Potok

What I have in advance are people I want to write about
and a problem or problems that I see those people encountering
and that I want to explore -
it all proceeds sentence by sentence,
paragraph by paragraph, and scene by scene.
- Chaim Potok

I'm not altogether certain that a fundamentalism of
necessity has to argue that it is the only reading
of the human experience in order to stay alive.
- Chaim Potok

As a species we are always hungry for new knowledge.
- Chaim Potok

I don't work on my Sabbath.
I write five-and-a-half or six days a week.
- Chaim Potok

Well, in The Chosen, Danny Saunders,
from the heart of his religious reading of the world,
encounters an element in the very heart of the secular readings of the world -
Freudian psychoanalytic theory.
- Chaim Potok

A book is sent out into the world, and there is no
way of fully anticipating the responses it will elicit.
Consider the responses called forth by the Bible,
Homer, Shakespeare - let alone contemporary poetry or a modern novel.
- Chaim Potok

A non-fiction writer pretty much has the shape of the
figure in front of him or her and goes about refining it.
A work of non-fiction is not as difficult to write as a work of fiction,
but it's not as satisfying in the end.
- Chaim Potok

Every man who has shown the world the way to beauty,
to true culture, has been a rebel, a 'universal' without patriotism,
without home, who has found his people everywhere.
- Chaim Potok

I get up around 6:30.
I work from about 8:00 to 1:00, take a break for lunch,
work again until about 5:00, and then go for a long walk and have dinner.
Then, if my wife and I have no previous plans,
we decide what to do for the evening.
- Chaim Potok

In other words, Judaism is not Calvinism.
- Chaim Potok

And yet there are some magnificent things from Freud,
profound insights into the nature of man.
- Chaim Potok

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares.
I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
- Jonas Salk

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

Essentially all suffering is the result of...
1. Comparing what we have (or don't have) today
... with what we had yesterday.
2. Comparing what we fear we might have (or not have) tomorrow)
... with what we have today.
3. Comparing what we have (or don't have) with what others have.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him,
for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low,
could still be saved; the bitterest enemy
and also he who was your friend could again be your friend;
love that has grown cold can kindle
- Soren Kierkegaard

Everyone who got where he is,
had to begin where he was.
- Richard L. Evans

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

A person isn't who they are during
the last conversation you had with them -
they're who they've been
throughout your whole relationship.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

If i had known... i would have lingered
over my coffee a little longer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If someone had told me I would be Pope one day,
I would have studied harder.
- Pope John Paul I

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

The soul would have no rainbow,
Had the eyes no tears.
- John Vance Cheney

No stream rises higher than its source.
Whatever man might build, could never
express or reflect more than he was.
He could record neither more nor less
than he had learned of life.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

I was wise enough to never grow up
while fooling most people into believing I had.
- Margaret Mead

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

I have lost my seven best friends,
which is to say that God has had mercy on me
seven times without realizing it.
He lent a friendship, took it from me, and sent me another.
- Jean Cocteau

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain

You know the only people who are always sure about
the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.
- Bill Cosby

If the tongue had not been framed for articulation,
man would still be a beast in the forest.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My father and he had one of those English friendships
which begins by avoiding the intimacies
and eventually eliminates speech altogether.
- Jorge Luis Borges

I am certainly not an authority on love because there
are no authorities on love,
just those who've had luck with it and those who haven't.
- Bill Cosby

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You can learn how to let go of the past.
Whether you have experienced a break up
with someone you cared for deeply,
whether death has taken a loved one,
whether you have had a feud with a friend or family member,
whether you have lost a job.
Move on and let go.
Life can be joyful and rewarding again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau


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