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It's those damn critics again. ...
by Irwin Shaw

It's those damn critics again.
- Irwin Shaw

I am forced to say that I have many fiercer critics than myself.
- Irwin Shaw

Special-interest magazines are dangerous places for
writers to start out in because the writing quickly
falls into a routine and people are likely to find
themselves artistically exhausted when they want to
work on something of their own.
- Irwin Shaw

In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical
cord from the writer and talk in their own voices.
- Irwin Shaw

 

Writing is like a contact sport, like football.
You can get hurt, but you enjoy it.
- Irwin Shaw

You have to expect the raps when you have achieved popularity as a writer.
- Irwin Shaw

The great writers just kept bringing them out.
They didn't care if they repeated themselves.
- Irwin Shaw

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Isaac Singer was born in Poland and doesn't write in English.
Still, he's an American.
- Irwin Shaw

I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel.
What's an unpopular novel?
- Irwin Shaw

Every novelist has a different purpose -
and often several purposes which might even be contradictory.
- Irwin Shaw

The writer works in a lonely way.
- Irwin Shaw

A writer has to live with a sense of honor.
- Irwin Shaw

You must avoid giving hostages to fortune,
like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house,
and a style of living that never lets you aford the
time to take the chance to write what you wish.
- Irwin Shaw

Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got
invited to the White House.
- Irwin Shaw

I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses
I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober.
- Irwin Shaw

My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever.
- Irwin Shaw

At the height of the McCarthy period,
writers were being hounded.
- Irwin Shaw

People who light up like Roman candles come down in the dark very quickly.
- Irwin Shaw

A good editor understands what you're talking and writing
about and doesn't meddle too much.
- Irwin Shaw

I reach my readers regardless of what the critics have written.
- Irwin Shaw

My views naturally have mellowed.
Most of the critics have been more or less nice to me.
- Irwin Shaw

The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about,
is almost always best left out.
- Irwin Shaw

The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer
must suffer for his talent.
I think a writer is a citizen of humanity,
part of his nation, part of his family.
He may have to make some compromises.
- Irwin Shaw

There are too many books I haven't read,
too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I
haven't kept long enough.
- Irwin Shaw

Writers of fiction, when they begin,
are more likely to try the short form.
- Irwin Shaw

I've gone on the wagon, but my body doesn't believe it.
- Irwin Shaw

No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it,
even if he doesn't get paid.
- Irwin Shaw

I never show anything to anybody until I've finished it.
- Irwin Shaw

My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have
to read all my books to find out how they have.
- Irwin Shaw

In a novel, it's hard to keep track of everybody.
- Irwin Shaw

A writer is a human being.
He has to live with a sense of honor.
- Irwin Shaw

Posterity makes the judgments.
There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody.
- Irwin Shaw

All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good
reviews and remember one bad one.
- Irwin Shaw

In America, we have the feeling of the doomed young artist.
Fitzgerald was the great example of that.
- Irwin Shaw

I don't think that the writer is regarded as a freak by Americans.
- Irwin Shaw

Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life.
- Irwin Shaw

I haven't stuck to any formula.
Most great writers stick to the same style,
but I wanted to be more various.
- Irwin Shaw

I'm not as hopeful as I was when I was young.
- Irwin Shaw

An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment,
almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment,
both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment
he inflicts upon himself.
- Irwin Shaw

I imagine that my characters have become much more
complicated than when I first began,
which would be normal.
- Irwin Shaw

In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75.
- Irwin Shaw

When I started out in the early 1930s,
there were a great many magazines that published short stories.
Unfortunately, the short-story market has dwindled to almost nothing.
- Irwin Shaw

If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do
for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship.
- Irwin Shaw

Curiously, the United States is full of writers who
have one big work in their life and that's all.
- Irwin Shaw

Writing is finally play, and there's no reason why
you should get paid for playing.
- Irwin Shaw

Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the
writer an acceptable public figure;
obviously,
he was no sissy.
- Irwin Shaw

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The truly rich are those who enjoy what they have.
- Yiddish Proverb

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Those who believe they can do something
and those who believe they can't
are both right.
- Henry Ford

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

By letting it go it all gets done.
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try.
The world is beyond the winning.
- Lao Tzu

There is beauty and adventure in the commonplace
for those with eyes to see beyond.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Know the best and highest choices for health
and more often choose those things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

At the Core of Our Suffering
are those Self-Imposed Limitations (Assumptions)
of which We are Completely Unaware.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Belief fuels our decisions -
even when we are not clearly aware of those beliefs.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is truly known only to those who suffer,
lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
- Anais Nin

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

The most erroneous stories are those
we think we know best -
and therefore never scrutinize or question.
- Stephen Jay Gould

In the arena of human life,
the honors and rewards fall to those
who show their good qualities in action.
- Aristotle

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

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

The problems of victory are more agreeable
than those of defeat,
but they are no less difficult.
- Winston Churchill

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct,
and tends to produce ferocity toward
those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
- Bertrand Russell

People are afraid, very much afraid of those who know themselves.
They have a certain power, a certain aura and a certain magnetism.
- Osho

No persons are more frequently wrong,
than those who will not admit they are wrong.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart,
don't know how to laugh either
- Golda Meir


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