The human race. You have to love it and wish it well and not preach or think you have any reason to think you are better than anyone else. Amen. Good-bye. Peace.
Maybe I only think everyone wants to be a writer because the friends I naturally choose are people who love books. People who love books sooner or later dream of writing them. It's a natural response to stimuli.
Once a man I was leaving told me I could go if I would leave my skin behind. I was so young I didn't even know that I was wonderful..
Cuddle up. Rain always stops. It always stops. It always does.
Everything in the world had happened to them and kept on happening. They didn't care. They liked it that way.
She was always saying things like that but I let her be my best friend anyway.
One thing I know is that it is a bad idea to marry someone who had bad parents. If they hated their mother, if they were hated by their mother or father, your marriage will pay for it in ways both obvious and subtle. When the chips are down, when someone is sick or loses their job or gets scared, the old patterns will kick in and he will treat you the way he treated his mother or the way she treated him.
All you have to do to educate a child is leave him alone and teach him to read. The rest is brainwashing.
My main home is in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a college town in the Ozark Mountains. I live on the highest hill in a quiet cul-de-sac, surrounded by friends.
I can't conceive of nursing babies and taking care of children and writing, too. I know there are writers that do that, but I'm too single-minded. I can't stand to be interrupted, whether I'm writing a story or dressing a child.
Ever since I was a child, I've kept boxes and drawers and pages of things that I liked. I suppose that it constitutes a journal of sorts, but it's not in a ledger or a notebook.
The Mississippi coast is not like south Florida, but it always seems warm enough for sandals and short-sleeved shirts, except for now and then.
My childhood is in my brother's house, and I like to visit there and be reminded.
My ancestors are Highland Scots, and my father's home in north Alabama is so much like northwest Arkansas. I have the same allergies in both places.
I love New York, but I wish they wouldn't put clothes on their dogs.
I love 'E.R.' and I'm not ashamed to admit it. It makes me know I did not waste my life after all by not becoming a medical doctor.
I have lived most of my life in small towns, and I'm in the habit of knowing and talking to everyone.
Having your work honored nationally is a great morale booster.
In the schools of small Midwestern towns, the only aristocracies are of beauty, intelligence, and athletic prowess.
I never thought it was unusual to write, and I've been writing or pretending to write since before I even started school.
I love Fayetteville. I like hills and vistas and hardworking people and fighting snow in winter and chiggers in the summer.
At one level inspiration is the ability to see beauty and mystery in everything men and women do.
Work is the thing that stays. Work is the thing that sees us through.
The human race is just getting started.... The cerebral cortex is only a hundred thousand years old. It's still a baby, sucking teat and eating Cheerios. We might get better, maybe even wise, if we can last another thousand years.
Family and work. Family and work. I can let them be at war, with guilt as their nuclear weapon and mutually assured destruction as their aim, or I can let them nourish each other.
A piece of writing is the product of a series of explosions in the mind.
Dance in the fullness of time.
Tell me the truth about death. I don't know what it is. We have them, then they are gone but they stay in our minds. Their stories are part of us as long as we live and as long as we tell them or write them down.
How often I have tried to tell writing students that the first thing a writer must do is love the reader and wish the reader well. The writer must trust the reader to be at least as intelligent as he is. Only in such well wishing and trust, only when the writer feels he is writing a letter to a good friend, only then will the magic happen.
Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while, a great wind is bearing me across the sky.
Don't ruin the present with the ruined past.
We live at the level of our language. Whatever we can articulate we can imagine or understand or explore.
We cannot get from anyone else the things we need to fill the endless terrible need, not to be dissolved, not to sink back into sand, heat, broom, air, thinnest air. And so we revolve around each other and our dreams collide. Look out the window in any weather. We are part of all that glamour, drama, change, and should not be ashamed.
I don't believe you ever stop loving anyone you ever really loved. You have them there like money in the bank just because you loved them and held them in your arms or dreamed you did. You can forget a lot of things in life, but not that honey to end all honeys.
The first thing a writer has to do is find a new source of income.
One of the reasons I am happy now is that I did the work I had always dreamed of doing. But I didn't start doing it seriously and professionally until I was forty years old.