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    The sharecropper may lower his eyes, but not because he's less of a man. That's just a condition of society that such things exist.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: men  society  eyes 
     
    Anytime a child is born, the old people look in his face and ask him if he's the One.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: children  people  child 
     
    The artist must be like a heart surgeon. He must approach something with sympathy, but with a sort of coldness and work and work until he finds some kind of perfection in his work. You can't have blood splashing all over the place. Things must be done very cleanly.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: work  heart  perfection  blood  artist 
     
    He told us that most of us would die violently, and those who did not would be brought down to the level of beasts.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: die 
     
    And that's all we are Jefferson, all of us on this earth, a piece of drifting wood. until we - each of us, individually- decide to become something else. I am still that piece of drifting wood, and those out there are no better. But you can be better.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: earth 
     
    The Six Golden Rules of Writing: Read, read, read, and write, write, write.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: rules  write  read 
     
    Everything's been said, but it needs saying again.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: saying 
     
    I believe that the writer should tell a story. I believe in plot. I believe in creating characters and suspense.
    — Ernest Gaines
    We all have much more in common than we have difference. I would say that about people all over the world. They don't know how much in common that they have
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: people  world 
     
    There will always be men struggling to change, and there will always be those who are controlled by the past.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: men  past 
     
    I write to try to find out who I am. One of my main themes is manliness. I think I'm trying to figure out what manliness really is.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: write 
     
    In all my stories and novels, no one ever escapes Louisiana. Maybe that is because my soul never left Louisiana, although my body did go to California.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: soul  body  novel  stories 
     
    I think I'm a very religious person. I think I believe in God as much as any man does. I don't only believe in God, I know there's God.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: men  people  believe  god  religious 
     
    You've got to bend with the wind or you're broken.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: broken 
     
    Words mean nothing. Action is the only thing. Doing. That's the only thing.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: action 
     
    I want you to show them the difference between what they think you are and what you can be.
    — Ernest Gaines
    Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Everything.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: star  questions 
     
    Without love for my fellow man and respect for nature, to me, life is an obscenity.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: nature  men  respect 
     
    I have no more to say except this: We must live with our own conscience.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: live  conscience 
     
    Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: men  culture  seeing 
     
    Sometimes you got to hurt something to help something. Sometimes you have to plow under one thing in order for something else to grow.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: hurt  help 
     
    The mark of fear is not easily removed.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: fear 
     
    I suppose I started writing seriously at 16 years old. I thought I wrote a novel at 16 and sent it to New York! They sent it back because it wasn't novel.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: thoughts  novel  writing  year 
     
    A myth is an old lie that people believe in. White people believe that they're better than anyone else on earth - and that's a myth.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: people  believe  lies  earth 
     
    I knew I wanted to be a writer and I knew if I had a wife and family, I would neglect something, and I was afraid it wouldn't be the writing.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: writing  wife  afraid  neglect 
     
    Now, about that mulatto teacher and me. There was no love there for each other. There was not even respect. We were enemies if anything. He hated me, and I knew it, and he knew I knew it. I didn't like him, but I needed him, needed him to tell me something that none of the others could or would.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: enemies  respect  enemy 
     
    I try to write something that would interest anybody and keep them turning the page. You must have a plot and good storyline.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: write 
     
    Today I must write a paragraph or a page better than I did yesterday.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: write 
     
    If I were to give one piece of advice, I would say to never accept anything that you hear or see at face value. As a general rule of thumb, then the more you question, the better.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: advice  value  questions  rules 
     
    When I'm sitting in the church alone, I can hear singing of the old people. I can hear their singing and I can hear their praying, and sometimes I hum one of their songs.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: people  alone  song  church 
     
    What I miss today more than anything else - I don't go to church as much anymore - but that old-time religion, that old singing, that old praying which I love so much. That is the great strength of my being, of my writing.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: church  writing  strength 
     
    I like the sound of people's voices, and I think what a man says can very well tell what he's thinking, whether he's lying or not.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: men  lying  thinking 
     
    We wait till now? Now, when we're old men, we get to be brave?
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: men 
     
    I have learned as much about writing about my people by listening to blues and jazz and spirituals as I have by reading novels.
    — Ernest Gaines
    You learn from music, from watching great athletes at work - how disciplined they are, how they move. You learn these things by watching a shortstop at work, how he concentrates on one thing at a time. You learn from classic music, from the blues and jazz, from bluegrass. From all this, you learn how to sustain a great line without bringing in unnecessary words.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: time  work  music  learn 
     
    ...my heart may have been in it but my soul was not.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: heart  soul 
     
    How do people come up with a date and a time to take life from another man? Who made them God?
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: time  people 
     
    Only when the mind is free has the body a chance to be free. Yes, they must believe, they must believe. Because I know what it means to be a slave. I am a slave.
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: chance  believe  body  mind 
     
    And I thought to myself, What am I doing? Am I reaching them at all? They are acting exactly as the old men did earlier. They are fifty years younger, maybe more, but doing the same thing those old men did who never attended school a day in their lives. Is it just a vicious circle? Am I doing anything?
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: men  live  thoughts  school  year 
     
    There will always be men struggling...
    — Ernest Gaines
    tags: men 
     
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