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    My mother, twenty-two, was Harriet Gautier Brooks, named for her paternal grandmother, but always called Hallie. My father, twenty-six, was Albert Horton Foote, named for his father and great-grandfather, and I was named Albert Horton Foote, Jr.
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    tags: father  mother 
     
    I've lived long enough to know things go in and out of fashion, and things not well received now can be totally reversed years later.
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    tags: fashion  year 
     
    In New York, there are a lot of plays to see, and I try to see as many as I can.
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    A lot of writing is thinking.
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    tags: thinking  writing 
     
    My first memory was of stories about the past - a past that, according to the storytellers, was superior in every way to the life then being lived. It didn't take me long, however, to understand that the present was all we had, for the past was gone, and nothing could be done about it.
    — Horton Foote
    tags: past  present  memory  gone  stories 
     
    I so earnestly believe that prayer can be helpful and guide you and protect you and inspire you. I mean, I'm in awe.
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    tags: believe  prayer  inspire 
     
    I don't think I'll ever stop writing. I write almost every day. I'd write plays even if they were never done again. You're at the mercy of whatever talent you have.
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    tags: talent  mercy  writing  write 
     
    I've redone plays of mine and made changes. A play is a living thing, and I'd never say I wouldn't rewrite years later. Tennessee Williams did that all the time, and it's distressing, because I'd like the play to be out there in its finished form.
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    tags: time  living  year 
     
    I believe very deeply in the human spirit, and I have a sense of awe about it. I look around and ask, 'What makes the difference? What is it?' I've known people the world has thrown everything at - to discourage them, to kill them, to break their spirit. And yet something about them retains a dignity. They face life and they don't ask quarters.
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    A writer has an inescapable voice. I think it's inherent in the nature, and I think that we don't control it anymore than we control what we want to write about.
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    tags: nature  control  write 
     
    I often write about nonreligious people, and I try to find situations where their sense of humanity is restored or discovered. I think you can be a good person in many ways. And I think you often have to be careful that prayer can seem superficial, because it's a very complicated thing to love your neighbor as yourself.
    — Horton Foote
    tags: humanity  people  prayer  write 
     
    I have enormous respect for the human being because they're asked to take on a lot. And I don't think there's any easy solution. But I think the journey is what you have to finally be satisfied with, but not be afraid of the lessons one has to learn... it ends up as grace. And you grow; you find a way to continue.
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    You have to watch out with my plays. They're like yeast. You think they're one thing, then all of a sudden subtext gets to working.
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    When you're a writer, you have to write these stories, even if you don't get paid
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    tags: stories  write 
     
    Writing is the thing that props me up.
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    tags: writing 
     
    I come out of a strong oral tradition in the South,
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    tags: strong 
     
    If I ever teach writing again, I'd say the first lesson is to listen.
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    tags: lessons  writing 
     
    I'm a social writer in the sense that I want to record, but not in the sense of trying to change people's minds.
    — Horton Foote
    tags: mind 
     
    But I don't really write to honor the past. I write to investigate, to try to figure out what happened and why it happened, knowing I'll never really know. I think all the writers that I admire have this same desire, the desire to bring order out of chaos.
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    tags: desires  past  knowing  chaos  write  honor 
     
    I've known people that the world has thrown everything at to discourage them...to break their spirit. And yet something about them retains a dignity. They face life and don't ask quarters.
    — Horton Foote
    tags: people  world  dignity  spirit 
     
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    horton foote
    Birth    : March 14, 1916
    Death  : March 4, 2009
    Occupation  : Playwright