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    " she gave me a look that deftly combined tenderness with revulsion. To this day the memory of that look still visits me like a Jehovah's Witness: uninvited and tireless.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: memory 
     
    I didn't think anyone who had to demand respect ever got it.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: respect 
     
    Friendships are an unforseeable burden.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: friendship 
     
    You experience life alone, you can be as intimate with another as much as you like, but there has to be always a part of you and your existence that is incommunicable; you die alone, the experience is yours alone, you might have a dozen spectators who love you, but your isolation, from birth to death, is never fully penetrated.
    — Steve Toltz
    Amen' is like the Send button on an email.
    — Steve Toltz
    The game is an analogy for life: there are not enough chairs or good times to go around, not enough food, not enough joy, nor beds nor jobs nor laughs nor friends nor smiles nor money nor clean air to breathe...and yet the music goes on.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: time  joy  friends  food  smile  job  music  money  games 
     
    My writing goal is just this desperation to get as much done as possible. It's never a comfortable, relaxed thing. Especially because I know so much of the story that I want to tell and I feel so far away from the end. Actually feels a hundred years away, and every hour I'm not working is another hour away from finishing.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: writing  stories  goal  year 
     
    It's the idea of baggage. When you hear about people in their 40s boast about not having baggage. I think having no baggage is your baggage. That means that you haven't thrown yourself into the mess of life.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: people  ideas 
     
    I try to outline. I'm a lazy outliner. I will put the points down of each chapter or series of chapters, but it always changes. For me it's a place of evolution. I don't really know who the characters are. I don't really know what the story is. I outline and that really just gets me moving. It's like I'm drawing up fake maps, but they turn out to be correct.
    — Steve Toltz
    Fear of death is understandable, being that we are all going to die, but fear of life and suffering is more of an irrational fear because it's something that can be avoided. The torturous part is that suffering can be avoided if you have good luck. That's somewhat out of our hands, but is it? I don't know. "Is bad luck self-harm by another name?"
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: death  fear  suffering  luck  bad  die 
     
    Regrets came up and asked me if I'd like to own them. Declined them for the most part but took a few just so I wouldn't leave this relationship empty handed.
    — Steve Toltz
    Once a year I try writing a poem, usually because I've read some poetry that amazed me and I want to do that.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: writing  poetry  poem  read  year 
     
    When you put so much effort to forget someone, the effort itself becomes a memory. Then you have to forget the forgetting, and that too is memorable.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: memory 
     
    That's how we slide, and while we slide we blame the world's problems on colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, corporatism, stupid white men, and America, but there's no need to make a brand name of blame. Individual self-interest: that's the source of our descent, and it doesn't start in the boardrooms or the war rooms either. It starts in the home.
    — Steve Toltz
    There's nothing wonderful or interesting about unrequited love. I think it's shitty, just plain shitty. To love someone who doesn't return your affections might be exciting in books, but in life it's unbearably boring. I'll tell you what's exciting: sweaty, passionate nights. But sitting on the veranda outside the home of a sleeping woman who isn't dreaming about you is slow moving and just plain sad.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: women  sad  night  dreaming  book 
     
    I write fiction, there's no guarantee that what I say is truthful.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: write  fiction 
     
    I was so happy I wanted to fold all the people into paper airplanes and fly them into the lidless eye of that big yellow moon.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: people  eyes  moon 
     
    Sometimes not talking is effortless, and other times it's more exhausting than lifting pianos.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: time 
     
    I have that sort of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David/George Costanza thing where people are like, "How did you feel writing such an unlikable character?" And I'm like, "It's me! I based him on myself!" There are certain moments where they do feel like unwittingly personal attacks.
    — Steve Toltz
    There are men put on this earth to make laws designed to break the spirits of men. There are those put here to have their spirits broken by those put here to break them. Then there are those who are here to break the laws that break the men who break the spirits of other men. I am one of those men. - Harry West
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: men  earth  law  broken  spirit 
     
    Or about how when you're a child, to stop you from following the crowd you're assaulted with the line "If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you?" but when you're an adult and to be different is suddenly a crime, people seem to be saying, "Hey. Everyone else is jumping off a bridge. Why aren't you?
    — Steve Toltz
    People carry their secrets in hidden places, not on their faces. They carry suffering on their faces. Also bitterness if there's room.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: secret  people  suffering 
     
    [I'll teach you] how not to leave the windows of your heart open when it looks like rain and how everyone has a stump where something necessary was amputated.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: heart  rain 
     
    The moment seemed endless, but it was probably only half that.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: moment 
     
    What a nasty act of cruelty, giving a dying man his last wish. Don't you realize he doesn't want it? His real wish is not to die.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: men  dying  giving  wishes  real  die  cruelty 
     
    We have this atomic idea of process where we want to believe that the creator of the book or the show had this whole brainy idea at the outset. As though there is something less about it if it comes out of the process of discovery.
    — Steve Toltz
    Negotiating with memories isn't easy: how to choose between those panting to be told, those still ripening, those already shriveling, and those destined to be mangled by language and come out pulverized?
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: memory  language 
     
    I think that's the real loss of innocence: the first time you glimpse the boundaries that will limit your potential.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: time  loss  potential  real 
     
    I groaned. Man and his codes! Even in a lawless inferno, man has to give himself some honor, he's so desperate to separate himself from the beasts.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: men  honor 
     
    The universe doesn't really care if you bounce back. It doesn't feel that weird to write about paralysis or being in hospital or losing a child or, you know, splitting up with your wife, because that's just life.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: children  child  care  write  universe  wife 
     
    I dont really have an office or anything, and I like to have to move location every two hours. So I just kind of write in a park, on a bench, in the library, in a cafe, back to the library, that kind of thing.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: write  library 
     
    I haven't been part of the criminal world.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: world  criminal 
     
    ...I thought how I hate any kind of mob - I hate mobs of sports fans, mobs of environmental demonstrators, I even hate mobs of super-models, that's how much I hate mobs. I tell you, mankind is bearable only when you get him on his own.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: thoughts  hate  mankind 
     
    On the one hand I'm writing about somebody about whom I say in the book, "The only thing worse than being a statistic is being a statistical anomaly." So I'm writing about a particularly unlucky person. So that's a special type of hell, to be particularly unlucky.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: people  hell  writing  book 
     
    After all, memory may be the only thing on earth we can truly manipulate to serve us, so we don't have to look back at ourselves in the receding past and think, What an arsehole!
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: past  memory  earth 
     
    We were on our way to the twentieth floor, sharing the elevator with two suits that had men inside them.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: men  sharing 
     
    Sometimes I think the human animal doesn't really need food or water to survive, only gossip.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: animals  food  human  water 
     
    I feel that there are two kinds of writers. I feel that there are writers who are storytellers and then there are those just working out their obsessions. I think I'm a combination. I think, at least for these books, I'm going with fear. I've always been interested in fear. Fear is something I've dealt with in life, and I think it's the main motivating factor of everything, almost. From sex to politics.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: fear  sex  politics  book 
     
    Sometimes they [people] throw off their freedom so quickly, you'd think it was burning them.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: freedom 
     
    Let's not mince words: the inside of the Sydney casino looks as if Vegas had an illegitimate child with Liberace's underpants, and that child fell down a staircase and hit its head on the edge of a spade.
    — Steve Toltz
    tags: children  child 
     
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