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    When I went to school, there were no Black philosophers, at least none that I was aware of, who were recognized by Western universities.
    — Walter Mosley
    I've written a lot of really good books. Now we'll see if I can write any more good books. I mean there's a chance I won't, but I'm going to try.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: chance  book  write 
     
    We live in capitalism, and capitalism is defined by the production line, and the production line is defined by specificity. If you see yourself as an artist, which I do, then you can't be limited by that. You can't let somebody tell you, 'Well, you can only draw this kind of picture or write that kind of book.'
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: live  book  write  artist  capitalism 
     
    When I turned 59, I looked at that as the first day of my 60th year, so I've been 60 for the last 365 days, in my opinion. So I've been thinking all this year, I'm 60 - this is the time when I need to get some stuff done.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: time  opinion  thinking  year 
     
    I think that people don't know how to do anything anymore. My father was a janitor. He could take a car apart and put it back together. He could build a house in the back yard. Today, if you ask people what they know, they say, 'I know how to hire someone.'
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: people  father 
     
    We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: sky 
     
    I took up writing to escape the drudgery of that every day cubicle kind of war.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: war  writing 
     
    The life most of us live are lives we are forced to live by immediate needs, influences, and pressures.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: live  influence 
     
    The idea of being productive, the idea of producing many books is going to lead you toward you becoming a better and better writer.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: book  ideas 
     
    Every day that we wake up is a good day. Every breath that we take is filled with hope for a better day. Every word that we speak is a chance to change what is bad into something good.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: chance  bad  hope 
     
    I'm writing, I'm using language, I'm using that language to tell stories and even more so to get ideas across. And I just love that, and I've always loved that.
    — Walter Mosley
    The job of the writer is to take a close and uncomfortable look at the world they inhabit, the world we all inhabit, and the job of the novel is to make the corpse stink.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: world  job  novel 
     
    When you talk about painters and you talk about painters painting masterpieces, there is no painter who painted only one painting and that was a masterpiece. You have to do a whole bunch of paintings to get to the place of mastering your craft.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: craft  painting 
     
    I think of writers as explorers, not necessarily as detectives. So there is certainly detecting that is going on, but they're explorers.
    — Walter Mosley
    I don't ever know where I'm going. Because one of the wonderful things about writing, which is different than working in programming, you don't need to know. You could just write and discover where you're going. And it's a great deal of fun.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: fun  writing  write 
     
    Writing is almost a place of dreams for me, and I don't have to give up anything to do it.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: writing  dreams 
     
    One wouldn't want to say that what makes a good writer is the number of books that the writer wrote because you could write a whole number of bad books. Books that don't work, mediocre books, or there's a whole bunch of people in the pulp tradition who have done that. They just wrote... and actually they didn't write a whole bunch of books, they just wrote one book many times.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: time  people  work  bad  book  write 
     
    If you want to be a writer, you have to write every day... You don't go to a well once but daily. You don't skip a child's breakfast or forget to wake up in the morning...
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: write  breakfast 
     
    Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: metaphor  music  poetry 
     
    The process of writing a novel is like taking a journey by boat. You have to continually set yourself on course. If you get distracted or allow yourself to drift, you will never make it to the destination. It's not like highly defined train tracks or a highway; this is a path that you are creating discovering. The journey is your narrative. Keep to it and there will be a tale told.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: journey  process  novel  writing  path 
     
    I have never thought that I have sacrificed anything being a writer. That might not be true, maybe I have sacrificed something. Maybe I've given something up, but I can't think of it.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: thoughts  true 
     
    The first thing you have to know about writing is that it is something you must do everyday. There are two reasons for this rule: Getting the work done and connecting with your unconscious mind.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: work  mind  writing 
     
    The biggest misconception that people have about the literary life is the romance of it. That a writer has this large world available to him or her of people, of ideas, of experiences, of interchange of ideas.
    — Walter Mosley
    That's how powerful you are, girl...You pretty, but pretty alone is not what people see. You the kinda pretty, the kinda beauty, that's like a mirror. Men and women see themselves in you, only now they so beautiful that they can't bear to see you go.
    — Walter Mosley
    One of the things that I love about being a writer is this. I wake up every day and I write for three hours. I wake up early. So like 6:00, 7:00 in the morning, I write till 9:00 or 10:00. I live in New York, nobody even is breathing until 9:00 or 10:00 in the morning. So, it's like my writing life is completely removed from the rest of my life.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: live  writing  write 
     
    Lawyer even sounds like liar.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: liar 
     
    There's a resistance for people to talk about things that make them feel guilty. When natural disasters happen, it's easier not to feel guilty about it.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: people 
     
    I'm just a survivor from the train wreck of the modern world.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: world 
     
    The police and I have a deal. I don't talk to them and they don't listen to me.
    — Walter Mosley
    I used to worry about money and career and what was going to happen. How was I gonna succeed or fail in the world? And I thought about it enough that I'm no longer worried about it. I'm not... I don't worry about what's gonna happen in my life. I don't worry about telling me about dying, my own mortality. That's a given.
    — Walter Mosley
    Rest easy and go with the faith you lived with
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: faith 
     
    I've always loved science fiction. I think the smartest writers are science fiction writers dealing with major things." " Associated Press interview, 12-7-11
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: fiction 
     
    Young people live exactly today... and they live in the immediacy of their world. And it's important for us, people from older generations to realize that a lot of our values, a lot of our truths are no longer truths, are no longer valuable.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: truth  people  live  world  young  value 
     
    A man's bookcase will tell you everything you'll ever need to know about him," my father had told me more than once. "A businessman has business books and a dream has novels and books of poetry. Most women like reading about love, and a true revolutionary will have books about the minutiae of overthrowing the oppressor. A person with no books is inconsequential in a modern setting, but a peasant that reads is a prince in waiting.
    — Walter Mosley
    Better to listen to the gospel than to a mortal leader.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: gospel  leader 
     
    When you deal with a person who's experiencing dementia, you can see where they're struggling with knowledge. You can see what they forget completely, what they forget but they know what they once knew. You can tell how they're trying to remember.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: people 
     
    I think that it's important to try to keep reality. I think that Gabriel Garcia Marquez speaks a lot about reality in his magical realism. So I don't think we have to be hyper-realistic. But we have to understand the pressures that undergird the lives of the characters within that novel.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: character  reality  live  novel 
     
    We born dyin'...But you ask a man an' he talk like he gonna live forevah.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: men  live 
     
    Many & most moments go by with us hardly aware of their passage. But love & hate & fear cause time to snag you, to drag you down like a spider's web holding fast to a doomed fly's wings. And when you're caught like that you're aware of every moment & movement & nuance.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: fear  time  hate  moment  wings  doomed 
     
    A lot of people... kind of make heroes that are separate from us, people who are, you know, like... John Wayne and Errol Flynn and, you know, Denzel Washington... people who are different, who are larger than life.
    — Walter Mosley
    tags: people  hero 
     
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    walter mosley
    Birth    : January 12, 1952
    Occupation  : Novelist