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  • #1
    John Irving
    “O God — please give him back! I shall keep asking You.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • #2
    John Irving
    “Owen meany who rarely wasted words and who had the conversation-stopping habit of dropping remarks like coins into a deep pool of water... remarks that sank, like truth, to the bottom of the pool where they would remain untouchable.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • #3
    John Irving
    “Nothing bears out in practice what it promises incipiently.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • #4
    John Irving
    “No touching Baby Jesus.”
    “But we’re his parents!” proclaimed Mary Beth, who was being generous to include poor Joseph under this appellation.
    “Mary Beth,” Barb Wiggin said, “if you touch the Baby Jesus, I’m putting you in a cow costume.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • #5
    John Irving
    “he smoked so much marijuana that his hair smelled like a cupboard crammed with oregano;”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • #6
    John Irving
    “YOU LET ME DROWN!” Owen said. “YOU DIDN’T DO ANYTHING! YOU JUST WATCHED ME DROWN! I’M ALREADY DEAD!” he told us. “REMEMBER THAT: YOU LET ME DIE.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • #7
    John Irving
    “It was not the cold that made you want to rush out as soon as you'd jumped in; it was the unmeasured depth - our fear of what was on the bottom, and how far below us the bottom was.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • #8
    Junot Díaz
    “Nothing more exhilarating ... than saving yourself by the simple act of waking.”
    Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • #9
    Junot Díaz
    “If you didn't grow up like I did then you don't know, and if you don't know it's probably better you don't judge.”
    Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • #10
    Junot Díaz
    “You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway."

    [Becoming a Writer/ The List, O Magazine, November 2009]”
    Junot Díaz

  • #11
    William Faulkner
    “Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”
    William Faulkner, The Wild Palms

  • #12
    William Faulkner
    “Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.”
    William Faulkner

  • #13
    William Faulkner
    “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”
    William Faulkner

  • #14
    William Faulkner
    “The next time you try to seduce anyone, don't do it with talk, with words. Women know more about words than men ever will. And they know how little they can ever possibly mean.”
    William Faulkner

  • #15
    William Faulkner
    “I'm bad and I'm going to hell, and I don't care. I'd rather be in hell than anywhere where you are. ”
    William Faulkner

  • #16
    William Faulkner
    “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
    William Faulkner

  • #17
    William Faulkner
    “Don't be 'a writer'. Be writing.”
    William Faulkner

  • #18
    William Faulkner
    “I decline to accept the end of man... I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among the creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.”
    William Faulkner

  • #19
    William Faulkner
    “Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.”
    William Faulkner

  • #20
    William Faulkner
    “It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours; he can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work. ”
    William Faulkner

  • #21
    William Faulkner
    “Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say.”
    William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

  • #22
    William Faulkner
    “If a story is in you, it has to come out.”
    William Faulkner

  • #23
    William Faulkner
    “Dreams have only one owner at a time. That's why dreamers are lonely.”
    William Faulkner

  • #24
    William Faulkner
    “A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid. ”
    William Faulkner

  • #25
    William Faulkner
    “It is the writer's privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart.”
    William Faulkner

  • #26
    William Faulkner
    “All of us have failed to match our dream of perfection. I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. If I could write all my work again, I'm convinced I could do it better. This is the healthiest condition for an artist. That's why he keeps working, trying again: he believes each time that this time he will do it, bring it off. Of course he won't.”
    William Faulkner

  • #27
    William Faulkner
    “The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.”
    William Faulkner

  • #28
    William Faulkner
    “The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
    William Faulkner

  • #29
    William Faulkner
    “A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station….”
    William Faulkner

  • #30
    William Faulkner
    “The best fiction is far more true than any journalism.”
    William Faulkner



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