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#1. Can't make marriage the be-all and end-all. Because if you do it won't work. Listen: from the looks of things we've got one of the few solid marriages around. But it took work, pussycat. Work.' Her eyes gleamed with the victory of that work, the necessity for it. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#2. People fascinate the hell out of me. I never get tired of watching people, listening to people. The best part is not getting up in front of people but meeting people. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#3. What is art if not a concentrated and impassioned effort to make something with the little we have, the little we see? - Author: Andre Dubus
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#4. Don't outline your stories. A lot of fiction workshops say you should. I say the opposite. I quote Grace Paley: "We write what we don't know we know." - Author: Andre Dubus
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#5. Its sound in her soul was a distant fast train. Love did not bring happiness, it did not last, and it ended in pain. She did not want to believe this, and she was not certain that she did; perhaps she feared it was true in her own life, and her fear had become a feeling that tasted like disbelief. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#6. After the dead are buried, after the physical pain of grief has become a permanent wound in the soul, then comes the transcendent and common bond of human suffering, and with that comes forgiveness, and with forgiveness comes love. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#7. What's so exciting and terrifying about the writing process is that it really is an act of exploration and discovery. With all of us, not just writers, there is a sort of knowledge of the other. We have a lot more in common than we realize, and I think writing is really a sustained act of empathy. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#8. My own sense of the world is that very little is absolute or black and white or easily understood. I suppose in all my writing I'm trying to cast the reader into this spiritually ambivalent dream world, which hopefully mirrors more honestly the complex reality we find ourselves in. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#9. That was the source of my vanity and my cowardice: always I believed everyone was watching me. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#10. For ritual allows those who cannot will themselves out of the secular to perform the spiritual, as dancing allows the tongue-tied man a ceremony of love. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#11. We are all living this dance and it is clearly fraught with making choices. Lots of my choices are bad and that's normal. None of us are attractive at all times. What is attractive to me is authenticity. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#12. I know I learn a lot from the students in my class and I'm not just saying that to sound like some generous teacher. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#13. Don't quit. It's very easy to quit during the first 10 years. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it's very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can't get fired if you don't write, and most of the time you don't get rewarded if you do. But don't quit. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#14. He learned how quickly love died when you weren't looking; if you weren't looking. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#15. Fear is a ghost; embrace your fear, and all you'll see in your arms is yourself. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#16. I've learned over the years that the writing is smarter and far larger than the writer and his or her own desires for it. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#17. I love short stories because I believe they are the way we live. They are what our friends tell us, in their pain and joy, their passion and rage, their yearning and their cry against injustice. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#18. I think some people see those three numbers 9/ 11 and they walk away. That might be changing now. People are more willing to step into an artistic exploration of that subject. All you can do is let it go - Author: Andre Dubus
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#19. I see a lot of marriages crash and burn around me and my wife. I've always been curious about how hard it is to love well and be loved. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#20. I was trying to learn to write stories, and was reading O'Hara and Hemingway as a carpenter might look at an excellent house someone else has built. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#21. We don't have to live great lives, we just have to understand and survive the ones we've got. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#22. What cracks had he left in their hearts? Did they love less now and settle for less in return, as they held onto parts of themselves they did not want to give and lose again? Or - and he wished this - did they love more fully because they had survived pain, so no longer feared it? - Author: Andre Dubus
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#23. I read poetry every day. I love the boiled down essence of poetry. I look for poetry in prose. In a way that evocative. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#24. I love the earth too much to contemplate a life apart from it, although I believe in that life. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#25. It is not hard to live through a day, if you can live through a moment. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#26. Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#27. I have always known that writing fiction had little effect on the world; that if it did, young men would not have gone to war after The Iliad. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#28. Teaching well draws from the same well that writing draws from: the reserves of compassion and ability to listen and concentrate on another. So I have to have fine line between teaching and writing. I try not to ever think of career. I just try to go to the dream world every day. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#29. Talent is cheap. What really matters is discipline. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#30. For the twenty million Americans who are hungry tonight, for the homeless freezing tonight, literature is as useless as a knowledge of astronomy. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#31. No: she is one of us, and what she said and did on that April evening was, like the warm sunlit sky, enough: for me, for the end of winter, for the infinite possibilities of the human heart. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#32. Romance dies hard, because its very nature is to want to live. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#33. A story can always break into pieces while it sits inside a book on a shelf; and, decades after we have read it even twenty times, it can open us up, by cut or caress, to a new truth. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#34. I think the writer's job is to paint the gray because no life is clearly defined. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#35. I wonder if politicians know less about the land, now that they campaign by air. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#36. We receive and we lose, and we must try to achieve gratitude; and with that gratitude to embrace with whole hearts whatever of life that remains after the losses. - Author: Andre Dubus
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#37. Travel by air is not travel at all, but simply a change of location; so my wife and daughter and I went to San Francisco by train, leaving Boston on a Wednesday morning in June and, then after lunch in New York, boarding Amtrak's Broadway to Chicago. - Author: Andre Dubus
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