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Born: 1942-03-26
Profession: Novelist
Nation: American
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No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool. Writers, alas, have to be fools in public, while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.

Tags: Fool, Human, Wisdom

Perhaps all artists were, in a sense, housewives: tenders of the earth household.

Tags: Artists, Earth, Sense

Poetry is what we turn to in the most emotional moments of our life - when a beloved friend dies, when a baby is born or when we fall in love.

Tags: Life, Love, Poetry

Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears. In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.

Tags: Between, Brain, God

Friends love misery, in fact. Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky or too successful or too pretty, our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.

Tags: Friends, Love, Successful

All my forebears worked for a living. My grandfather painted portraits. My mother too. My aunt painted seascapes.

Tags: Living, Mother, Worked

I never became a writer for the money. I am a poet first. Even getting published is a miracle for poets.

Tags: Getting, Money, Writer

I've never been able to control my public image.

Tags: Able, Control, Public

It's hard to do fiction and nonfiction simultaneously.

Tags: Fiction, Hard, Nonfiction

Men have always detested women's gossip because they suspect the truth: their measurements are being taken and compared.

Tags: Men, Truth, Women

Singularity shows something wrong in the mind.

Tags: Mind, Shows, Wrong

Solitude is un-American.

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The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.

Tags: Risk, Trouble

Women are individuals in parenting, and why not?

Tags: Parenting, Why, Women

Women are not the richer sex. Women are not equal in society.

Tags: Sex, Society, Women

At certain historic moments, grandparents took on childrearing responsibilities. In many cultures, they still do. Chinese grandparents who are able to retire at 55 are seen all over Beijing bouncing grandbabies. In the United States, we can't afford to retire at 55.

Tags: Able, Seen, United

I thought to spend my declining years writing poetry and teaching - but that won't pay the Bergdorf's bill. I think I'll move to somewhere life is cheaper.

Tags: Life, Poetry, Writing

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue. If we have enough friends, we may go on for years, intending to leave, talking about leaving - instead of actually getting up and leaving.

Tags: Bad, Marriage, May

My generation was not only maligned in book reviews and attacked in graduate school but we lived to see our adored and adorable daughters wonder why feminism had become a dirty word.

Tags: Book, School, Why

Sadly, because of the enormous gap between rich and poor, some mothers can afford helpers, but many can't. Those who can would be kinder to refrain from criticizing other women.

Tags: Poor, Rich, Women

The stones themselves are thick with history, and those cats that dash through the alleyways must surely be the ghosts of the famous dead in feline disguise.

Tags: Dead, Famous, History

When I was a ten-year old bookworm and used to kiss the dust jacket pictures of authors as if they were icons, it used to amaze me that these remote people could provoke me to love.

Tags: Kiss, Love, Old

I write slowly by hand. Publishing is effectively bankrupt for you unless you are Danielle Steele. It takes a year to write book and advances are going down or disappearing.

Tags: Book, Write, Year

Poetry is the language we speak in the most terrifying or ecstatic passages of our lives. But the very word poetry scares people. They think of their grade school teachers reciting 'Hiawatha' and they groan.

Tags: Poetry, School, Speak

There is still the feeling that women's writing is a lesser class of writing, that what goes on in the nursery or the bedroom is not as important as what goes on in the battlefield, that what women know about is a less category of knowledge.

Tags: Feeling, Knowledge, Women

When I met my husband, I refused to invite him home for Passover because I was embarrassed my mother might serve all the catered dishes in the wrong order.

Tags: Home, Husband, Mother
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You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.

Tags: Smart, Woman, Women

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.

Tags: Fun, Jealousy

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.

Tags: Gossip, Opiate, Oppressed

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

Tags: Blame, Happens, Life

I have accepted fear as a part of life - specifically the fear of change... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.

Tags: Change, Fear, Life

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

Tags: Courage, Dark, Place

My grandchildren are fabulous and funny.

Tags: Fabulous, Funny

And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.

Tags: Risk, Trouble

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.

Tags: Advice, Ask, Wish

Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness.

Tags: Equality, History, Women

Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilty and I'll show you a man.

Tags: Guilty, Show, Woman

If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.

Tags: Risk

Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy the Church. America Hollywood.

Tags: America, Church, Country

I don't cook. My mother didn't cook. My daughter doesn't cook.

Tags: Cook, Daughter, Mother

Men and women, women and men. It will never work.

Tags: Men, Women, Work

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

Tags: Blame, Happens, Life

I remember everything but forgive anyway.

Tags: Anyway, Forgive, Remember

We all parent the best we can. Being human, we're ambivalent. We want perfection for our babies, but we also need sleep.

Tags: Best, Human, Sleep

Is a currency worth anything if no one wants it? We used to buy shoes in Italy. Remember?

Tags: Remember, Used, Worth

Ambivalence is a wonderful tune to dance to. It has a rhythm all its own.

Tags: Dance, Rhythm, Wonderful

Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are.

Tags: Idea, Means, Wrong

He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it.

Tags: Advice, Give, Him

I have forgotten my rave reviews and memorized my vicious ones - like most writers.

Tags: Forgotten, Vicious, Writers

I write lustily and humorously. It isn't calculated; it's the way I think. I've invented a writing style that expresses who I am.

Tags: Style, Write, Writing

It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.

Tags: Air, City, Once
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