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Born: 1929-11-21
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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Well, love is insanity. The ancient Greeks knew that. It is the taking over of a rational and lucid mind by delusion and self-destruction. You lose yourself, you have no power over yourself, you can't even think straight.

Tags: Love, Power, Yourself

Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains.

Tags: Men, Mountains, Stumble

All men are rapists and that's all they are. They rape us with their eyes, their laws, and their codes.

Tags: Eyes, Laws, Men

Fear is a question. What are you afraid of and why? Our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them.

Tags: Afraid, Fear, Why

Anyone determined to find another person or group inferior can always find whole lists of grounds that demonstrate inferiority because we are all inferior to the ideals of humanness we have erected.

Tags: Another, Group, Whole

Whatever they may be in public life, whatever their relations with men, in their relations with women, all men are rapists and that's all they are. They rape us with their eyes, their laws, their codes.

Tags: Life, Men, Women

My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine - everybody drinks water.

Tags: Great, Water, Wine

Men's need to dominate women may be based in their own sense of marginality or emptiness; we do not know its root, and men are making no effort to discover it.

Tags: May, Men, Women

Nothing is ever simple. What do you do when you discover you like parts of the role you're trying to escape?

Tags: Escape, Simple, Trying

Oh, God, why don't I remember that a little chaos is good for the soul?

Tags: God, Good, Remember

To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, is more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.

Tags: Children, Design, Time

'I hate discussions of feminism that end up with who does the dishes,' she said. So do I. But at the end, there are always the damned dishes.

Tags: End, Hate, Said

Men seem unable to feel equal to women: they must be superior or they are inferior.

Tags: Men, Seem, Women

Nature is inside art as its content, not outside as its model.

Tags: Art, Content, Nature

Not many men have both good fortune and good sense.

Tags: Good, Men, Sense

When they kept you out it was because you were black; when they let you in, it is because you are black. That's progress?

Tags: Black, Kept, Progress

One thing that makes art different from life is that in art things have a shape... it allows us to fix our emotions on events at the moment they occur, it permits a union of heart and mind and tongue and tear.

Tags: Art, Life, Mind

I love writing. I feel ridiculously lucky that this is what I get to do all day.

Tags: Love, Lucky, Writing

If you rewrite a paragraph fifty times and forty-nine of them are terrible, that's fine; you only need to get it right once.

Tags: Fine, Once, Times

With acting, you have to depend on somebody else to decide if you are allowed to work. You can spend weeks and months when you are not acting at all.

Tags: Acting, Else, Work

Both back when I was acting and now that I'm writing, I've always wanted the same thing out of my career: to be able to get up in the morning and do what I love doing.

Tags: Love, Morning, Writing

I came from a house full of books, so I took reading for granted. I was an outdoorsy little kid, too, so I got the best of both worlds by taking books up trees and reading there.

Tags: Best, Both, Reading

I like writing about big turning points, where professional and personal lives coalesce, where the boundaries are coming down, and you're faced with a set of choices which will change life forever.

Tags: Change, Life, Writing
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I thought I could never write a proper book; I'd never done it before. But I thought I could write a sequence. Then I had a chapter. The next thing I knew I was turning acting down.

Tags: Book, Done, Thought

I'm still very much in the apprentice stage of writing. I read somewhere that you need to write a million words before you know what you're doing - so I'm headed that way, but I'm nowhere near there.

Tags: Words, Write, Writing

I've got this theory that human beings are innately religious; we have a belief system. It doesn't have to be a theist form, necessarily. But we need a belief system, some framework on which to hang our behavior.

Tags: Belief, Human, Religious

If you're writing a scene for a character with whom you disagree in every way, you still need to show how that character is absolutely justified in his or her own mind, or the scene will come across as being about the author's views rather than about the character's.

Tags: Character, Mind, Writing

Ireland is such a young society. The British were the ruling class up until they left about a hundred years ago, and we've been trying to work out what our class hierarchy is ever since.

Tags: Society, Trying, Work

The thing about being a mystery writer, what marks a mystery writer out from a chick lit author or historical fiction writer, is that you always find a mystery in every situation.

Tags: Mystery, Situation, Writer

When I was acting, I got trained in creating a character as a three-dimensional person. If you're doing it right you should be able to draw an audience into the character's world and make them feel their fears.

Tags: Able, Acting, Character