Dubus Famous Quotes & Sayings

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pinterest Share on Linkedin

100 Dubus Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: I wonder if politicians know less about the land, now that they campaign by air. I wonder if politicians know less about the land, now that they campaign by air. — Andre Dubus
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: You've got to kill your darlings. You've got to kill your darlings. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: As a young victim of bullying and then, later, a vindictive perpetrator of violence myself, As a young victim of bullying and then, later, a vindictive perpetrator of violence myself, I've known both sides of this experience, and I tried very hard in the writing here to be as absolutely honest as I possibly could, to not romanticize myself or my past actions or cowardly inactions in any way. — Andre Dubus
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: It's hard to see. There are only the shadows of things. She feels along the It's hard to see. There are only the shadows of things. She feels along the fridge to the wall and the phone, touching first her uncle's keys, then her dead aunt's, a woman Devon can feel judging her from the grave even though she's only borrowing something, not stealing it. She has never stolen anything in her life, and she never will. She steps into the cool, still air of the closed garage and she sees Sick's face. The way he looked at her as she let him in, the only one. His hair hung down and his lips were parted and as he moved inside her his eyes seemed to shine with a sweet sadness, the kind that only comes when you know something good can never, ever last. But you keep going anyway. All you can do is keep going and never quit. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: I know I learn a lot from the students in my class and I'm not 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. — Andre Dubus
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: I think the deeper you go into questions, the deeper or more interesting the questions I think the deeper you go into questions, the deeper or more interesting the questions get. And I think that's the job of art. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Regret was Fear's big sister, Regret was Fear's big sister, — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: I love the earth too much to contemplate a life apart from it, although I I love the earth too much to contemplate a life apart from it, although I believe in that life. — Andre Dubus
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: I love short stories because I believe they are the way we live. They are 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. — Andre Dubus
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: What is art if not a concentrated and impassioned effort to make something with the What is art if not a concentrated and impassioned effort to make something with the little we have, the little we see? — Andre Dubus
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: It seemed almost inconceivable that in his short marriage to Althea she had, in her It seemed almost inconceivable that in his short marriage to Althea she had, in her quiet way, left him feeling not only worthy, but exceptional, a man not only capable of being a real poet, but a husband and father too. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people. — Andre Dubus
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: We don't have to live great lives, we just have to understand and survive the We don't have to live great lives, we just have to understand and survive the ones we've got. — Andre Dubus
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: Fear is a ghost; embrace your fear, and all you'll see in your arms is Fear is a ghost; embrace your fear, and all you'll see in your arms is yourself. — Andre Dubus
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: But even in September, Thursday was a big money night, seven to eight hundred take-home, But even in September, Thursday was a big money night, seven to eight hundred take-home, and that's what April concentrated on as she drove, Franny's chin starting to loll against her chest - April made herself think of that fat roll of tens and twenties she'd have at closing, how she'd fold it into the front pocket of her jeans then go to the house mom's office off the dressing room and give Tina a hundred before she found Franny in her pj's on Tina's brown vinyl couch, and she'd try not to think of the walls above Tina's desk covered with dancers' schedules and audition Polaroids of naked women, some of them under postcards from girls who came and went. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: As a matter of writing philosophy, if there is one, I try not to ever As a matter of writing philosophy, if there is one, I try not to ever plot a story. I try to write it from the character's point of view and see where it goes. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: What's so exciting and terrifying about the writing process is that it really is an 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. — Andre Dubus
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: My mother was making $135 a week, but she had resilience and imagination. She might My mother was making $135 a week, but she had resilience and imagination. She might take frozen vegetables, cook them with garlic, onion and Spam, and it would taste like a four-star dinner. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: Romance dies hard, because its very nature is to want to live. Romance dies hard, because its very nature is to want to live. — Andre Dubus
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: There are some beautiful books out there. But the ones that leave me cold are There are some beautiful books out there. But the ones that leave me cold are the ones where I feel - it's that postmodern thing - it's more experimentation with language than it is a deep compassionate falling into another human being's experience. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Joy was something she willed herself to show us, something she raised from deep inside Joy was something she willed herself to show us, something she raised from deep inside herself as a promise for what could be. Now her life seemed to have opened up into it as if it had been waiting for her. (215) — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: I got a degree in sociology, didn't read much fiction in college, and I was I got a degree in sociology, didn't read much fiction in college, and I was a pretty political, left-wing type of guy. I wanted to do some kind of work in social change and make things better for the poor man, and I was very romantic and passionate about it. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Even a day writing badly for me is 10 times better than a day where Even a day writing badly for me is 10 times better than a day where I don't write at all. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Lester wanted to rise up out of this like a cloud, to drift over the Lester wanted to rise up out of this like a cloud, to drift over the valley and shore to the Pacific, to dissolve into its huge green expanse like rain. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Somewhere, sometime I'd stopped expecting my father to father. Somewhere, sometime I'd stopped expecting my father to father. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: This I know of life's difficult times: there is always a time for them to This I know of life's difficult times: there is always a time for them to begin and a time for them to end, and the man who knows this knows he must thank God for each day he has suffered because that is always one day closer to the sun, the real sun. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: She was speaking again, her voice like the chirp of a bird who has flown She was speaking again, her voice like the chirp of a bird who has flown into a black tunnel but does not yet know it. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: And that's what I wanted: obliteration. Decimation. Just an instant smear of me right out And that's what I wanted: obliteration. Decimation. Just an instant smear of me right out of all this rising and falling and nothing changing that feels like living. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Most of the time I feel stupid, insensitive, mediocre, talentless and vulnerable - like I'm Most of the time I feel stupid, insensitive, mediocre, talentless and vulnerable - like I'm about to cry any second - and wrong. I've found that when that happens, it usually means I'm writing pretty well, pretty deeply, pretty rawly. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Soraya-joon, I have done all that I could. Do not be sorry for us. Your Soraya-joon, I have done all that I could. Do not be sorry for us. Your mother and I await you upon your return. We love you more than we have loved life. After your dear brother name your first son. Live here if you like, but if you sell it take no less than one hundred thousand dollars. ~Bawbaw — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Letting go of the pipe in the laundry room, he could feel in his throat Letting go of the pipe in the laundry room, he could feel in his throat so many sentences from the night's reading of emails, and he needed to shout them at her now as she poured her coffee in the kitchen, its smell always such a comfort to him, but not then; that morning it was like the sweet fragrance of lilacs just before you see the corpse upon which they lie. — Andre Dubus III
More Pictures »
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: For the twenty million Americans who are hungry tonight, for the homeless freezing tonight, literature For the twenty million Americans who are hungry tonight, for the homeless freezing tonight, literature is as useless as a knowledge of astronomy. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: I work out four days a week in the off-season, and in the warm, running I work out four days a week in the off-season, and in the warm, running weather months, I do five days. A push/pull regime of weightlifting, cycling, and the occasional Saturday or Sunday run with my oldest son, even if it's cold out. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: I really think that if there's any one enemy to human creativity, especially creative writing, I really think that if there's any one enemy to human creativity, especially creative writing, its self-consciousness. And if you have one eye on the mirror to see how you're doing, you're not doing it as well as you can. Don't think about publishing, don't think about editors, don't think about marketplace. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Beach houses along short sandy streets. He can feel her bare forarm brushing his, and Beach houses along short sandy streets. He can feel her bare forarm brushing his, and it's strange she's being so quiet. He glances down at her and she smiles up at him as if, in his silence, he's been telling a long story and she is simply listening to it. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: I feel that writers think with their noses to the ground, and the dark stuff I feel that writers think with their noses to the ground, and the dark stuff kind of comes to me more, even though I really am sort of an upbeat guy. It's an honest descent into darkness. And you can't have the joy without the grief - it's why we listen to Mozart's 'Requiem.' — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: Its sound in her soul was a distant fast train. Love did not bring happiness, 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: My belief in the sacrament of the Eucharist is simple: without touch, God is a My belief in the sacrament of the Eucharist is simple: without touch, God is a monologue, an idea, a philosophy; he must touch and be touched, the tongue on flesh, and that touch is the result of the monologues, the idea, the philosophies which led to faith; but in the instant of the touch there is no place for thinking, for talking; the silent touch affirms all that, and goes deeper: it affirms the mysteries of love and mortality. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: Short story writers simply do what human beings have always done. They write stories because Short story writers simply do what human beings have always done. They write stories because they have to; because they cannot rest until they have tried as hard as they can to write the stories. They cannot rest because they are human, and all of us need to speak into the silence of mortality, to interrupt and ever so briefly stop that quiet flow, and with stories try to understand at least some of it. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: But the writer who endures and keeps working will finally know that writing the book But the writer who endures and keeps working will finally know that writing the book was something hard and glorious, for at the desk a writer must try to be free of prejudice, meanness of spirit, pettiness, and hatred; strive to be a better human being than the writer normally is, and to do this through concentration on a single word, and then another, and another. This is splendid work, as worthy and demanding as any, and the will and resilience to do it are good for the writer's soul. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Years later I would hear my father say the divorce had left him dating his Years later I would hear my father say the divorce had left him dating his children. That still meant picking us up every Sunday for a matinee and, if he had the money, an early dinner somewhere. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: I'm one of those writers who can't talk about what they're working on. The entire I'm one of those writers who can't talk about what they're working on. The entire four years I was writing 'House of Sand and Fog,' my wife never saw a word of it. I just have to keep it in the womb, and then everyone can have a crack at it. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: It's easy K. on one side of the page you got your costs and on It's easy K. on one side of the page you got your costs and on the other side your benefits. All you do is mark which one is which, then you weigh one side against the other and you get your decision just like that. that's all you ever have to do. i live by this."
"But what if you don't know the difference between a benefit and a cost? what if you've never been very good at telling a plus from a minus? — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: I see a lot of marriages crash and burn around me and my wife. I've 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: I've learned over the years that the writing is smarter and far larger than the 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: One of the things I learned about writing a memoir is you can't drag the One of the things I learned about writing a memoir is you can't drag the reader through everything. Every human life is worth 20 memoirs. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: I have always known that writing fiction had little effect on the world; that if 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: I was trying to learn to write stories, and was reading O'Hara and Hemingway as 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Writers have to be careful not to confuse personal attention with the attention that's going Writers have to be careful not to confuse personal attention with the attention that's going towards the book. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: Talent is cheap. What really matters is discipline. Talent is cheap. What really matters is discipline. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: I read poetry every day. I love the boiled down essence of poetry. I look I read poetry every day. I love the boiled down essence of poetry. I look for poetry in prose. In a way that evocative. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: After the dead are buried, after the physical pain of grief has become a permanent 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: I think the writer's job is to paint the gray because no life is clearly I think the writer's job is to paint the gray because no life is clearly defined. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: He had made his cowardice urbane, mobile, and sophisticated; but perhaps at its essence cowardice He had made his cowardice urbane, mobile, and sophisticated; but perhaps at its essence cowardice knows it is apparent: he believed David and Kathi knew that their afternoons at the aquarium, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Science Museum, were houses Peter had built, where they could be together as they were before, with one difference: there was always entertainment. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: Teaching well draws from the same well that writing draws from: the reserves of compassion 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: I think what I love most [about writing] is that feeling that you really nailed I think what I love most [about writing] is that feeling that you really nailed something. Sometimes with a line you feel that it really captured what it is that you had inside you and you got it out for a stranger to read, someone who may never love you or meet you, but he or she is going to get that experience from that line. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: My dad and mom divorced when I was around ten, and I didn't live with My dad and mom divorced when I was around ten, and I didn't live with him after that, though he was close by and we saw each other weekly. I wasn't really aware that he was a writer; I didn't start reading his writing until I was about fifteen. It occurred to me then that my dad was kind of special; he's still one of my favorite writers. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: If there is no snake at your feet, do not lift rocks at the side If there is no snake at your feet, do not lift rocks at the side of the road. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Pop," I said, "isn't this shit vaulable?""Not to me, son. Pop," I said, "isn't this shit vaulable?"
"Not to me, son. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: We receive and we lose, and we must try to achieve gratitude; and with that 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: One of the accidental joys of my writing life has been that I've had some One of the accidental joys of my writing life has been that I've had some lovely, surprisingly good fortune with readers, and I've brought readers to my dad's work. I can't tell you the joy that gives me. Because my father's work was masterful. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Dat's what they say of this cauntry back home, Kath: 'America, the land of milk Dat's what they say of this cauntry back home, Kath: 'America, the land of milk and honey.' Bot they never tell you the milk's gone sour and the honey's stolen. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: What cracks had he left in their hearts? Did they love less now and settle 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? — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: For our excess we lost everything. For our excess we lost everything. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: He tried to remember her ever being this way before. In her voicealmost overexuberantwas not He tried to remember her ever being this way before. In her voice
almost overexuberant
was not simply holiday cheer but joyous relief, like some terminally ill patient who's just been told she's not sick anymore. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: There's something about taking the cart back instead of leaving it in the parking lot There's something about taking the cart back instead of leaving it in the parking lot ... It's significant ... Because somebody has to take them in ... And if you know that, and you do it for that one guy, you do something else. You join the world ... You move out of your isolation and become universal. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: My own sense of the world is that very little is absolute or black and 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: I think some people see those three numbers 9/ 11 and they walk away. That 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 — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: Don't outline your stories. A lot of fiction workshops say you should. I say the 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." — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: Travel by air is not travel at all, but simply a change of location; so 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: The house was quiet, my room dark and still. I lay awake and thought of The house was quiet, my room dark and still. I lay awake and thought of all the good men on TV who'd been shot in the head. I saw again the dead soldiers lying on the ground , and until Pop had cried over us, I hadn't thought much about Jeb and me having to go and fight, too. But in only nine years I'd be as old as the dead, and it'd be my turn, wouldn't it? — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: I've had a lot of glamour come my way in the last 10 years - I've had a lot of glamour come my way in the last 10 years - you know, movie stars and mansions and red carpets and trips to Europe and crazy stuff I never would have imagined - and I look at them as if I'm the bartender in the corner of the room. They've never gone into my psyche. I look at them with distance, and wonder. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: And I felt more like me than I ever had, as if the years I'd And I felt more like me than I ever had, as if the years I'd lived so far had formed layers of skin and muscle over myself that others saw as me when the real one had been underneath all along, and I knew writing- even writing badly- had peeled away those layers, and I knew then that if I wanted to stay awake and alive, if I wanted to stay me, I would have to keep writing. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: The truth is life is full of joy and full of great sorrow, but you The truth is life is full of joy and full of great sorrow, but you can't have one without the other. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: People fascinate the hell out of me. I never get tired of watching people, listening 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: One of the things I tell the writers with whom I work is, man, when One of the things I tell the writers with whom I work is, man, when you finish a draft of a poem, or short story or novel, you make sure you go out and celebrate all night long because whether the world ever notices or not, whether you get it published or not, you did something most people never do: You started, stuck with, and finished a creative work. And that is a triumph. That is something to celebrate. All the stuff that I'm talking about is really from the point of view of trying to create art - and I don't mean to sound highfalutin when I bring the word "art" in. All I mean is, a work that seeks to illuminate truth in whatever way possible. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: I was really surprised at the success of 'House of Sand and Fog,' because it I was really surprised at the success of 'House of Sand and Fog,' because it is so awfully dark. Believe it or not, when writing it, I never had the word 'tragedy' in my head - I wasn't trying to write a dark book at all. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: I truly believe the art's larger than the artist. Who cares about John Steinbeck? I I truly believe the art's larger than the artist. Who cares about John Steinbeck? I care about the Joad family. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: That was the source of my vanity and my cowardice: always I believed everyone was That was the source of my vanity and my cowardice: always I believed everyone was watching me. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: I was always a sensitive, sweet kid, but I got brutalized and I became brutal. I was always a sensitive, sweet kid, but I got brutalized and I became brutal. And frankly, I don't think it was my natural makeup. I don't think its anyone's natural makeup to be a violent brawler. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: It's been six months, Nancy.''What's your hurry? It took me a year to get used It's been six months, Nancy.'
'What's your hurry? It took me a year to get used to living with Carl. I mean, what do men do anyway? They work, eat, drink, and play games. Sex for them is in the sports and recreation category. You can't live with a man and not be lonely.'
'You think so?'
'Absolutely. Besides, once you have kids, it all changes anyway. Everything seems to make sense then. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: The ocean to my right was maroon, the sky above it silver. There were sand The ocean to my right was maroon, the sky above it silver. There were sand trails through the thick purple ice plant that grew along the roadside ... but now the sky is the color of peaches ...
It was a ball of bright saffron sinking into the sea, turning the water purple, the sky orange and green. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: A story can always break into pieces while it sits inside a book on a 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: Can't make marriage the be-all and end-all. Because if you do it won't work. Listen: 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: It is not hard to live through a day, if you can live through a It is not hard to live through a day, if you can live through a moment. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: We are all living this dance and it is clearly fraught with making choices. Lots 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: No: she is one of us, and what she said and did on that April 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: When Jennifer was here in the summer, they were at the house most days. I When Jennifer was here in the summer, they were at the house most days. I would say generally that as they got older they became quieter, and though I enjoyed both, I sometimes missed the giggles and shouts. The quiet voices, just low enough for me not to hear from wherever I was, rising and failing in proportion to my distance from them, frightened me. Not that I believed they were planning or recounting anything really wicked, but there was a female seriousness about them, and it was secretive, and of course I thought: love, sex. But it was more than that: it was womanhood they were entering, the deep forest of it, and no matter how many women and men too are saying these days that there is little difference between us, the truth is that men find their way into that forest only on clearly marked trails, while women move about in it like birds. So hearing Jennifer and her friends talking so quietly, yet intensely, I wanted very much to have a wife. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Sometimes in this life, only one or two opportunities are put before us and we Sometimes in this life, only one or two opportunities are put before us and we must seize them no matter the risk. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: Don't quit. It's very easy to quit during the first 10 years. Nobody cares whether 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: It's almost easier being down and alone than when you re up and no one It's almost easier being down and alone than when you re up and no one s there to share the view with you — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: I sing of those who cannot. To view human suffering as an abstraction, as a I sing of those who cannot. To view human suffering as an abstraction, as a statement about how plucky we all are, is to blow air through brass while the boys and girls march in parade off to war. Seeing the flesh as only a challenge to the spirit is as false as seeing the spirit as only a challenge to the flesh. On the planet are people with whole and strong bodies, whose wounded spirits need the constant help that the quadriplegic needs for his body. What we need is not the sound of horns rising to the sky, but the steady beat of the bass drum. When you march to a bass drum, your left foot touches the earth with each beat, and you can feel the drum in your body: boom and boom and boom and pity people pity people pity people. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: On my way out with the rest, I glanced back at Bowman. he was on On my way out with the rest, I glanced back at Bowman. he was on this knees, his hair in his face, his nose and split lips dripping with blood. He was staring down at the floor like he'd been waiting for this and now it had finally happened; he look relieved. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: If you don't put 99 percent of yourself into the writing, there will be no If you don't put 99 percent of yourself into the writing, there will be no publishing career. There's the writer and there's the author. The author - you don't ever think about the author. Just think about the writer. So my advice would be, find a way to not care - easier said than done. Accept that the world may never notice this thing you worked so hard at. And instead, do it for it, find a job, find a way of living that gives you an hour or two or three a day to do it, and then work your ass off sending out, trying to get out there, but do not put the pressure on the work to do something for you. Because then you're going to be writing dishonestly and for the market instead of for the characters and your story. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: There were three of these women, separated by short intervals of pain, remorse, and despair. There were three of these women, separated by short intervals of pain, remorse, and despair. When he and the last one had their final quarrel - she threw the breadboard - he was nearly fifty-five, and he gave up on love, save the memory of it. Always his aim had been marriage. He had never entered what he considered to be an affair, something whose end was an understood condition of its beginning. But he had loved and wanted for the rest of his life women who took him in their arms, and even their hearts, but did not plan to keep him. He had known that about them, they had told him no lies about what they wanted, and he had persisted, keeping his faith: if he could not change their hearts, then love itself would. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: For ritual allows those who cannot will themselves out of the secular to perform the 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. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Ann Hood: I felt joined to all the men and women across cultures down through the ages I felt joined to all the men and women across cultures down through the ages who'd done something useful with their hands, who'd made essential things from whatever was in front of them. — Ann Hood
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: The office was large, with many women and men at desks, and she learned their The office was large, with many women and men at desks, and she learned their names, and presented to them an amiability she assumed upon entering the building. Often she felt that her smiles, and her feigned interest in people's anecdotes about commuting and complaints about colds, were an implicit and draining part of her job. A decade later she would know that spending time with people and being unable either to speak from her heart or to listen with it was an imperceptible bleeding of her spirit. — Andre Dubus
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus III: Different people carry different toolboxes. Different people carry different toolboxes. — Andre Dubus III
Dubus Sayings By Andre Dubus: He learned how quickly love died when you weren't looking; if you weren't looking. He learned how quickly love died when you weren't looking; if you weren't looking. — Andre Dubus