25 Total Quotes

L. Doctorow Quotes

L. Doctorow
It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
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#Creativity

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Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.
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#Exploration

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Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.
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#People

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History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.
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#History

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Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
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#Writers And Writing

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There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.
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#Fiction

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Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.
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#People

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The writer isn't made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.
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#Writers And Writing #Reason

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You can't remember sex. You can remember the fact of it, and recall the setting, and even the details, but the sex of the sex cannot be remembered, the substantive truth of it, it is by nature self-erasing, you can remember its anatomy and be left with a judgment as to the degree of your liking of it, but whatever it is as a splurge of being, as a loss, as a charge of the conviction of love stopping your heart like your execution, there is no memory of it in the brain, only the deduction that it happened and that time passed, leaving you with a silhouette that you want to fill in again.
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#Sex

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In the twentieth century one of the most personal relationships to have developed is that of the person and the state. It's become a fact of life that governments have become very intimate with people, most always to their detriment.
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#Relationships #State

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Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
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#Crime And Criminals #Art

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I thought I would lose, so I didn't prepare a speech.
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#Speech

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I can walk into a bookstore and hand over my credit card and they don't know who the hell I am. Maybe that says something about bookstore clerks.
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#Hell

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I try to avoid experience if I can. Most experience is bad.
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#Experience

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For some reason that excited me.
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#Reason

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The thing about this march is it was totally different than the rest of the war, as bloody and brutal and awful as it was.
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#Rest

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So what this is is a 'road novel.' Eventually entire civilization (in the South) had been uprooted and people found security only in movement, ... That interested me enormously ... A friend from New Orleans, he said when he read the book, 'This is like Hurricane Katrina.'
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#Civilization

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He was a brilliant man, a complex man. The march justified him as a military man, but he had a great deal of guilt about it, and when the war was over he immediately left his troops and went down to do rescue-and-recovery operations. He wanted to rehabilitate the people he'd been destroying and dispossessing.
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#Man

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Its glory is all moonshine.
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#Glory

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You could go for miles without seeing an end to the procession of troops and horses and wagons, ... An eagle aloft in the April winds high over the landscape would only see something iridescently blue and side-winding that looked like the floodplain of a river.
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#Horses

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It seemed to me so much more sensible to make something up than go through the tedious business of interviewing someone. I was just a kid and so maybe I was scared that no one would want to talk to me. And I figured that if there wasn't a Carl the doorman, there should have been.
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#Business

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We dress them [children] in the presumptions of the world. They are the bright small face of hope. They are the last belief we have, the belief in making them believe.
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#Children