38 Total Quotes

Tracy Kidder Quotes

You do the right thing even if it makes you feel bad. The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be worthy of happiness.
Tracy Kidder
#American Author #Life #Editor's Pick #Quote of the Day #inspirational

In a very basic way, a prominent landmark such as Mt. Holyoke tells you where you are. They let you know that you're not the first person in a place.
Tracy Kidder
#American Author

People say you can't teach writing, but I think that's nonsense.
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#American Author #Nonsense

I do believe that enduring geological features are important, though I don't think I can be clear about exactly why.
Tracy Kidder
#American Author #Believe

Most teachers have little control over school policy or curriculum or choice of texts or special placement of students, but most have a great deal of autonomy inside the classroom. To a degree shared by only a few other occupations, such as police work, public education rests precariously on the skill and virtue of the people at the bottom of the institutional pyramid.
Tracy Kidder
#Choice

I never planned on doing a book about Paul Farmer or his organization. I met him in Haiti when I was on a magazine assignment. It's almost like his story sort of fell in my lap.
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#American Author #Books And Reading

Right now I'm really researching for a good non-fiction story... I doubt that I'll ever find a subject like Paul Farmer ever again.
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#Doubt

I can't invent stuff, but the techniques fiction writers use to create character and suspense can also be used when writing non-fiction.
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#Character

If you had an essentially happy childhood, that tends to dwell with you.
Tracy Kidder
#American Author

We shouldn't forget how terrifying untamed landscape was to early settlers. From their perspective, mankind was put here in the New World to conquer the wilderness.
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#Mankind #Perspective

Continuity is one of the things I like about New England.
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#American Author

Being a professional writer is not an easy way to make a living.
Tracy Kidder
#American Author

At first, I spend about four hours a day writing. Toward the end of a book, I spend up to 16 hours a day on it, because all I want to do is make it good and get it done.
Tracy Kidder
#American Author

I tell beginning readers to read a lot and write a lot. If you want to write a book, find a subject that's really worth the time and effort you'll put in.
Tracy Kidder
#American Author

Things were here before you and will be here after you're gone. The geographic features, especially, give you a sense of your own place in the world and in time.
Tracy Kidder
#American Author

From my experience, sure, if you were a truck driver, you could be incredibly unlucky, ... But I had the feeling that I was safer than I would have been back here as a late adolescent with a car.
Tracy Kidder
#Adolescence

Most teachers have little control over school policy or curriculum or choice of texts or special placement of students, but most have a great deal of autonomy inside the classroom. To a degree shared by only a few other occupations, such as police work, public education rests precariously on the skill and virtue of the people at the bottom of the institutional pyramid.
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#Educational

I always want to write something better than the last book.
Tracy Kidder
#American Author

I know that to write you have to have stories you want to tell. You have to keep your mind alive, and you have to work hard.
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#American Author

I think if the writing comes too easily, it shows - it's usually hard to read.
Tracy Kidder
#American Author

I usually write about ordinary people and ordinary things, but Paul Farmer is the least ordinary person I've ever met... He's the leader of a small group of people who hope to cure a sick world, and I hope my book can help in some small way.
Tracy Kidder
#American Author

I want my prose to be as clear as a pane of glass.
Tracy Kidder
#American Author