I've never quite believed that one chance is all I get.
People always call it luck when you've acted more sensibly than they have.
None of my own experiences ever finds its way into my work. However, the stages of my life -- motherhood, middle age, etc. -- often influence my subject matter.
She thinks the people she loves are better than they really are, and so then she starts changing things around to suit her view of them
While armchair travelers dream of going places, traveling armchairs dream of staying put.
I remember leaving the hospital - thinking, 'Wait, are they going to let me just walk off with him? I don't know beans about babies! I don't have a license to do this.' [We're] just amateurs.
Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
I've always thought a hotel ought to offer optional small animals. I mean a cat to sleep on your bed at night, or a dog of some kind to act pleased when you come in. You ever notice how a hotel room feels so lifeless?
I never think about the actual process of writing. I suppose I have a superstition about examining it too closely.
II would advise any beginning writer to write the first drafts as if no one else will ever read them -- without a though about publication -- and only in the last draft to consider how the work will look from the outside.
My family can always tell when I'm well into a novel because the meals get very crummy.
Ah, God, it's barbaric, however you look at it,' he told Ruth.'What, cremation?' she asked.'Death.
Epictetus say that everything has two handles, one by which it can be borne and one which it cannot. If your brother sins against you, he says, don't take hold of it by the wrong he did you but by the fact that he's your brother. That's how it can be borne.
I'm beginning to think that maybe it's not just how much you love someone. Maybe what matters is who you are when you're with them.
It is very difficult to live among people you love and hold back from offering them advice.