“I do believe you have a wound too. I do believe it is both specific to you and common to everyone. I do believe it is the thing about you that must be hidden and protected, it is the thing that must be tap danced over five shows a day, it is the thing that won’t be interesting to other people if revealed. It is the thing that makes you weak and pathetic. It is the thing that truly, truly, truly makes loving you impossible. It is your secret, even from yourself. But it is the thing that wants to live. It is the thing from which your art, your painting, your dance, your composition, your philosophical treatise, your screenplay is born.”
—Charlie Kaufman, BAFTA speech
“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and the pain of it no less than the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
“What we resist persists.” –Stella Cheung
“We all have a blind spot and it’s shaped exactly like us.”
–Junot Diaz at the Edinburgh Book Festival
“A man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”
–Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
“It’s all a quest for precision. It’s not for ostentation. Words are what a writer is made of. They’re your first love, your eternal love and it’s difficult. Words make life difficult, make writing difficult. Social realism is incredibly difficult to describe,” he has said. “Just finding the words to describe the ordinary ways that people behave or a gesture as simple as picking something up and looking at it is hard to do with precision and in a way that’s enjoyable for the reader, but solving these tiny little intricacies in everyday description and locking a novel together is so satisfying.”
“We see by way of what we have already seen.
We create out of our entire prior sensorium.”
“Fear is excitement without the breath.”
—Fritz Perls, MD, founder of Gestalt therapy