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Helen Garner Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Helen Garner

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Writers seem to me to be people who need to retire
from social life and do a lot of thinking about what's happened -
almost to calm themselves.
- Helen Garner

I think writers are very anxious.
- Helen Garner

People demand a lot of the justice system and they
demand things that it can't deliver.
- Helen Garner

I like poking my nose into other people's lives.
- Helen Garner

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That's one of the things I hope that the book can do,
is to restore some dignity to Joe Cinque.
- Helen Garner

The rain began again.
It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention
but the fulfillment of its own nature,
which was to fall and fall.
- Helen Garner

Now, I - for several years while I was researching this book,
I felt quite obsessed by thoughts about sentencing,
punishment, how judges arrive at their decisions.
- Helen Garner


 

I'm very disturbed by violence against women when it is violence.
- Helen Garner

It's disturbing at my age to look at a young woman's
destructive behaviour and hear the echoes of it,
of one's own destructiveness in youth.
- Helen Garner

The only thing that I was equipped for with my very
mediocre college Arts degree was to get a job in teaching.
- Helen Garner

But there are some wounds that can never be healed.
- Helen Garner

It's a terrific privilege to be able to see into somebody else's life.
- Helen Garner

At the time it seemed like a natural development of
my interest in what was going on around me in society.
- Helen Garner

Well, I'm at some kind of crossroads in my life and
I don't know which way to take.
It's not about money, I mean, because I'm established
enough now as a writer to get a reasonable advance
if I wanted to do fiction.
- Helen Garner

But I now think what I was doing, in a completely unconscious way,
was getting off the turf where my husband and I might be rivals.
We were both working in fiction...
so I look back and I see that I consciously vacated the contested ground.
- Helen Garner

But I can't bear it when somebody who some man made a pass at -
to call that violence seems to me absurd and insulting
to women who've really met violence,
who've been raped or bashed.
- Helen Garner

We were in a great, seething moment in the 1970s.
There was a new Labour government and everything seemed full of hope...
But, as we got older and we saw how much women's behaviour
contributed to what was wrong,
we stopped being able to see ourselves purely as.
- Helen Garner

I think some people wished I'd kept myself out of the book.
But I kind of insist on it because I want the reader
to share my engagement with the material,
if you like, not pretend that I'm doing it completely intellectually.
- Helen Garner

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

I know many writers who first dictate passages,
then polish what they have dictated.
I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
- Edward Koch

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description,
as science writers, but there are bad dreams as well as good dreams.
We're dreamers, you see, but we're also realists,
of a sort.
- William Gibson

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous.
That's why so many of them are in jail.
- Don DeLillo

Our principal writers have nearly all been fortunate
in escaping regular education.
- Hugh MacDiarmid

Nobody is surprised that women writers accurately represent
male characters over and over again,
no doubt because everybody knows that women understand
men much better than vice-versa.
- Peter Straub

Writers always know whether you like them or not.
- Leslie Fiedler

Many children's writers don't have children of their own.
- Mark Haddon

The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte
who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience
and unlimited imagination.
- James A. Michener

If there is a special Hell for writers it would be
in the forced contemplation of their own works.
- John Dos Passos

The writers want to know were you made your mistake,
no how well your curve is breaking.
- Alvin Dark

You can look at the New York Times Bestseller List
and you can be pretty sure that the writers on that
list don't know each other very well.
- Anne Rice

Writers spend three years rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet.
It's enough to make you lose your mind day by day.
- Richard Price

And I have to consider myself fortunate,
because there are plenty of writers who spend most
of a lifetime looking for that certain something without ever finding it.
- Brian Lumley

You get ideas from daydreaming.
You get ideas from being bored.
You get ideas all the time.
The only difference between writers and other people
is we notice when we're doing it.
- Neil Gaiman

Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.
- Thomas Berger

I was a pretty good fighter.
But it was the writers who made me great.
- Jack Dempsey

I have no agenda except to be funny.
Neither I or the writers profess to offer any worldly wisdom.
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Writers are not always right however,
but then again, I've been on shows where the actors
have complete control and change everything and it's terrible.
- William Devane

There are writers who say they have no social responsibility
except to write a good book,
but that doesn't satisfy me.
- Sheri S. Tepper

Young writers only take off when they find their subjects.
Since almost everyone has a family and stories about family,
that is often a place to start.
- Robert Morgan

Writers, you know, are the beggars of Western society.
- Octavio Paz

Literature is always trying to show other parts of
this immense universe in which we live.
It's endless.
I'm sure there will be other writers who will discover new worlds.
- Nathalie Sarraute

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at,
with originality, which they should never bother about.
- W. H. Auden

The greatest writers of this age...
are aware of the mystery of our existence.
- J. B. Priestley

Pop science goes flying off in all kinds of fashionable directions,
and it often drags a lot of SF writers with it.
I've been led astray like that myself at times.
- Greg Egan

Writers' bedtimes vary, but few have been spared the
shock of a copy editor's early wake-up call.
- Bill Walsh

Writers are good at plucking out what they need here and there.
- Beverly Cleary

Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.
- Gore Vidal

Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe,
polite, obedient, and sterile.
- Sinclair Lewis

If writers learn more from their books than do readers,
perhaps I may have begun to learn.
- Lloyd Alexander

Our most famous writers are Faulkner and Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor.
It would make sense that the poetry would reflect some of those same values,
some of the same techniques.
- Robert Morgan

Contrary to what many writers imply about the process,
nobody forces a writer to sell his work to the film industry.
- Thomas Perry

Like so many writers I started writing stories because
I didn't have much time for anything else.
- Tobias Wolff

Live action writers will give you a structure,
but who the hell is talking about structure? Animation
is closer to jazz than some kind of classical stage structure.
- Ralph Bakshi

I had neither expert aid nor advice.
I studied no courses in writing; until a year or so ago,
I never read a book by anybody advising writers how to write.
- Robert E. Howard

There are some fine books and essays about that.
Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and
the role that society gives its writers -
encouraging them to die.
- Sharon Olds

How some of the writers I come across get through their
books without dying of boredom is beyond me.
- William Gaddis

Movies have influenced all writers, not just thriller writers.
- Ken Follett

But a lot of writers - and I'm one of them -
do tend to feel dissatisfied.
It makes you a little hard to live with,
but it's a goad and does keep you alert and restless.
- Tobias Wolff

No language is rude that can boast polite writers.
- Aubrey Beardsley

I believe that, like most writers, my personality comes through in the fiction.
So in that respect my writing can't be like any other author's really.
- Paul Kane

All that writers can do is keep trying to say what
is deepest in their hearts.
- Lloyd Alexander

Many fiction writers eventually want to feel that their work forms a single,
unified entity.
- Peter Straub

The first writers are first and the rest,
in the long run, nowhere but in anthologies.
- Carl Van Doren

This homage has been rendered not to me -
for the Polish soil is fertile and does not lack better writers than me -
but to the Polish achievement,
the Polish genius.
- Henryk Sienkiewicz

This might be one way to start talking about differences
between the early postmodern writers of the fifties
and sixties and their contemporary descendants.
- David Foster Wallace

Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers.
- Logan P. Smith

I have a huge respect for writers and realise that
this is not an area that I find easy.
I doubt that I would have the patience in front of
a blank sheet of paper to become a writer.
- Jenny Agutter

But sometimes the women writers will pitch something and I'll hear it,
but the men will keep talking.
- Wanda Sykes


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