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All Quotes by author - Sheila Heti
" A daughter is more difficult than a rose. "
" A line drawn with love can make us as vulnerable as what the line depicts. "
" An artist's love for what they create is what creates love. "
" As a journalist, you don't tend to interview people with a view to becoming their friend. You can't expect that. It's not professional. "
" A woman will always be made to feel like a criminal, whatever choice she makes, however hard she tries. Mothers feel like criminals. Non-mothers do, too. "
" Every choice you make has higher stakes - or that's how it feels. "
" Everyone has to put clothes on in the morning, and it's interesting to see how much people's personal histories come into that decision. "
" Everyone is their own kind of poet - you can't miss it when their words are written down. "
" Everyone's always telling themselves stories about their lives, writers or not. "
" Few writers push the reader away with the coolness, dignity, and faint melancholy of Fleur Jaeggy. "
" Fiction is a way for writers to preserve their friendships and their romances! "
" For me, a memoir is supposed to be understood as a representation of your life, whereas a novel is self-consciously symbolic. "
" For myself, I feel more natural writing stories or novels than writing plays. I feel more like myself, like I can express myself better, and like I have a greater clarity about what I want to do. "
" Growing up, I never knew that Raffi turned down celebrity endorsements, TV shows, and specials and refused to make merchandise, but it makes sense given how I think about him: My memories are limited to his voice through the record player and the album covers I stared at. "
" I believe there's a platonic ideal for every book that is written, like there's the perfect version of the book somewhere in the ether, and my job is to find what that book is through my editing. "
" I didn't study English literature - I studied philosophy at university - so Kierkegaard, Nietzsche - these people are among the most important writers to me. So my interest is in the big questions more than it is in storytelling. "
" I didn't wander into motherhood or nonmotherhood unconsciously, recklessly. I gave it due consideration. "
" I don't know what that line is between fiction and non-fiction that other people have in their minds, but to me, when I'm writing, it's just like whatever the next sentence should be is the next sentence. It's not this artificial division. "
" I don't really have a schedule; I just get up in the morning. I work at home. I don't feel that my work is a separate thing from living - I get ideas about what I want to write about from the real things that I'm worrying about as I live. "
" I don't think about the reader when I'm writing, but I do when I'm editing, of course. For instance, I self-consciously didn't want to do anything to increase the divide between mothers and nonmothers - I think that divide is so horrible and destructive and unnecessary. "
" I don't think 'Motherhood' is a map for women. I would never say that it's a template for every woman in response to her biology. "
" I don't wear shoes that are going to give me any pain. I just cannot do that. "
" I'd rather that people could be both entertained and given rest while reading my book than for someone to have to put the book down to take a rest. You can't just be lighting firecrackers all the time. "
" I feel like every single time I've published a book, there's some little light in me that goes out. I've seen the way people can misunderstand or misinterpret things, if not maliciously, then without a lot of sensitivity. "
" I find that when I'm in a relationship, I'm just so 'in it,' you couldn't even call it an art; it's such embroilment. With a friendship, you can choose a little bit more how to behave. You can be guided more. "
" If you want to write from life, you can't really write a story. People are always changing, and I think if we didn't look the same day-to-day, and our self weren't always in our body, would we even be the same? The continuity is in our bodies. "
" I have this memory of being 15 years old, sitting with a friend on the steps of a little bookstore on Bloor Street in Toronto and saying, 'I'll never take money for my writing!' I had such idealism about this idea of trading your soul for money. "
" I just always felt whole when I was writing. I felt this kind of beautiful privacy that I never felt in any other way. I feel like there's this great fullness to being alone, and writing is a really vivid way and a really magical way of being alone. "
" I just always try to respond to what I'm most interested in at the moment - that hasn't changed. "
" I'm happy that I wrote 'How Should a Person Be?' and I wouldn't have written that exact book if we had just done the play. So much of the book is about the anxiety of failure - the failure of the play and the failure of the divorce and the failure of not feeling like a good person. "
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