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All Quotes by author - T. C. Boyle
" Art saved me. It may sound corny, but it's true. "
" As humans, we all want our own island. Of course, the truth is, we're never going to get it. "
" Books are up against TV and movies and video games and a multimedia society that is so busy that people don't have contemplative time any more. I worry deeply about this. In fact, I worry about everything all the time. I used to be a punk. All I wanted to do was tear everything down, and that was so much easier. "
" Every story is organic, and every story finds its own ending. "
" I am a worrier. I worry about the state of our country, of the world, of our species. Every day seems to deliver a new nail to hammer into our collective coffin. "
" I am mad for nature writing. I want to get inside the head of every creature in the world, even ants. "
" I can't fathom writers married to writers and musicians married to musicians. There's your enemy in bed beside you. "
" I can't read novels while I'm writing a novel, because somebody's voice creeps in. "
" I describe myself as an environmentalist not because I'm marching in the street with placards but because I like to be in the woods by myself. "
" I do not want to repeat myself. I want to reach for something I've never attained. This is the excitement of art. "
" I don't care if the audience is 600 Saul Bellows; I'm going to knock them dead with a comedy routine. I'm out there as a missionary for literature because, if people laugh and enjoy themselves, they might actually do something as bizarre as reading the book. "
" I envy Jesus because he's dead. "
" If we lose sight of the fact that writing is entertainment, then writing is doomed. "
" I hope to stay light on my feet, to work in many modes, to seek inspiration always, and avoid the fatal. But, as we all know, it is the price of life to burn out, both metaphorically and literally. "
" I like to live in my own mind, regardless of everyone and everything, working out the intimate puzzles that are my stories and novels. "
" I love performing in front of an audience. I like the questions; I like controversy. "
" I'm enslaved to writing to the point where I sacrifice almost everything else. "
" I'm just kind of fascinated by how we can deny that we are animals and what our impact on the other animals is like, and how quixotic we can be in trying to assess what we've done in trying to correct it. "
" I'm not looking ahead joyfully to the rest of my life or the future of the human race. I've always written about man as an animal species among other animals, competing for limited resources. Our population is exploding. Our environment is dying. Science has debunked God. "
" I never go anywhere without a book for fear of being stuck in line in front of the theater or strapped down in the dentist's chair and being bored witless. Thus, I read everywhere. "
" In previous generations, there was purpose; you had to die, but there was God, and literature and culture would go on. Now, there is no God, and our species is imminently doomed, so there is no purpose. We get up, raise families, have bank accounts, fix our teeth and everything else. But really, there is utterly no purpose except to be alive. "
" I read widely - for news, the arts, science, for entertainment, and the value of being informed - and, as a fiction writer, I can't help transposing what I learn into the scenario for a novel or story. "
" I really like the power of stopping the laughter and turning it to horror. "
" I tell jokes, and I have fun, but I tend to worry about everybody and everything throughout the entire world. "
" I think, if I'm doing my job correctly, I'm presenting a scenario for you as the reader to engage with on your own. I mean, that's what the best art is supposed to do. It's not supposed to be political. I think if you read all my books, you know where I stand, pretty much. "
" I think that's what art is about: to provoke you. It helps me make sense of a senseless universe because I become the god of the story. I create it, and I see it in all its lineaments in my own way and can control it - in a world in which everything else is out of control. "
" I think the best endings bring you back in rather than close things off with absolute finality. I'm not saying they necessarily have to be ambiguous, but we don't always need to know what happens when everyone wakes up tomorrow morning. "
" I think the way to be a writer is to experience things, certainly, and be open to things, but at some point to become dedicated to the craft of writing and to create a stable environment for that writing to occur in. "
" It's hard to say how certain stories just punch us in the heart and the brain at the same time at the end. I suppose that's what we're all looking for. But each story has its own valence, its own way of saying goodbye to you. "
" It's just my natural way - to be funny. I don't know why that is. But as I've said, humor is a quick cover for shock, horror, confusion. The critics hate funny writers for the most part. They think funny is not serious, but I think that funny can be even more serious than nonfunny. And it can be more affecting, too. "
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