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" Books externalise our brains and turn our homes into thinking bodies. "
" Memories, impressions and emotions from the first 20 years on earth are most writers' main material; little that comes afterward is quite so rich and resonant. "
" I've always tried to write about America. It's very worth a writer's effort. "
" Does fiction, artistic writing, have much of a future? I must say it's on the way out. "
" Some golfers, we are told, enjoy the landscape; but properly, the landscape shrivels and compresses into the grim, surrealistically vivid patch of grass directly under the golfer's eyes as he morosely walks toward where he thinks his ball might be. "
" Billy Collins writes lovely poems. Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides. "
" A Christian novelist tries to describe the world as it is. "
" Publishers are looking for blockbusters - all the world loves a megaseller. "
" Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. "
" My first ambition was to be an animator for Walt Disney. Then I wanted to be a magazine cartoonist. "
" Arabic is very twisting, very beautiful. The call to prayer is quite haunting; it almost makes you a believer on the spot. "
" People are incorrigibly themselves. "
" Existence itself does not feel horrible; it feels like an ecstasy, rather, which we have only to be still to experience. "
" Golf's ultimate moral instruction directs us to find within ourselves a pivotal center of enjoyment: relax into a rhythm that fits the hills and swales, and play the shot at hand - not the last one, or the next one, but the one at your feet, in the poison ivy, where you put it. "
" Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. "
" It is in middles that extremes clash, where ambiguity restlessly rules. "
" The theme of old age doesn't seem to fascinate Hollywood. "
" I love Shillington not as one loves Capri or New York, because they are special, but as one loves one's own body and consciousness, because they are synonymous with being. "
" I find in my own writing that only fiction - and rarely, a poem - fully tests me to the kind of limits of what I know and what I feel. "
" I'm trying to get the terrorist out of the bugaboo category and into the category of a fellow human being. "
" The rich - they just live in another realm, really. "
" A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience. "
" There should always be something gratuitous about art, just as there seems to be, according to the new-wave cosmologists, something gratuitous about the universe. "
" Young or old, a writer sends a book into the world, not himself. "
" If the worst comes true, and the paper book joins the papyrus scroll and parchment codex in extinction, we will miss, I predict, a number of things about it. "
" In tennis, there is the forehand, the backhand, the overhead smash and the drop volley, all with a different grip. "
" For a long time, I was under the impression that 'Terry and the Pirates' was the best comic strip in the United States. "
" My interest generally is the hidden Americans; the ones who live far away from the headlines. "
" My golf is so delicate, so tenuously wired together with silent inward prayers, exhortations and unstable visualizations, that the sheer pressure of an additional pair of eyes crumbles the whole rickety structure into rubble. "
" Baseball skills schizophrenically encompass a pitcher's, a batter's and a fielder's. "
" If my mother hadn't been trying to be a writer, I don't know if I would have thought of it myself. "