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" My own father didn't talk a lot about feelings or emotions. "
" I believe the biggest themes of life are put into the best focus when held up against the very sharp light of mortality. "
" If you are fully alive to the prospect of dying, you really start reprioritising your life. "
" For as spiritual as some people think my books are, I've never really dealt with religious things. "
" You have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it. "
" I've always said I have one skill. That skill - if I have it at all - is storytelling. "
" I would lying if I said I would laugh in the face of death. "
" The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. "
" Nobody's favorite movie is some dark, dysfunctional slasher story. Everybody's favorite song is a sentimental song. So why all of a sudden is it bad to be sentimental in books? "
" You're not a wave, you're a part of the ocean. "
" We all lose somebody we care about and want to find some comforting way of dealing with it, something that will give us a little closure, a little peace. "
" I believe that you live on inside the hearts and minds of everyone you've touched while you were here on earth. "
" Whenever you have two characters in a book, whether it's a novel or nonfiction, you run the risk that the reader is going to like one more than the other. They're going to read one chapter and say, 'I can't wait to get back to the other guy.' "
" This is a story about a man named Eddie and it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun. "
" Got an hour or two? That's all it takes for one of my books. "
" A memoir should have some uplifting quality, inspiring or illuminating, and that's what separates a life story that can influence other people. "
" I don't know about Heaven or Hell, but I do know that we are visited all the time by the spirits of those who affected us in life. "
" For better or for worse, I've watched people die in front of me. I see how they are in the end. And they're not cynical. In the end, they wanna hold somebody's hand. And that's real to me. "
" We all have two things in common, no matter who we are: We were born and we are going to die. "
" Anyone who tries to write a memoir needs to keep in mind that what's interesting to you isn't necessarily interesting to a reader. "
" People are only mean when they're threatened, and that's what our culture does. That's what our economy does. "
" Sentiment is wherever you go. "
" Love each other or die. "
" If you really could fit God in a file, you wouldn't need to believe in God, you know, you'd just go get the file like a box of corn flakes off the shelf. "
" For years I wrote in my basement. More recently I graduated to one floor above, an office with all my books and music and - ta da! - a window. "
" I was a workaholic. I never stopped. I lived in fifth gear. I bought cars. I invested in stocks. I made more money than I had ever imagined. "
" People who don't normally read make an exception for my books, possibly because they're short. "
" I find interesting characters or lessons that resonate with people and sometimes I write about them in the sports pages, sometimes I write them in a column, sometimes in a novel, sometimes a play or sometimes in nonfiction. But at the core I always say to myself, 'Is there a story here? Is this something people want to read?' "
" I seem to have very few casual readers, only passionate and appreciative ones. "
" I used to be a classic workaholic, and after seeing how little work and career really mean when you reach the end of your life, I put a new emphasis on things I believe count more. These things include: family, friends, being part of a community, and appreciating the little joys of the average day. "
" In a newspaper, you only have so much room. It teaches you the value of getting to the point, of not pampering yourself with your glorious writing. I've always been much more interested in one powerful sentence that stays with you. That's my style. "