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Certainly Shut Teaches

Training to be a therapist teaches you to shut up and listen, and that is certainly useful as a writer.

- Amy Bloom

Very Reason Readers

I find my readers to be very smart, and there is no reason to write dumb.

- Amy Bloom

Admire Philip Robertson

There are two trilogies I admire: Robertson Davies's 'The Deptford Trilogy' and Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials.'

- Amy Bloom

Think Other Fancy

I didn't think being a writer was a fancy thing. It was a job like any other job, except apparently you could do it at home.

- Amy Bloom

Doing Bad Bad Things

Bad people doing bad things is not interesting. What I find interesting is good people doing bad things.

- Amy Bloom

Pretty People Country

People tend to forget that in our country, we'd pretty much all be immigrants, except for the Native Americans.

- Amy Bloom

Process Lot Writing

My writing process, such as it is, consists of a lot of noodling, procrastinating, dawdling, and avoiding.

- Amy Bloom

Year Winter Deck

My ideal meal varies, depending on the time of year. Lobster on a deck overlooking a beach at sunset is one - but all my kids have to be there, because they are all lobster-lovers. Making a bolognese sauce over pappardelle for my husband on a winter evening, because he loves my bolognese sauce and it's his comfort food.

- Amy Bloom

Love Some Principle

I am interested in struggle - between our hearts and our head, between principle and desire - and one of those struggles is with mortality; and no one at all is immune to it, which makes it even more interesting to me. Some people fall in love, some don't. Some sky dive, some don't. Everyone who lives, ages.

- Amy Bloom

Last Surprise Breadth

For me, the short story is the depth of a novel, the breadth of a poem, and, as you come to the last few paragraphs, the experience of surprise.

- Amy Bloom

Away Save Petals

To hold happiness is to hold the understanding that the world passes away from us, that the petals fall and the beloved dies. No amount of mockery, no amount of fashionable scowling will keep any of us from knowing and savoring the pleasure of the sun on our faces or save us from the adult understanding that it cannot last forever.

- Amy Bloom

Before Fiction Use

Nonfiction is both easier and harder to write than fiction. It's easier because the facts are already laid out before you, and there is already a narrative arc. What makes it harder is that you are not free to use your imagination and creativity to fill in any missing gaps within the story.

- Amy Bloom

Other Very Reason

My father certainly believed that one could make a living outside of an office, as he did. And that if I didn't want to work for other people, there wasn't any reason why I had to. He conveyed that very strongly to my sister and I - that smart people can make their own livings.

- Amy Bloom

Think Always Play

As children, we think our mother has always been a mother, but it is just one of the roles you may have the opportunity to play. They don't define you as a human being.

- Amy Bloom

Business Rest Weekends

I do my business in the morning, and then at 2 P.M., I write fiction for the rest of the day. I like my husband, so I don't work at weekends.

- Amy Bloom

Think Thought Cities

When I was a little girl, I thought I was Sydney Carton in Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities.' I don't think anyone else did.

- Amy Bloom

Very Period 1940s

I find the 1940s very compelling. It is a very excitable period in the U.S. when, whether out of necessity or not, everybody was reinventing themselves.

- Amy Bloom

Alive Matter Sentences

If the characters are not alive to me, it doesn't matter how good the sentences are. It just becomes all cake and no frosting.

- Amy Bloom

Audience Interesting

My target audience is anyone who finds the world interesting and human behavior fascinating, terrible, inspiring, funny, and occasionally, mysterious.

- Amy Bloom

Work Pretty Read

I've written the best work I know how. And I'm appreciative of the people who read it and care about the work - and that's pretty much the end of that.

- Amy Bloom

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Other Away Sometimes

You know what? It's a great conversation starter, right? You meet friends that way. Sometimes it's a good thing. And then other times, I guess, the person is just a little too... then you kind of like want to back away. It depends on the person, you know?

- Alison Lohman

Before Sometimes Stomach

Kids don't eat fast. They take their time; they talk and laugh. Sometimes it's really annoying, because you're like, 'Come on, it's bedtime!' But try it: You'll fill up before you know it, because it takes 20 minutes for your brain to know your stomach is full.

- Alison Sweeney

Within Screen Sometimes

Wisdom comes from within. Knowledge is acquired and can sometimes put a screen on your wisdom.

- A. R. Rahman

Father Sometimes Instance

When I travel with my kids abroad, I am not myself, but I'm more a father who wants to protect them. Sometimes, I am even aggressive about certain things and get surprised seeing myself like that: for instance, when people want to take pictures of them. I am fine if they want to take my pictures, but they are not public property.

- A. R. Rahman

Actual Income Expand

Having an actual income can expand your romantic horizons toward the more appealing end of the spectrum.

- Al Franken

Which Very Actual

Rush Holt would be a fine senator. He's an actual physicist, which is neat. He cares very strongly about global warming, which is probably the single most pressing issue of our era.

- Alex Pareene

Carried Actual Forwards

In this experiment, made on the 9th of October, 1876, actual conversation, backwards and forwards, upon the same line, and by the same instruments reciprocally used, was successfully carried on for the first time upon a real line of miles in length.

- Alexander Graham Bell

Gold Actual Cleaning

You do not get gold stars for cleaning your toilet. In actual life, there is a depressing lack of stickers.

- Alexandra Petri

Will Given Actual

I do genuinely believe that, when given and presented with all the information and all the actual facts, the vast majority of people will make the right choice.

- Alexis Ohanian

Words Actual Maps

If words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory, then, obviously, the only possible link between the objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure, and structure alone.

- Alfred Korzybski

Doing Sometimes Anatomy

I like to watch 'Grey's Anatomy' when I'd doing cardio. But, sometimes I do need good music to get me moving. I like high energy songs by artists like Justin Timberlake and Rihanna.

- Alison Sweeney

Other Very Sometimes

The run's the business end of a triathlon: it's where you win or lose the race. I like to get out very hard, make other people hurt sometimes, and other times leave it to the last kilometre and really win the race there.

- Alistair Brownlee

Hidden Sometimes Deceased

Sometimes the books most restrained about sex, even deeply scandalized by it, can whisper to us with the greatest hidden force. I am a huge admirer of the recently deceased, always underranked Evan S. Connell.

- Allan Gurganus

Iran Pursuit Pose

Iran's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons, support for international terrorist organizations, and abhorrent human rights practices pose one of the greatest threats to global security.

- Allyson Schwartz

Sometimes Actual Pursuit

Actual happiness is sometimes confused with the pursuit of it; and the most mindless and crass how-tos can get jumbled in with the modestly useful, the appealingly personal, and the genuinely interesting.

- Amy Bloom

Past Pursuit Resolutions

The Democratic Media Complex, in its pursuit of Orwellian hate-crime legislation, reparations, and sundry non-ameliorative resolutions to America's troubled racial past, pursues its victims with blood lust.

- Andrew Breitbart

Cannot Pursuit Achieved

I'm in pursuit of what cannot be achieved: perfection.

- Andrew Vachss

Thought Love Pursuit

You know, American citizens, I don't think, ever thought that the right to the pursuit of happiness did not include the right to marry the person you love. But for a whole number of Americans, gay Americans, that happens to be true.

- Andrew Sullivan

Olympic Four Pursuit

An Olympic pursuit really takes a full three to four years of Olympic preparation.

- Apolo Ohno

Half Achieve Pursuit

It would be fantastic to spend your whole life trying to pursue something and then finally, at the last moment, you achieve it. You know, instead of getting it in the middle of the pursuit and spending the second half giving it meaning.

- Ashton Eaton

Give Teacher Actual

There is no teacher, living or past, who can give us the actual understanding of Truth. A teacher can only put our feet upon the path and point the way. That is all. It is wholly dependent on the individual to make his way to Truth.

- Paul Twitchell