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Other Against Down

Things we write down are the fragments shored against our ruins. They outlast us, these scraps of words on paper. Like the detritus from the tsunami washing up on the other side of the ocean, writing is what can be salvaged.

- Claire Messud

Book Very Reach

The effort to create a work of art that is true and potentially lasting, that is the very best work of art you can create at that point in your life - a book that may only reach or move a few people but will seem to those people somehow transformative. That's the ideal; that's always the motivation.

- Claire Messud

Beginning About I Remember

I remember going to a son's friend's bar mitzvah, and the text that he chose to explicate was right at the beginning of Genesis. It was not about a fall from grace or a fall from perfection; it was about an awakening into consciousness, which is what it means to be human.

- Claire Messud

Living Actually Pointless

Rushing around can be a pointless diversion from actually living your life.

- Claire Messud

Will Because Delusion

There are people who live under the delusion that simply because they will it to be so, it will be so.

- Claire Messud

Better More Art

The more accurately one can illuminate a particular human experience, the better the work of art.

- Claire Messud

Some More Fantasy

If you live in a family or have five roommates, there's some sort of reality check, but when you live alone, there's a lot more leeway for your fantasy life to be more and more a part of your everyday life.

- Claire Messud

Like Need Almost

When you're a kid, and someone is your best friend, you almost don't need words. It's almost like puppies in a - frolicking in a garden or something. You don't articulate stuff. You just live it.

- Claire Messud

Ways World Awards

Awards bolster your confidence in wonderful ways. But they aren't the world.

- Claire Messud

Against Fantasies Ship

As any of us approaches middle age, we inevitably come up against our limitations: the realization that certain dearly-held fantasies may not be realized; that circumstances have thwarted us; that even with intention and will we may not be able to set our ship back on the course we'd planned.

- Claire Messud

I Wish Vice Tendency

In midlife, I feel that my tendency to acquire books is rather like someone smoking two packs a day: it's a terrible vice that I wish I could shuck.

- Claire Messud

Like Will Need

I digress a lot - it's how I experience the world. I would like to write in a way that will convey that to the reader, but also I need clarity.

- Claire Messud

Will Streets Watershed

For me, the watershed was Hurricane Katrina. If that didn't get people out on the streets, then what will?

- Claire Messud

Always Like Been

Place and displacement have always been central for me. A type of insecurity goes with that: you are always following the cues, like learning the dance steps when the dance is already under way.

- Claire Messud

About Fact Getting

If I hear a story or a fact about somebody I don't know and have never met, it's like getting a hollow vessel that you can fill up with whatever you want. That's more tempting to me than to try to replicate what I actually know.

- Claire Messud

I Remember Kid Week

As a kid, I used to tell all these stories. I remember meeting a childhood friend, and we were talking. We remembered that I had made up this story about going to Mars. And she looked at me and said, 'I didn't sleep for a week after that!'

- Claire Messud

Writing Wide Feedback

I'm not a writing group member, not a joiner in that way. I don't seek a wide swath of feedback.

- Claire Messud

World Living Yes

Yes, writing is essential to me. It's my way of living in the world.

- Claire Messud

Having Ideal Ideal World

I believe that, in an ideal world, writers would feel free to write what matters to them without having to consider success, failure, the market, etc.

- Claire Messud

Had Say Question

If I had to summarize, most broadly, my concerns as a writer, I'd say the question 'How then must we live?' is at the heart of it, for me.

- Claire Messud

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Will Respect Free

If we are not free, no one will respect us.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Like Will Give

Where do the evils like corruption arise from? It comes from the never-ending greed. The fight for corruption-free ethical society will have to be fought against this greed and replace it with 'what can I give' spirit.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Will Give Generation

We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India, resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with civilizational heritage.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Will Strength India

Unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Will More About

Today, India consumes about 682 watts per capita, far lesser than developed nations. As India develops, it will definitely require a lot more energy.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Will Means Against

It means, people who are in high and responsible positions, if they go against righteousness, righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Like Will Similar

It's like driving your car. If you drive too fast on the highway, you will topple, so you better maintain your speed. Life is similar to that, and that's the way you have to control your head.

- A. R. Rahman

Set World Let Us

With a kiss let us set out for an unknown world.

- Alfred de Musset

Think Set Unlearn

People think that theatre helps, but in my case, it slowed me down. I had to unlearn everything when I went on to a film set.

- Ali Fazal

Going Set Go

It's not that we go around the set thinking, 'Oh, today we are going to kiss, so let's enjoy'. It's not that. It's acting. If it's important for the script, so be it.

- Alia Bhatt

Love Infinite Ardent

True, He is infinite Majesty, but He is also infinite Goodness and infinite Love. There can be no greater Lord than God; neither can there be a more ardent lover than He.

- Alphonsus Liguori

Like Infinite Blazing

Like a blazing comet, I've traversed infinite nights, interstellar spaces of the imagination, voluptuousness and fear.

- Antonio Tabucchi

Pieces Individual Infinite

When information is infinite, individual pieces of information are worth nothing.

- Charles K. Kao

Idea Country Infinite

America is a living idea. It isn't only the tenets of its founding, but also the terms of its future. Every day, we make America. Seeking to preserve and enshrine one vision of this country from one period of its past robs it of what makes it magical: its infinite possibility for adjustment.

- Charles M. Blow

Will Set Infinite

For many of us, we set out thinking there will be time in the future, and then suddenly we find ourselves at a moment when we have to acknowledge that the future isn't infinite.

- Claire Messud

Past Infinite Phase

And time itself? Time was a never-ending medium that stretched into the future and the past - except there was no future and no past, but an infinite number of brackets, extending either way, each bracket enclosing its single phase of the Universe.

- Clifford D. Simak

Language Infinite Lifetime

There are infinite shadings of light and shadows and colors... it's an extraordinarily subtle language. Figuring out how to speak that language is a lifetime job.

- Conrad Hall

Set Up Then

We just set it up and recorded it the way we played it. But that was the way we played it then.

- Alice Cooper

Set Increasingly Medicine

I actually completely suck at being a bioethicist. What I do is history of medicine and patient advocacy. Patient advocacy is actually the opposite of bioethics, because bioethicists are the people who increasingly set up and justify the systems we patient advocates have to fight.

- Alice Dreger

Forget Set How

I can't do an accent unless I'm on the set. I forget how to do it until I'm on the set.

- Alice Englert

Another Set Speeches

One child must never be set above another, even in casual conversation, not to mention in speeches that circle the globe.

- Alice Walker