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Claire Messud

American,  Novelist
Total Quotes : 26
Will Infinite Set

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

World Awards Ways

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

- Claire Messud

Writing Feedback Wide

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

- 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

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

Ship Against Fantasies

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

Year Notes Particular Way

I was in my senior year of high school when I read 'Notes From Underground' by Dostoyevsky, and it was an exhilarating discovery. I hadn't known up until that moment that fiction could be like that. Fiction could say these things, could be unseemly, could be unsettling and distressing in that particular way, that immediate and urgent way.

- Claire Messud

Week Kid I Remember

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

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

Fantasy More Some

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

Need Will Like

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 Delusion Because

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

- Claire Messud

Down Against Other

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 Reach Very

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 I Remember About

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 Pointless Actually

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

- Claire Messud

Woman Voice Been

I wanted to write a voice that for me, as a reader, had been missing from the chorus: the voice of an angry woman.

- Claire Messud

World Living Yes

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

- Claire Messud

Question Say Had

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

Fact Getting About

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