TOP 20 Jane Smiley Quotes

TOP 20 Jane Smiley Quotes.
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“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”
— Jane Smiley (00:00)

“In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.”
— Jane Smiley (00:07)

“Every first draft is perfect, because all a first draft has to do is exist.”
— Jane Smiley (00:14)

“Whatever you love is beautiful; love comes first, beauty follows. The greater your capacity for love, the more beauty you find in the world.”
— Jane Smiley (00:21)

“Because your goal is a complete rough draft of a novel, and every rough draft, by being complete, is perfect.”
— Jane Smiley (00:28)

“When people leave, they always seem to scoop themselves out of you.”
— Jane Smiley (00:35)

“In every society, the artists will be the ones who set themselves up as contrary to whatever the society expects.”
— Jane Smiley (00:42)

“Even if my marriage is falling apart and my children are unhappy, there is still a part of me that says, ‘God, this is fascinating!’”
— Jane Smiley (00:49)

“I was asked by an editor to consider writing something about an American inventor. I asked him if he knew who invented the computer. He said he didn’t. In that case, I told him, I should write a book about John Vincent Atanasoff.”
— Jane Smiley (00:56)

“Respect and fear are two different things.”
— Jane Smiley (01:03)

“I discovered that the horse is life itself, a metaphor but also an example of life’s mystery and unpredictability, of life’s generosity and beauty, a worthy object of repeated and ever changing contemplation.”
— Jane Smiley (01:10)

“I learned why ‘out riding alone’ is an oxymoron: An equestrian is never alone, is always sensing the other being, the mysterious but also understandable living being that is the horse.”
— Jane Smiley (01:17)

“A love story, at least a convincing one, requires three elements – the lover, the beloved, and the adventures they have together.”
— Jane Smiley (01:24)

“Many said that now there was no hope of salvation, for a man might do anything and be in the wrong. There was no way to tell. It was better to stay on the steading and mind the cows and be content with such days as are left to one and cease to wonder about life everlasting.”
— Jane Smiley (01:31)

“I suspected that there were things he knew that I had been waiting all my life to learn.”
— Jane Smiley (01:38)

“I have noticed before that there is a category of acquaintanceship that is not friendship or business or romance, but speculation, fascination.”
— Jane Smiley (01:45)

“A child who is protected from all controversial ideas is as vulnerable as a child who is protected from every germ. The infection, when it comes- and it will come- may overwhelm the system, be it the immune system or the belief system.”
— Jane Smiley (01:52)

“Some people do wait their whole lives for something, and it’s only when that thing arrives that they find out that they’ve been waiting rather than living.”
— Jane Smiley (01:59)

“When a novel has 200,000 words, then it is possible for the reader to experience 200,000 delights, and to turn back to the first page of the book and experience them all over again, perhaps more intensely.”
— Jane Smiley (02:06)

“After a long day, folk rest at night. After a long summer, folk play games and sit about in the winter. After a long life folk sit about the fire and stay warm, for the chill of death is upon them, and even the thickest bearskin can’t keep off the shivering.”
— Jane Smiley (02:13)

Music credit: Easy Day – Kevin MacLeod


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