Dani Shapiro Quotes

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  • We don't choose what's going to wake us up.

  • I'm an urban person who loves living in the country.

  • In every generation there is a vault-keeper, one who guards the links fiercely and knows they are more precious than rubies.

  • You can start your day over anytime.

  • I often envy my friends who are visual artists. Visual artists have other things to work with. Other media. I envy my sculptor friends: they have hunks of matter. Marble. Wood. It's physical, which I find very appealing. What we have is nothing, is just glaringly blank.

    Artist   Media   Envy  
    Source: therumpus.net
  • The fact is that most husbands, regardless of religion - it's an old-fashioned gender divide where the husband wants to stay home and the wife is the one who drags herself and her children to whatever spiritual center they're going to.

    "Book Release: Devotion". Interview with Kari Wethington, www.elle.com. January 7, 2010.
  • I don't want to lean back into the past, or forward into the future. I don't want to wish the present moment away. The truth is in the present moment. The great paradox is that when I'm really able to do that, time slows down and opens up. Time feels suddenly and inexplicably without end.

    Past   Wish   Want  
  • I think there's something about a writer's disposition, that is, even if unaware, always slightly in a witness state.

    Source: therumpus.net
  • Success is so fleeting, even if you get a good book deal or your book is a huge success, there's always the fear: What about the next one?

    Book   Fleeting   Next  
    "Dani Shapiro: Stop Asking for Permission". Interview with Jennifer Haupt, www.psychologytoday.com. September 27, 2013.
  • I found myself doing so much public speaking, more and more and bigger and bigger.

    Source: therumpus.net
  • Michael Lowenthal has written a big-hearted and wise book about familial love in all its richness and complexity.

    Wise   Book   Bigs  
  • I think so much about how we read, about the nature of solitude, and of community, is changing in ways that none of us yet understand.

    Source: therumpus.net
  • Courage is more important than confidence

  • Our minds simply don't function in some sort of narrative chronology. I think that one of the great gifts of writing fiction is being able to think about that.

    Writing   Thinking   Mind  
    Source: therumpus.net
  • In the country, I stopped being a person who, in the words of Sylvia Boorstein, startles easily. I grew calmer, but beneath that calm was a deep well of loneliness I hadn't known was there. ... Anxiety was my fuel. When I stopped, it was all waiting for me: fear, anger, grief, despair, and that terrible, terrible loneliness. What was it about? I was hardly alone. I loved my husband and son. I had great friends, colleagues, students. In the quiet, in the extra hours, I was forced to ask the question, and to listen carefully to the answer: I was lonely for myself. [p. 123]

  • If there's anything weirder than an introverted writer going to lots of social functions, it's an introverted writer being converted into an accidental guru.

    Social   Guru   Function  
    Source: therumpus.net
  • The truth is in the present moment.

    Interview with Maranda Pleasant, www.marandapleasantmedia.com. September 1, 2013.
  • Our pain is a part of who we authentically are.

    "Dani Shapiro: 7 Places Where Your Pain Hides" by Dani Shapiro, www.huffingtonpost.com. November 12, 2013.
  • As a fiction writer, that's been a preoccupation of mine: Can you really just close the door and leave the past back there behind you, or is the door going to blow open at some point?

    Blow   Past   Doors  
    "Book Release: Devotion". Interview with Kari Wethington, www.elle.com. January 7, 2010.
  • This sadness wasn't a huge part of me--I wasn't remotely depressed--but still, it was like a stone I carried in my pocket. I always knew it was there. [p. 179]

  • When a writer's whole being is poured into a piece of work, there is never enough. The feeling of finally getting to the end of a piece of work, of making it as good as you can at that moment, is more of a relief than anything else, and then you wait for reviews.

    Source: therumpus.net
  • I never feel so alive as when I'm writing and the work is going well.

    Writing   Alive   Wells  
    Interview with Maranda Pleasant, www.marandapleasantmedia.com. September 1, 2013.
  • We're all simultaneously separated and connected by our devices, staring into our little screens, and also hungry for experience and community.

    Source: therumpus.net
  • Devotion, as it relates to the title of my memoir, means fidelity - as in fidelity to a person or a practice. I think it's certainly possible to feel devotion without having faith, at least in the religious sense of the word.

  • It's not gender-specific, but I do think it's women who tend to start having that sort of little whispering voice of "I want more here" and "I want more for my family."

    "Book Release: Devotion". Interview with Kari Wethington, www.elle.com. January 7, 2010.
  • Traces that live within us often lead us to our stories

    Dani Shapiro (2013). “Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life”, p.31, Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • I do strongly identify with being Jewish. I was raised Orthodox and had a childhood complicated by the fact that my father was deeply religious and my mother was not.

    "Devotion: An interview with Dani Shapiro". Interview with Jennifer Haupt, www.psychologytoday.com. April 4, 2010.
  • There’s a great expression in Twelve Step programs: Act as if. Act as if you’re a writer. Sit down and begin. Act as if you might just create something beautiful, and by beautiful I mean something authentic and universal. Don’t wait for anybody to tell you it’s okay. Take that shimmer and show us our humanity. That’s your job.

    Beautiful   Jobs   Mean  
    Dani Shapiro (2013). “Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life”, p.32, Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • From spiritual connection springs kindness, connection, social activism, and love.

  • I've always felt like my nose is pressed to glass. I always feel a little bit like an outsider.

    Glasses   Noses   Littles  
    Source: therumpus.net
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