Samuel Hynes quotes

  • It isn't often that a writer of superlative skills knows enough about flying to write well about it.
    -- Samuel Hynes

    #Airplane #Writing #Skills

  • When you're writing a book that is going to be a narrative with characters and events, you're walking very close to fiction, since you're using some of the methods of fiction writing. You're lying, but some of the details may well come from your general recollection rather than from the particular scene. In the end it comes down to the readers. If they believe you, you're OK. A memoirist is really like any other con man; if he's convincing, he's home. If he isn't, it doesn't really matter whether it happened, he hasn't succeeded in making it feel convincing.
    -- Samuel Hynes

    #Lying #Believe #Book

  • An automobile has about 10,000 moving parts, right? An airplane has two million, and it has to stay up in the air.

  • Roger, liftoff, and the clock is started.

  • While majority opinion may not take kindly to forms of modern art, that same majority has also been hostile to most original and radical innovations, such as automobiles or airplanes or transatlantic cables or Protestantism or the theory that the earth is round and not flat.

  • You get some sleep, Abigail," Townsend told her. "I'll keep watch." "That's very gracious of you, but being that we're on an airplane..." Even after the plane took off, they kept debating security perimeters and protocols. I'm pretty sure they argued for forty-five minutes about where the best place for cappuccino was near the Colosseum.

  • Cantonese will eat anything in the sky but airplanes, anything in the sea but submarines, and anything with four legs but the table.

  • Happiness is actually found in simple things, such as taking my nephew around the island by bicycle or seeing the stars at night. We go to coffee shops or see airplanes land at the airport.

  • Because of a friend, life is a little stronger, fuller, more gracious thing for the friend's existence, whether he be near or far. If the friend is close at hand, that is best; but if he is far away he still is there to think of, to wonder about, to hear from, to write to, to share life and experience with, to serve, to honor, to admire, to love.

  • I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.

  • I can write better than anyone who can write faster,

  • When I write I have no loyalty except to historical truth as I see it and care no more about British achievements and mistakes than any other.