Steve Almond quotes

  • We need books...because we are all, in the private kingdoms of our hearts, desperate for the company of a wise, true friend.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Wise #True Friend #Book

  • All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Lying #Reading #Fiction

  • Something is funny, most of all, because it's true, and because the velocity of insight into this truth exceeds our normal standards. Something is funny because it's outside our accepted boundary of decorum. Something is funny because it defies our expectations. Something is funny because it offers a temporary reprieve from the hardship of seeing the world as it actually is. Something is funny because it is able to suggest gently that even the worst of our circumstances and sins is subject to eventual mercy.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Expectations #Hardship #World

  • Every now and then, I'll run into someone who claims not to like chocolate, and while we live in a country where everyone has the right to eat what they want, I want to say for the record that I don't trust these people, that I think something is wrong with them, and that they're probably - and this must be said - total duds in bed.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Running #Country #Thinking

  • Nothing on Earth is so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Beautiful #Halloween #Night

  • Misery loves another idiot with a jukebox where his soul should be.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Soul #Jukebox #Misery

  • The single biggest reason I got my stories taken in various literary magazines - and I want to stress this - is because I refused to give up. Period.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Giving Up #Stress #Taken

  • The answer is that we don't choose our freaks, they choose us.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Life #Answers #Freak

  • But something occurred to me as I sped through that dirty shroud of fog, something Vonnegut has been trying to explain to the rest of us for most of his life. And that is this: Despair is a form of hope. It is an acknowledgment of the distance between ourselves and our appointed happiness. At certain moments, it is reason enough to live.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Distance #Dirty #Fog

  • At about the age of ten, during a late summer visit to Sears to buy school clothes, I became aware of the concept of candy by the pound.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Summer #School #Clothes

  • But the real life of a writer resides in showing up at the keyboard every day, with the necessary patience and mercy, and making the best decisions you can on behalf of your people. It's a slow process. It often feels hopeless, more like an affliction than an art form. Most of us will have to find our readers one by one, in other words, and against considerable resistance. If anything qualifies us as heroic, it's that private perpetual struggle. Put down that magazine, soldier. Forget about the other guy. Remember who you are.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Art #Real #Struggle

  • I have a hard time defending the production of candy, given that it is basically crack for children and makes them dependent in unwholesome ways.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Children #Hard Times #Cracks

  • A good teacher, after all, wields the authority of a parent with none of the psychological baggage. The best of them are semi-mysterious figures whose wisdom seems boundless and whose approval helps us discover who we are.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Teacher #Parent #Who We Are

  • We are all, in the private kingdom of our hearts, desperate for the company of a wise, true friend. Someone who isn’t embarrassed by our emotions, or her own, who recognizes that life is short and all that we have to offer, in the end, is love.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Wise #True Friend #Life Is Short

  • Our lazy embrace of Stewart and Colbert is a testament to our own impoverished comic standards. We have come to accept coy mockery as genuine subversion and snarky mimesis as originality. It would be more accurate to describe our golden age of political comedy as the peak output of a lucrative corporate plantation whose chief export is a cheap and powerful opiate for progressive angst and rage.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Powerful #Political #Lazy

  • Why are people so fascinated by how to eat Valomilks?’ She said, ‘Well, Dad, they’re round and they’re messy. But that’s what makes them fun. Once we get older we’re not supposed to be messy anymore. But for one moment when you’re eating a Valomilk, it’s okay to be messy again.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Fun #Dad #People

  • To look at the work of your peers, and learn how to explain with kindness and precision, the nature of their mistakes is, in fact, how you learn to diagnose your own work.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Kindness #Mistake #Facts

  • There's something incredibly liberating about a holiday that encourages children to take candy from strangers
    -- Steve Almond

    #Children #Holiday #Stranger

  • All language is an aspiration to music.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Language #Aspiration

  • It is in these moments of tender and ridiculous nostalgia that I know something inside me is still broken.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Broken #Nostalgia #Ridiculous

  • It is certainly true that cooking is therapeutic, creative and all those other faintly creepy self-helpish words. I would love to tell you that learning to cook was part of my journey toward actualization. I would love to tell Oprah this. I would love to tell Oprah this while weeping. But I learned to cook for a much simpler reason: in the abject hope that people would spend time with me if I put good things in their mouth. It is, in other words (like practically everything else I do), a function of my desperation for emotional connection and acclaim.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Journey #Emotional #Self

  • Most forms of rage, after all, are only sloppy cloaks for grief.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Grief #Rage #Cloaks

  • Art arises from loss. I wish this weren't the case. I wish that every time I met a new woman and she rocked my world, I was inspired to write my ***** off. But that is not what happens. What happens is we lie around in bed eating chocolate and screwing. Art is what happens when things don't work out, when you're licking your wounds. Art is, to a larger extent than people would like to think, a productive licking of the wounds.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Art #Lying #Writing

  • I love men, the restlessness of their corrupted souls, the way they hide their heavy, murderous hearts, their sudden delicacies and small shocking acts of tenderness.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Heart #Men #Soul

  • It's like this when you fall hard for a musician. It's a crush with religious overtones. You listen to the songs and you memorize the words and the notes and this is a form of prayer. You attend the shows and this is the liturgy. You're interested in relics -- guitar picks, set lists, the sweaty napkin applied to His brow. You set up shrines in your room. It's not just about the music. It's about who you are when you listen to the music and who you wish to be and the way a particular song can bridge that gap, can make you feel the abrupt thrill of absolute faith.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Crush #Song #Religious

  • But I can think of nothing on earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night, which, for me, was ten to fifteen pounds of candy, a riot of colored wrappers and hopeful fonts,snub-nosed chocolate bars and SweeTARTS, the seductive rattle of Jujyfruits and Good & Plenty and lollipopsticks all akimbo, the foli ends of mini LifeSavers packs twinkling like dimes, and a thick sugary perfume rising up from the pillowcase.
    -- Steve Almond

    #Beautiful #Halloween #Night