J. Robert Lennon quotes

  • Treasure nothing, be willing to throw out anything. The story you just wrote that you are proud of should not be coddled and worshipped. You can do it again. If your house burned down with all your work inside it, you would still be the writer you are, and you would continue to be worth something.
    -- J. Robert Lennon

    #House #Stories #Treasure

  • I'm far more often annoyed than delighted by previous readers' marks in used books, so I assume that my notations will be equally annoying to future readers, and avoid making them.
    -- J. Robert Lennon

    #Book #Annoyed #Assuming

  • People, in my long experience, want to talk. They may believe they wish to keep secrets, and they may believe that they are capable of doing so. But the truth is that secrets exist to be revealed; and it is usually very easy to find the combination of words that will cause them to emerge.
    -- J. Robert Lennon

    #Believe #Long #People

  • Wolf in White Van is beautiful, enigmatic, and sad, and like every other brilliant thing John Darnielle has ever done, it seems to come from some fully imagined universe, of which we only get to see this haunting, enticing sliver. I utterly love it.
    -- J. Robert Lennon

    #Beautiful #White #Done

  • My sister stood up, trembling, and I must admit that I expected her familiar sneer to have taken its usual place on her face. But all I could find there was unhappiness and fear. Fear of my reaction, perhaps. But when a person has lived a life like hers, a life of promiscuity, rootlessness, and substance abuse, resentment and fear tend to replace all reasonable and proper emotions, and the world becomes your enemy.
    -- J. Robert Lennon

    #Fear #Taken #Abuse

  • Growing up my mother played Sarah Vaughan and Nat Cole in the house regularly.

  • I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I came near!

  • He who builds a masjid in the way of Allah, God will build a house for him in the paradise.

  • Recruiting Station was a story that came as the result of many anxious awakenings during many nights.

  • When the news wants to tell you something is important, they put dramatic theme music behind it. They scare you into watching the story.

  • The swells were amazing! As big as three-story apartment buildings!

  • LANGUAGE, n. The music with which we charm the serpents guarding another's treasure.

  • I read ' Treasure Island' for the first time at university. And I started to notice then how unresolved some things were. Later, I realised that Stevenson was interested in sequels, and I wondered whether he would have gone back to it had he lived longer.

  • I liked her…I really liked her. I wanted to protect her. I approached her in a gentle, playful manner, because she's so precious and I wanted to hold her in my arms because she's so carefree. She was my treasure.

  • Criticism is properly the rod of divination: a hazel switch for the discovery of buried treasure, not a birch twig for the castigation of offenders.