Chris Crutcher quotes

  • ...racist thought and action says far more about the person they come from than the person they are directed at.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Racism #Racist #Action

  • Adopted. Big Deal; so was Superman
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Adoption #Bigs #Deals

  • Something about the joy and pain of that moment, something about the excruciating contrast, made me feel that no matter what happens now, my life has been worth it. What a ride.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Pain #Joy #Matter

  • It's a scary thing; moving on. Part of me wishes life were more predictable and part of me is excited that it's not. I think it's impossible to tell the good things from the bad things while they're happening.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Moving #Thinking #Scary

  • It seems to me if you don't know anything about child development you shouldn't intimate in your 'reporting' that you do.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Children #Development #Intimate

  • I can't think of a subject that is taboo for me, unless it's one I simply don't know anything about.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Thinking #Taboo #Subjects

  • There's only one thing to say to the censors: Shut up.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Shut Up

  • We get crazy when we can't make things be like the world tells us they are". She looked back out the window. "It was that way for me and your brother, I think. I mean, how could I have loved him that last year? I didn't even know who he was. He was way more attracted to drugs and bikers and that whole lifestyle than he was to me. But somebody told me that if you really loved somebody,you stayed with him no matter what. You had to fight for him." She laughe. "Hell, I was convinced.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Brother #Crazy #Mean

  • I think the value in books like mine, and a great number by other talented writers, is in the ability to bring dark subjects into the open where they are not so dark, where they can be talked about and considered by teens and adults alike.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Book #Dark #Thinking

  • You have to be mad in the language you're mad in.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Mad #Language

  • My first book, 'Running Loose', was censored back in 1983 or '84. Every book I've written since has been censored somewhere.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Running #Book #Firsts

  • You have to be careful not to use anything too colloquial or you date the book.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Book #Use #Be Careful

  • I believe there was a big bang and that because of that we are all connected into infinity, and I know very little having to do with human beings that doesn't also have to do with connection.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Believe #Littles #Infinity

  • There is no Jesus without Judas, no Martin Luther King, Jr., without the Klan; no Ali without Joe Frazier; no freedom without tyranny. No wisdom exists that does not include perspective. Relativity is the greatest gift.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Jesus #Kings #Perspective

  • The premise of 'Deadline' forced me to go against my own grain with a character determined to find all that is valuable in that time. I believe this is a story about redemption; how, even with the best intentions, it's sometimes found and sometimes not.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Believe #Character #Redemption

  • Sometimes a book is better than it ever had a right to be because of the history the reader brings to the reading and because of the methods educators use to bring a particular story alive.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Reading #Book #Stories

  • I have made a career of creating characters who fight school authority and chomp at the bit to get out into the 'real' world and live their lives, mostly because that's the kind of teenager I was.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Teenager #Real #Character

  • I don't think I'll ever lose the feeling that I had when I read 'To Kill a Mockingbird' - Harper Lee was going back into her childhood. I grew up in a real small town - Lee's was in the South, mine the Northwest - but small towns have a lot in common. There was such a revelation in knowing that a story could be told like that.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Real #Thinking #Knowing

  • I am for anything that makes teens visible in an honest way... in other words, anything that represents them the way they are, positively or negatively.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Teens #Way #Honest

  • A sport has its own built-in integrity, doesn't need an artificial one. Athletics carries its own set of truths, and those truths are diminished and manipulated by people with agendas.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Sports #Integrity #People

  • And I think if you're going to be with somebody, you owe it to them to show yourself.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Thinking #Shows

  • No amount of effort could have stopped that, because our points of view - the way we perceive things - are inextricably linked to our beliefs, ... ,our beliefs color what we see.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Views #Color #Effort

  • Once a thing is known,it can't be UNknown.
    -- Chris Crutcher

  • I figure if Doc is right about the time I have left,I should wrap up my adolescence in the next few days, get into my early productive stages about the third week of school, go through my midlife crisis during Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, redouble my efforts at productivity and think about my legacy, say, Easter, and start cashing in my 401(k)s a couple weeks before Memorial Day.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Memorial Day #Easter #Kings

  • Beware the short terminal guy with nothing to lose.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Guy #Nothing To Lose

  • Love, in the universal sense, is unconditional acceptance. In the individual sense, the one-on-one sense, try this: we can say we love each other if my life is better because you're in it and your life is better because I'm in it. The intensity of the love is weighted by how much better.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Love #Acceptance #Trying

  • I walk outside and scream at the top of my lungs, and it maybe travels two blocks. A whale unleashes his cry, and it travels hundreds or even thousands of miles. Every whale in the ocean will at one time or another run into that song. And I figure whales probably don't edit. If they think it, they say it...Whale talk is the truth, and in a very short period of time, if you're a whale, you know exactly what it is to be you.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Running #Song #Block

  • You put yourself out there in the truest way you can and hope others do the same. You'll connect or you won't, but you did what you could. It's like playing ball in some way. There are guys on the team, like Cody, I'd give my life for. But you have to be willing to lay down your life for all of them if you want to put the best you on the field. Every guy on that field has to believe you'll bring nothing back off the field with you.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Team #Believe #Giving

  • ...we can say we love each other if my life is better because you're in it and your life is better because I'm in it.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Life Is

  • But the truth doesn't need to be known, or believed, to be true.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Needs #Being True

  • ...You don't always get what you expect. I wish someone, sometime when I was growing up, would have told me what expectations would get me. ... Our parents, schools, everyone tells us things will be a certain way when we're adults and if they're not that way, we should make them be; or at least pretend. But after a certain point that just doesn't work.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Growing Up #School #Expectations

  • So you didn’t tell me it was a messed-up idea to keep this all a secret because. . .” “Because experience is the only teacher,” Hey-Soos says. “Even if I could have told you, it would have been a lecture. Why do you think kids don’t listen to their parents, or people don’t leave churches and do what the preacher tells them? There’s only one thing that’s universal.” “What’s that?” “The truth.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Teacher #Kids #Thinking

  • ...the Magnificent Seven consisted of one swimmer of color, a representative from each extreme of the educational spectrum, a muscle man, a giant, a chameleon, and a one-legged psychopath. When I envision us walking seven abreast through the halls of Cutter High, decked out in the sacred blue and gold, my heart swells.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Educational #Heart #Men

  • I'd rather be a flash than a slowly burning ember.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Burning #Embers #Flash

  • If someone's different from you and it scares you or makes you mad, that's God telling you to take a closer look. If you're scared or mad, that's about you, not about the person who scares you or angers you.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Mad #Scare #Different

  • I think when you’re dying you start looking for important things in the corners. You can’t let anything that seems even semi-important pass, because it passes forever. Things take on meaning.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Thinking #Forever #Important

  • If you think your life sucks, it probably does. Do something about it.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Thinking #Life Sucks #Doe

  • You put yourself out there in the truest way you can and hope others do the same. You'll connect or you won't, but you did what you could.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Way #Putting Yourself Out There #Truest

  • You can't judge Islam by those people any more than you can judge Christians by abortion clinic bombers or white separatists. Love turn to hate at the fringes of any belief system.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Christian #Hate #White

  • Nothing exists without its opposite.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Opposites

  • Deadline' is the story of a young man forced to discover who he is, and what's important in life, during the short span of his senior year in high school.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Senior #School #Men

  • Certainly working with teens keeps me up to date with language and with certain kinds of thinking. I often feel like I have to go back to that 17-year-old Chris Crutcher, and that forms the core voice. I can draw on teens from 1964 to 2001 to find a part of the voice I need.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Thinking #Voice #Years

  • Being an outsider means not being heard, not having a voice. It means being treated as a second-class citizen, being diminished in the eyes of others. We have all felt this way at one time or another, but some feel it more consistently. Unfortunately, our schools often do not embrace the talents of many of their occupants.
    -- Chris Crutcher

    #Mean #Eye #School