W. P. Kinsella quotes

  • Baseball games are like snowflakes and fingerprints, no two are ever alike.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Baseball #Games #Two

  • Baseball is the most perfect of games, solid, true, pure and precious as diamonds. If only life were so simple. Within the baselines anything can happen. Tides can reverse; oceans can open. That's why they say, "the game is never over until the last man is out." Colors can change, lives can alter, anything is possible in this gentle, flawless, loving game.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Baseball #Life Changing #Ocean

  • Syzygy, inexorable, pancreatic, phantasmagoria - anyone who can use those four words in one sentence will never have to do manual labor.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Work #Four #Use

  • Hardly anybody recognizes the most significant moments of their life at the time they happen.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Moments #Significant #Significant Moments

  • Growing up is a ritual, more deadly than religion, more complicated than baseball, for there seem to be no rules. Everything is experienced for the first time.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Baseball #Growing Up #Firsts

  • Heroes don't need to talk about what they did.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Hero #Needs

  • Other people get into occupations by accident or design; but writers are born. I could work at selling motels, or slopping hogs, for fifty years, but if someone asked my occupation, I'd say writer, even if I'd never sold a word. Writers write. Other people talk.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Writing #Years #People

  • The crack of the bat, the sound of baseballs thumping into gloves, the infield chatter are like birdsong to the baseball starved.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Baseball #Bird #Cracks

  • America has been erased like a blackboard, only to be rebuilt and then erased again. But baseball has marked time while America has rolled by like a procession of steamrollers.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Sports #Baseball #America

  • If you build it, they will come.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

  • My intuition told me that it was the grass that was important.Now it glows parrot-green, cool as mint, soft as moss, lying there like a cashmere blanket.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Lying #Intuition #Important

  • Read! Read! Read! And then read some more. When you find something that thrills you, take it apart paragraph by paragraph, line by line, word by word, to see what made it so wonderful. Then use those tricks next time you write.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Writing #Use #Lines

  • I don't have time to read nonfiction.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Nonfiction

  • It is the same game that Moonlight Graham played in 1905. It is a living part of history, like calico dresses, stone crockery, and threshing crews eating at outdoor tables. It continually reminds us of what was, like an Indian-head penny in a handful of new coins.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Baseball #Games #Coins

  • The law is like rope...useful, necessary, strong, but it can be bent and twisted into all kinds of shapes depending on the occasion.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Strong #Law #Rope

  • Perhaps crossing the barriers of time has freed me.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Crossings #Barriers

  • Praise the name of baseball. The word will set captives free. The word will open the eyes of the blind. The word will raise the dead. Have you the word of baseball living inside you? Has the word of baseball become part of you? Do you live it, play it, digest it, forever? Let an old man tell you to make the word of baseball your life. Walk into the world and speak of baseball. Let the word flow through you like water, so that it may quicken the thirst of your fellow man.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Baseball #Eye #Men

  • Most writers are unhappy with film adaptations of their work, and rightly so. 'Field of Dreams,' however, caught the spirit and essence of 'Shoeless Joe' while making the necessary changes to make the work more visual.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Dream #Essence #Unhappy

  • Most people write a lot of autobiography, but when I came to write autobiography I discovered that nothing interesting had ever happened to me. So I had to take the situation and invent stories to go with it.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Writing #Interesting #People

  • Baseball is meant to be a contemplative game. They play music to draw young people to the game. If young people can't come to the game without music, then they should stay home.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Baseball #Home #Games

  • Read, read, read, read and then read some more.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

  • If I have a choice between looking something up and making it up, I'll make it up every time.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Choices

  • Use your imagination. Trust me, your lives are not interesting. Don't write them down.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Writing #Imagination #Interesting

  • I have no interest in non-fiction. I don't read it and don't watch it and don't write it, other than a little journalistic column.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Writing #Fiction #Littles

  • I don't believe in the afterlife.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Believe #Afterlife

  • I can still put down some pretty nasty stuff on paper, which is what I enjoy doing.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Paper #Stuff #Nasty

  • Any game becomes important when you know and love the players.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Sports #Player #Games

  • He bats like a lightning rod.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Baseball #Lightning #Bats

  • Someone once described the pitching of a no-hit game as like catching lighting in a bottle.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Baseball #Games #Pitching

  • I knew how to read box scores and who the baseball heroes were before I had ever seen or even heard much of a game.
    -- W. P. Kinsella

    #Baseball #Hero #Games