Robert Stone quotes

  • What you're trying to do when you write is to crowd the reader out of his own space and occupy it with yours, in a good cause. You're trying to take over his sensibility and deliver an experience that moves from mere information.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Moving #Writing #Space

  • It’s hard to stay away from religion when you mess with acid.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Acid #Mess

  • I've always remembered. This fellow said to me - if you think someones'doing you wrong, it's not for you to judge. Kill them first and then God can do the judging.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Thinking #Judging #Firsts

  • Life is a means of extracting fiction.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Life #Mean #Fiction

  • That's the great thing about literature -- it makes the world less lonely.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Lonely #Literature #World

  • Everybody's after a new morning. What do we have to run up and salute tomorrow?
    -- Robert Stone

    #Running #Morning #Tomorrow

  • When rewriting, move quickly. It's a little like cutting your own hair.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Moving #Writing #Cutting

  • The reason I was able to give up smoking was because of the computer. You couldn't lean a cigarette on a computer, like you could on a typewriter. So it just made it that much more difficult to smoke. So I quit.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Giving Up #Typewriters #Smoking

  • If you haven't fought for your life for something you want, you don't know what's life all about.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Want #Havens #Knows

  • I write a very rough first draft of every chapter, then I rewrite every chapter. I try to get it down in the first rewrite, but some chapters I can't get quite right the third time. There are some I go over and over and over again.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Writing #Trying #Firsts

  • You don't want to depend on an editor. If you want to regret something for the rest of your life, you want to make sure you're responsible for it.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Regret #Editors #Want

  • It's all about letting the story take over.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Letting Go #Stories

  • I really, really wanted to write. I loved language. I loved literature. I loved reading. I never read a foreign language, I'm afraid, but I loved Flaubert. I loved the 19th-century classics. I love Thomas Hardy. I wanted to be a goof on a bus, but I wanted to write more.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Reading #Writing #Literature

  • The term [Americanization] invokes the transformation of the landscape into unnatural mechanical shapes, of night into day, of speed for its own sake, an irrational passion for novelty at the expense of quality, a worship of gimmickry.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Passion #Night #Quality

  • If you couldn't tell the difference between what hurt and what didn't, you had no business being alive. You can't have any good times if you can't tell.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Hurt #Differences #Alive

  • One does not consider style, because style is.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Writing #Style #Doe

  • What is worst about America was acted out. What is best in America doesn't export.
    -- Robert Stone

    #America #Worst

  • The lessons I learned that were most important were the ones that hurt my feelings.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Hurt #Teaching #Feelings

  • The process of creating is related to the process of dreaming although when you are writing you're doing it and when you're dreaming, it's doing you.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Dream #Writing #Creating

  • The desires of the heart...are as crooked as a corkscrew.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Heart #Desire #Rafters

  • The things that you know more about than you want to know are very useful.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Want #Knows

  • There’s only one subject for fiction or poetry or even a joke: how it is. In all the arts, the payoff is always the same: recognition. If it works, you say that’s real, that’s truth, that’s life, that’s the way things are. ‘There it is.’
    -- Robert Stone

    #Art #Real #Fiction

  • I think there's a necessity for some attachment to the spiritual world and, in a way, people really have to have it.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Spiritual #Thinking #Attachment

  • I start early in the morning. I'm usually out in the woods with the dog as soon as it gets light; then I drink a whole lot of tea and start as early as I can, and I go as long as I can.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Dog #Morning #Light

  • I try very hard to be fair, and I look for ironies. In a way, I live on ironies as a novelist.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Trying #Way #Novelists

  • I was under the influence of the early modern masters, Fitzgerald and Steinbeck and Hemingway, especially, when I was a kid. I reacted against writers like Barth and John Hawkes. I did not care for the post-modernist stuff; my allegiance was to realism.
    -- Robert Stone

    #Kids #Stuff #Care