Anthony Doerr quotes

  • Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Eye #Forever

  • Watching teething babies is like watching over a thermonuclear reactor-it is best done in shifts, by well-rested people.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Baby #People #Done

  • Here's what I mean by the miracle of language. When you're falling into a good book, exactly as you might fall into a dream, a little conduit opens, a passageway between a reader's heart and a writer's, a connection that transcends the barriers of continents and generations and even death ... And here's the magic. You're different. You can never go back to being exactly the same person you were before you disappeared into that book.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Dream #Book #Fall

  • My preference is for prose with more silence in it, language that contains more pockets of strangeness.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Silence #Pockets #Language

  • Anyone who has spent a few nights in a tent during a storm can tell you: The world doesn't care all that much if you live or die.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Night #Storm #World

  • Leave home, leave the country, leave the familiar. Only then can routine experience--buying bread, eating vegetables, even saying hello--become new all over again.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Country #Home #Vegetables

  • Things hardly ever work on the first try. We'll make another, a better one.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Trying #Firsts

  • In our memories the stories of our lives defy chronology, resist transcription: past ambushes present, and future hurries into history.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Memories #Past #Stories

  • We live through books; we have adventures in them, we lead alternative lives through them. We expand our memories through them. And that sometimes art can offer us more intense experiences of the world than life itself can.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Art #Memories #Book

  • Invisible Beasts is a strange and beautiful meditation on love and seeing, a hybrid of fantasy and field guide, novel and essay, treatise and fable. With one hand it offers a sad commentary on environmental degradation, while with the other it presents a bright, whimsical, and funny exploration of what it means to be human. It's wonderfully written, crazily imagined, and absolutely original.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Beautiful #Mean #Hands

  • I found my first novel difficult. I don't want to make it sound like it's any more difficult than driving a cab or going to any other job, but there are so many opportunities for self-doubt, that you just kind of need to soldier on.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Jobs #Opportunity #Self

  • It's embarrassingly plain how inadequate language is.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Language #Inadequate

  • I feel like it has gone very fast for me, but I feel like it wasn't instantaneous, at all. I was getting a lot of rejections. I just got very lucky and it happened quickly for me. I don't feel like I'm a prodigy or something.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Rejection #Gone #Lucky

  • The easier an experience, or the more entrenched, or the more familiar, the fainter our sensation of it becomes. This is true of chocolate and marriages and hometowns and narrative structures. Complexities wane, miracles become unremarkable, and if we're not careful, pretty soon we're gazing out at our lives as if through a burlap sack.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Miracle #Chocolate #Gazing

  • We all come into existence as a single cell, smaller than a speck of dust. Much smaller. Divide. Multiply. Add and subtract. Matter changes hands, atoms flow in and out, molecules pivot, proteins stitch together, mitochondria send out their oxidative dictates; we begin as a microscopic electrical swarm. The lungs the brain the heart. Forty weeks later, six trillion cells get crushed in the vise of our mother’s birth canal and we howl. Then the world starts in on us.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Mother #Heart #Cells

  • I used to think...that I had to be careful with how much I lived. As if life was a pocketful of coins. You only got so much and you didn't want to spend it all in one place...But now I know that life is the one thing in the world that never runs out. I might run out of mine, and you might run out of yours, but the world will never run out of life. And we're all very lucky to be part of something like that.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Running #Thinking #Lucky

  • You bury your childhood here and there. It waits for you, all your life, to come back and dig it up.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Childhood #Waiting #Your Children

  • Short stories are wonderful and extremely challenging, and the joy of them, because it only takes me three or four months to write, I can take more risks with them. It's just less of your life invested.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Writing #Joy #Challenges

  • It took me about three years to write About Grace. I wasn't teaching two of those years, so I was working eight-hour days, five days a week. And it would include research and reading - it wasn't just a blank page, laying down words.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Reading #Teaching #Writing

  • You don't say, I'm going to be a writer when I grow up - at least I didn't.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Growing Up #Grows

  • Travel definitely affects me as a writer.
    -- Anthony Doerr

  • It wasn't until I was 26 or 25 when I started sending work out to magazines.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Work Out #Magazines

  • I've been getting into Nick Drake lately, the folk singer. Sad, gorgeous stuff.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Singers #Stuff #Gorgeous

  • I guess whatever maturity is there may be there because I've been keeping a journal forever. In high school my friends would make fun of me - you're doing your man diary again. So I was always trying to translate experience into words.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Fun #School #Maturity

  • Time is a slippery thing: lose hold of it once, and its string might sail out of your hands forever.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Hands #Forever #Might

  • I do fish. I think there is a connection between thinking and fishing mostly because you spend a lot of time up to your waist in water without a whole lot to keep your mind busy.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Thinking #Fishing #Water

  • So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light?
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Life #Children #Light

  • I always told my dad I'd play professional football.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Football #Dad #Play

  • I guess you could say I've been writing all my life.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Writing

  • I never played inside as a kid - even in the rain I'd go out.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Rain #Kids

  • I write reviews of science books for the Boston Globe, so I like to give science books.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Book #Writing #Boston

  • My sister-in-law is a painter, and I'll say, how long did it take you to paint that painting. She'll say, It took me maybe three days, but it took me all my life to get the skills to paint that painting.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Sister In Law #Skills #Long