Jane Gardam quotes

  • Somewhere inside we do know everything about ourselves. There is no real forgetting. Perhaps we know somewhere, too, about all there is to come.
    -- Jane Gardam

    #Real #Future #Forget

  • The complexion of a novelist is seldom rosy (Paul Bailey once announced to a heavy-hearted audience of novelists at PEN that we have always been an ugly tribe). We are engaged in indoor activity, haemorrhoidal, prone to chillblains, poor of circulation.
    -- Jane Gardam

    #Novelists #Ugly #Tribes

  • If you've not been loved as a child, you don't know how to love a child.
    -- Jane Gardam

    #Children #How To Love

  • Jane Austen we know never let two men converse alone in any novel because what they said would be unknown to her.
    -- Jane Gardam

    #Book #Men #Two

  • I just knew I would be a writer. It just seemed the only sensible thing to do.
    -- Jane Gardam

    #Would Be #Sensible

  • I think the most dangerous influence for a young writer is to be treated with cynicism or discouragement.
    -- Jane Gardam

    #Thinking #Influence #Cynicism

  • English country life is more like Chekhov than The Archers or Thomas Hardy or even the Updike ethic with which it is sometimes compared.
    -- Jane Gardam

    #Country #Archer #Ethics

  • I gave myself to my children. It happens to some women.
    -- Jane Gardam

    #Children #My Children

  • First birth is from your parents, but real birth, real life, begins when one accepts a bona fide spiritual master and renders service unto him. Then the path is open for going back to home, back to Godhead, to live eternally in full knowledge and full bliss and in association with the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, Lord Krishna.

  • The whole bible is the working out of the relationship between God and man. God is not a dictator barking out orders and demanding silent obedience. Were it so, there would be no relationship at all. No real relationship goes just one way. There are always two active parties. We must have reverence and awe for God, and honor for the chain of tradition. But that doesn't mean we can't use new information to help us read the holy texts in new ways.

  • A loud noise will get your fight-or-flight response going. This, over the years, can cause real cardiovascular damage.

  • A visual understanding of great composition and how to use a camera and expensive lenses can be learned, but drive and a real hunger for making photos and telling stories... I don't think that part can be learned. You either have that inside, or you don't.

  • Fifteen per cent of the population believe the moon landing was actually staged in a movie lot in Arizona and somewhat fewer still believe the Earth is flat. I think they all get together with the global warming deniers on a Saturday night and party

  • Future's the only flower worth tending in this earth, where I sow my words daily: and you know, these good trees bear fruit round the year, discreetly, moving along the waterways and four seasons of the faithful sun.

  • If happiness always depends on something expected in the future, we are chasing a will-o'-the-wisp that ever eludes our grasp, until the future, and ourselves, vanish into the abyss of death.

  • Never forget me, because if I thought you would, I'd never leave.

  • The one word you should forget when you start a new project is the word 'I' - you need to replace that word 'I' with the idea of 'everybody else.

  • In a thousand years we shall all forget The things that trouble us now.