Kent Haruf quotes

  • A girl is different. They want things. They need things on a regular schedule. Why, a girl's got purposes you and me can't even imagine. They got ideas in their heads you and me can't even suppose.
    -- Kent Haruf

    #Girl #Ideas #Different

  • He wanted to think of words that would make some difference but there were none in any language he knew that were sufficient to the moment or that would change a single thing.
    -- Kent Haruf

    #Thinking #Differences #Language

  • I began writing seriously in my mid-20s and didnt publish my first book until I was 41.
    -- Kent Haruf

    #Book #Writing #Firsts

  • Fame isn't healthy for a writer.
    -- Kent Haruf

    #Healthy #Fame

  • Here was this man Tom Guthrie in Holt standing at the back window in the kitchen of his house smoking cigarettes and looking out over the back lot where the sun was just coming up.
    -- Kent Haruf

    #Men #House #Smoking

  • After finishing the first draft, I work for as long as it takes (for two or three weeks, most often) to rework that first draft on a computer. Usually that involves expansion: filling in and adding to, but trying not to lose the spontaneous, direct sound. I use that first draft as a touchstone to make sure everything else in that section has the same sound, the same tone and impression of spontaneity.
    -- Kent Haruf

    #Writing #Two #Long

  • It seems to me nothing man has done or built on this land is an improvement over what was here before.
    -- Kent Haruf

    #Men #Land #Done

  • That was on a night in August. Dad Lewis died early that morning and the young girl Alice from next door got lost in the evening and then found her way home in the dark by the streetlights of town and so returned to the people who loved her. And in the fall the days turned cold and the leaves dropped off the trees and in the winter the wind blew from the mountains and out on the high plains of Holt County there were overnight storms and three-day blizzards.
    -- Kent Haruf

    #Girl #Morning #Dad

  • You have to believe in yourself despite the evidence.
    -- Kent Haruf

    #Believe #Believe In Yourself #Evidence

  • This country's crazy in terms of fame and what people think it means. They expect a writer to be something between a Hollywood starlet and the village idiot.
    -- Kent Haruf

    #Country #Crazy #Mean

  • Honey, Maggie Jones said. Victoria. Listen to me. You're here now. This is where you are.
    -- Kent Haruf

    #Honey #Maggie #Where You Are