You always need that spark of imagination. Sometimes I'm midway through a book before it happens. However, I don't wait for the muse to descend, I sit down every day and I work when I'm not delivering lambs on the farm.
Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier.
Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.
Stop a minute, right where you are. Relax your shoulders, shake your head and spine like a dog shaking off cold water. Tell that imperious voice in your head to be still.
Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life.
Few people know so clearly what they want. Most people can't even think what to hope for when they throw a penny in a fountain.
The older I get, the more I appreciate my rural childhood. I spent a lot of time outdoors, unsupervised, which is a blessing.
Every time I step onto an airplane, I turn to the right and take a good, hard stare into the maw of the engine. I don't know what I'm looking for. I just do it.
There's always a part of your nation's history that you haven't been told that... has a powerful impact on how you yourself may behave and may believe.
Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It's the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else's pain is as meaningful as your own.
Small change, small wonders - these are the currency of my endurance and ultimately of my life.
It's a funny thing: people often ask how I discipline myself to write. I can't begin to understand the question. For me, the discipline is turning off the computer and leaving my desk to do something else.
What a writer can do, what a fiction writer or a poet or an essay writer can do is re-engage people with their own humanity.
Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth, but not its twin.
What keeps you going isn't some fine destination but just the road you're on, and the fact that you know how to drive.
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