Ann Patchett Quotes

Ann Patchett Quotes: That was the way things worked. When you were looking for the big fight, the moment that you thought would knock everything over, nothing much happened at all.
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Ann Patchett Quote: I was very influenced by The Magic Mountain. It's a book that had a huge impact on me. I loved that as a shape for a novel: put a bunch of people in a beautiful place, give them all tuberculosis, make them all stay in a fur sleeping bag for several years and see what happens.
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Quotes about Ann Patchett: Staying within the world of a novel gives us the ability to be quiet and alone, two skills that are disappearing faster than the polar icecaps.
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Quote about Ann Patchett: The Swedish he knew was mostly from Bergman films. He had learned it as a college student, matching the subtitles to the sounds. In Swedish, he could only converse on the darkest of subjects.
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Ann Patchett Sayings: To say it was a beautiful day would not begin to explain it. It was that day when the end of summer intersects perfectly with the start of fall .... [p.218 ff.]
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Ann Patchett Saying: I believe, in my better moments, that there is a plan and things go not the way we want them to but the way they should.
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Sayings about Ann Patchett: Some people are born to make great art and others are born to appreciate it. ... It is a kind of talent in itself, to be an audience, whether you are the spectator in the gallery or you are listening to the voice of the world's greatest soprano. Not everyone can be the artist. There have to be those who witness the art, who love and appreciate what they have been privileged to see.
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Saying about Ann Patchett: If a person has never given writing a try, they assume that a brilliant idea is hard to come by. But really, even if it takes some digging, ideas are out there. Just open your eyes and look at the world. Writing the ideas down, it turns out, is the real trick.
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Ann Patchett Quotes: Home, bed, sleep, mother--who knew more beautiful words than these?
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Ann Patchett Quote: From my table inside I watch the glamorous women outside who are lunching on Spa Cobb salads without blue cheese or dressing. The man with the bread basket wanders from table to table, lonesome as a cloud. When he comes to me his basket is full and perfectly arranged. He gives me a smile of sincere pleasure when I tell him I will take both the sourdough roll and the cheese stick.
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Quotes about Ann Patchett: He realized now he was only just beginning to see the full extent to which it was his destiny to follow, to walk blindly into fates he could never understand. In fate there was reward, in turning over one's heart to God there was a magnificence that lay beyond description. At the moment one is sure that all is lost, look at what is gained!
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Quote about Ann Patchett: No matter how much we love a book, the experience of reading it isn't complete until we can give it to someone who will love it as much as we do
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Ann Patchett Sayings: Love was action. It came to you. It was not a choice.
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