I always have one or two,..

I always have one or two, sometimes more, Navajo or other tribes' cultural elements in mind when I start a plot. In Thief of Time, I wanted to make readers aware of Navajo attitude toward the dead, respect for burial sites.

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The properties of people and the properties of character have almost nothing to do with each other. They really don't. I know it seems like they do because we look alike, but people don't speak in dialogue. Their lives don't unfold in a series of scenes that form a narrative arc.
Alike
Almost
Almost Nothing
Arc
Because
Character
Dialogue
Each
Form
Know
Like
Lives
Look
Narrative
Your whole life is on the other side of the glass. And there is nobody watching.
Glass
Life
Nobody
Other
Side
Watching
Whole
Your
I feel I'm two people: I have my interest in acting and I have a lot of other political interests I'd like to pursue.
Acting
Feel
I Feel
Interest
Interests
Like
Lot
Other
People
Political
Pursue
Two
Two People
I never thought of myself as a wealthy person. I've thought of myself as a person who has had a lot of luck. I don't have the same stress that other people have, but there are too many things I could have done differently if wealth was what I was after. If I was all about money, I would have lived in L.A.
About
After
Could
Differently
Done
Had
Lived
Lot
Luck
Many
Money
Myself
Never
Other
I started out as an actor, where you seek to understand yourself using the words of great writers and collaborating with other creative people. Then I slid into show business, where you seek only an audience's approval whether you deserve it or not.
Actor
Approval
Audience
Business
Collaborating
Creative
Creative People
Deserve
Great
Only
Other
Out
People
Seek
Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
Other
People
Sleep
Some
Some People
Talk
While
The first thing I wrote was a one-act play that got accepted at a one-act play festival, and I was in it along with Nathan Lane and a couple of other very good actors.
Accepted
Actor
Along
Couple
Festival
First
First Thing
Good
Good Actors
Got
Lane
Other
Play
The First Thing
To cut short the question of the law of retaliation, we must note that even in its primitive form it can operate only between two individuals of whom one is absolutely innocent, and the other absolutely guilty. The victim, to be sure, is innocent. But can the society that is supposed to represent the victim lay claim to innocence?
Absolutely
Between
Claim
Cut
Even
Form
Guilty
Individuals
Innocence
Innocent
Law
Lay
Must
Note
There's three things: there's masculinity, there's intelligence, there's sensitivity. You've got to bring those three things to a leading man's role: masculinity, sensitivity, intelligence. In some people, there's a little too much in the mix of one or the other.
Bring
Got
Intelligence
Leading
Little
Man
Masculinity
Mix
Much
Other
People
Role
Sensitivity
Some
Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.
Borrow
Good
Great
Other
Outright
Steal
Them
Writers
As long as you keep one foot in the real world while the other foot's in a fairy tale, that fairy tale is going to seem kind of attainable.
Attainable
Fairy
Foot
Going
Keep
Kind
Long
Other
Real
Real World
Seem
Tale
The Real World
While
It seems to me that more and more we've come to expect less and less from each other, and I think that should change.
Change
Come
Each
Expect
I Think
Less
Me
More
More And More
Other
Seems
Should
Think
The professed function of the nuclear weapons on each side is to prevent the other side from using their nuclear weapons. If that's all it is, then we've gotta as: how many nuclear weapons do you need to do that?
Each
Function
Gotta
How
Many
Need
Nuclear
Nuclear Weapons
Other
Prevent
Side
Then
Using
Weapons
A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
Creature
Every
Fact
Human
Mystery
Other
Profound
Reflect
Secret
Wonderful
Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.
Art
Being
Contingent
Eternal
Fleeting
Half
Modernity
One Half
Other
Transient
The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you.
Business
First
Men
Other
Rule
Would
You
It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.
Agree
Each
Ill
Luck
Misunderstanding
Never
Other
People
Understood
Universal
Would
Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you have him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.
Although
Becomes
Companion
Delightful
Doubtful
Flatterer
He
Him
His
Most
Other
People
Skillful
Takes
We hunger to understand, so we invent myths about how we imagine the world is constructed - and they're, of course, based upon what we know, which is ourselves and other animals. So we make up stories about how the world was hatched from a cosmic egg or created after the mating of cosmic deities or by some fiat of a powerful being.
About
After
Animals
Based
Being
Constructed
Cosmic
Course
Created
Egg
Fiat
Hatched
How
Hunger
Modernity signifies the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, the half of art of which the other half is the eternal and the immutable.
Art
Contingent
Eternal
Fugitive
Half
Modernity
Other
Transitory
Which
I defer to all these other American poets who, for some reason, I both envy and admire.
Admire
American
Both
Defer
Envy
Other
Poets
Reason
Some
Who
Modernity is the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, which make up one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immutable. This transitory fugitive element, which is constantly changing, must not be despised or neglected.
Art
Being
Changing
Constantly
Contingent
Despised
Element
Eternal
Fugitive
Half
Make
Make Up
Modernity
Must
When a man bleeds inwardly, it is a dangerous thing for himself; but when he laughs inwardly, it bodes no good to other people.
Bleeds
Dangerous
Dangerous Thing
Good
He
Himself
Inwardly
Laughs
Man
Other
People
Thing
No other planet in the solar system is a suitable home for human beings; it's this world or nothing. That's a very powerful perception.
Beings
Home
Human
Human Beings
Nothing
Other
Perception
Planet
Powerful
Solar
Solar System
Suitable
System
Very
America is competitive. We compete with each other every day.
America
Compete
Competitive
Day
Each
Every
Every Day
Other
Cancer, like any other illness, is a bore.
Any
Bore
Cancer
Illness
Like
Other
The role of the intellectual cannot be to excuse the violence of one side and condemn that of the other.
Cannot
Condemn
Excuse
Intellectual
Other
Role
Side
Violence
Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own.
Choose
Conceal
Hear
Imperfections
Men
Other
Own
Silence
Virtues
You
Your
Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor.
Forms
Heart
Honor
Men
Minded
Noble
Opinions
Other
Our
Own
True
Us
What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?
Difficult
Each
Less
Life
Live
Make
Other
It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.
Born
Die
Infant
Little
Natural
Other
Painful
Perhaps
The idea that to make a man work you've got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We've done that for so long that we've forgotten there's any other way.
Any
Any Other Way
Axiom
Done
Eyes
Forgotten
Front
Gold
Got
Growth
His
Hold
Idea
Long
For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming.
After
Awhile
Humming
Keats
Only
Other
Poetry
Quit
Seems
Whistling
You
If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people's opinions will rush in from all quarters.
Corner
Head
Leave
Moment
Opinions
Other
People
Quarters
Rush
Smallest
Vacant
Will
You
Your
All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other.
Alphabet
Bit
End
Father
Other
Paid
Nothing is as obnoxious as other people's luck.
Luck
Nothing
Obnoxious
Other
People
Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
Cruelty
Every
Itself
Like
Motive
Only
Opportunity
Other
Outside
Requires
Vice
Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.
Blushing
Enables
Other
People
Sacrifice
Self-Sacrifice
Us
Without
Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.
Children
Dark
Death
Fear
Go
Increased
Men
Natural
Natural Fear
Other
Tales
He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
Advice
Bad
Bad Example
Both
Builds
Counsel
Down
Example
Gives
Good
Good Advice
Hand
He
Other
Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
Alive
Among
Anyone
Cannot
Come
Despair
Down
Fate
Hand
He
His
Life
Little
Needs
A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
Centre
Common
Each
Feeling
Girl
Little
Little Girl
Makes
Most
Other
People
Understand
Which
Hostesses who entertain much must make up their parties as ministers make up their cabinets, on grounds other than personal liking.
Entertain
Grounds
Liking
Make
Make Up
Ministers
Much
Must
Other
Parties
Personal
Than
Up
Who
Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?
Compare
Each
Expect
Experience
Lying
Men
Never
Numerous
Other
Rather
Should
Side
Them
But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.
Away
Done
Each
Effect
Embarrassment
Existed
Feeling
Feels
Having
Intimacy
Mutual
Once
Other
Something
No shortcomings of other people cause us to be more intolerant than those which are caricatures of our own.
Caricatures
Cause
Intolerant
More
Other
Our
Own
People
Shortcomings
Than
Those
Us
Which
Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.
Contains
Desire
Get
Heart
Life
Other
Tragedies
Two
Your
If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.
Beat
Die
Grass
Grow
Had
Hearing
Heart
Human
Human Life
Keen
Life
Like
Ordinary
Other
It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.
Alone
Ecstasy
Even
Feet
House
Itself
Leave
Listen
Necessary
Only
Other
Present
Remain
Still
There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.
Desire
Gain
Heart
Life
Lose
Other
Tragedies
Two
Your