I don't know that we really..

I don't know that we really think any thoughts; we think connections between thoughts. That's where the mind moves, that's what's new, and the thoughts themselves have probably been there in my head or lots of other people's heads for a long time.

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I thought for a long time about leaving Albania, but at the same time to play a role in its life.
About
Albania
Leaving
Life
Long
Long Time
Play
Role
Same
Same Time
Thought
Time
Authors change publishers because it's like being married for a long time and suddenly you want to go out and have a wild affair! No, not seriously, sometimes the deal is more interesting with a new publisher, and other times they have more enthusiasm for your books.
Affair
Authors
Because
Being
Books
Change
Deal
Enthusiasm
Go
Interesting
Like
Long
Long Time
Married
In general, literature is a natural adversary of totalitarianism. Tyrannical governments all view literature in the same way: as their enemy. I lived for a long time in a totalitarian state, and I know firsthand that horror.
Adversary
Enemy
Firsthand
General
Governments
Horror
Know
Literature
Lived
Long
Long Time
Natural
Same
State
My background is deep and set in deep time, and in a narrow space, oral traditions going back a long, long time, which I inherited by osmosis.
Back
Background
Deep
Going
Inherited
Long
Long time
Narrow
Oral
Set
Space
Time
Traditions
Which
'Royal Beatings' was my first story, and it was published in 1977. But I sent all my early stories to 'The New Yorker' in the 1950s, and then I stopped sending for a long time and sent only to magazines in Canada. 'The New Yorker' sent me nice notes, though - penciled, informal messages. They never signed them. They weren't terribly encouraging.
Canada
Early
Encouraging
First
Informal
Long
Long time
Magazines
Me
Messages
Never
New
New yorker
Nice
Mothers and daughters generally have fairly complex relationships, and ours was made much more so by Mother's illness. She had Parkinson's disease, which was not diagnosed for a long time... All that made me very self-protective, because for one thing, I didn't want to get trapped.
Because
Complex
Daughters
Diagnosed
Disease
Fairly
Generally
Get
Had
Illness
Long
Long time
Made
Me
For a long time, I had the idea that I would do a certain amount of work the best I could, and then I would reach a comfort zone, and I wouldn't be pushed to write more. I would become a different person. It's a surprise to me that this hasn't happened. Your body ages, but your mind is the same.
Ages
Amount
Become
Best
Body
Certain
Comfort
Comfort zone
Could
Different
Different person
Had
Happened
Idea
For a long time, I thought I was ugly and disfigured. This made me shy and timid, and I often reacted to insults that were not intended.
Insults
Intended
Long
Long time
Made
Me
Often
Shy
Thought
Time
Timid
Ugly
Were
The wonderful thing about being a New York Times columnist is that it's like a Supreme Court appointment - they're stuck with you for a long time.
About
Appointment
Being
Columnist
Court
Like
Long
Long time
New
New york
New york times
Stuck
Supreme
Supreme court
My family came to Newark in the '20s. We've been there a long, long time. My father's name was LeRoi, the French-ified aspect of it, because his first name was Coyette, you see. They come from South Carolina.
Aspect
Because
Been
Came
Carolina
Come
Family
Father
First
First name
His
Long
Long time
Name
When you get over the anxiety, you discover you should have been mad a long time ago.
Anxiety
Been
Discover
Get
Long
Long time
Long time ago
Mad
Over
Should
Time
You
I ceased using words like optimism and pessimism a long time ago.
Like
Long
Long time
Long time ago
Optimism
Pessimism
Time
Using
Words
I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.
Father
Long
Long time
Long time ago
Loving
Pattern
Remained
Slavery
Stopped
Time
One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Consenting
Discover
Does
Lands
Long
Long time
Lose
New
Shore
Sight
Time
Very
Very long time
Without
Like a lot of people, for a long time I thought that the road to hell is paved with bad sequels.
Bad
Hell
Hell is
Like
Long
Long time
Lot
Paved
People
Road
Sequels
Thought
Time
When I realised that I had feelings for men as well as women, at first I was worried and frightened, and there was a certain amount of 'Who am I? Am I a criminal?' and so on. It took me a long time to come to terms with myself. Those were painful years - painful then and painful to look back on.
Am
Amount
Back
Certain
Come
Criminal
Feelings
First
Frightened
Had
I am
Long
Long time
Look
I've been in this business for a long time, and I no longer think that anything that I do by way of clarification is ever going to eradicate the mistakes.
Anything
Been
Business
Clarification
Eradicate
Ever
Going
Long
Long time
Longer
Mistakes
Think
Time
Way
The thing is, 'Discworld' had been going on for a very long time, and I've written children's books as well. Usually when people have a really big series they franchise it, which I thought is a bit of a no-no, so I thought what I'd do is I'd franchise it to myself.
Been
Big
Bit
Books
Children
Franchise
Going
Had
Long
Long time
Myself
People
Really
Series
Peter Beard is one of those people I've known a long time. We have an affinity. We share certain values.
Affinity
Beard
Certain
Known
Long
Long time
People
Peter
Share
Those
Time
Values
It took me a long time to know enough about writing to really write short stories. You can't just immerse yourself, as you do in a novel, and see where everything goes. Novels are a very flexible, accommodating form. Short stories aren't.
About
Enough
Everything
Flexible
Form
Goes
Immerse
Just
Know
Long
Long time
Me
Novel
Novels
My faith is in my colleagues. And when I meet other writers, journalists, who've been doing this for a long time, trying to make us aware of what it is that we're living in, I put my faith in those people.
Aware
Been
Colleagues
Doing
Faith
Journalists
Living
Long
Long time
Make
Meet
Other
People
Put
For a long time I managed to think two things simultaneously, that I am actually a good playwright, and that the next time I write a play I will be revealed as someone who is no good at all.
Actually
Am
Good
I am
I write
Long
Long time
Next
Next time
Play
Playwright
Revealed
Simultaneously
Someone
For a long time I was convinced that the conflict between Jewish people and black people in this country was a media event.
Between
Black
Conflict
Convinced
Country
Event
Jewish
Jewish people
Long
Long time
Media
People
Time
Schools must stop being holding pens to keep energetic young people off the job market and off the streets. We stretch puberty out a long, long time.
Being
Energetic
Holding
Job
Keep
Long
Long time
Market
Must
Off
Out
Pens
People
Puberty
I made a pact with myself a long time ago: Never watch anything stupider than you. It's helped me a lot.
Anything
Helped
Long
Long time
Long time ago
Lot
Made
Me
Myself
Never
Pact
Stupider
Than
Time
I haven't read a book in a very, very long time because, when I'm writing, I don't like to see other people's work. I don't want to see something great and not be able to use it, and I don't want to have any subconscious influences.
Able
Any
Because
Book
Great
Influences
Like
Long
Long time
Other
People
Read
See
Something
I used to say, 'There is a God-shaped hole in me.' For a long time I stressed the absence, the hole. Now I find it is the shape which has become more important.
Absence
Become
Find
Hole
Important
Long
Long time
Me
More
Now
Say
Shape
Stressed
Time
If Turkey wants to join Europe, it will have to become a European country, and that might take a long time.
Become
Country
Europe
European
Join
Long
Long time
Might
Take
Time
Turkey
Wants
Will
I had wanted to write Ghost Country for a long time, but it wouldn't work.
Country
Ghost
Had
Long
Long time
Time
Wanted
Work
Write
The only way into truth is through one's own annihilation; through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation.
Annihilation
Dwelling
Extreme
Humiliation
Long
Long time
Only
Own
State
Through
Time
Total
Truth
Truth is
I think when I was young, let's call it high school, and even before that, I just loved comedy, and I loved comedians. I grew up watching Laurel and Hardy. That's really a long time ago. I loved Jerry Lewis. I just loved comedians.
Before
Call
Comedians
Comedy
Even
Grew
Hardy
High
High school
I think
Jerry
Just
Laurel
Lewis
I've been interested in dreams since I as a kid and I've wanted to do a film about them for a long time.
About
Been
Dreams
Film
Interested
Kid
Long
Long time
Since
Them
Time
Wanted
I'm not a very fancy person. I've been a writer a long time, and right now 'The Hunger Games' is getting a lot of focus. It'll pass. The focus will be on something else. It'll shift. It always does. And that seems just fine.
Always
Been
Does
Else
Fancy
Fine
Focus
Games
Getting
Hunger
Hunger games
Just
Long
Long time
'The Underland Chronicles' is an unnecessary war for a very long time until it becomes a necessary war, because there have been all these points where people could have gotten off the train but they didn't; they just kept moving the violence forward until it's gone out of control.
Because
Becomes
Been
Control
Could
Forward
Gone
Gotten
Just
Kept
Long
Long time
Moving
Necessary
For a long time I wanted to do the kind of work my dad did. He was going to ask his foreman at the mill to put me on after I graduated. So I worked at the mill for about six months. But I hated the work and knew from the first day I didn't want to do that for the rest of my life.
About
After
Ask
Dad
Day
Did
First
Going
Graduated
Hated
He
His
Kind
Knew
I think it is serious to have good sales. As I learned belatedly, the more you sell, the more publishers pay attention to you, and it took me a very long time to figure that out because I never thought that way.
Attention
Because
Figure
Good
I think
Learned
Long
Long time
Me
More
Never
Out
Pay
Pay attention
There are stereotypes that have been out there for a long time that tell girls that their main asset, the main thing that they are valued for, is their appearance and also that it's to the exclusion of anything else.
Also
Anything
Anything else
Appearance
Asset
Been
Else
Exclusion
Girl
Long
Long time
Main
Main thing
Out
Back when I taught middle school and wrote adult mysteries, my students often asked me why I wasn't writing for kids. I never had a good answer for them. It took me a long time to realize they were right.
Adult
Answer
Asked
Back
Good
Had
Kids
Long
Long time
Me
Middle
Middle school
Mysteries
Never
For a long time, it was hard for me to get my work done in Chicago. Silk Road gave me opportunities to do shows like 'Golden Child' - shows that nobody else seemed interested in. And they bring an artistic integrity to the work that matches anything you'll find at a bigger theatre.
Anything
Artistic
Bigger
Bring
Chicago
Child
Done
Else
Find
Gave
Get
Golden
Hard
Integrity
Our responsibility is to captivate you for however long we've asked for your attention. That said, there is tremendous drama to be gotten from the great, what you would say, heavy issues.
Asked
Attention
Drama
Gotten
Great
Heavy
However
Issues
Long
Our
Responsibility
Said
Say
Tremendous
I think I would have done very well as a writer in the Forties. I think the last time America was a great country was then or not long after. It was before Vietnam, before Watergate.
After
America
Before
Country
Done
Forties
Great
Great Country
I Think
Last
Last Time
Long
Then
Think
Since long I've held silence a remedy for harm.
Harm
Held
Long
Remedy
Silence
Since
So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.
Accompany
Expressive
Form
Give
Human
Human Spirit
Living
Long
Meaning
Music
Planet
Some
Spirit
Sustain
A song in a musical works best when a character has to sing - when words won't do the trick anymore. The same idea applies to a long speech in a play or a movie or on television. You want to force the character out of a conversational pattern.
Anymore
Best
Character
Conversational
Force
Idea
Long
Movie
Musical
Out
Pattern
Play
Same
Sing
I do not long for the world as it was when I was a child. I do not long for the person I was in that world. I do not want to be the person I am now in that world then. None of the forms nostalgia can take fits. I found childhood boring. I was glad it was over.
Am
Boring
Child
Childhood
Fits
Forms
Found
Glad
I Am
Long
None
Nostalgia
Now
Over
Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road.
Advance
Always
Certain
Conquered
Dangerous
Elusive
Failings
Goals
Hard
Liberty
Live
Long
March
Must
There are some times when you make films and you travel places, and the take that people in the business have is that the worst way to see a city is to shoot there, because you work these long 12, 13 and 14-hour days, and you go home to the hotel, you eat, and you pass out.
Because
Business
City
Days
Eat
Films
Go
Go Home
Home
Hotel
Long
Make
Out
Pass
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
If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?
Believe
Disservice
Does
Long
Our
Reason
Rise
Science
Set
Stars
Universe
Us
How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life?
Beauty
Between
Breathing
Brick
Coal
Dying
Fields
Grain
Growing
Hardly
How
Life
Long
Men