In the first book of my..

In the first book of my Discworld series, published more than 26 years ago, I introduced Death as a character; there was nothing particularly new about this - death has featured in art and literature since medieval times, and for centuries we have had a fascination with the Grim Reaper.

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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
I'm more comfortable writing traditional protagonists. But 'Steve Jobs' and 'The Social Network' have antiheroes. I like to write antiheroes as if they're making their case to God about why they should be allowed into heaven. I have to find something in that character that is like me and write to that.
About
Allowed
Case
Character
Comfortable
Find
God
Heaven
Jobs
Like
Making
Me
More
Network
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
If the characters on 'The West Wing' were watching a TV show wherein a character like Trump was leading in the polls, they wouldn't find it believable.
Believable
Character
Characters
Find
Leading
Like
Polls
Show
Trump
TV
TV Show
Watching
Were
West
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
Character
Envy
Few
Few Men
Friend
Honor
Men
Very
Who
Without
Action is character.
Action
Character
Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.
Being
Busy
Character
Deity
Goodness
Greatest
Man
Mind
Mischievous
Thing
Virtues
Without
Wretched
It's the misfortune of German authors that not a single one of them dares to expose his true character. Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is.
Authors
Better
Character
Dares
Everyone
Expose
German
He
His
Misfortune
Single
Than
Them
Thinks
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
Character
Imagination
Society
Solitude
Wholesome
Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.
Being
Character
Foundation
Impossible
Pretence
Sincerity
Unless
Very
Whole
I have discovered that we may be in some degree whatever character we choose. Besides, practice forms a man to anything.
Anything
Besides
Character
Choose
Degree
Discovered
Forms
Man
May
Practice
Some
Whatever
I never try to give a message in my books. It's about living with characters long enough to hear their voices and let them tell me the story. Sometimes I would love to have a happy ending, and it doesn't happen because the character or the story leads me in another direction.
About
Another
Because
Books
Character
Characters
Direction
Ending
Enough
Give
Happen
Happy
Happy Ending
Hear
People without firmness of character love to make up a fate for themselves; that relieves them of the necessity of having their own will and of taking responsibility for themselves.
Character
Fate
Firmness
Having
Love
Make
Make Up
Necessity
Own
People
Responsibility
Taking
Them
Themselves
Where was Paris Hilton a year ago? She's a fabulous character to write about.
About
Character
Fabulous
Hilton
Paris
Paris Hilton
She
Where
Write
Year
All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.
All-Around
Any
Around
Character
Common
Dependent
Existence
Greatness
He
Him
Individuality
Man
Mediocrity
Never
Good luck is the willing handmaid of a upright and energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty.
Character
Conscientious
Duty
Energetic
Good
Good Luck
Handmaid
Luck
Observance
Upright
Willing
The founding father of Albanian literature is the nineteenth-century writer Naim Frasheri. Without having the greatness of Dante or Shakespeare, he is nonetheless the founder, the emblematic character. He wrote long epic poems, as well as lyrical poetry, to awaken the national consciousness of Albania.
Albania
Awaken
Character
Consciousness
Epic
Father
Founder
Founding
Greatness
Having
He
Literature
Long
Lyrical
Every life of a character is within a context. If I write detached from a social and political background, my story looks like a soap opera where everybody is indoors, not working and living off their emotions.
Background
Character
Context
Detached
Emotions
Every
Everybody
I Write
Indoors
Life
Like
Living
Looks
Off
The analysis of character is the highest human entertainment.
Analysis
Character
Entertainment
Highest
Human
In this watering-place I acted an heroic character, badly studied; and being a novice on such a stage, I forgot my part before a pair of lovely blue eyes.
Acted
Badly
Before
Being
Blue
Blue eyes
Character
Eyes
Forgot
Heroic
Lovely
Novice
Pair
Part
When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
Character
Choose
Choosing
Friends
Over
Personality
You
Your
It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.
Character
Does
Happiness
Makes
Men
Most
Part
Petty
Sometimes
Suffering
True
Vindictive
I don't happen to have a sense of humor personally, so I don't know what's funny about a character... This happens to be a feature of my life generally.
About
Character
Feature
Funny
Generally
Happen
Happens
Humor
Know
Life
My life
Personally
Sense
Sense of humor
'The Fever' is a one-person play. I decided I would perform it myself, and I decided I would not perform it in theaters, because the character in the play says certain things that I meant.
Because
Certain
Certain things
Character
Decided
Fever
Meant
Myself
Perform
Play
Says
Theaters
Things
Would
In real life, every person is the leading man or woman. We don't think of ourselves as supporting or character actors.
Actor
Character
Every
Leading
Leading man
Life
Man
Ourselves
Person
Real
Real life
Supporting
Think
Woman
The destructive character lives from the feeling, not that life is worth living, but that suicide is not worth the trouble.
Character
Destructive
Feeling
Life
Lives
Living
Suicide
Trouble
Worth
Worth living
I'm interested in character and dialogue and exchange of ideas.
Character
Dialogue
Exchange
Ideas
Interested
My parents were very supportive and always encouraged us. My father was a gentle, nice man. My mother was quite a colorful character and a keen reader who encouraged me to write.
Always
Character
Colorful
Encouraged
Father
Gentle
Keen
Man
Me
Mother
Nice
Parents
Quite
Reader
If a man's character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Abuse
Business
Character
Like
Man
Nobody
Relative
The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.
Bringing
Character
Complete
Conflict
Create
Either
Enough
Impersonal
Know
Life
Masks
New
New life
Only
To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.
About
Artist
Best
Character
Creative
Deepest
Define
Equally
Everything
His
Lies
Limitations
Note
Only
Each of us is meant to have a character all our own, to be what no other can exactly be, and do what no other can exactly do.
Character
Each
Exactly
Meant
Other
Our
Own
Us
Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do.
Being
Character
Every
His
Human
Human being
Intended
Other
Others
Own
The great hope of society is in individual character.
Character
Great
Great hope
Hope
Individual
Society
Grandeur of character lies wholly in force of soul, that is, in the force of thought, moral principle, and love, and this may be found in the humblest condition of life.
Character
Condition
Force
Found
Grandeur
Humblest
Lies
Life
Love
May
Moral
Principle
Soul
Thought
There are two men in Tolstoy. He is a mystic and he is also a realist. He is addicted to the practice of a pietism that for all its sincerity is nothing if not vague and sentimental; and he is the most acute and dispassionate of observers, the most profound and earnest student of character and emotion.
Acute
Addicted
Also
Character
Dispassionate
Earnest
Emotion
He
Men
Most
Mystic
Nothing
Observers
Practice
I very seldom compose anything in my head which later finds its way into text, except character names sometimes - I'm often very much inspired by things that I misunderstand.
Anything
Character
Compose
Except
Finds
Head
Inspired
Later
Misunderstand
Much
Names
Often
Seldom
Sometimes
The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born.
About
Before
Born
Character
Child
He
Hundred
Hundred years
Influence
Proper
Time
Years
Not in our make-up, to be sure - not in the pose which is preceded by the tantaras of a trumpet - do the essential traits in our character first reveal themselves. But truly in the little things the real self is exteriorised.
Character
Essential
First
Little
Little things
Our
Pose
Real
Real self
Reveal
Self
Sure
Themselves
Things
That's part of the character of Shanghainese people. They're good negotiators, they're very persistent, and you grow up in an atmosphere like that - very competitive. That becomes part of your personality: Shanghai personality becomes part of yours. Just like New Yorkers - they're often like that.
Atmosphere
Becomes
Character
Competitive
Good
Grow
Grow up
Just
Like
New
New yorkers
Often
Part
People
If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
Act
Character
Create
Destiny
Habit
You
I use colors to bring fine points of story and character.
Bring
Character
Colors
Fine
Points
Story
Use
Quite often my narrator or protagonist may be a man, but I'm not sure he's the more interesting character, or if the more complex character isn't the woman.
Be a man
Character
Complex
Complex character
He
Interesting
Interesting character
Man
May
More
Narrator
Often
Protagonist
Quite
Having no diplomatic representation in Washington, China has no sources which allow her to check the character of applicants and therefore makes the practice of refusing everybody from the United States.
Allow
Character
Check
China
Diplomatic
Everybody
Having
Her
Makes
Practice
Refusing
Representation
Sources
States
What I did was take the Jesus of the Gospels, the Son of God, the Son of the Virgin Mary, and sought to make Him utterly believable, a vital breathing character.
Believable
Breathing
Character
Did
God
Gospels
Him
Jesus
Make
Mary
Son
Sought
Take
Utterly
The thing should have plot and character, beginning, middle and end. Arouse pity and then have a catharsis. Those were the best principles I was ever taught.
Arouse
Beginning
Best
Catharsis
Character
End
Ever
Middle
Pity
Plot
Principles
Should
Taught
Then
The Amateur Marriage grew out of the reflection that of all the opportunities to show differences in character, surely an unhappy marriage must be the richest.
Amateur
Character
Differences
Grew
Marriage
Must
Opportunities
Out
Reflection
Richest
Show
Surely
Unhappy
I do write long, long character notes - family background, history, details of appearance - much more than will ever appear in the novel. I think this is what lifts a book from that early calculated, artificial stage.
Appear
Appearance
Artificial
Background
Book
Calculated
Character
Details
Early
Ever
Family
Family background
History
I think
Character, I am sure, lies in the genes.
Am
Character
Genes
I am
Lies
Sure
Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.
Character
Poverty