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Experience Quotes

To me history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn't just part of our civic responsibility. To me it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is.
Alive
Art
Being
Civic
Enlargement
History
Just
Literature
Me
Music
Ought
Our
Part
Writing a novel is an incredibly free experience. One puts one's self in a narrative mode. You can go off in any direction - the past, the future, or go laterally, or include one's own beliefs. It's total freedom.
Any
Beliefs
Direction
Free
Freedom
Future
Go
Include
Incredibly
Mode
Narrative
Novel
Off
You know, young actors say all the time, 'Should I use my own life experience?' And my response is, 'What choice do you have?'
Actor
Choice
Know
Life
Life experience
My own
Own
Response
Say
Should
Time
Use
You
Characterization is integral to the theatrical experience.
Integral
Theatrical
I was interested in theatre, and the only experience that I had in high school was as an actor. But when I got in Conservatoire, my teachers would give me a lot of flack because I wasn't rehearsing my lines; I'd be doing stage management. I was interested in sound. I was interested in architecture. I was interested in every aspect of theatre.
Actor
Architecture
Aspect
Because
Doing
Every
Give
Give me
Got
Had
High
High school
Interested
I remember my first review in London said I was the next Peter Brook. I said: 'No way. I'm not Peter Brook. I don't have the maturity, the experience, the intelligence. Don't burden me.'
Brook
Burden
First
I remember
Intelligence
London
Maturity
Me
Next
Peter
Remember
Review
Said
I think theatre must be an event, an experience, not compete with cinema. When people are able to download stories on Netflix, you need to give them a good reason to jump into the car and drive two hours. It has to be something you can only see in the theatre, and it has to be worth it.
Able
Car
Cinema
Compete
Download
Drive
Event
Give
Good
Good reason
Hours
I think
Jump
Opera is a very stimulating place to work, and I believe it offers the most intense theatrical experience possible.
Believe
I believe
Intense
Most
Offers
Opera
Place
Possible
Stimulating
Theatrical
Very
Work
Of course theater will always be associated intimately to literature, but the themes or whatever have to penetrate you by the senses. Theater is a sensuous experience, and that's its main difference from film or any other dramatic art.
Always
Any
Art
Associated
Course
Difference
Dramatic
Film
Literature
Main
Other
Penetrate
Senses
We all deal with failure. If you're lucky to have a long career, it's part of the experience.
Career
Deal
Failure
Long
Long career
Lucky
Part
You
It is always an eerie experience to sit among Bashar al-Assad's soldiers.
Always
Among
Sit
Soldiers
And what's fascinating in The Ten Thousand Things is that although there's time, an inexorable time of the three generations of lives, actively present, but place is the time, time doesn't really have to do with simply the human experience of it.
Actively
Although
Fascinating
Generations
Human
Human experience
Inexorable
Lives
Place
Present
Really
Simply
Ten
I like new ballets because they're totally new. As you get older, new experiences are harder and harder to come by, so it's pretty great to have a new experience.
Because
Come
Experiences
Get
Great
Harder
Like
New
Older
Pretty
Totally
You
When you grow up in a family of languages, you develop a kind of casual fluency, so that languages, though differently colored, all seem transparent to experience.
Casual
Colored
Develop
Differently
Family
Fluency
Grow
Grow up
Kind
Languages
Seem
Though
Transparent
Check the price
for your project
I think newspapers shouldn't try to compete directly with the Web, and should do what they can do better, which may be long-form journalism and using photos and art, and making connections with large-form graphics and really enhancing the tactile experience of paper.
Art
Better
Compete
Connections
Directly
Enhancing
Graphics
I think
Journalism
Making
May
Newspapers
Paper
Well, my background is journalism. I don't have any creative-writing experience except for one class I took as a sophomore in college.
Any
Background
Class
College
Except
Journalism
Sophomore
Took
Well
The Web or card experience is not at all going to replicate the book experience, nor is the book experience going to replicate the Web.
Book
Card
Going
Nor
Replicate
Web
When I write, I'm still imagining a kid reading it on paper. I read e-books when I travel, but in general I still prefer holding an old-fashioned book in my hands. There's a special, tactile experience.
Book
General
Hands
Holding
I write
Imagining
Kid
Old-fashioned
Paper
Prefer
Read
Reading
Special
Writing 'Book 1: The Maze of Bones' didn't feel much different than writing one of my other novels, but I thought it was very innovative to offer the website and trading card components as well for those readers who wanted to go more in depth with the Cahill experience.
Bones
Book
Card
Components
Depth
Different
Feel
Go
In-depth
Innovative
Maze
More
Much
The impulse to dream was slowly beaten out of me by experience. Now it surged up again and I hungered for books, new ways of looking and seeing.
Again
Beaten
Books
Dream
Impulse
Looking
Me
New
New ways
Now
Out
Seeing
Slowly
The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes 'sight-seeing.'
Active
Adventure
Expects
Goes
Happen
He
Him
Interesting
Interesting things
Passive
People
Search
Things
The most important American addition to the World Experience was the simple surprising fact of America. We have helped prepare mankind for all its later surprises.
Addition
America
American
Fact
Helped
Important
Later
Mankind
Most
Prepare
Simple
Surprises
Surprising
I decided early on that I wanted to participate in the greater American experience, rather than the parochial one in Mississippi. But I have an urge as a writer to meld the Southern experience into the larger American one.
American
American experience
Decided
Early
Greater
Larger
Mississippi
Participate
Rather
Southern
Than
Urge
Wanted
But perhaps the rest of us could have separate classes in science appreciation, the wonder of science, scientific ways of thinking, and the history of scientific ideas, rather than laboratory experience.
Appreciation
Classes
Could
History
Ideas
Laboratory
Perhaps
Rather
Rest
Science
Scientific
Separate
Than
I spent some time in India and thought I might write about Hinduism. But it's so far removed from my experience I couldn't even get my mind around it to write about it.
About
Around
Even
Far
Get
Hinduism
India
Might
Mind
Some
Spent
Thought
Time
It is always self-defeating to pretend to a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history.
Always
Generation
History
Own
Pretend
Self-defeating
Simply
Than
Younger
Your
There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between those on the hither and thither side of vital experience.
Between
Gulf
Side
Than
Those
Universe
Vital
Wider
Ulysses finds himself unchanged, aside from his experience, at the end of his odyssey.
Aside
End
Finds
Himself
His
Odyssey
Ulysses
Unchanged
On the television planet, where men make up the tribe, the law of the caveman rules. So, for a woman coming from another world, without experience or cunning, to succeed gradually in gaining control over what is to be taped, what goes out over the air, what is said without censorship, is an epic feat.
Air
Another
Censorship
Coming
Control
Cunning
Epic
Feat
Gaining
Goes
Gradually
Law
Make
Any experience that touches you, in any particular way, is good. It can be a horrible experience.
Any
Good
Horrible
Particular
Particular way
Way
You
The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible.
Anything
Anything is possible
Begins
Best
Idea
Open
Possible
Romance
Scientist
Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.
Any
Art
Been
Danger
End
Further
Go
Gone
Having
No-one
Result
Surely
Through
The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing.
Bearing
Creator
Deepest
Feminine
Receiving
Experience teaches you that the man who looks you straight in the eye, particularly if he adds a firm handshake, is hiding something.
Adds
Eye
Firm
Handshake
He
Hiding
Looks
Man
Particularly
Something
Straight
Teaches
Who
As between mileage and experience choose experience.
Between
Choose
I think that personal experience is very important, but certainly it shouldn't be a kind of shut-box and mirror-looking, narcissistic experience. I believe it should be relevant, and relevant to the larger things, the bigger things, such as Hiroshima and Dachau and so on.
Believe
Bigger
Certainly
Hiroshima
I believe
I think
Important
Kind
Larger
Narcissistic
Personal
Personal experience
Relevant
I want to live and feel all the shades, tones, and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.
Am
Feel
Horribly
I am
Life
Limited
Live
Mental
My life
Physical
Possible
Shades
Tones
My mother tried really hard to protect us, but occasionally, after afternoon cartoons of whatever was on... the nightly news would come on, and I'd see footage from the war zone, and I would hear the word 'Vietnam,' and I would know my dad was over there, and it was a very frightening experience for me.
After
Afternoon
Cartoons
Come
Dad
Footage
Frightening
Hard
Hear
Know
Me
Mother
News
The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art - and, by analogy, our own experience - more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
Aim
Analogy
Art
Commentary
Criticism
Even
Function
How
It is what it is
Less
Make
Means
More
But in the back of my mind I've always looked to the biggest-scale Hollywood movies. Because to me the most satisfying experience is of watching a movie, if it's done really well. And so that aspiration is always it for me, if I have the opportunity to do it.
Always
Aspiration
Back
Because
Done
Hollywood
Hollywood movies
Looked
Me
Mind
Most
Movie
Movies
Like the experience of warfare, the endurance of grave or terminal illness involves long periods of tedium and anxiety, punctuated by briefer interludes of stark terror and pain.
Anxiety
Endurance
Grave
Illness
Involves
Like
Long
Long periods
Pain
Periods
Stark
Terminal
Terror
Read with care, George Orwell's diaries, from the years 1931 to 1949, can greatly enrich our understanding of how Orwell transmuted the raw material of everyday experience into some of his best-known novels and polemics.
Care
Diaries
Enrich
Everyday
George
Greatly
His
How
Material
Novels
Our
Raw
Raw material
To 'choose' dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid.
Choose
Dogma
Doubt
Faith
Out
Over
Reach
Throw
Vintage
I've run into people in my life who were so dramatic; people who are so extreme and so frustrating to be around that you end up thinking about them and talking about them for literally years after your experience with them is over. I've had that happen to me, and I've seen it happen to other people. I find it fascinating.
About
After
Around
Dramatic
End
Extreme
Fascinating
Find
Frustrating
Had
Happen
Life
Literally
Throughout my whole life, as a performer, I've never played with a band. I've always played alone, so I was never required to stay in rhythm or anything. So it was a real different experience for me to start playing with a band. There were so many basic things for me to learn.
Alone
Always
Anything
Band
Basic
Basic things
Different
Learn
Life
Many
Me
Never
Performer
People from different parts of the world can respond to the same story if it says something to them about their own history and their own experience.
About
Different
Different parts
History
Own
Parts
People
Respond
Same
Same story
Says
Something
Story
The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.
Learn
Learnt
Nothing
Only
The only thing
Thing
When I first started with 'Twilight,' I didn't have any experience. I didn't know what I was doing. So I was pretty intimidated by the editors and the publishers, and I felt like I was a kid in school with the principal telling me what to do! It was hard for me.
Any
Doing
Editors
Felt
First
Hard
Intimidated
Kid
Know
Like
Me
Pretty
Principal
I had the easiest publishing experience in the entire world. I sent out fifteen courier letters to agents, got five no replies, nine rejections and one I want to see it. A month later I had an agent. Another month later I had a three book deal with Little Brown.
Agent
Agents
Another
Book
Brown
Deal
Easiest
Entire
Entire world
Fifteen
Five
Got
Had
Non-fiction, and in particular the literary memoir, the stylised recollection of personal experience, is often as much about character and story and emotion as fiction is.
About
Character
Emotion
Fiction
Literary
Memoir
Much
Non-fiction
Often
Particular
Personal
Personal experience
Recollection
Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.
Creation
Every
Fruit
Fully
Garden
Insult
Least
Once
Taste
Temperance
Tree
Wickedness
Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
Behind
Equal
Never
Orphan
Poetry
Quite
Silence
Them
Words
Our job as writers and thinkers in the time is how to bring about the occasions that let people have that first-person experience - or the metaphoric experience that allows them to see human continuity as opposed to total threat, total willingness to do violence.
About
Bring
Continuity
First-person
How
Human
Job
Occasions
Opposed
Our
People
See
Them
The experience of being in the Army changed my whole life; I never believed that an organization such as ours could ever go to war, leave alone win it. It was, as Yeats remarked of the Easter Rising, 'A terrible beauty.'
Alone
Army
Beauty
Being
Believed
Changed
Could
Easter
Ever
Go
Leave
Life
Never
I'm not altogether certain that a fundamentalism of necessity has to argue that it is the only reading of the human experience in order to stay alive.
Alive
Altogether
Argue
Certain
Fundamentalism
Human
Human experience
Necessity
Only
Reading
Stay
And these two elements are at odds with one another because Freud is utterly adversary to almost all the ways of structuring the human experience found in Western religions. No Western religion can countenance Freud's view of man.
Adversary
Almost
Almost all
Another
Because
Countenance
Elements
Found
Freud
Human
Human experience
Man
Odds
But today we become aware of other readings of the human experience very quickly because of the media and the speed with which people travel the planet.
Aware
Because
Become
Human
Human experience
Media
Other
People
Planet
Quickly
Readings
Speed
Today
Take the word of experience, I speak the truth: inaction is safest in danger.
Danger
Inaction
Safest
Speak
Take
Truth
Word
I grew up in a bookless house - my parents didn't read poetry, so if I hadn't had the chance to experience it at school I'd never have experienced it. But I loved English, and I was very lucky in that I had inspirational English teachers, Miss Scriven and Mr. Walker, and they liked us to learn poems by heart, which I found I loved doing.
Chance
Doing
English
Experienced
Found
Grew
Had
Heart
House
Inspirational
Learn
Liked
Loved
The moment of inspiration can come from memory, or language, or the imagination, or experience - anything that makes an impression forcibly enough for language to form.
Anything
Come
Enough
Form
Imagination
Impression
Inspiration
Language
Makes
Memory
Moment
An illness is like a journey into a far country; it sifts all one's experience and removes it to a point so remote that it appears like a vision.
Appears
Country
Far
Illness
Journey
Like
Point
Remote
Vision
I'm a method writer. In order to write about the emotion, I have to experience it. I get physically tired and exhausted, devoting hours and hours and hours to it.
About
Emotion
Exhausted
Get
Hours
Hours and hours
Method
Physically
Tired
Write
Writer
I think that everything you do helps you to write if you're a writer. Adversity and success both contribute largely to making you what you are. If you don't experience either one of those, you're being deprived of something.
Adversity
Being
Both
Contribute
Deprived
Either
Everything
Helps
I think
Largely
Making
Something
Success
But the same thing was true in the army. You slept in a barracks with all kinds of people of every nationality, every trade, every character and quality you can imagine, and that was a good experience.
Army
Character
Every
Good
Imagine
Kinds
Nationality
People
Quality
Same
Same thing
Slept
Thing
As a registered Democrat, I am praying for a credible presidential candidate to emerge from the younger tier of politicians in their late 40s. A governor with executive experience would be ideal.
Am
Candidate
Credible
Democrat
Emerge
Executive
Governor
I am
Ideal
Late
Politicians
Praying
Presidential
Well, 'The Wellspring' was written from 1983 to 1986. And it had a section in the beginning that was poems that began from others' experience.
Began
Beginning
Had
In the beginning
Others
Poems
Section
Well
Written
My poems - I don't even like the sound of that, in a way. Not that anyone else wrote them. But we know that only people who are really close to us care about our personal experience.
About
Anyone
Anyone else
Care
Close
Else
Even
Know
Like
Only
Our
People
Personal
I wouldn't describe that 'position' as 'parasitic.' I'd describe that experience as 'edifying.' I don't merely write from a critical intellectual distance. I actually live around here.
Actually
Around
Critical
Describe
Distance
Here
Intellectual
Live
Merely
Parasitic
Position
Write
My experience is that prose usually equals duty - last minute, overdue-deadline stuff or a panic lecture to be written.
Duty
Equals
Last
Last-minute
Lecture
Minute
Panic
Prose
Stuff
Written
I'm of that generation of Jews still deeply influenced by the Holocaust. Certainly the notion that the state power to kill can be subject to such extraordinary abuse is always lurking beneath the surface for me. Certainly my experience and identity as a Jew is there.
Abuse
Always
Beneath
Certainly
Deeply
Extraordinary
Generation
Holocaust
Identity
Influenced
Jew
Jews
Lurking
There are such beings as vampires, some of us have evidence that they exist. Even had we not the proof of our own unhappy experience, the teachings and the records of the past give proof enough for sane peoples.
Beings
Enough
Even
Evidence
Exist
Give
Had
Our
Own
Past
People
Proof
Records
I spent 10 years as a marketing manager. I've found my experience in the financial world invaluable background for writing about white-collar crimes.
About
Background
Crimes
Financial
Found
Invaluable
Manager
Marketing
Spent
White-collar
World
Writing
Years
To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illuminate only the track it has passed.
Illuminate
Lights
Like
Men
Most
Only
Passed
Ship
Stern
Track
Which
The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom.
Actual
Books
Gained
Gathered
Learning
Life
Nature
Often
Though
Valuable
Whereas
Wisdom
Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only.
Far
Go
Instruction
Learned
Life
Nature
Only
Practical
Precepts
Real
Real life
Remain
School
However much, as readers, we lose ourselves in a novel or story, fiction itself is an experience on the order of memory -not on the order of actual occurrence.
Actual
Fiction
However
Itself
Lose
Memory
Much
Novel
Occurrence
Ourselves
Readers
Story
It looks like the writer is telling you a story. What the writer is actually doing, however, is using words to evoke a series of micromemories from your own experience that inmix, join, and connect in your mind in an order the writer controls, so that, in effect, you have a sustained memory of something that never happened to you.
Actually
Connect
Controls
Doing
Effect
Evoke
Happened
However
Join
Like
Looks
Memory
Mind
All theory is against freedom of the will; all experience for it.
Against
Freedom
Theory
Will
In the experience of art, time seems not to exist.
Art
Exist
Seems
Time
Sometimes a book I'm reading is so terrific that when I finish, I simply turn back to page one and start all over again to see what I've missed, to experience it again, more deeply, or because I don't want to let it go.
Again
Back
Because
Book
Deeply
Go
Missed
More
Over
Page
Reading
See
Simply
I've always felt a great affinity with music. I've felt myself to be more of a musician than anything else, though I'm not proficient in any one instrument. But I think I have a musical sense of things... and writing seems to me to be a musical experience - rhythmically and in many other ways.
Affinity
Always
Any
Anything
Anything else
Else
Felt
Great
I think
Instrument
Many
Me
More
In real life we don't know what's going to happen next. So how can you be that way on a stage? Being alive to the possibility of not knowing exactly how everything is going to happen next - if you can find places to have that happen onstage, it can resonate with an experience of living.
Alive
Being
Everything
Exactly
Find
Going
Happen
How
Know
Knowing
Life
Living
Next
You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past - whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever.
Any
Gotten
Incredible
Learn
Past
Way
Whatever
Whatsoever
You
Anyone who has had the experience of going through American security checks knows the purpose of these checks is not to make you safer; it's just to annoy you.
American
Annoy
Anyone
Checks
Going
Had
Just
Knows
Make
Purpose
Safer
Security
Through
The thing that always attracted me to New York was the sense of being in a place where a lot of people had a lot of stories not unlike mine. Everybody comes from somewhere else. Everyone's got a Polish grandmother, some kind of metamorphosis in their family circumstances. That's a very big thing - the experience of not living where you started.
Always
Attracted
Being
Big
Big thing
Circumstances
Else
Everybody
Everyone
Family
Got
Grandmother
Had
When you start writing about the stuff that is the central experience of your own life, you can talk about whatever you want, in whatever way you want.
About
Central
Life
Own
Start
Stuff
Talk
Want
Way
Whatever
Writing
You
Your
One of the things I've thought about 'Midnight's Children' is that it is a novel which puts a Muslim family at the centre of the Indian experience.
About
Centre
Children
Family
Indian
Midnight
Muslim
Novel
One of the things
Puts
Things
Thought
Which
Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience.
Control
Instinct
Men
Nature
Things
Two
Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness.
Foolishness
Our
Wisdom
As I experience life and go through things, that's what I write about.
About
Go
I write
Life
Things
Through
Write
I feel that when I began writing, I had a need to know more about the play before I got into it. I think that's the way I was thinking. But my actual experience is that the best way to find out what the structure is, is by writing the play out laterally. You just have got to be brave enough to start without knowing where you are going.
About
Actual
Actual experience
Be brave
Before
Began
Best
Best way
Brave
Enough
Feel
Find
Going
Pink Floyd are one of a handful of bands I've listened to a lot and whose concerts I've been to. I love the experience. I don't dance; I just jig up and down like everybody else.
Bands
Been
Concerts
Dance
Down
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Floyd
Handful
I love
Just
Like
I think my experience as an actor helps me to write anything. It certainly helped me to write 'August Osage County.' It helps me to write any play that I'm working on because I think one of the things I do well is write good roles for actors.
Actor
Actor
Any
Anything
August
Because
Certainly
County
Good
Helped
Helps
I think
Me
In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word experience have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.
Against
Ambiguity
Avoided
Been
Idealism
More
More and more
Perceived
Realists
Result
Revolt
Word
Making movies is a very different experience in a lot of ways. It's difficult when you're used to owning the copyright and having a landlord's possessory rights - I rent my plays to the companies that do them and, if I'm upset, I can pull the play. But the only two directors I've worked with are pretty great.
Companies
Copyright
Different
Difficult
Directors
Great
Having
I can
Landlord
Lot
Making
Making movies
Movies
I've never been convinced that experience is linear, circular, or even random. It just is. I try to put it in some kind of order to extract meaning from it, to bring meaning to it.
Been
Bring
Circular
Convinced
Even
Extract
Just
Kind
Linear
Meaning
Never
Put
Random
Success is a sort of metaphysical experience. I live exactly as I did before - only on a slightly bigger scale. Naturally, I won't be corrupted. I'll sit there in my Rolls, uncorrupted, and tell my chauffeur, uncorruptedly, where to go.
Before
Bigger
Chauffeur
Corrupted
Did
Exactly
Go
Live
Metaphysical
Naturally
Only
Rolls
Scale
I write out of my intellectual experience.
I write
Intellectual
Out
Write
Many spiritual teachers - in Buddhism, in Islam - have talked about first-hand experience of the world as an important part of the path to wisdom, to enlightenment.
About
Buddhism
Enlightenment
Important
Important part
Islam
Many
Part
Path
Spiritual
Talked
Teachers
Wisdom
I think the most interesting parts of human experience might be the sparks that come from that sort of chipping flint of cultures rubbing against each other.
Against
Come
Cultures
Each
Human
Human experience
I think
Interesting
Might
Most
Other
Parts
Sort
I think the most interesting parts of human experience might be the sparks that come from that sort of chipping flint of cultures rubbing against each other. And living on the border between Mexico and the U.S. for so many years gave me a lot of insight into that.
Against
Between
Border
Come
Cultures
Each
Gave
Human
Human experience
I think
Insight
Interesting
Living
It always seemed to me ironic that the McCain campaign kept referring sneeringly to Obama's meager resume - 'a mere community organizer!' - before he entered electoral politics. It was Obama's experience as a community organizer that proved such a killer app when he applied that skill to the Internet.
Always
App
Applied
Before
Campaign
Community
Electoral
Entered
He
Internet
Ironic
Kept
Killer
I write the black experience in America, and contained within that experience, because it is a human experience, are all the universalities.
America
Because
Black
Contained
Human
Human experience
I write
Within
Write
I write for myself, and my goal is bringing that world and that experience of black Americans to life on the stage and giving it a space there.
American
Black
Black americans
Bringing
Giving
Goal
I write
Life
Myself
Space
Stage
World
Write
Blacks have traditionally had to operate in a situation where whites have set themselves up as the custodians of the black experience.
Black
Blacks
Custodian
Had
Operate
Set
Situation
Themselves
Up
Where
Whites
I've had one experience of writer's block in my life, and it was living hell. It was a terror for me.
Block
Had
Hell
Life
Living
Me
My life
Terror
Writer
Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man.
Always
Been
Central
Every
Every man
Has-been
Inevitable
Loneliness
Man
I had a spell no more striking than other people of my job description. I did all the things you weren't supposed to do. I had a motto: When in doubt, try it. I went out and committed experience.
Committed
Description
Did
Doubt
Had
Job
Job description
More
Motto
Other
Out
People
Spell
The dead play a very prominent part in the experience of the wanderer abroad. The houses in which they were born, the tombs in which they lie, the localities they made famous by their good or evil deeds, and the works their genius left behind them are necessarily the chief shrines of his pilgrimage.
Abroad
Behind
Born
Chief
Dead
Deeds
Evil
Genius
Good
His
Houses
Left
Lie
The problem was to sustain at any cost the feeling you had in the theater that you were watching a real person, yes, but an intense condensation of his experience, not simply a realistic series of episodes.
Any
Cost
Episodes
Feeling
Had
His
Intense
Person
Problem
Real
Real person
Realistic
Series
To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists.
Artist
Artists
Brain
Dead
Fact
Flash
Granted
Held
Insight
Living
Matter
Moments
Serve
There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul.
Added
Aware
Brain
Emotion
Felt
Force
Knowledge
May
Must
Ours
Soul
Truth
Until
Being in love is the only transcendent experience.
Being
Being in love
Love
Love is
Only
Transcendent
It was a good experience working with Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda.
Fonda
Good
Jane
Jane fonda
Roger
Working
My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedestrians while ringing their bell loudly, the concept of avoiding people being foreign to them.
Aim
Amsterdam
Avoiding
Being
Bell
Concept
Foreign
Hell
Like
Loudly
Pedestrian
People
Rage
There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.
Learning
More
One thing
Only
Only one thing
Painful
Than
Thing
Learning is a tunnel experience that makes us think more broadly.
Learning
Makes
More
Think
Tunnel
Us
You learn every time you write a book, and then you take that new knowledge and experience into the next book. Hopefully, every time, you raise the bar.
Bar
Book
Every
Every time
Hopefully
Knowledge
Learn
New
New knowledge
Next
Raise
Take
Then
In my experience, surgeons tend to need boatloads of attention.
Attention
Need
Tend
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
Anyone
Learn
Others
Wise
Nothing shows up the difference between the things said or read, so much as the daily experience of it.
Between
Daily
Daily experience
Difference
Much
Nothing
Read
Said
Shows
Things
Up
Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.
Every
His
Large
Life
Mind
Quality
Secret
Soul
Works
Writer
Written
Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.
Behind
Body
Common
Many
Mass
Masterpieces
Outcome
People
Single
Solitary
Thinking
Voice
Years
Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
Anything
Book
Bring
History
Like
Novel
Own
Read
Reading
Terms
World
You
Your
The notion of a universality of human experience is a confidence trick and the notion of a universality of female experience is a clever confidence trick.
Clever
Confidence
Female
Human
Human experience
Notion
Trick
Good fiction reveals feeling, refines events, locates importance and, though its methods are as mysterious as they are varied, intensifies the experience of living our own lives.
Events
Feeling
Fiction
Good
Importance
Lives
Living
Methods
Mysterious
Our
Own
Reveals
Though
Poetry, I think, intensifies the reader's experience. If it's a humorous facet of the story, poetry makes it more exuberant. If it's a sad facet, poetry can make it more poignant.
Exuberant
Facet
Humorous
I think
Make
Makes
More
Poetry
Poignant
Reader
Sad
Story
Think
It lies in human nature that where you experience your first laughs, you also remember the age kindly.
Age
Also
First
Human
Human nature
Kindly
Laughs
Lies
Nature
Remember
Where
You
Your
The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning - in other words, of absurdity - the more energetically meaning is sought.
Absence
Absurdity
Deeper
In other words
Meaning
More
Other
Sought
Words
Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go its pretty damn good.
As far as
Damn
Experiences
Far
Go
Good
Love
Love is
Meaningless
Pretty
Sex
Without
It is impossible to experience one's death objectively and still carry a tune.
Carry
Death
Impossible
Objectively
Still
Tune
My understanding of the creative process is simply that all cultures and all concerns meet at a certain point, the human point in which everything is related to one another. That has been my creative experience. I never know who's influencing me at any time.
Another
Any
Been
Certain
Certain point
Concerns
Creative
Creative process
Cultures
Everything
Has-been
Human
Influencing
I write because I know that one day I will die, and thus I should experience as many deliberate observations, careful thoughts, wild ideas, and deep emotions as I can before that day occurs.
Because
Before
Careful
Day
Deep
Deliberate
Die
Emotions
I can
I write
Ideas
Know
Many
I have almost never written about my experience as a soldier on the battlefield, because I tried, and I found that it is beyond my capacity to describe the battlefield. The battlefield consists mostly of smells, and it is very difficult to describe smells in words - very difficult indeed.
About
Almost
Battlefield
Because
Beyond
Capacity
Consists
Describe
Difficult
Found
I tried
Indeed
Mostly
Mysteriously and in ways that are totally remote from natural experience, the gray drizzle of horror induced by depression takes on the quality of physical pain.
Depression
Gray
Horror
Induced
Natural
Pain
Physical
Physical pain
Quality
Remote
Takes
Totally
Ways
The poet is someone, I think, who's interested in registering experience immediately or giving you the sense of immediacy and directness.
Giving
I think
Immediacy
Immediately
Interested
Poet
Sense
Someone
Think
You
I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!
Fool
Had
Make
Me
Merry
Rather
Sad
Than
Too
Travel
Thinking is not enough. There is no final enough of wisdom, experience - any... thing.
Any
Enough
Final
Thing
Thinking
Wisdom
Experience is knowledge; but knowledge, when it is sought only as a material resource, is not always a blessing. Experience is wisdom; but wisdom, with those who lack vision, is not always power. Experience is tolerance; but tolerance, when it is induced by apathy, is not in the least a virtue.
Always
Apathy
Blessing
Induced
Knowledge
Lack
Least
Material
Only
Power
Resource
Sought
Those
Enthusiasm - a distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.
Applications
Connection
Doses
Enthusiasm
Outward
Repentance
Small
Youth
Experience - the wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.
Acquaintance
Embraced
Enables
Folly
Old
Recognise
Undesirable
Us
Wisdom
Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.
Age
Errors
Light
Our
Renounce
Revelation
Those
Which
Youth
It took me years to understand that words are often as important as experience, because words make experience last.
Because
Important
Last
Make
Me
Often
Took
Understand
Words
Years
For every artist, experience is never complete until it has been reproduced in creative work.
Artist
Been
Complete
Creative
Creative work
Every
Has-been
Never
Until
Work
As any parent, teacher, or librarian knows, there is no richer experience than to see children's faces light up at the suspense of a new tale or the surprise of a new poem. The uninhibited joy with which they listen is surely akin to that of adult audiences of old around campfire and hearth.
Adult
Any
Around
Audiences
Campfire
Children
Faces
Hearth
Joy
Knows
Librarian
Light
Listen
If you think of human experience as a pie, then the wedge Hollywood is reflecting now is getting smaller and smaller.
Getting
Hollywood
Human
Human experience
Now
Pie
Reflecting
Smaller
Then
Think
You
Language fits over experience like a straight-jacket.
Fits
Language
Like
Over
All my life I've encountered people who were obsessed with one particular class of object or experience, who were constantly pursuing that thing. Since I was a little kid, I hadn't afforded myself the opportunity, I guess, to have a hobby.
Afforded
All my life
Class
Constantly
Encountered
Guess
Hobby
Kid
Life
Little
Little kid
My life
Myself
The box was a universe, a poem, frozen on the boundaries of human experience.
Boundaries
Box
Frozen
Human
Human experience
Poem
Universe
Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost.
Entered
Ever
Lost
Nothing
Our
Which
Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.
Men
Only
Prophecy
Wise
Wise men
What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children.
Bought
Buy
Children
Dance
Hath
His
House
Man
Men
Price
Song
Street
Wife
Dramatic experience is not logical; it may be subdued to the kind of coherence that we indicate when we speak, in criticism, of form.
Coherence
Criticism
Dramatic
Form
Indicate
Kind
Logical
May
Speak
Subdued
Experience means conflict, our natures being what they are, and conflict means drama.
Being
Conflict
Drama
Means
Natures
Our
My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed.
Among
Bed
Best
Brought
Certain
Genius
Kind
My own
Out
Own
Students
All partisan movements add to the fullness of our understanding of society as a whole. They never detract; or, in any case, one must not allow them to do so. Experience adds to experience.
Add
Adds
Allow
Any
Case
Fullness
Movements
Must
Never
Our
Partisan
Society
Them
The experience of God, or in any case the possibility of experiencing God, is innate.
Any
Case
Experiencing
God
Innate
Possibility
I no longer feel attracted to the well-made novel. I want to write the story that will zero in and give you intense, but not connected, moments of experience. I guess that's the way I see life. People remake themselves bit by bit and do things they don't understand.
Attracted
Bit
Connected
Feel
Give
Guess
I see
Intense
Life
Longer
Moments
Novel
People
'The New Yorker' was really my first experience with serious editing. Previously, I'd more or less just had copyediting with a few suggestions - not much.
Editing
Few
First
Had
Just
Less
More
More or less
Much
New
New yorker
Really
Serious
Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end.
End
Fruit
Itself
With this sense of the splendour of our experience and of its awful brevity, gathering all we are into one desperate effort to see and touch, we shall hardly have time to make theories about the things we see and touch.
About
Awful
Brevity
Desperate
Effort
Gathering
Hardly
Make
Our
See
Sense
Shall
Theories
Experience, already reduced to a group of impressions, is ringed round for each one of us by that thick wall of personality through which no real voice has ever pierced on its way to us, or from us to that which we can only conjecture to be without.
Conjecture
Each
Each one
Ever
Group
Impressions
Only
Personality
Pierced
Real
Reduced
Round
Thick
At first sight experience seems to bury us under a flood of external objects, pressing upon us with a sharp and importunate reality, calling us out of ourselves in a thousand forms of action.
Action
Bury
Calling
External
First
Flood
Forms
Objects
Ourselves
Out
Pressing
Reality
Seems
My father's life was so decimated by his earliest experiences. His mother died when he was 7 years old, which he always said was the worst experience in his life. When he was 8, his father disappeared and he was on his own from the age of 8.
Age
Always
Died
Disappeared
Earliest
Experiences
Father
He
His
Life
Mother
Old
Own
Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away.
Away
Bird
Boredom
Dream
Drives
Egg
Him
Leaves
Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred.
Cities
Dead
Exploring
Ground
Instrument
Lie
Medium
Memory
Past
Theatre
Which
But because we've all been readers, we know what the experience is like, and we hope that what certain writers have given to us, we will give to someone.
Because
Been
Certain
Give
Given
Hope
Know
Like
Readers
Someone
Us
Will
Writers
Before people complain of the obscurity of modern poetry, they should first examine their consciences and ask themselves with how many people and on how many occasions they have genuinely and profoundly shared some experience with another.
Another
Ask
Before
Complain
Examine
First
Genuinely
How
How many people
Many
Modern
Modern poetry
Obscurity
I did not intend to stay; I had no experience in the United States - I may have been here less than 24 hours - but I knew I would never get inside there. And 'there' not being America necessarily, but that harmonious mode of living that some people are lucky enough to have in this country.
America
Been
Being
Country
Did
Enough
Get
Had
Harmonious
Here
Hours
Inside
Intend
From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn.
Allow
History
Learn
Men
Metaphysical
Only
Others
Passions
Prejudices
Recorded
Them
Experience teaches only the teachable.
Only
Teaches
Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.
Happens
You
In life there are no problems, that is, objective and external choices; there is only the life which we do not resolve as a problem but which we live as an experience, whatever the final result may be.
Choices
External
Final
Life
Live
May
No problems
Objective
Only
Problem
Problems
Resolve
Result
My feeling is that writing is, for me, a pathological condition. That could sound like a mystical experience, and it may be a mystical experience, but I have learnt just to go with it.
Condition
Could
Feeling
Go
Just
Learnt
Like
May
Me
Mystical
Pathological
Sound
Writing
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
Get
Nothing
One Thing
Thing
You
My personal experience has been that in my 25 years of writing, I have not been asked to do more than four or five commercial one-shot scripts. These were performed on major national hook-ups but produced for me no immediate additional jobs or requests. One script for BBC was done around the world with an all-star cast.
Additional
All-Star
Around
Asked
BBC
Been
Cast
Commercial
Done
Five
Four
Has-Been
Immediate
Give, give, give - what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine.
Any
Away
Connect
Divine
Give
Giving
Having
Intend
Knowledge
Others
Point
Share
Stories
One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
Thorn
Warning
Whole
Wilderness
Worth
The boarding-school experience in Paris was very hard, I didn't put up with it very well. I was sick all the time, or in any case frail, on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
Any
Breakdown
Case
Edge
Frail
Hard
Nervous
Nervous Breakdown
Paris
Put
Sick
Time
Up
The pain of losing my child was a cleansing experience. I had to throw overboard all excess baggage and keep only what is essential. Because of Paula, I don't cling to anything anymore. Now I like to give much more than to receive.
Anymore
Anything
Baggage
Because
Child
Cleansing
Cling
Essential
Excess
Give
Had
Keep
Like
The pain of losing my child was a cleansing experience. I had to throw overboard all excess baggage and keep only what is essential.
Baggage
Child
Cleansing
Essential
Excess
Had
Keep
Losing
Only
Overboard
Pain
Throw
The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience.
Color
Conviction
Faith
Holds
Only
Set
Sharp
Wears
Well
Which
Woven
Schools and parents can team up to find books that kids will really get excited about - that will make them say, 'That was a great experience. Now I know why people get excited about reading.'
About
Books
Excited
Find
Get
Great
Great Experience
Kids
Know
Make
Now
Parents
People
The fact that I am a writer comes from the experience of being cut away from my roots and living in Venezuela, where I couldn't find a place for myself, for years and years.
Am
Away
Being
Cut
Fact
Find
I Am
Living
Myself
Place
Roots
Venezuela
Where
Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.
Ability
Directions
Except
Forth
Give
Large
Like
Much
Natural
Need
Plants
Pruning
Studies
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
Lying
Men
Never
Numerous
Other
Rather
Should
Side
Them
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.
Education
Elder
Part
Sort
Travel
Younger
The experience of life consists of the experience which the spirit has of itself in matter and as matter, in mind and as mind, in emotion, as emotion, etc.
Consists
Emotion
Etc
Itself
Life
Matter
Mind
Spirit
Which
The key to education is the experience of beauty.
Beauty
Education
Key
If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
Always
Happens
History
History Repeats Itself
How
Incapable
Itself
Learning
Man
Must
Repeats
Unexpected
We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.
Anything
Learn
Men
Never
But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
Current
Even
Human
Human Experience
Means
Paradoxical
Philosophy
Phrases
Talk
The striking thing about the Precious Blood is the bond it establishes between love and suffering in our experience, a bond that has become so close that we have come to think of suffering accepted with joy as the most authentic sign of love with any depth at all.
About
Accepted
Any
Authentic
Become
Between
Blood
Bond
Close
Come
Depth
Joy
Love
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
Capacity
Men
Proportion
Wise
Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.
Nature
Perfect
Still
Studies
In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.
Ability
Had
His
Maxims
Petrified
Practical
Quotations
Some
Spite
Everybody I've ever worked with - 99.9 percent of the time, I've had a successful or very agreeable experience with.
Agreeable
Ever
Everybody
Had
Percent
Successful
Time
Very
Worked
There can be nothing exclusive about substantial art. It comes directly out of the heart of the experience of life and thinking about life and living life.
About
Art
Directly
Exclusive
Heart
Life
Living
Living Life
Nothing
Out
Substantial
Thinking
It's been said that astronomy is a humbling and, I might add, a character-building experience.
Add
Astronomy
Been
Humbling
Might
Said
A rare experience of a moment at daybreak, when something in nature seems to reveal all consciousness, cannot be explained at noon. Yet it is part of the day's unity.
Cannot
Consciousness
Day
Daybreak
Explained
Moment
Nature
Noon
Part
Rare
Reveal
Seems
Something

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