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Colm Toibin quotes: woman who had not told him or anybody woman who had not told him or anybody
Colm Toibin quotes: Dreams belong to each of us alone, just as pain does. Dreams belong to each of us alone, just as pain does.
Colm Toibin quotes: There were always children, Miss There were always children, Miss
Colm Toibin quotes: I suppose one should have an integrated personality, but I've never really seen the point. I suppose one should have an integrated personality, but I've never really seen the point.
Colm Toibin quotes: 'One Minus One' and 'Barcelona, 1975' are more or less autobiographical. 'One Minus One' and 'Barcelona, 1975' are more or less autobiographical.
Colm Toibin quotes: You will be hearing from me," she said, as he opened the door for her. "And you will find that when I am crossed I am very formidable. You will be hearing from me," she said, as he opened the door for her. "And you will find that when I am crossed I am very formidable.
Colm Toibin quotes: If you have to read to cheer yourself up, read biographies of writers who went insane. If you have to read to cheer yourself up, read biographies of writers who went insane.
Colm Toibin quotes: Life is but a day and expresses mainly a single note. Life is but a day and expresses mainly a single note.
Colm Toibin quotes: You learn, no matter what age you are, to keep things to yourself. You learn, no matter what age you are, to keep things to yourself.
Colm Toibin quotes: Once more she noted the hectoring tone, as though she were a child, unable to make proper decisions. Once more she noted the hectoring tone, as though she were a child, unable to make proper decisions.
Colm Toibin quotes: In skies of deepening blue the moon, heaven's queen was now afloat In skies of deepening blue the moon, heaven's queen was now afloat
Colm Toibin quotes: I live in words. I like looking at things, but I don't have a strong visual imagination. I live in words. I like looking at things, but I don't have a strong visual imagination.
Colm Toibin quotes: It is terrible to be an unprotected being. It is terrible to be an unprotected being.
Colm Toibin quotes: What she would need to do in the days before she left and on the morning of her departure was smile, so that they would remember her smiling. * What she would need to do in the days before she left and on the morning of her departure was smile, so that they would remember her smiling. *
Colm Toibin quotes: We can all have plenty of lives, but there are limits. You never can tell what they are. We can all have plenty of lives, but there are limits. You never can tell what they are.
Colm Toibin quotes: Time and patience would bring a snail to America,' he repeated. Time and patience would bring a snail to America,' he repeated.
Colm Toibin quotes: In the meantime, when I wake in the night, I want more. I want what happened not to have happened, to have taken another course. In the meantime, when I wake in the night, I want more. I want what happened not to have happened, to have taken another course.
Colm Toibin quotes: I have to write a first draft with a fountain pen before I type it up as a second. I have to write a first draft with a fountain pen before I type it up as a second.
Colm Toibin quotes: What is hard to understand is that our dreams matter What is hard to understand is that our dreams matter
Colm Toibin quotes: Ending a novel is almost like putting a child to sleep - it can't be done abruptly. Ending a novel is almost like putting a child to sleep - it can't be done abruptly.
Colm Toibin quotes: Some people are nice and if you talk to them properly, they can be even nicer. -Rose Some people are nice and if you talk to them properly, they can be even nicer. -Rose
Colm Toibin quotes: He was delighted by things, as he was delighted by her, and he had done nothing else ever but make that clear. He was delighted by things, as he was delighted by her, and he had done nothing else ever but make that clear.
Colm Toibin quotes: And, in return, when I get sick, you can come out and look after me when the others get fed up of me. That's what we are all for. And, in return, when I get sick, you can come out and look after me when the others get fed up of me. That's what we are all for.
Colm Toibin quotes: If you don't make mistakes, they'll notice you and they'll get to like you,' she added. Eilis If you don't make mistakes, they'll notice you and they'll get to like you,' she added. Eilis
Colm Toibin quotes: I wrote every day between the ages of 12 and 20 when I stopped because I went to Barcelona, where life was too exciting to write. I wrote every day between the ages of 12 and 20 when I stopped because I went to Barcelona, where life was too exciting to write.
Colm Toibin quotes: Writing tends to be very deliberate. A novelist could probably run a military campaign with some success. They could certainly run a country. Writing tends to be very deliberate. A novelist could probably run a military campaign with some success. They could certainly run a country.
Colm Toibin quotes: I remember too much; I am like the air on a calm day as it holds itself still, letting nothing escape. I remember too much; I am like the air on a calm day as it holds itself still, letting nothing escape.
Colm Toibin quotes: You never know what way life goes. Some of it makes no sense at all. You never know what way life goes. Some of it makes no sense at all.
Colm Toibin quotes: John McGovern taught me that it's OK to write repeatedly about the same things. John McGovern taught me that it's OK to write repeatedly about the same things.
Colm Toibin quotes: I'm hungry." "We're all hungry. But, darling, you don't need to look hungry. Pretend you are full." "And I'm hungry." "We're all hungry. But, darling, you don't need to look hungry. Pretend you are full." "And
Colm Toibin quotes: Finally, she let herself feel how much she had lost, how much she would miss. Finally, she let herself feel how much she had lost, how much she would miss.
Colm Toibin quotes: I think you can get a sort of intensity and an edginess offering nine stories in a book. Competing versions of things. I think you can get a sort of intensity and an edginess offering nine stories in a book. Competing versions of things.
Colm Toibin quotes: Memory fills my body as much as blood and bones. Memory fills my body as much as blood and bones.
Colm Toibin quotes: We keep our prices low and our manners high. -Miss Bartocci We keep our prices low and our manners high. -Miss Bartocci
Colm Toibin quotes: Anyone who works in the arts knows, if you're writing a novel or a play or anything, you have to be ready for someone to say, 'Your time is up.' Anyone who works in the arts knows, if you're writing a novel or a play or anything, you have to be ready for someone to say, 'Your time is up.'
Colm Toibin quotes: Life has a funny way of becoming ordinary as soon as it can. Life has a funny way of becoming ordinary as soon as it can.
Colm Toibin quotes: The details of what I told him were with me all the years in the same way as my hands or my arms were with me. The details of what I told him were with me all the years in the same way as my hands or my arms were with me.
Colm Toibin quotes: It is important to find a publisher and equally important not to be noticed until your third or fourth book. It is important to find a publisher and equally important not to be noticed until your third or fourth book.
Colm Toibin quotes: I don't come out of an oral tradition, I come out of silence. I don't come out of an oral tradition, I come out of silence.
Colm Toibin quotes: Between the ages of 8 and 12 it was difficult to know what my father was saying, and he moved very slowly, and then he died. Between the ages of 8 and 12 it was difficult to know what my father was saying, and he moved very slowly, and then he died.
Colm Toibin quotes: All writing is a form of manipulation, of course, but you realize that a plain sentence can actually do so much. All writing is a form of manipulation, of course, but you realize that a plain sentence can actually do so much.
Colm Toibin quotes: The rest of the time he entertained all the guilt that wished to call, carried in by the wind through the darkness, to enter his spirit ... The rest of the time he entertained all the guilt that wished to call, carried in by the wind through the darkness, to enter his spirit ...
Colm Toibin quotes: Writer's block! It doesn't exist. You just long for ideas to go away so you have an idea of peace. Writer's block! It doesn't exist. You just long for ideas to go away so you have an idea of peace.
Colm Toibin quotes: Three of my novels and a good number of my short stories are told from the point of view of men. I was brought up in a house of women. Three of my novels and a good number of my short stories are told from the point of view of men. I was brought up in a house of women.
Colm Toibin quotes: It was like the arrival of night when you knew that you would never see anything in daylight again. It was like the arrival of night when you knew that you would never see anything in daylight again.
Colm Toibin quotes: It really matters to writers to find and treasure readers, all the more when they're on the other side of the world. It really matters to writers to find and treasure readers, all the more when they're on the other side of the world.
Colm Toibin quotes: People's interest in glamour and clothes and nylon stockings and all those things were, when I was a little boy, the sort of world that I listened to. People's interest in glamour and clothes and nylon stockings and all those things were, when I was a little boy, the sort of world that I listened to.
Colm Toibin quotes: We walk among them sometimes, the ones who have left us. They are filled with something that none of us knows yet. It is a mystery. We walk among them sometimes, the ones who have left us. They are filled with something that none of us knows yet. It is a mystery.
Colm Toibin quotes: And then it occurred to her that she was already feeling that she would need to remember this room, her sister, this scene, as though from a distance. And then it occurred to her that she was already feeling that she would need to remember this room, her sister, this scene, as though from a distance.