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Mary Karr quotes: Be willing to be a child and be the Lilliputian in the world of Gulliver. Be willing to be a child and be the Lilliputian in the world of Gulliver.
Mary Karr quotes: We're not made to wallow in pleasure. Pleasure is joy's assassin. We're not made to wallow in pleasure. Pleasure is joy's assassin.
Mary Karr quotes: Prose cannot compete with the economy of poetry, the ability to have a full artistic experience in a short period of time. Prose cannot compete with the economy of poetry, the ability to have a full artistic experience in a short period of time.
Mary Karr quotes: (Later, I'l learn that's the structure of an elegy: lament, consolation; bad news, followed by good news.) (Later, I'l learn that's the structure of an elegy: lament, consolation; bad news, followed by good news.)
Mary Karr quotes: He was so proud that she had more going on north of her neck than her hairdo. He was so proud that she had more going on north of her neck than her hairdo.
Mary Karr quotes: The changes are coming fast and blind now, and in your skull sits an hourglass with a grain size hole through which numb seconds are sliding. The changes are coming fast and blind now, and in your skull sits an hourglass with a grain size hole through which numb seconds are sliding.
Mary Karr quotes: What would you write if you weren't afraid? What would you write if you weren't afraid?
Mary Karr quotes: The American religion-so far as there is one anymore-seems to be doubt. Whoever believes the least wins, because he'll never be found wrong. The American religion-so far as there is one anymore-seems to be doubt. Whoever believes the least wins, because he'll never be found wrong.
Mary Karr quotes: To my mind, a small bit of catshit equals a catshit sandwich, unless I know where the catshit is and can eat around it. To my mind, a small bit of catshit equals a catshit sandwich, unless I know where the catshit is and can eat around it.
Mary Karr quotes: If you let yourself tell those smaller anecdotes or stories, the overarching capital-S Story will eventually rise into view. If you let yourself tell those smaller anecdotes or stories, the overarching capital-S Story will eventually rise into view.
Mary Karr quotes: Even the best of us are at least part-time bastards. Even the best of us are at least part-time bastards.
Mary Karr quotes: Daddy said a Republican was somebody who couldn't enjoy eating unless he knew somebody else was hungry, Daddy said a Republican was somebody who couldn't enjoy eating unless he knew somebody else was hungry,
Mary Karr quotes: The head can travel a far piece while the body sits in one spot. It can traverse many decades, and many conversations can be had, even with the dead. The head can travel a far piece while the body sits in one spot. It can traverse many decades, and many conversations can be had, even with the dead.
Mary Karr quotes: But it's a neurological fact that the scared self holds on while the reasoned one lets go. But it's a neurological fact that the scared self holds on while the reasoned one lets go.
Mary Karr quotes: It's hard to be an articulate ghost. It's hard to be an articulate ghost.
Mary Karr quotes: I lock all my scaredness down in my stomach until the fear hardens into something I hardly notice. I myself harden into a person that I hardly notice. I lock all my scaredness down in my stomach until the fear hardens into something I hardly notice. I myself harden into a person that I hardly notice.
Mary Karr quotes: Every writer needs two selves - the generative self and the editor self. Every writer needs two selves - the generative self and the editor self.
Mary Karr quotes: Having devoted the first half of my life to the dark, I feel obliged to rever any pinpoint of light now. Having devoted the first half of my life to the dark, I feel obliged to rever any pinpoint of light now.
Mary Karr quotes: I've said it's hard. Here's how hard: everybody I know who wades deep enough into memory's waters drowns a little. I've said it's hard. Here's how hard: everybody I know who wades deep enough into memory's waters drowns a little.
Mary Karr quotes: Whether you're a memoirist or not, there's a psychic cost for lopping yourself off from the past: Whether you're a memoirist or not, there's a psychic cost for lopping yourself off from the past:
Mary Karr quotes: A university is a city of ideas, and we're grateful you became citizens of our city. A university is a city of ideas, and we're grateful you became citizens of our city.
Mary Karr quotes: A hawk reeled overhead with a rodent squirming in its beak, close enough so you could see the bird's black shiny eyes. A hawk reeled overhead with a rodent squirming in its beak, close enough so you could see the bird's black shiny eyes.
Mary Karr quotes: A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it. A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.
Mary Karr quotes: Most of the people I write about I'm still in touch with, so I would be loath to make up stuff about them. Most of the people I write about I'm still in touch with, so I would be loath to make up stuff about them.
Mary Karr quotes: Our strange cynicism about truth as a possibility has permitted us to accept all manner of bullshit Our strange cynicism about truth as a possibility has permitted us to accept all manner of bullshit
Mary Karr quotes: Dumb hope is what it hurts most to write, occupying the foolish schemes we pursued for decades, the blind alleys, the cliffs we stepped off. Dumb hope is what it hurts most to write, occupying the foolish schemes we pursued for decades, the blind alleys, the cliffs we stepped off.
Mary Karr quotes: For me, everything's too much and nothing's enough. For me, everything's too much and nothing's enough.
Mary Karr quotes: Age about 30, I stopped looking up my books in bookstores. Paying attention to the marketplace isn't a healthy thing for me. Age about 30, I stopped looking up my books in bookstores. Paying attention to the marketplace isn't a healthy thing for me.
Mary Karr quotes: One can't mount a stripper pole wearing a metal diving suit. One can't mount a stripper pole wearing a metal diving suit.
Mary Karr quotes: I'm doomed to act like myself, even when it's inconvenient! I'm doomed to act like myself, even when it's inconvenient!
Mary Karr quotes: The editor self thinks only of saving the reader time and shaping a powerful emotional experience. The editor self thinks only of saving the reader time and shaping a powerful emotional experience.
Mary Karr quotes: The trick in that town was getting through a night at all without stalling in the sludge of your own thoughts. The trick in that town was getting through a night at all without stalling in the sludge of your own thoughts.
Mary Karr quotes: There are women succeeding beyond their wildest dreams because of their sobriety. There are women succeeding beyond their wildest dreams because of their sobriety.
Mary Karr quotes: They feed us the way the bread of communion does, with a nourishment that seems to form new flesh. According They feed us the way the bread of communion does, with a nourishment that seems to form new flesh. According
Mary Karr quotes: The emotional stakes a memoirist bets with could not be higher, and it's physically enervating. I nap on a daily basis like a cross-country trucker. The emotional stakes a memoirist bets with could not be higher, and it's physically enervating. I nap on a daily basis like a cross-country trucker.
Mary Karr quotes: (Who but a drunk, I wonder looking back, could sit on the porch alone and get in an argument?) (Who but a drunk, I wonder looking back, could sit on the porch alone and get in an argument?)
Mary Karr quotes: In those days, I still enjoyed a child's desperate tendency to put sparkles on my whole tribe. In those days, I still enjoyed a child's desperate tendency to put sparkles on my whole tribe.
Mary Karr quotes: As a memoirist, I strive for veracity. As a memoirist, I strive for veracity.
Mary Karr quotes: Most morally ominous: from the second you choose one event over another, you're shaping the past's meaning. Most morally ominous: from the second you choose one event over another, you're shaping the past's meaning.
Mary Karr quotes: I find a great deal of comfort and care in my faith and prayer. I'd sooner do without air than prayer. I find a great deal of comfort and care in my faith and prayer. I'd sooner do without air than prayer.
Mary Karr quotes: Every poem probably has sixty drafts behind it. Every poem probably has sixty drafts behind it.
Mary Karr quotes: Memoir done right is an art, a made thing. It's not just raw reportage flung splat on the page. Memoir done right is an art, a made thing. It's not just raw reportage flung splat on the page.
Mary Karr quotes: I'm always terrified when I'm writing. I'm always terrified when I'm writing.
Mary Karr quotes: I tell people not to write too soon about their lives. Writing about yourself too young is loaded with psychological complexities. I tell people not to write too soon about their lives. Writing about yourself too young is loaded with psychological complexities.
Mary Karr quotes: Ten years, she's dead, and I still find myself some mornings reaching for the phone to call her. She could no more be gone than gravity or the moon. Ten years, she's dead, and I still find myself some mornings reaching for the phone to call her. She could no more be gone than gravity or the moon.
Mary Karr quotes: Standing in the shower, I feel something on the back of my leg that turns out to be my ass. Standing in the shower, I feel something on the back of my leg that turns out to be my ass.
Mary Karr quotes: As novelist Harry Crews once wrote, I'm the kind of person who - if he can't have too much of something - doesn't want any of it. In As novelist Harry Crews once wrote, I'm the kind of person who - if he can't have too much of something - doesn't want any of it. In
Mary Karr quotes: Was behind in every conceivable way. So the old attack dog started howling through my head as I'd Was behind in every conceivable way. So the old attack dog started howling through my head as I'd
Mary Karr quotes: I get so lonely sometimes, I could put a box on my head and mail myself to a stranger. I get so lonely sometimes, I could put a box on my head and mail myself to a stranger.
Mary Karr quotes: I do have a really good memory. I mean, like, I can remember all the phone numbers of everybody on the street I grew up on. I do have a really good memory. I mean, like, I can remember all the phone numbers of everybody on the street I grew up on.
Mary Karr quotes: The first day of school, we walked till we reached a stretch of black graffiti on the sidewalk. Somebody named Ken blew dead bears, it said. The first day of school, we walked till we reached a stretch of black graffiti on the sidewalk. Somebody named Ken blew dead bears, it said.
Mary Karr quotes: Truth works a trip wire that permits the book to explode into being. Truth works a trip wire that permits the book to explode into being.
Mary Karr quotes: What hurts so bad about youth isn't the actual butt whippings the world delivers. It's the stupid hopes playacting like certainties. What hurts so bad about youth isn't the actual butt whippings the world delivers. It's the stupid hopes playacting like certainties.
Mary Karr quotes: I think we fall in love and become adults and become citizens in a way by writing stories about ourselves. I think we fall in love and become adults and become citizens in a way by writing stories about ourselves.
Mary Karr quotes: I get about five memoirs per week in my mailbox, and few of them inspire anything but a desire to pick up the channel changer. I get about five memoirs per week in my mailbox, and few of them inspire anything but a desire to pick up the channel changer.
Mary Karr quotes: Success has affected my self-definition in that I have more money. Writers pooh-pooh that idea, but it's a huge deal. Success has affected my self-definition in that I have more money. Writers pooh-pooh that idea, but it's a huge deal.
Mary Karr quotes: Having a great dad probably permitted me to pal around with guys in a way that some women don't. Having a great dad probably permitted me to pal around with guys in a way that some women don't.