Tobias Wolff Quotes.

1. "We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are."
- Quote by Tobias Wolff

2. "A piece of writing is a dangerous thing," he said. "It can change your life."
- Quote by Tobias Wolff

3. "There are very few professions in which people just sit down and think hard for five or six hours a day all by themselves. Of course it's why you want to become a writer — because you have the liberty to do that, but once you have the liberty you also have the obligation to do it."
- Quote by Tobias Wolff

4. "I have never been able to understand the complaint that a story is "depressing" because of its subject matter. What depresses me are stories that don't seem to know these things go on, or hide them in resolute chipperness; "witty stories," in which every problem is the occasion for a joke; "upbeat" stories that flog you with transcendence. Please. We're grown ups now."
- Quote by Tobias Wolff

5. "Time, which is your enemy in almost everything in this life, is your friend in writing."
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6. "There’s no right way to tell all stories, only the right way to tell a particular story."
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7. "The very act of writing assumes, to begin with, that someone cares to hear what you have to say. It assumes that people share, that people can be reached, that people can be touched and even in some cases changed. So many of the things in our world lead us to despair. It seems to me that the final symptom of despair is silence, and that storytelling is one of the sustaining arts; it’s one of the affirming arts. A writer may have a certain pessimism in his outlook, but the very act of being a writer seems to me to be an optimistic act."
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8. "Writers, to my way of thinking, are no more free in their choices than most people. Our material chooses us; certain things engage us, certain things do not."
- Quote by Tobias Wolff

9. "I tell you, the one thing I hate is an absolutist. I hate absolutist ideologies, I hate absolutist aesthetics, I hate absolutist theologies, they’re the burden and bane of this world."
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10. "In order for us to live comfortably with ourselves while living on unjust terms with others, we have to tell ourselves a story that makes us innocent."
- Quote by Tobias Wolff

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