Wallace Stegner Quotes.

11. "it is an easy mistake to think that non-talkers are non-feelers."
- Quote by Wallace Stegner

12. "Be proud of every scar on your heart, each one holds a lifetime’s worth of lessons."
- Quote by Wallace Stegner

13. "We write to make sense of it all."
- Quote by Wallace Stegner

14. "She has had no role in my life except to keep me sane, fed, housed, amused, and protected from unwanted telephone calls, also to restrain me fairly frequently from making a horse's ass of myself in public, to force me to attend to books and ideas from which she knows I will learn something; also to mend my wounds when I am misused by the world, to implant ideas in my head and stir the soil around them, to keep me from falling into a comfortable torpor, to agitate my sleeping hours with problems that I would not otherwise attend to; also to remind me constantly (not by precept but by example) how fortunate I have been to live for fifty-three years with a woman that bright, alert, charming, and supportive."
- Quote by Wallace Stegner

15. "We are fossils in the making."
- Quote by Wallace Stegner

16. "Creation is a knack which is empowered by practice, and like almost any skill, it is lost if you don't practice it."
- Quote by Wallace Stegner

17. "If Henry Adams, whom you knew slightly, could make a theory of history by applying the second law of thermodynamics to human affairs, I ought to be entitled to base one on the angle of repose, and may yet. There is another physical law that teases me, too: the Doppler Effect. The sound of anything coming at you -- a train, say, or the future -- has a higher pitch than the sound of the same thing going away. If you have perfect pitch and a head for mathematics you can compute the speed of the object by the interval between its arriving and departing sounds. I have neither perfect pitch nor a head for mathematics, and anyway who wants to compute the speed of history? Like all falling bodies, it constantly accelerates. But I would like to hear your life as you heard it, coming at you, instead of hearing it as I do, a sober sound of expectations reduced, desires blunted, hopes deferred or abandoned, chances lost, defeats accepted, griefs borne. I don't find your life uninteresting, as Rodman does. I would like to hear it as it sounded while it was passing. Having no future of my own, why shouldn't I look forward to yours."
- Quote by Wallace Stegner

18. "Somehow I should have been able to say how strong and resilient you were, what a patient and abiding and bonding force, the softness that proved in the long run stronger than what it seemed to yield to...You are at once a lasting presence and an unhealed wound."
- Quote by Wallace Stegner

19. "...you must have brought something. Books? I never saw you without a green bag of books."
- Quote by Wallace Stegner

20. "You're never confident. You go in fear and trembling every day. It would be awfully nice to think that you know how to write a novel. But what you know is the novel you just wrote. You don't have the slightest notion how to write the one you're going to do next."
- Quote by Wallace Stegner

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