I think the sport of wrestling, which I became involved with at the age of 14... I competed until I was 34, kind of old for a contact sport. I coached the sport until I was 47. I think the discipline of wrestling has given me the discipline I have to write.
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Life is serious, but art is fun.
More than a half, maybe as much as two-thirds of my life as a writer is rewriting. I wouldn't say I have a talent that's special. It strikes me that I have an unusual kind of stamina.
Half my life is an act of revision.
You can't learn everything you need to know legally.
The inshore lifeboat was very busy with 39 jobs, and the all-weather lifeboat had 11.
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We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.
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