A writer is an organism that will go on writing even after its heart has been cut out.
("Angle of Repose")
More Quotes from Wallace Stegner:Satisfying natural desires is fine, but natural desires have a way of being both competitive and consequential.
One means of sanity is to retain a hold on the natural world, ... Americans still have that chance, more than many peoples.
Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.
You'll do what you think you want to do, or what you think you ought to do. If you're very lucky, luckier than anybody I know, the two will coincide.
There must be some other possibility than death or lifelong penance ... some meeting, some intersection of lines; and some cowardly, hopeful geometer in my brain tells me it is the angle at which two lines prop each other up, the leaning-together from the vertical which produces the false arch. For lack of a keystone, the false arch may be as much as one can expect in this life. Only the very lucky discover the keystone.
It is something-it can be everything-to have found a fellow bird with whom you can sit among the rafters while the drinking and boasting and reciting and fighting go on below.
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I only know two pieces; one is 'Clair de Lune' and the other one isn't.
People try to make a Greek tragedy of my life, and they can't do it. I'm too happy.