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21 quotations by John Hawkes

QuoteWhen I started writing fiction, I knew how good it was immediately.Quote

QuoteThe only thing that exists is torment, lyricism, and the magnificence of language.Quote

QuoteReally, I didn't like Alaska. It rained, almost every day, at least 300 days out of the year.Quote

QuoteOnce I started to write prose, I certainly did not envy the poets. I've mocked poets and poetry ever since I began writing fiction.Quote

QuoteOn the night before we were married, all of the anxiety in the world came down upon me.Quote

QuoteMy mother wanted very much to play tennis; she wanted, most of all, to be a singer and play the piano.Quote

QuoteMy father's parents were Irish. Only a year before my father died, he and I went back to Ireland for a week to look at the old homestead.Quote

QuoteMy education was constantly interrupted. I moved around a great deal, had no real sense of home, except for the New England landscape.Quote

QuoteIn The Lime Twig I took two very young people and made them very old.Quote

QuoteIn my earliest childhood, we seemed to move back and forth between New York City and Connecticut until I was about eight or ten years old.Quote

QuoteI'm only interested in fiction that in some way or other voices the very imagination which is conceiving it.Quote

QuoteI was not typical. Whatever typical or normal is, I was somehow separated and different.Quote

QuoteI want prose fiction to be recognized as that, and I'm not interested in writing as it becomes more personal.Quote

QuoteI used to carry about with me a German map-case filled with poems.Quote

QuoteI remember my mother finding mud somehow and putting it on the sting.Quote

QuoteI do not feel an exile from America in any sense.Quote

QuoteI didn't know what kind of jobs, because how was I prepared? At best, I would be an AB in English.Quote

QuoteI didn't for a moment doubt the choice, but if life is ever fearsome, it is truly fearsome then.Quote

QuoteHe was the first person to befriend me at Harvard. At any rate, in some class the teacher gave us an exercise which I've used ever since.Quote

QuoteAs in The Lime Twig dream and illusion are right at the center of Charivari.Quote

QuoteAs he was telling us about these pleasures, at that very moment, in the ruin and the tall grass, I stepped on a hornets, nest and got stung.Quote