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Richard Condon (b. March 18): “Writers are too self-centered to be lonely.”

18 Mar

Richard Condon (born 18 March 1915, died 9 April 1996) was a prolific and popular American political novelist whose satiric works were generally presented in the form of thrillers or semi-thrillers, including Prizzi’s Honor and The Manchurian Candidate.

Five quotes on writing:

  1. Writers are too self-centered to be lonely.
  2. I’m a man of the marketplace as well as an artist. I’m a pawnbroker of myth.
  3. Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there’s absolutely nothing else to do.
  4. I think the most important part of storytelling is tension. It’s the constant tension of suspense that in a sense mirrors life, because nobody knows what’s going to happen three hours from now.
  5. Although the paranoiacs make the great leaders, it’s the resenters who make their best instruments because the resenters, those men with cancer of the psyche, make the great assassins.

Chinua Achebe (b. November 16): “My weapon is literature.”

16 Nov

Chinua Achebe (born 16 November 1930, died 21 March 2013) was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. He was best known for his first novel and magnum opus, Things Fall Apart, which sold more than 8 million copies around the world, and was translated into 50 languages. Achebe was the most translated African writer of all time. Nelson Mandela referred to Achebe as a writer ‘in whose company the prison walls fell down’. The recipient of more than 30 honorary degrees, he was awarded the Man Booker International Prize, the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, an Honorary Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Nigerian National Order of Merit.

Quotes on writing:

  1. My weapon is literature.
  2. If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.
  3. Storytellers are a threat. They threaten all champions of control.
  4. If you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all.
  5. The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.
  6. To me, being an intellectual doesn’t mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
  7. Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am – and what I need – is something I have to find out myself.
  8. The emperor would prefer the poet to keep away from politics, the emperor’s domain, so that he can manage things the way he likes.
  9. Stories serve the purpose of consolidating whatever gains people or their leaders have made or imagine they have made in their existing journey through the world.
  10. It is the storyteller who makes us what we are, who creates history. The storyteller creates the memory that the survivors must have – otherwise their surviving would have no meaning.

Richard Condon (b. March 18): “Writers are too self-centered to be lonely.”

18 Mar

Richard Condon (born 18 March 1915, died 9 April 1996) was a prolific and popular American political novelist whose satiric works were generally presented in the form of thrillers or semi-thrillers, including Prizzi’s Honor and The Manchurian Candidate.

Five quotes on writing:

  1. Writers are too self-centered to be lonely.
  2. I’m a man of the marketplace as well as an artist. I’m a pawnbroker of myth.
  3. Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there’s absolutely nothing else to do.
  4. I think the most important part of storytelling is tension. It’s the constant tension of suspense that in a sense mirrors life, because nobody knows what’s going to happen three hours from now.
  5. Although the paranoiacs make the great leaders, it’s the resenters who make their best instruments because the resenters, those men with cancer of the psyche, make the great assassins.

Richard Condon (b. Mar 18): “Writers are too self-centered to be lonely.”

18 Mar
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Richard Condon (born 18 March 1915, died 9 April 1996) was a prolific and popular American political novelist whose satiric works were generally presented in the form of thrillers or semi-thrillers, including Prizzi’s Honor and The Manchurian Candidate.

Five quotes on writing:

  1. Writers are too self-centered to be lonely.
  2. I’m a man of the marketplace as well as an artist. I’m a pawnbroker of myth.
  3. Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there’s absolutely nothing else to do.
  4. I think the most important part of storytelling is tension. It’s the constant tension of suspense that in a sense mirrors life, because nobody knows what’s going to happen three hours from now.
  5. Although the paranoiacs make the great leaders, it’s the resenters who make their best instruments because the resenters, those men with cancer of the psyche, make the great assassins.
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