90+ Grace Paley Quotes On Friendship, Design And Design Thinking

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Top 10 Grace Paley Quotes (BEST)

  1. Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world.
  2. Sometimes, walking with a friend, I forget the world.
  3. All that is really necessary for survival of the fittest, it seems, is an interest in life, good, bad or peculiar.
  4. I lived in a house in the East Bronx, a totally Jewish neighborhood on East 172nd Street. You didn't see Christians much, although one lived next door. We thought they were kind of a minority.
  5. Literature, fiction, poetry, whatever, makes justice in the world. That's why it almost always has to be on the side of the underdog.
  6. I believe in a kind of fidelity to your own early ideas; it's a kind of antagonism in me to prevailing fads.
  7. Waves, once they land on the beach, are not reversible.
  8. It's a terrible thing to die young. Still, it saves a lot of time.
  9. Rosiness is not a worse windowpane than gloomy gray when viewing the world.
  10. Art's too long and life's too short.

Grace Paley Short Quotes

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  • You know the mind is an astonishing, long-living, erotic thing.
  • The wrong word is like a lie jammed inside the story.
  • That heartbreaking moment when you finish an amazing book, and you are forced to return to reality.
  • Paul Goodman was not ahead of his time but IN his time.
  • If you want to do things, do things.
  • You come to doing what you do by not being able to do something.
  • The women's movement was coming, but I didn't know it in 1956-1957, when I began to write.
  • The only recognizable feature of hope is action.
  • To be modest means that you have something to be modest about.
  • I've started many novels, and they all ended on page seven.

Grace Paley Quotes On Love

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I loved the comradeship of the sixties and the seventies, and I still maintain friendships with the people I worked with then - the ones that are still alive. That's one of the great gifts of our political movements, great friendships . . . and also a few enmities. — Grace Paley

Just when I most needed important conversation, a sniff of the man-wide world, that is, at least one brainy companion who could translate my friendly language into his tongue of undying carnal love, I was forced to lounge in our neighborhood park, surrounded by children. — Grace Paley

Sometimes before people know what they're saying, they already love the language. — Grace Paley

Grace Paley Quotes On Writing

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The best training is to read and write, no matter what. Don't live with a lover or roommate who doesn't respect your work. Don't lie, buy time, borrow to buy time. Write what will stop your breath if you don't write. — Grace Paley

I have a basic indolence about me which is essential to writing. ... It's thinking time, it's hanging-out time, it's daydreaming time. You know, it's lie-around-the-bed time, it's sitting-like-a-dope-in-your-chair time. And that seems to me essential to any work. — Grace Paley

…I go through a story for lies. I might discover the lie of trying to show off. Sometimes they’re lies of character. Sometimes they are lies of writing the most beautiful sentence in the world that has nothing to do with the story. — Grace Paley

My job is to get people to write something truthful, something about truth and beauty - wherever they are - and to understand how literature is made. And then if they become great writers, that's great, and probably has nothing to do with me. — Grace Paley

My vocabulary is adequate for writing notes and keeping journals but absolutely useless for an active moral life. — Grace Paley

I know I've done good work. I've been very serious about my writing, and I've done the best that I could. But I don't feel that I've done more than I should have. In fact, I've done less than I should have. — Grace Paley

We write about what we don't know about what we know. — Grace Paley

I write for the still, small possibility of justice. — Grace Paley

Every time you finish something ... you figure you've finally learned to write, right? Then you start something else and it turns out you haven't. You have learned how to write that story, or that book, but you haven't learned how to write the next one. — Grace Paley

People will sometimes say, "Why don't you write more politics?" And I have to explain to them that writing the lives of women IS politics. — Grace Paley

Grace Paley Quotes On Life

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I saw my ex-husband in the street. I was sitting on the steps of the new library. Hello, my life, I said. We had once been married for twenty-seven years, so I felt justified. He said, What? What life? No life of mine. — Grace Paley

The word career is a divisive word. It's a word that divides the normal life from business or professional life. — Grace Paley

When you think of things that influenced your life, Mother Goose influenced more people than almost any other thing, the rhythms of those poems. Everything after that was a bare imitation of some of those mysterious and materialistic poems. — Grace Paley

For me, the meaning of life is the next generation. — Grace Paley

In the end, long life is the reward, strength, and beauty. — Grace Paley

I didn't intend to become a short-story writer. I became one because I finished a couple of short stories and realized that's what I wanted to do and could do with children and with all the other things in my life. — Grace Paley

It wasn't until I lived in the countryside that I began to understand the life of the countryside and the people in it and trees and water. Just learning about water is an education for a city person. — Grace Paley

I do lots of reading and speaking at many universities about literature and also about politics, which is as much a part of my life as the literature. — Grace Paley

Well, by now you must know yourself, honey, whatever you do, life don't stop. It only sits a minute and dreams a dream. — Grace Paley

Everyone, real or invented, deserves the open destiny of life. — Grace Paley

Grace Paley Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Most of the Womens Libbers I knew really didnt want to have a piece of the mens pie. They thought that pie was kind of poisonous, toxic, really full of weapons, poison gases, all kinds of mean junk we didnt even want a slice of. — Grace Paley

Hindsight, usually looked down upon, is probably as valuable as foresight, since it does include a few facts. — Grace Paley

This hill crossed with broken pines and maples lumpy with the burial mounds of uprooted hemlocks (hurricane of '38) out of their rotting hearts generations rise trying once more to become the forest just beyond them tall enough to be called trees in their youth like aspen a bouquet of young beech is gathered they still wear last summer's leaves the lightest brown almost translucent how their stubbornness has decorated the winter woods. — Grace Paley

My mother went to demonstrations. I remember her going to a big demonstration for Earl Brower and she came home crying and said the Communists were very mean and booed their people. I remember feeling sad at her feeling sad. — Grace Paley

People say, "Why do you call your kids up, why do you worry like that?" And I say, "I was raised like that." My grandmother looked at my father with the same eyes when he was sixty and she was eighty-five. — Grace Paley

I'm seventy-five now. I also have the peculiar luck of having a sister and brother who are fourteen and sixteen years older than me. Their health is not good. It couldn't be at that age. But their spirits are. Both my brother and my sister are an example to me. — Grace Paley

I read a lot. I liked a tremendous number of poets and writers. The person whose work I liked the most was Joyce. — Grace Paley

A lot of sad things have happened to my friends' children, people you knew as babies. They've been killed or become crazy or all kinds of tragic things. There are some people whose children haven't talked to them in fifteen years. There's all kind of meshugaas in this world. — Grace Paley

I didn't intend. The word "intend" is the wrong word for what I do. It's just that it's something you do, and you can't not do. If you want to do it, and you don't intend to, you do it anyway. The word "intend" is wrong. The word "pressure" is right. It's like any art form. — Grace Paley

Good talkers are people who use interesting language and have a lot of energy in speech and who also listen. — Grace Paley

I might write four lines or I might write twenty. I subtract and I add until I really hit something I want to do. You don't always whittle down, sometimes you whittle up. — Grace Paley

There is a long time in me between knowing and telling. — Grace Paley

There isn't a story written that isn't about blood and money. People and their relationship to each other is the blood, the family. And how they live, the money of it. — Grace Paley

You become a writer because you need to become a writer - nothing else. — Grace Paley

Old age is another country, a place of strangeness, sometimes, and dislocation. There's a lot to be done in this country, and a great deal of pleasure there. There are friends, some of whom are sick and needful of you, as you will be of them someday. The world itself is very beautiful. It's a place where you have a lot to do. But you have to do it knowing that sometimes you will be afraid of this new country. — Grace Paley

What we owe men is some freedom from their part in a murderous game in which they kick each other to death with one foot, bracing themselves on our various comfortable places with the other. — Grace Paley

A joke is necessary at this time. — Grace Paley

I was fortunate that by the time I was born, there were a lot of comforts and at the same time I lived in a neighborhood where it was brought to my eyes every single day that people didn't live like me. Every day I knew that many of my friends "got relief." That was important in my thinking about the world, thinking that not everybody lived that way. — Grace Paley

Sometimes you find that what is most personal is also what connects you most strongly with others. — Grace Paley

I begin by writing paragraphs that don’t have an immediate relation to a plot. The sound of the story comes first. — Grace Paley

To translate a poem from thinking into English takes all night. — Grace Paley

As an older person, I do feel an obligation to tell the story about what was really happening in the fifties, sixties, and seventies, as I saw it. — Grace Paley

I did write a number of reports on my political experiences, but there were many omissions, and I feel bad about that because it was work that was interesting and had I written more about it, it could have been useful. — Grace Paley

If you're feminist, it means that you've noticed that male ownership of the direction of female lives has been the order of the day for a few thousand years, and it isn't natural. — Grace Paley

I liked the education. I liked people learning things all around me and I liked going to people's classes. — Grace Paley

Old age is not a good thing. It can be really hard, and those of us who have it a little easier should keep in mind that there are hundreds of thousands of people who are not as well off. — Grace Paley

I don't have any degrees. I went to Hunter College one year and New York University another year. It's just on the basis of my books that I've been hired at any of the places I've been. — Grace Paley

I really believe one of the jobs of a writer is to stretch as far as you can into other voices. — Grace Paley

I'm really sorry for people growing up right now, because they have some cockeyed idea that they can get by with their eyes closed; the cane they're tapping is money, and that won't take them in the right direction. — Grace Paley

If you're old and you're healthy and you're active - I don't mean you have to be politically active - if you remain interested in other people and the world, then you live as well as your health will allow. — Grace Paley

When I was about twenty-one, I published a few poems. Maybe I wrote a couple of stories before, but I really began to write stories in my mid-thirties. My kids were still little, and they were in school and day care, and I had begun to think a lot about wanting to tell some stories and not being able to do it in poetry. — Grace Paley

But what's a writer for? The whole point is to put yourself into other lives, other heads-writers have always done that. If you screw up, so someone will tell you, that's all. — Grace Paley

My language limitations here are real. My vocabulary is adequate for writing notes and keeping journals but absolutely useless for an active moral life. If I really knew this language, there would surely be in my head, as there is in Webster's or the Dictionary of American Slang, that unreducible verb designed to tell a person like me what to do next. — Grace Paley

In the park I met other women and I started to get interested in their lives. I developed a lot of pressure to talk about women's lives, and children's lives, too. Children interest me tremendously. — Grace Paley

If I miss anything, it's being able to hang out in the city of New York meeting people and talking to them on the corner. — Grace Paley

Write what will stop your breath if you don’t write. — Grace Paley

I should have written more. I should have written more during the period when I just liked so much doing the political work in the streets. — Grace Paley

Women should stick together. Didn’t you learn anything yet? — Grace Paley

I didn't write any fiction until I was past thirty. — Grace Paley

No metaphor reinvents the job of the nurture of children except to muddy or mock. — Grace Paley

I am very interested in people trying to write because I don't have a big academic background at all. — Grace Paley

Well, you have children so you know: little children little troubles, big children, big troubles - it's a saying in Yiddish. Maybe the Chinese said it too. — Grace Paley

I often see through things right to the apparition itself. — Grace Paley

My family were Russian Jews. They got you to read as soon as you could. And then assumed you would read a lot. People didn't really tell stories but they were good talkers. That's important for a writer, to hear speakers. — Grace Paley

Today's wars are about oil. But alternate energies exist now - solar, wind - for every important energy-using activity in our lives. The only human work that cannot be done without oil is war. — Grace Paley

When you have a peace movement that has an actual war, it's different from one that has wars that our country is not totally involved in. During the war in Vietnam, and to a lesser degree the wars in Central America where our country was directly involved, it was easier to organize. — Grace Paley

Write from what you know into what you don't know. — Grace Paley

Life Lessons by Grace Paley

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  1. Grace Paley taught us to be brave and to speak up for what we believe in, no matter what the consequences may be.
  2. She also showed us that it is important to be kind and compassionate to those around us, and to take time to appreciate the beauty of the world.
  3. Lastly, she taught us to be resilient in the face of adversity and to never give up on our dreams.

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