The Young Man came to the Old Man seeking counsel. I broke something, Old Man. How badly is it broken? It's in a million little pieces. I'm afraid I can't help you. Why? There's nothing you can do. Why? It can't be fixed. Why? It's broken beyond repair. It's in a million little pieces.

— James Frey

The most emotional James Frey quotes that will activate your inner potential

I close my eyes and I take a deep breath and I think about my life and how I ended up this way. I think about the ruin, devastation and wreckage I have caused to myself and to others. I think about self-hatred and self-loathing. I think about how and why and what happened and the thoughts come easily, but the answers don't.

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Sometimes skulls are thick. Sometimes hearts are vacant. Sometimes words don't work.

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When I started writing 'A Million Little Pieces,' I felt like it was the right story with the style I had been looking for, and I just kept going.

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The wounds that never heal can only be mourned alone.

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Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity. When you don't think you can, hold on.

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Let things be, let yourself be, let everything be and accept it as it is.

Nothing more. Nothing less.

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Some people think memoirs should be held to a perfect journalistic standard.

Some people don't. Obviously I don't. My goal was never to create or to write a perfect journalistic standard of my life. It was always to be as literature.

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The greatest rules of dramatic writing are conflict, conflict, conflict.

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Part of me still loves. More of me doesn't.

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Live and let live, do not judge, take life as it comes and deal with it, everything will be okay.

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When I see you, the World stops. It stops and all that exists for me is you and my eyes staring at you. There's nothing else. No noise, no other people, no thoughts or worries, no yesterday, no tomorrow. The World just stops, and it is a beautiful place, and there is only you.

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When I go to an art gallery and stand in front of a painting, I don't want someone telling me what I should be seeing or thinking; I want to feel whatever I feel, see whatever I see, and figure out what I figure out.

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About James Frey

Quotes 175 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

I'm tired of making people sad and I'm tired of disappointing them and I'm tired of seeing them break. I have seen this too many times. He will be the last.

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...if you can accept the truth and live with it your heart will be at peace.

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I meet a third man he's an old man he trips in the street he falls and I help him up, walk him to the curb. He shakes my hand says keep the faith, young man. I ask him what he means, he says keep running and don't let them catch you.

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When I was a screenwriter, I was doing it for mercenary reasons.

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Even a second of freedom is worth more than a lifetime of bondage.

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I would like to be soft and warm. I would be terrified to be that way. I could be hurt if I were soft and warm. I could be hurt by something other than myself. It is harder to be soft than it is to be hard. I could be hurt by something other than myself.

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Its not just a smile of momentary happiness. When it disappears from my face, it will stay with me.

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It's the third book of the Bible, called The Final Testament of the Holy Bible.

My idea of what the Messiah would be like if he were walking the streets of New York today. What would he believe? What would he preach? How would he live? With who?

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I have a great amount of confidence and faith in my abilities to write.

There are other areas of my life where I'm not as confident, and have not as much faith, but when it comes down to writing and working, I don't worry about it. I trust myself to get it right.

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For years I supported capital punishment, but I have come to believe that our criminal justice system is incapable of adequately distinguishing between the innocent and guilty. It is reprehensible and immoral to gamble with life and death.

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Leonard asks me if there's anything I need to know before he dies, I think about it for a minute, turn to him, say what's the meaning of life, Leonard? He laughs, says that's an easy one, my son, it's whatever you want it to be.

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I turn and I slowly walk away and I don't look back.

It has always been a fault of mine, but it is the way I am. I never look back. Never.

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Not everyone who works hard makes their dream come true.

You need luck and hard work and being in the right place at the right time but I still very much believe it's possible.

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There is, though, nothing that prepares us for the worst things in our life.

There is nothing you can do to stop the shock, or buffer the pain.

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I felt like I had lost something. But not something silly, like my keys or my gum; more like my arm or my foot, something that really mattered. Like something that I could live without, but would make life much harder if it were missing. And life is hard enough. Life is hard enough with everything we're given.

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There are places from which you cannot return. There is damage that can be irreparable.

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I'm trying to influence the next generation or two generations or three generations behind me. That's a big ambition of mine.

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I think of how and why and what happened and the thoughts come easily, but the answers don't.

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...we got this gift of life and we got it one time and we gonna get hurt in it and be hurt going through it and the only thing that'll make that hurt better or hurt less is love.

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All of us started normal. All of us started out as functioning human beings with the potential to do almost anything we wanted, but somewhere along the paths of our lives, we got lost.

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For the worst things of our lives, it is sometimes the best way, to never speak of them again.

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I am aware that the battle I am fighting is a petty one, but I am also aware that in order to win that which is great, you must first win that which is small.

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Trauma is survivable, but often not much more. It kills you while allowing you to still live.

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Words can't say this. The one word love means too little for what it is. It means everything and that is still not enough.

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Most of the time, it's not the concept, but the execution of craft that counts.

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I, however, like black. It is a color that makes me comfortable and the color with which I have the most experience. In the darkest darkness, all is black. In the deepest hole, all is black. In the terror of my Addicted mind, all is black. In the empty periods of my lost memory, all is black. I like black, goddammit, and I am going to give it its due.

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He pulled out turned west and started driving towards the glow it was thousands of miles away, he started driving towards the glow.

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I think men who can cry are strong men

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I listen to the tick of an unseen clock marking moments of time long passed.

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Coming after all the bullshit related to A Million Little Pieces, nobody was expecting anything from me. No publisher, no agent, no one. Just me and the book. It was great.

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This moment and this chance, they are the same, and they are mine if I choose them,and I do. I want them. Now and as long as I can have them they are both precious and fleeting and gone in the blink of an eye, don't waste them. A moment and an opportunity and a life, all in the unseen tick of a clock holding me nowhere. My heart is beating. The walls are pale and quiet. I am surviving.

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I say to myself if you believe deeply in your heart you must defy, and if you are willing to pay for your defiance, you must always do it, even though the pain may be much. Too many times in our lives we do not do it, and we pay even more.

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If I was gonna write a book that was true, and I was gonna write a book that was honest, then I was gonna have to write about myself in very, very negative ways.

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What someone calls my books is irrelevant to me.

I consider them works of art and rules and categories and labels mean nothing.

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Love only brought me lonliness and horror.

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The Babar the Elephant book is sitting in front of me.

I pick it up and start reading it. I remember reading it as a small Boy and enjoying it and imagining that I was friends with Babar, his constant Companion during all of his adventures. He went to the moon, I went with him. He fought Tomb Raiders in Egypt, I fought alongside him. He rescued his elephant girlfriend from Ivory Hunters on the Savanna, I coordinated the getaway. I loved that goddamn Elephant and I loved being his friend. In a childhood full of unhappiness and rage, Babar is one of the few pleasant memories that I have. Me and Babar, kicking some motherfucking ass.

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I hadn't learned yet that everybody's locked up some way or other.

That's how life is we're all imprisoned by something.

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