If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, "What's your business?" In Macon they ask, "Where do you go to church?" In Augusta they ask your grandmother's maiden name. But in Savannah the first question people ask you is "What would you like to drink?"

โ€” John Berendt

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Someone once wrote that musicians are touched on the shoulder by God, and I think it's true. You can make other people happy with music, but you can make yourself happy too. Because of my music, I have never known loneliness and never been depressed.

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Nothing can be said, including this statement, that has not been said before.

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By morning she was dead. She had not died of starvation or committed suicide by any conventional means. She had simply willed herself to die, and being a strong-willed woman, she had succeeded. She had missed dying on her birthday by two days.

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Rule number one: Always stick around for one more drink.

That's when things happen. That's when you find out everything you want to know.

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The megaselling books by celebrities are not so much books as products.

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Keep a diary, but don't just list all the things you did during the day.

Pick one incident and write it up as a brief vignette. Give it color, include quotes and dialogue, shape it like a story with a beginning, middle and endโ€”as if it were a short story or an episode in a novel. It's great practice. Do this while figuring out what you want to write a book about. The book may even emerge from within this running diary.

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Loneliness is not being alone, It's loving others to no avail.

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Two tears in a bucket. Motherfuck it.

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