And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
The first time I appeared on stage, I really didn’t know what all the yelling was about. I didn’t realize that my body was moving. It’s a natural thing to me. I asked my manager backstage, ‘What’d I do? What’d I do?’ And he said, ‘Whatever it is, go back and do it again.’
When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.
Everything can nourish the writer. The dictionary, a new word, a voyage, an encounter...a book, a phrase learned.
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
I'll be writing records until I'm dead, whether people like it or not.
Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
—E. L. Doctorow