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Alice McDermott Quotes

Its sometimes more torment for a man, Mr. Fagin said, to consider what might have been than to live with what is.
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The lesson, I suppose, is that none of us have much control over how we will be remembered. Every life is an amalgam, and it is impossible to know what moments, what foibles, what charms will come to define us once we're gone. All we can do is live our lives fully, be authentically ourselves, and trust that the right things about us, the best and most fitting things, will echo in the memories of us that endure.

— Alice McDermott

For one of us at least, we knew, we were certain - this is how we saw the world - there would never again be loneliness in life.

— Alice McDermott

There was tremendous affection in Billy's eyes, or at least they held a tremendous offer of affection, a tremendous willingness to find whomever he was talking to bright and witty and better than most

— Alice McDermott

In the dining room, my brother-the scholar-was asking my father what it meant, amadan. My father said, "A fool. It means someone's a fool." Even with the water running, the cup of soapy water at my lips, I could hear my father's shout of laughter when my brother asked him, "Who is?

— Alice McDermott

Scribble out the world since it was not to your liking and make up a new one, something better.

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It worries me that undergrads and high school students are forced into books they aren't ready for, like Faulkner's, and then they are afraid of putting their toes in the water again.

— Alice McDermott

Any fiction writer who assumes that a character is typical no doubt runs the risk of stumbling into cliche and stereotype.

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Character is primary. What happens as far as plot and events is not as intriguing to me as what's happening inside this particular person.

— Alice McDermott

I don't want to write about violence, and I don't want to hang a plot on a murder. I think it's cheap.

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I was one of those kids who always wrote.

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I'm always telling my students, don't - don't worry so much third person, first person. It doesn't make that much difference.

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Amadan." I said it as Pegeen had said it, ruefully, shaking my head as if speaking fondly of a troublesome child. I said it with my chin just above my own china cup and its dregs of melting sugar, with my eyes veering away from my brother's startled face and down into that ivory light. And then, for good measure, I said it again, into the teacup itself. "Amadan." The

— Alice McDermott

My parents were both first-generation Irish Catholics raised in Brooklyn.

— Alice McDermott

Any adjective you put before the noun 'writer' is going to be limiting in some way. Whether it's feminist writer, Jewish writer, Russian writer, or whatever.

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I think place and time for me is often a matter of convenience, something I can use to another end rather than something I'm trying to define because it's somehow fascinating to me in itself. It's more what the place can do for the larger goals I have for the work.

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I was the youngest; I had two imperious older brothers - I didn't get to often complete sentences at the dinner table. So writing was a way of saying what nobody asked me to say.

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Most of the characters I write with don't think an awful lot about their faith. They're not always questioning the church or feeling confined by the church or rebelling against the church.

— Alice McDermott

My children have gone to Catholic school ... Part of their whole education is talking about the inner life and looking at your life, even though you're only 15 or 16 - thinking about your mortality, thinking about the value of your life, thinking about your obligations.

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Publishing a short story can sometimes feel like shouting into the dark ... your words come out, and then nothing ... but I don't think that's why I tend to write novels rather than stories.

— Alice McDermott

A good writer sells out everybody he knows, sooner or later.

— Alice McDermott

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