Barry Lopez Quotes

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Barry Lopez Quotes

People think that if youve written a book and somebodys given you a pat on the back then, you know, its all - youre all settled, you know? Youre going to be fine. I know that if Im not confused, and really afraid, my work isnt going to be any good.
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We simply do not understand our place in the universe and have not the courage to admit it.

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My function as a writer is to provide an atmosphere in which people can think wisely about what we're doing on this planet.

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When I sit at that typewriter, I have to be frightened of what I'm trying to do. I'm frightened by my own belief that I can actually get a story down on paper.

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To allow mystery, which is to say to yourself, 'There could be more ... things we don't understand,' is not to damn knowledge ... It is to permit yourself an extraordinary, freedom: someone else does not have to be wrong in order that you might be right ... This tolerance for mystery invigorates the imagination; and it is the imagination that gives shape to the universe.

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The writer works on the inside and the critic works on the outside. I don't know what it looks like on the outside, sometimes. It's not that I'm not interested-it's not where I live. I live inside the story.

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One of the great dreams of man must be to find some place between the extremes of nature and civilization where it is possible to live without regret.

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Watching the animals come and go, and feeling the land swell up to meet them and then feeling it grow still at their departure, I came to think of the migrations as breath, as the land breathing. In spring a great inhalation of light and animals. The long-bated breath of summer. And an exhalation that propelled them all south in the fall.

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If I were to offer any advice to young writers, it would be this: be discriminating and be discerning about the work you set for yourself. That done, be the untutored traveler, the eager reader, the enthusiastic listener. Put what you learn together carefully, and then write thoughtfully, with respect both for the reader and your sources.

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In behaving respectfully toward all that the land contains, it is possible to imagine a stifling ignorance falling away from us.

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