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Patricia Hampl Quotes

Maybe being oneself is always an acquired taste.
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I don't write about what I know: I write in order to find out what I know.

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We carry our wounds and perhaps even worse, our capacity to wound, forward with us. If we learn not only to tell our stories but to listen to what our stories tell us ... we are doing the work of memory.

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The cold was our pride, the snow was our beauty. It fell and fell, lacing day and night together in a milky haze, making everything quieter as it fell, so that winter seemed to partake of religion in a way no other season did, hushed, solemn.

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We only store in memory images of value. To write about one's life is to live it twice, and the second time is both spiritual and historical.

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True memoir is written, like all literature, in an attempt to find not only a self but a world

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A careful first draft is a failed first draft

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A peculiarity of the American historical sensibility allows us to be proud of great-grandfathers (or even grandfathers) who lived in crushing poverty, while the poverty of a father is too close for comfort.

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We store in memory only images of value. The value may be lost over the passage of time, but that's the implacable judgment of feeling.

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Fundamentally, [prayer] is a position, a placement of oneself.

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French was the only language we had in common, and even that was like a dialect we had picked up at a rummage sale, rusty and missing a lot of essential parts.

— Patricia Hampl

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