„But who has time to write memoirs? I’m still living my memoirs.“

—  Rebecca Wells, livro Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Fonte: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

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„Whatever shall we do in that remote spot? Well, we will write our memoirs. Work is the scythe of time.“

—  Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821

On board H.M.S. Bellerophon (August 1815)

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„In my memoir, I wanted to introduce American women to Iranian women and our lives. I'm not from the highest echelons of society, nor the lowest. I'm a women who is a lawyer, who is a professor at a university, who won the Nobel Peace Prize. At the same time, I cook. And even when I'm about to go to prison, one of the first things I do is to make enough food and put it in the fridge for my family.“

—  Shirin Ebadi Iranian lawyer, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient 1947

From 2006 interview with Ebadi by New America Media editor Brian Shott (translator, Banafsheh Keynoush) about her newly released book, Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope.
New America Media, 2006. http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=8ad8e36442c10ef7fc33f0c8e70c08d8 (retrieved Oct. 15, 2008)

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„For some time I debated over whether I should start these memoirs at the beginning or at the end, that is, whether I should put my birth or my death in first place. Since common usage would call for beginning with birth, two considerations led me to adopt a different method: the first is that I am not exactly a writer who is dead but a dead man who is a writer, for whom the grave was a second cradle; the second is that the writing would be more distinctive and novel in that way. Moses, who also wrote about his death, didn't place it at the opening but at the close: a radical difference between this book and the Pentateuch.“

—  Machado de Assis Brazilian writer 1839 - 1908

Algum tempo hesitei se devia abrir estas memórias pelo princípio ou pelo fim, isto é, se poria em primeiro lugar o meu nascimento ou a minha morte. Suposto o uso vulgar seja começar pelo nascimento, duas considerações me levaram a adotar diferente método: a primeira é que eu não sou propriamente um autor defunto mas um defunto autor, para quem a campa foi outro berço; a segunda é que o escrito ficaria assim mais galante e mais novo. Moisés, que também contou a sua morte, não a pôs no intróito, mas no cabo: diferença radical entre este livro e o Pentateuco.
Ch. 1 (opening words), p. 7.
As Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas (1881)

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„Some writers want to write something that doesn’t exist within a time, but I’m not interested in that. I want to capture particular moments in time…I’ve always seen my writing as an attempt to document and be specific in that documentation.“

—  Morgan Parker (writer) American poet

On her poetry not existing in a vacuum in “You Are on Display: An Interview with Morgan Parker” https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2016/07/22/you-are-on-display-an-interview-with-morgan-parker/ in The Paris Review (2016 Jul 22)

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„Distance in time has made my voice less contrived and subjective. I don’t feel I’m writing some kind of diary (which I kind of felt I was doing when I was 16). I am far more conscious of my voice and more disciplined in separating myself from my characters…“

—  Randa Abdel-Fattah contemporary Australian writer of novels for young adults 1979

On how it has changed for her writing in a teenager’s voice in “Randa Abdel-Fattah: Identity and emotion” https://www.writermag.com/writing-inspiration/author-interviews/randa-abdel-fattah/ in The Writer (2018 Jan 18)

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„What time has ever been a simple time for those who are living it?“

—  Elizabeth Gilbert, livro Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Fonte: Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

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„He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.“

—  Friedrich Schiller, Wallenstein

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Wallenstein (1798), Prologue - Wallensteins Lager (Wallenstein's Camp)

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„I was very young, and those events affected me deeply. I feel the time given to me doesn't belong only to me. In everything – my writing, my travelling, my happiness – I live partly on behalf of those who weren't able to survive. I feel I'm living their share of life.“

—  Kyung-sook Shin Korean writer 1963

On being a survivor in “Kyung-Sook Shin: 'In my 20s I lived through an era of terrible political events and suspicious deaths'” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/07/kyung-sook-shin-south-korea-interview in The Guardian (2014 Jun 7)

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„Old Deuteronomy's lived a long time;
He's a Cat who has lived many lives in succession.“

—  T.S. Eliot, livro Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Old Deuteronomy
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939)
Contexto: Old Deuteronomy's lived a long time;
He's a Cat who has lived many lives in succession.
He was famous in proverb and famous in rhyme
A long while before Queen Victoria's accession.

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„I no longer feel I'll be dead by thirty; now it's sixty. I suppose these deadlines we set for ourselves are really a way of saying we appreciate time, and want to use all of it. I'm still writing, I'm still writing poetry, I still can't explain why, and I'm still running out of time.“

—  Margaret Atwood Canadian writer 1939

On Writing Poetry (1995)
Contexto: I no longer feel I'll be dead by thirty; now it's sixty. I suppose these deadlines we set for ourselves are really a way of saying we appreciate time, and want to use all of it. I'm still writing, I'm still writing poetry, I still can't explain why, and I'm still running out of time. Wordsworth was sort of right when he said, "Poets in their youth begin in gladness/ But thereof comes in the end despondency and madness." Except that sometimes poets skip the gladness and go straight to the despondency. Why is that? Part of it is the conditions under which poets work — giving all, receiving little in return from an age that by and large ignores them — and part of it is cultural expectation — "The lunatic, the lover and the poet," says Shakespeare, and notice which comes first. My own theory is that poetry is composed with the melancholy side of the brain, and that if you do nothing but, you may find yourself going slowly down a long dark tunnel with no exit. I have avoided this by being ambidextrous: I write novels too. But when I find myself writing poetry again, it always has the surprise of that first unexpected and anonymous gift.

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„I’m me, and at the same time not me. That’s what it felt like. A very still, quiet feeling.“

—  Haruki Murakami, livro Auto-Retrato do Escritor enquanto Corredor de Fundo

Fonte: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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„Man may live like a worm, but he writes like a god. There was a time when that secret was known, but now it has been forgotten; the world is composed of disintegrating fragments, an incoherent dark chaos, sustained by writing alone.“

—  Imre Kertész Hungarian writer 1929 - 2016

Liquidation (2003)
Contexto: But I believe in writing — nothing else; just writing. Man may live like a worm, but he writes like a god. There was a time when that secret was known, but now it has been forgotten; the world is composed of disintegrating fragments, an incoherent dark chaos, sustained by writing alone. If you have a concept of the world, if you have not yet forgotten all that has happened, that you have a world at all, it is writing that has created that for you, and ceaselessly goes on creating it; Logos, the invisible spider’s thread that holds our lives together.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“