„The most important thing we learn at school is the fact that the most important things can't be learned at school.“
— Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
— Penélope Cruz Spanish actress 1974
Context: The most important lesson I've learned in this business is how to say no. I have said no to a lot of temptations, and I am glad I did.
— Richard Rodríguez American journalist and essayist 1944
— Nicholas Sparks American writer and novelist 1965
Micah Sparks, Chapter 9, p. 132
— Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993
In response to Joe Walsh on The Howard Stern Show (1987).
— Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
— Timothy Leary American psychologist 1920 - 1996
— Taylor Caldwell Novelist 1900 - 1985
Context: About half of my published novels were written before I was published. So I didn’t write a book every two years, as some people think. Writing — I exist only for that. It’s the most important thing in my life. It’s not apart from me. I have no other interests, except cooking. I don’t belong to any organizations, clubs — I don’t go to lunches. This is my life, the most important thing — far more important than anything else I do. It has to be that way, otherwise you’re just a hobbyist. Now, a painter needs only to know the technique of his painting, and he has to have a tremendous emotional response to it. Musicians, sculptors — the same way. But they don’t have to know about everything. A writer does.<!-- He has to do a tremendous amount of reading, too. I’d rather go without food, sleep, even cigarettes, than go without books. I read at least three of four books a week, plus all kinds of publications, some very weird. I like to know what’s going on, what people think. I read the far left, the far right, and in between, to see what people are doing and saying.
„The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die.“
— Kurt Vonnegut American writer 1922 - 2007
Context: The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist. The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just that way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance. They can see how permanent all the moments are, and they can look at any moment that interests them. It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever. When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in bad condition in the particular moment, but that the same person is just fine in plenty of other moments. Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is "So it goes." Billy writing a letter to a newspaper describing the Tralfamadorians