Tracy Kidder Quotes

27 Tracy Kidder quotes:

"Continuity is one of the things I like about New England."
"In a very basic way, a prominent landmark such as Mt. Holyoke tells you where you are. They let you know that you're not the first person in a place."
"I think if the writing comes too easily, it shows - it's usually hard to read."
"The hardest thing was learning to write. I was 13, and the only writing I had done was for Social Studies. It consisted of copying passages right out of the encyclopedia."
"You do the right thing even if it makes you feel bad. The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be worthy of happiness."
"Things were here before you and will be here after you're gone. The geographic features, especially, give you a sense of your own place in the world and in time."
"I usually write about ordinary people and ordinary things, but Paul Farmer is the least ordinary person I've ever met... He's the leader of a small group of people who hope to cure a sick world, and I hope my book can help in some small way."
"We shouldn't forget how terrifying untamed landscape was to early settlers. From their perspective, mankind was put here in the New World to conquer the wilderness."
Author: Kidder Quotes Category: Perspective Quotes Mankind Quotes
"I always want to write something better than the last book."
"If you live in the same small place long enough, something you don't like is bound to happen."
"Paul Farmer has helped to build amazing health care system in one of the poorest areas of Haiti. He founded Partners in Health, which serves the destitute and the sick in many parts of the world from Haiti to Boston and from Russia to Peru."
"Most teachers have little control over school policy or curriculum or choice of texts or special placement of students, but most have a great deal of autonomy inside the classroom. To a degree shared by only a few other occupations, such as police work, public education rests precariously on the skill and virtue of the people at the bottom of the institutional pyramid."
Author: Kidder Quotes Category: Education Quotes
"Right now I'm really researching for a good non-fiction story... I doubt that I'll ever find a subject like Paul Farmer ever again."
"I want my prose to be as clear as a pane of glass."
"People say you can't teach writing, but I think that's nonsense."
Author: Kidder Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Nonsense Quotes
"I never planned on doing a book about Paul Farmer or his organization. I met him in Haiti when I was on a magazine assignment. It's almost like his story sort of fell in my lap."
"The combination of domesticity and wildness - that's a deep expression."
"What interests me is trying to catch the reflection of the human being on the page. I'm interested in how ordinary people live their lives."
"I do believe that enduring geological features are important, though I don't think I can be clear about exactly why."
"If you had an essentially happy childhood, that tends to dwell with you."

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