Facts about Donna Tartt

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Donna Tartt is a famous Novelist from USA, he/she is 56 years old and still alive, born December 23, 1963.

Our collection contains 31 quotes who is written / told by Donna.

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Famous quotes by Donna Tartt (31)


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"Sometimes you can do all the right things and not succeed. And that's a hard lesson of reality"
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"I've written only two novels, but they're both long ones, and they each took a decade to write"
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"I think it's hard to write about children and to have an idea of innocence"
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"Everything takes me longer than I expect. It's the sad truth about life"
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"Children have very sharp powers of observation - probably sharper than adults - yet at the same time their emotional reactions are murky and much more primitive"
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"Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction"
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"Storytelling and elegant style don't always go hand in hand"
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"My novels aren't really generated by a single conceptual spark; it's more a process of many different elements that come together unexpectedly over a long period of time"
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"To really be centered and to really work well and to think about the kinds of things that I need to think about, I need to spend large amounts of time alone"
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"The job of the novelist is to invent: to embroider, to color, to embellish, to make things up"
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"Children - if you think back really what it was like to be a child and what it was like to know other children - children lie all the time"
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"The books I loved in childhood - the first loves - I've read so often that I've internalized them in some really essential way: they are more inside me now than out"
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"I think innocence is something that adults project upon children that's not really there"
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"I love the tradition of Dickens, where even the most minor walk-on characters are twitching and particular and alive"
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"But it's for every writer to decide his own pace, and the pace varies with the writer and the work"
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"The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn't. But style is at least partly a learned thing: one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice - by work"
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"The Little Friend is a long book. It's also completely different from my first novel: different landscape, different characters, different use of language and diction, different approach to story"
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"On the other hand, I mean, that is what writers have always been supposed to do, was to rely on their own devices and to - I mean, writing is a lonely business"
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"It's hard for me to show work while I'm writing, because other people's comments will influence what happens"
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"In order for a long piece of work to engage a novelist over an extended period of time, it has to deal with questions that you find very important, that you're trying to work out"
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"I'm not sure whay I've been drawn to this subject, except that murder is a subject that has always drawn people for as long as people have been telling stories"
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"I'd rather write one good book than ten mediocre ones"
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"Children love secret club houses. They love secrecy even when there's no need for secrecy"
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"Actually, I enjoy the process of writing a big long novel"
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"The novel is about five students of classics who are studying with a classics professor, and they take the ideas of the things that they're learning from him a bit too seriously, with terrible consequences"
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"Taking on challenging projects is the way that one grows and extends one's range as a writer, one's technical command, so I consider the time well-spent"
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"So I'm not a Southern writer in the commonly held sense of the term, like Faulkner or Eudora Welty, who took the South for their entire literary environment and subject matter"
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"I really do work in solitude"
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"I just finished writing an essay about William Maxwell, an American writer whose work I admire very much"
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"I believe, in a funny way, the job of the novelist is to be out there on the fringes and speaking for an experience that has not really been spoken for"
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"But romantic vision can also lead one away from certain very hard, ugly truths about life that are important to know"


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