Amity Gaige Quotes

 

To me, self-esteem is not self-love. It is self-acknowledgment, as in recognizing and accepting who you are.

 

To me, self-esteem is not self-love. It is self-acknowledgment, as in recognizing and accepting who you are.

— Amity Gaige

I think I have a very American desire and willingness to divulge everything. I would divulge more if I didn’t know it wasn’t smart.

— Amity Gaige

I love writing letters. In order to write a novel in first person, I think I needed an addressee.

— Amity Gaige

I do think, in general, children are so perceptive, and they watch and they get so much, and that’s wonderful. And it’s also difficult for them because they see so much, but they don’t understand.

— Amity Gaige

Other than a short article I read in 2008 when the real story broke, I have not followed the Clark Rockefeller case, and ‘Schroder’ is not a novelization of that story.

— Amity Gaige

I researched children’s rights, divorce law, and parental kidnapping. Millions of children and parents are touched by the inadequacy of the legal system to deal with the human heart.

— Amity Gaige

Oh, I’m a pretty bad poet. This has been corroborated by others.

— Amity Gaige

I wanted – and still want – to tell my mother’s story. She fled Stalin’s army in 1944, leaving Latvia, which was to be occupied by the Soviets for the next 50 years, and arrived to the U.S. when she was 11.

— Amity Gaige

I think marriage and family keeps being written about because that’s where we keep our reputations with ourselves – I mean, we can’t quite slip the truths we reveal about ourselves at home.

— Amity Gaige

‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ is, to my mind, a work of perfect genius.

— Amity Gaige

Reading while I’m writing ideally inspires my competitive side. When I read great writers, I want to be a better writer.

— Amity Gaige

Reading ‘Blood Will Out,’ one begins to understand how so many people were duped by Clark Rockefeller. All the imposter needs is some kind of initial agreement that he is who he says he is; thereafter, consensus builds via a network of human relationships.

— Amity Gaige

In the best writers, the outward-reaching interest in the ‘found subject’ leads back at a hairpin to some uncomfortable inner recognition that the writer has journeyed very far to see; he comes home half-dead.

— Amity Gaige

I think a writer is a describer. She describes society and human nature as she sees it. She has to be both typical of that society and alone within it.

— Amity Gaige

I loved Madeleine L’Engle as a child – ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’

— Amity Gaige

My personal writing philosophy is to try and write better every day.

— Amity Gaige

I certainly want people to like my writing, but I know that if I write with the intention of trying to please people, the writing will not be good because it will not be authentic. So, ironically, I have to be willing to write something strange or unlovable in order to write anything truly good.

— Amity Gaige

For several years before I began ‘The Folded World,’ I worked at an urban college campus and had a job in a tutoring center, and people would come into the tutoring center, and for some reason, they just kept telling me their life stories.

— Amity Gaige

I often read poetry to ‘warm up’ before I write.

— Amity Gaige

Nobody writes like Nabokov; nobody ever will. What I would give to write one sentence like Vladimir!

— Amity Gaige

I think novels are profoundly autobiographical. If writers deny that, they are lying. Or if it’s really true, then I think it’s a mistake.

— Amity Gaige

I was born on an even keel. Family lore says I never cried, even at birth. I felt at ease on earth, in the right place. And like many children, I took comfort in life’s regularity: Every few days it rained, the school bus came and went, and my parents were rooted in their union.

— Amity Gaige

Self-esteem comes quietly, like the truth.

— Amity Gaige

Several paranoid suspicions occurred to me, the worst of which was that my whole identity was merely a patched-together set of behaviors designed to keep my parents joined to each other – the repertoire of tricks of a small but intelligent dog.

— Amity Gaige

Parenthood is a psychic sweat lodge: enter into it only if you are ready to have your own secreted toxins running into your eyes. Few people are prepared for its power – women or men.

— Amity Gaige

Edan Lepucki sets her debut novel, ‘California,’ somewhere in the 2060s. The nearness of this era helps make her vision both more discomfiting and more credible.

— Amity Gaige

There would be times when I got so much work that I didn’t have time to write. School interfered with writing more than writing with school.

— Amity Gaige

Don’t let anyone tell you there’s only one way to write.

— Amity Gaige

As separate people, we are weak, but we could be a peaceful, powerful nation.

— Amity Gaige

Let’s admit it; the only use for complaining is to make people laugh.

— Amity Gaige

When you feel the need to moan and groan, laugh with woeful recognition and eat flaky pastries. If you hear yourself taking the art of complaining a little too seriously, ask yourself what you’re trying to accomplish, exactly.

— Amity Gaige

It’s dangerous to accept crisis as your baseline. It gets harder and harder to see the anti-crises that are so requisite to happiness: the quiet times, the crucial pauses – like those in a poem.

— Amity Gaige

If you could literally ‘rid’ yourself of your problems by voicing them, I’d be all for it. But since that isn’t so, why not reserve the spoken word for functional interactions and witticisms, if not declarations of love?

— Amity Gaige

My mother was born in Latvia. She and most of her family fled from the capital city of Riga in 1944 with the final approach of the Soviet army.

— Amity Gaige

In the name of ‘mutual assistance,’ the Soviet Union would occupy Latvia until 1991, and it continues to occupy Latvia: in the obedient, epic lines at the post office, in the fug of coal smoke outside cities, in the notorious apartment buildings made of bricks of radioactive compressed ash.

— Amity Gaige

I often heard Latvians compare Russia and America. Latvians find both countries and their leaders possessed of the same mysterious confidence.

— Amity Gaige

It goes without saying that before its culture and literature can continue to evolve, Latvia first must endure the political comedy of creating a stable, functioning and unthreatened democracy.

— Amity Gaige

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