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Paul Auster (Writer)

The world is so unpredictable. Things happen suddenly, unexpectedly. We want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are, in some ways we're not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence.
Paul Auster world
We are continually shaped by the forces of coincidence.
Paul Auster
Everything can change at any moment, suddenly and forever.
Paul Auster change
You can't put your feet on the ground until you've touched the sky.
Paul Auster you
It's extremely difficult to get these jobs because you can't get a job on a ship unless you have seaman's paper's, and you can't get seaman's papers unless you have a job on a ship. There had to be a way to break through the circle, and he was the one who arranged it for me.
Paul Auster man
I'm living in the present, thinking about the past, hoping for the future.
Paul Auster future
If you're not ready for everything, you're not ready for anything.
Paul Auster you
All I wanted to do was write - at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children.
Paul Auster time
It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not.
Paul Auster time
Children, I mean, think of your own childhood, how important the bedtime story was. How important these imaginary experiences were for you. They helped shape reality, and I think human beings wouldn't be human without narrative fiction.
Paul Auster time
Stories surge up out of nowhere, and if they feel compelling, you follow them. You let them unfold inside you and see where they are going to lead.
Paul Auster you
Chance is an element of life. What I try to do is study what I call the mechanics of reality as carefully as I can.
Paul Auster life
The funny thing is that I feel close to all my characters. Deep, deep inside them all.
Paul Auster funny
Changing your mind is probably one of the most beautiful things people can do. And I've changed my mind about a lot of things over the years.
Paul Auster change
I like the sound a typewriter makes.
Paul Auster writer
I think if we didn't contradict ourselves, it would be awfully boring. It would be tedious to be alive.
Paul Auster live
All through my writing life, I've had this impulse to write autobiographical works.
Paul Auster life
I think it's a very good thing to leave your country and look at it from afar.
Paul Auster good
I've always written by hand. Mostly with a fountain pen, but sometimes with a pencil - especially for corrections.
Paul Auster time
When you're young, you keep reading new writers and you keep changing your mind about how you ought to sound.
Paul Auster reading
Writing has always had that tactile quality for me. It's a physical experience.
Paul Auster experience
Holes in the memory. You grab on to some things, others have completely disappeared.
Paul Auster memory
Money's important. Everyone cares about money. And when you don't have money, money becomes the overriding obsession of your life.
Paul Auster life
Our lifelong certainties about the world can be demolished in a single second.
Paul Auster life
I guess I wanted to leave America for awhile. It wasn't that I wanted to become an expatriate, or just never come back, I needed some breathing room. I'd already been translating French poetry, I'd been to Paris once before and liked it very much, and so I just went.
Paul Auster poetry
The world is so unpredictable. Things happen suddenly, unexpectedly. We want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are, in some ways were not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence.
Paul Auster world

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