Carolyn Chute Quotes

  • Today's world is very cruel.
  • I never wanted to be a writer. I still don't.
  • We don't want the government to have anything we don't have, because government isn't 'We The People' anymore.
  • Grave silence is far more powerful than the same old voices yapping away.
  • Because school was so terrible was probably why I was driven to write.
  • I have lived poverty. I didn't choose it. No one would choose humiliation, pain, and rage.
  • With upper- and middle-class lawns, there's more hidden, whereas with working-class or poor lawns, there's more out to see. It just sits right out there. Very honest. Like the people.
  • When I'm not writing, I do a lot of research reading on the shape of civilization. Fiction can be a lot of different things... but I feel like it's my job to write about the way things are.
  • Sometimes a manuscript is like bread dough. You have to abuse it.
  • I am a person who can't teach writing or make a living in any public way, as I get confused when interrupted or overstimulated. In a classroom or crowded room, I all but blank out. So my only income is from novels.
  • I love a big book, but it's what most people like which makes commerce sing.
  • I like starting projects in January. That's the best time to start something. It's so inward.
  • There's no writer's block; there's only distraction.
  • When I write, I just let my characters go, the way I let life go.
  • That's the way we see life: your community is your survival. And if you live in a small community like this, even the people you hate you have as friends.
  • Today, somewhere in America, more foreclosures. More auctions. Another farmer plots his own death. And another. There is an art to making your death by combine look like an accident.
  • Spend as much time as you can in silence. Look at the way the sun paints the ground gold.
  • Sadly I don't work well under restrictions. I need to forget the world and its rules and laws in order to enter the dreamlike flow of the fictional world. So I may be in some bad trouble.
  • We need to stay together, to spread the truth like religion. It's a lonely, scary road, and we've got to walk it together.
  • You go through your life feeling like an outsider, and you respond to society in a different way when you feel like an outsider.
  • It doesn't matter that millions read as long as you share it with somebody. So I don't really think about readers or editors. You especially should never think of editors - especially never think about reviewers.
  • People say, 'Well, why don't they get another job, why don't they pick themselves up by their bootstraps?' Well, the people that say that probably have the kind of jobs where they don't work that hard, so maybe they could have another job.
  • I love people, but I don't do so well in a system. We're poor, and we lead a very different kind of life. We depend on other people so much.