Nick Flynn Quotes

  • The only strategy I know of is to write every day, which I don't always do, because sometimes I just can't, for various reasons that seem out of my control.
  • I'd always imagined that one day I would be a father, but mostly it was off my radar. I admired friends who had somehow figured out how to cross that threshold.
  • For years before I became a father, I would try to spend as much time as I could with my friends who were parents and their kids. And I was really impressed. They all sort of managed to do it, and do it gracefully.
  • You come to realize people are not simple.
  • If you're going to write about someone's life, you don't just use them for wallpaper. You have to honor and respect that life.
  • I get inspired by my friends, and if a friend is a writer, that is even deeper.
  • That's the thing about a book: You're in the public life for a little bit, and then you sort of go away for a little while - several years, in my case - and then you come out again, hopefully.
  • That soldiers do terrible things during wartime should not surprise us.
  • That Dick Cheney is pro-torture surprises no one; he freely admits it.
  • Here's a secret: Everyone, if they live long enough, will lose their way at some point. You will lose your way; you will wake up one morning and find yourself lost. This is a hard, simple truth.
  • Certain stories we carry with us, events in our life, they define who we are. It's not a matter of getting over anything; we have to make the best of it.
  • Everything we do, I'd imagine, influences everything we will do.
  • In life you get one take, and it's perfect.
  • The attention one gets from being a poet isn't great.
  • On a good day I write, all day.
  • When I was a child, writing was the worst possible choice of a career in my family.
  • I can weep pretty easily. I can get tears in my eyes from a beautiful work of art.
  • There's this sort of male energy that we have that can seem very destructive. But it doesn't have to be. It actually can be a very positive force.
  • In life you get one take, and it's perfect. It's strange, afterwards you might think I shouldn't have reacted that way, but that's the way you reacted. That's your take; that's all you get.
  • When I was a child, writing was the worst possible choice of a career in my family. My father had always identified himself as a writer to my mother when they met. When they met, he was writing this great novel, there was no doubt about it.
  • I'm not sure why working at a homeless shelter made sense to me, except that I needed to immerse myself in some sort of larger real-life situation to get me out of the cage of my mind, in some ways.
  • The first book I could call mine, my first book, was a picture book, 'The Magic Monkey' - it was adapted from an old Chinese legend by a thirteen-year-old prodigy named Plato Chan with the help of his sister.