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Ann Patchett

  • The tricky thing about being a writer, or about being any kind of artist, is that in addition to making art you also have to make a living.

    • Ann Patchett,
    • "Nonfiction, an Introduction," This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage ()
  • I grieve for my own lack of talent and intelligence. Every. Single. Time. Were I smarter, more gifted, I could pin down a closer facsimile of the wonders I see. I believe, more than anything, that this grief of constantly having to face down our own inadequacies is what keeps people from being writers.

    • Ann Patchett,
    • "The Getaway Car," This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage ()
  • My divorce began less than a week before we were married.

    • Ann Patchett,
    • "The Sacrament of Divorce," This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage ()
  • There can be something cruel about people who have had good fortune. They equate it with personal goodness.

    • Ann Patchett,
    • "The Sacrament of Divorce," This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage ()
  • I would like there to be an eighth sacrament: the sacrament of divorce. Like Communion, it is a slim white wafer on the tongue. Like confession, it is forgiveness. Forgiveness is important not so much because we've done wrong as because we feel we need to be forgiven. Family, friends, God, whoever loves us forgives us, takes us in again. They are thrilled by our life, our possibilities, our second chances.

    • Ann Patchett,
    • "The Sacrament of Divorce," This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage ()
  • ... reading is a private act, private even from the person who wrote the book. Once the novel is out there, the author is beside the point. The reader and the book have their own relationship now, and should be left alone to work things out for themselves.

    • Ann Patchett,
    • "My Life in Sales," This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage ()
  • ... I think the best vacation is the one that relieves me of my own life for a while and then makes me long for it again.

    • Ann Patchett,
    • "Do Not Disturb," This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage ()
  • Using your imagination is the one time in life you can really go anywhere.

    • Ann Patchett
  • Nothing comforted Sabine like long division. ... She figured the square root of the date while other people knit and read. Sabine blamed much of the world's unhappiness on the advent of calculators.

Ann Patchett, U.S. writer

(1963)