We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Carolyn Chute Quotes. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
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 never wanted to be a writer. I still don’t.
I like starting projects in January. That’s the best time to start something. It’s so inward.
Spend as much time as you can in silence. Look at the way the sun paints the ground gold.
Sometimes a manuscript is like bread dough. You have to abuse it.
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.
I love a big book, but it’s what most people like which makes commerce sing.
Every time I think I know what’s right and wrong, I end up being wrong. All I want to do is explore. I want to see what people would do. I say, ‘What would this person do in this situation?’ and I write it down. I’m not writing manifestos of my political views.
There’s no writer’s block; there’s only distraction.
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.
Grave silence is far more powerful than the same old voices yapping away.
When I write, I just let my characters go, the way I let life go.
Because school was so terrible was probably why I was driven to write.
We don’t want the government to have anything we don’t have, because government isn’t ‘We The People’ anymore.
When we go out in the world together, we don’t get beat down.
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.
Today’s world is very cruel.
When people do come face to face with each other as human beings, they begin to understand each other better.
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.
I have lived poverty. I didn’t choose it. No one would choose humiliation, pain, and rage.
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.
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.