Quotations by Paul Auster

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Born: Monday, February 3, 1947
Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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
(Keywords: Money, Time, Ambition, Children, Poems, Prose)

Everything can change at any moment, suddenly and forever.
- Paul Auster
(Keywords: Change)

I don't know if she should worry too much, I mean some of our greatest writers have had movies made of their books, lots of Hemingway novels were turned into movies, it doesn't hurt the book.
- Paul Auster
(Keywords: Movies, Books, Hurt, Worry, Writers)

I don't think that you can be prescriptive about anything, I mean, life is too complicated. Maybe there are novels where the author has not in the least thought about it in terms of film, which can be turned into good films.
- Paul Auster
(Keywords: Life, Thought, Film)

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
(Keywords: Poetry, America, Paris)

I was always interested in French poetry sort of as a sideline to my own work, I was translating contemporary French poets. That kind of spilled out into translation as a way to earn money, pay for food and put bread on the table.
- Paul Auster
(Keywords: Food, Poetry, Money, Work, Poets)

If you're not ready for everything, you're not ready for anything.
- Paul Auster

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
(Keywords: End, Night, Voice, Wrong)

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
(Keywords: Job, Jobs)

There's hope for everyone. That's what makes the world go round.
- Paul Auster
(Keywords: Hope, World)

We construct a narrative for ourselves, and that's the thread that we follow from one day to the next. People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread.
- Paul Auster
(Keywords: People, Day)

You can't put your feet on the ground until you've touched the sky.
- Paul Auster
(Keywords: Feet, Sky)

You have to protect it too, you can't let just any stupid person take it and do something demoralizing with it. At the same time, I don't believe in being so rigid about controlling what happens either.
- Paul Auster
(Keywords: Time, Being)

You see, the interesting thing about books, as opposed, say, to films, is that it's always just one person encountering the book, it's not an audience, it's one to one.
- Paul Auster
(Keywords: Books)

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