Dani Shapiro

Born: April 10, 1962

Occupation: Author

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Dani Shapiro

I had spent my childhood and the better part of my early adulthood trying to understand my mother. She had been an extraordinarily difficult person, spiteful and full of rage, with a temper that could...

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This sadness wasn't a huge part of me--I wasn't remotely depressed--but still, it was like a stone I carried in my pocket. I always knew it was there. [p. 179]

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I don't know why this is, but I really believe that things don't happen when we're trying to will them into being. They don't happen when we're waiting for the phone to ring or the email to pop up in our...

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A writer with her work needs to be like a dog with a bone all the time. She needs to know where she's hidden it. Where she's stored the good stuff. She needs to keep gnawing at it, even after all the meat...

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The writing life requires courage, patience, persistence, empathy, openness, and the ability to deal with rejection. It requires the willingness to be alone with oneself. To be gentle with oneself. To...

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We don't choose what's going to wake us up.

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It is in the thousands of days of trying, failing, sitting, thinking, resisting, dreaming, raveling, unraveling that we are at our most engaged, alert, and alive.

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All there is to do, right at this very moment, is to breathe in, breathe out, and kiss the joy as it flies.

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Writing has been my window-flung wide open to this magnificent, chaotic existence-my way of interpreting everything within my grasp.

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I try to remember that the job - as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy - of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it.

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Everything you need to know about life can be learned from a genuine and ongoing attempt to write

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Writing well involves walking the path of most resistance. Sitting still, being patient, allowing the lunatic dream to take shape on the page, then the shaping, the pencil on the page, breathing, slowing...

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In the country, I stopped being a person who, in the words of Sylvia Boorstein, startles easily. I grew calmer, but beneath that calm was a deep well of loneliness I hadn't known was there. ... Anxiety...

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We are tyrannized by our options.

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There’s a great expression in Twelve Step programs: Act as if. Act as if you’re a writer. Sit down and begin. Act as if you might just create something beautiful, and by beautiful I mean something...

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Everything I know about life I learned from the daily practice of sitting down to write.

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I used to act in television commercials when I was a kid and a young adult.

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In a creative journey, it is essential, no matter how far one runs, to examine that which is closest to home.

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If I dismiss the ordinary—waiting for the special, the extreme, the extraordinary to happen—I may just miss my life.

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If you are a writer or any kind of artist, if you change something as fundamental as where you live - the way you live - then I think you change the very instrument that is trying to make the art

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With tremendous clarity and wisdom, Daniel Tomasulo has crafted a memoir at once heartbreaking and uplifting. Layers of time and memory—childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, middle age—are so beautifully...

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It is only with distance that we are able to turn our powers of observation on ourselves, thus fashioning stories in which we are characters.

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Recognize the possibility of the divine in any given moment.

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Courage is more important than confidence

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You can start your day over anytime.

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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss