Bird by Bird
Important Quotations Explained
1. The problem
that comes up over and over again is that these people want to be
published. They kind of want to write, but they really want to be
published. You’ll never get where you want to be that way, I tell
my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder
and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”
3. To be
a good writer, you not only have to write a great deal, but you
have to care. You do not have to have a complicated moral philosophy.
But a writer always tries, I think, to be part of the solution,
to understand a little about life and pass it on.
4. You don’t
always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with
world can’t give us that serenity,” he said. “The world can’t give
us peace. We can only find it in our heart.”
“I hate that,” I said.
“I know. But the good news is that by the same token, the world can’t take it away.”
Readers' Notes allow users to add their own analysis and insights to our SparkNotes—and to discuss those ideas with one another. Have a novel take or think we left something out? Add a Readers' Note!