Happy Birthday, Stephen Elliott, born 3 December 1971
- I think part of being a writer is being unhappy. But of course, you need massive bursts of confidence to do the work, to believe that anyone could be interested in what you have to say. But the dissatisfaction is part of what keeps us going. We have to keep creating our way out of this box we put ourselves in.
- I believe that everybody has at least one story, and if it’s well written people will care.
- What we have is a non-voting generation. That’s what they should call you guys, the non-voting generation. You think you can’t fix anything until you fix yourselves. Well, let me be the first to tell you, you will never fix yourselves.
- What we remember, and how we order and interpret what we believe to be true, are what shapes who we are.
- A stranger can see in an instant something in you that you might spend years learning about yourself. How awful we all are when we look at ourselves under a light, finally seeing our reflections. How little we know about ourselves. How much forgiveness it must take to love a person, to choose not to see their flaws, or to see those flaws and love the person anyway. If you never forgive you’ll always be alone.
- In every book I ever wrote the point was to do as much as you could after coming to terms with your limitations.
- We all think we’re retaliating. That’s the nature of conflict. We all think our actions are justified by someone else’s actions. But actually, we’re responsible for what we do
Stephen Elliott is an American author. He has written and published seven books, including Happy Baby, and directed two films. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the online literary magazine, The Rumpus.
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