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Tracy Kidder Quotes

I hope you find these Motivational Tracy Kidder Quotes useful in achieving your personal and career goals in life.

The combination of domesticity and wildness -
that's a deep expression.
- Tracy Kidder

If you had an essentially happy childhood,
that tends to dwell with you.
- Tracy Kidder

The hardest thing was learning to write.
I was 13, and the only writing I had done was for Social Studies.
It consisted of copying passages right out of the encyclopedia.
- Tracy Kidder

When I select a topic, it's usually a commitment of
two to three years of my life.
- Tracy Kidder

 

In a very basic way, a prominent landmark such as Mt.
Holyoke tells you where you are.
They let you know that you're not the first person in a place.
- Tracy Kidder

What I like about non-fiction is that it covers such a huge territory.
The best non-fiction is also creative.
- Tracy Kidder

If you live in the same small place long enough,
something you don't like is bound to happen.
- Tracy Kidder


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I think if the writing comes too easily,
it shows - it's usually hard to read.
- Tracy Kidder

I tell beginning readers to read a lot and write a lot.
If you want to write a book, find a subject that's
really worth the time and effort you'll put in.
- Tracy Kidder

I know that to write you have to have stories you want to tell.
You have to keep your mind alive, and you have to work hard.
- Tracy Kidder

At first, I spend about four hours a day writing.
Toward the end of a book, I spend up to 16 hours a day on it,
because all I want to do is make it good and get it done.
- Tracy Kidder

I never planned on doing a book about Paul Farmer or his organization.
I met him in Haiti when I was on a magazine assignment.
It's almost like his story sort of fell in my lap.
- Tracy Kidder

People say you can't teach writing, but I think that's nonsense.
- Tracy Kidder

Being a professional writer is not an easy way to make a living.
- Tracy Kidder

You do the right thing even if it makes you feel bad.
The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be worthy of happiness.
- Tracy Kidder

I always want to write something better than the last book.
- Tracy Kidder

Things were here before you and will be here after you're gone.
The geographic features, especially,
give you a sense of your own place in the world and in time.
- Tracy Kidder

I do believe that enduring geological features are important,
though I don't think I can be clear about exactly why.
- Tracy Kidder

I wrote a novel about the combat experiences I didn't have in Vietnam.
- Tracy Kidder

I want my prose to be as clear as a pane of glass.
- Tracy Kidder

What interests me is trying to catch the reflection
of the human being on the page.
I'm interested in how ordinary people live their lives.
- Tracy Kidder

Continuity is one of the things I like about New England.
- Tracy Kidder

I usually write about ordinary people and ordinary things,
but Paul Farmer is the least ordinary person I've ever met...
He's the leader of a small group of people who hope to cure a sick world,
and I hope my book can help in some small way.
- Tracy Kidder

Paul Farmer has helped to build amazing health care
system in one of the poorest areas of Haiti.
He founded Partners in Health, which serves the destitute
and the sick in many parts of the world from Haiti
to Boston and from Russia to Peru.
- Tracy Kidder

Patience, persistence and perspiration
make an unbeatable combination for success.
- Napoleon Hill

A good head and a good heart
are always a formidable combination.
- Nelson Mandela

Life is a process of becoming,
a combination of states we have to go through.
Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state
and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
- Anais Nin

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.
- Mark Twain

And I believe that the best buy in public health today
must be a combination of regular physical exercise and a healthy diet.
- Julie Bishop

Yet in this global economy, no jobs are safe.
High-speed Internet connections and low-cost,
skilled labor overseas are an explosive combination.
- Bob Taft

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of
understanding and misunderstanding.
- Diane Arbus

Business is a combination of war and sport.
- Andre Maurois

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking
place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.
- Billie Jean King

Only government can take perfectly good paper,
cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.
- Milton Friedman

The Internet offers an interesting combination of advertising
and community by participating in the community you
can become an advertisement for yourself.
- Walter Jon Williams

It's such a strange combination that I'd be unhappy
to make anything like that without Landis directing.
- Jenny Agutter

Believing in who you are is a major part of a powerful combination for success.
- Darren L. Johnson

I used to be a dancer, and for me it was a really good
combination of dance and acting.
- Patricia Velasquez

Figure skating is an unlikely Olympic event but its good television.
It's sort of a combination of gymnastics and ballet.
A little sexy too which doesn't hurt.
- Andy Rooney

Mathematical reasoning may be regarded rather schematically
as the exercise of a combination of two facilities,
which we may call intuition and ingenuity.
- Alan Turing

HERO is a combination of my personal feeling and the commercialism.
- Zhang Yimou

Becoming the new feminine ideal requires just the right
combination of insecurity,
exercise, bulimia and surgery.
- G. B. Trudeau

Having secured my Indian actors, I started for Baltimore,
where I organized my combination, and which was the
largest troupe I had yet had on the road.
- Buffalo Bill

A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.
- Nadia Boulanger

Synaptic summation is the technical term used in neurophysiology
for those instances in which some neuron C is fired
only by a combination of neurons A and B. - Gregory Bateson

There was Shawon Dunston and Mark Grace,
and together we were a double play combination for ten years.
- Ryne Sandberg

Why go now? That is the question people asked when
I announced I was retiring.
A combination of things made me feel it was all drawing to a natural end.
- Graeme Le Saux

If I were to put on Barbra Streisand and Duke Ellington,
one might say the combination isn't good.
- Norman Granz

Inventing is a combination of brains and materials.
The more brains you use, the less material you need.
- Charles Kettering

It's a combination of targeting higher paying jobs
in these growth areas and fostering closer cooperation with higher education;
a rising tide that lifts all boats.
- John Hoeven

I've been around horses, but I certainly wouldn't call
myself a horseman by any means.
It's a combination of being very aware of them,
and not trusting them.
- Chris Cooper

The Holocaust also shows us how a combination of events
and attitudes can erode a society's democratic values.
- Tim Holden

Of course, I also attribute some of my hearing loss
to being in the infantry in World War II.
It's probably a combination of heredity and noise exposure.
- George Kennedy

Children seem naturally drawn to poetry -
it's some combination of the rhyme,
rhythm, and the words themselves.
- Jack Prelutsky

There's an alternative.
There's always a third way, and it's not a combination of the other two ways.
It's a different way.
- David Carradine

I'd distract myself until finally it was a combination of things.
The show was over and I had time on my hands.
I had taken time and played and just relaxed.
- Paul Reiser

The combination of pictures and words together can be really effective,
and I began to realise in my career that unless I wrote my own words,
then my message was diluted.
- Galen Rowell

It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone,
and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience.
That's always been a tug of war for me.
- Jodie Foster

I like what I hear as a resulting combination of these two strands...
something of a combination of familiarity and,
for lack of a better word, strangeness.
- Alex North

I'm also interested in the modern suggestion that you
can have a combination of love and sex in a marriage -
which no previous society has ever believed.
- Alain de Botton

If we increase spending, we have got to raise taxes or any combination.
- Bobby Scott

Unless the trade deficit shrinks, the combination of
the trade deficit and the interest and dividend payments
to foreigners will grow ever more rapidly.
- Martin Feldstein

Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a
new combination of those images which have been previously
gathered and deposited in the memory;
nothing can come of nothing.
- Joshua Reynolds

And then there's Israel - a lot of people support Israel,
and it's important to Israel to take out Iraq.
So it's all mixed together.
It's a combination of motives.
- Chris Matthews

If poly A is added to poly U, to form a double or triple helix,
the combination is inactive.
- Francis Crick

There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.
- Robert De Niro

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination.
But the combination is locked up in the safe.
- Peter De Vries

In the case of Five-O, I believe it was a combination of many ingredients -
timing,
chemistry, Hawaii.
- James MacArthur

It was a combination of an intense interest in children's literature,
which I've always had, and the feeling that I'd just
have a go and see if I could do it.
- Penelope Lively

It's always a combination of physics and poetry that I find inspiring.
It's hard to wrap your head around things like the Hubble scope.
- Tom Hanks

Ideas rose in clouds; I felt them collide until pairs interlocked,
so to speak, making a stable combination.
- Henri Poincare


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