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Quotes of the Day for 30 September 2001 – Truman Capote

Truman Streckfus Persons was born at New Orleans, Louisiana on this day in 1924, although before he started writing he had adopted his stepfather's surname: Capote. As a boy he became friends with novelist Harper Lee, Capote was the model of the character Dill in her To Kill a Mockingbird. He wrote his first story at age eight and continued to write short stories, novels, plays and his "nonfiction novel" In Cold Blood in 1966.

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The quotes:

Life is moderately good play with a badly written third act.

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make.

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.

Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the yard and shot it.

The most dangerous thing in the world is to make a friend of an Englishman, because he'll come sleep in your closet rather than spend ten shillings on a hotel.
     - All today's quotes are from Truman Capote, 1924 - 1984


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