Quotes from the category Attention:
- Art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction. permalink
"Saul Bellow, The Art of Fiction No. 37" inteview by Gordon Lloyd Harper in Paris Review (Winter 1966)
- Choice of attention — to pay attention to this and ignore that — is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be. permalink
- I hate tricks. At the first sign of a trick or gimmick in a piece of fiction, a cheap trick or even an elaborate trick, I tend to look for cover. Tricks are ultimately boring, and I get bored easily, which may go along with my not having much of an attention span. But extremely clever chi-chi writing, or just plain tomfoolery writing, puts me to sleep. Writers don't need tricks or gimmicks or even necessarily need to be the smartest fellows on the block. At the risk of appearing foolish, a writer sometimes needs to be able to just stand and gape at this or that thing — a sunset or an old shoe — in absolute and simple amazement. permalink
- I have an extraordinary attention span. I manage to juggle two or three different ideas at the same time, and that's probably, if I have a gift, that's probably the best gift that's given me. permalink
- Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. permalink
"Of Studies" in Essays (1625)
- Zen taught me how to pay attention, how to delve, how to question and enter, how to stay with — or at least want to try to stay with — whatever is going on. permalink
The Atlantic Online (18 September 1997)
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