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For me, the past is dead. Can't go back.

When I was in college, I had the good fortune to have Joyce Carol Oates as my writing teacher. She told me that I could take an aspect of myself, and from that one bit of personality, I can create a character. This is what I have done, particularly in my novels.

I promote my own self-hatred.

I didn't play or like a lot of board games as a child. I liked playing with my G.I. Joes and making up adventures for them.

I don't really recognise success. I don't see myself as on an upwardly mobile trajectory. I see myself as on the edge of a cliff about to fall off.

I need to stay in the present and use that new-age mantra: 'I'm okay right now.' But I worry about all the things I'm failing at every moment.

I've always been inspired by Don Quixote as a role model of sorts, of the power of books to sort of make you insane in maybe a beautiful way.

Even when I was living below the poverty line as a novelist, I was still living better than 99.5% of the human population of the world. But in my little, soft realm of trying to amuse a few dozen middle-class people with my books and articles, I did struggle to survive in my own way.

I've always liked police-blotter kind of writing, or the writing of a policeman, right to the point and hardboiled. That's how I see at least the prose elements of scriptwriting.

A lot of writing is a form of seeing - putting down what you see in terms of action and landscape.

As a child, I wanted to be an athlete, a professional tennis player or something like that.

Having a show get canceled is like, 'Oh, you have caviar between your teeth,' you know what I mean? Because you had a show in the first place.

I am always the source of the worst rumors about myself.

I am part of a vast generation of people who perpetually live as if they just graduated from college.

I don't laugh that much, but I do like humorous books, and I like to entertain readers that way.

I don't like to publicly acknowledge being a Jew.

I drink coffee. Without coffee, I probably couldn't write.

I have very few hobbies. In fact, I have no hobbies.

I'm actually much more shy and self-conscious than people's perception of me.

I've really never written about my relationships, or things like that. I wouldn't want to divulge things that were too private.