28 quotes found by Chris Abani

Chris Abani
What I've come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion.
notag  # 2273
Chris Abani
That women are mysterious and unknowable is something every young man grows up believing. Men, on the other hand, never think of themselves as mysterious or confusing, and we are often at a loss as to why women want to figure us out.
men  women  Often  # 3116
Chris Abani
I have to have three or four books going simultaneously. If I'm not impressed in the first 20 pages, I don't bother reading the rest, especially with novels. I'm not a book-club style reader. I'm not looking for life lessons or wanting people to think I'm smart because I'm reading a certain book.
life  book  smart  # 3117
Chris Abani
My search is always to find ways to chronicle, to share and to document stories about people, just everyday people. Stories that offer transformation, that lean into transcendence, but that are never sentimental, that never look away from the darkest things about us.
Ways  stories  share  # 3118
Chris Abani
If I don't get at least one e-mail every ten minutes, I feel unloved. Even junk mail makes me feel seen. Sad, I know. Sigh.
sad  Seen  Ten  # 3119
Chris Abani
In this time of the Internet and nonfiction, to be on an actual bookshelf in an actual bookstore is exciting in itself.
time  Itself  internet  # 3120
Chris Abani
Fiction and poetry are my first loves, but the really beautiful lyrical essay can do so much that other forms cannot.
poetry  beautiful  Cannot  # 3121
Chris Abani
I read mostly Irish, African, Japanese, South American, and African writers. You can count on Scandinavian literature for a certain kind of darkness, a modern mythic style.
read  Certain  style  # 3122
Chris Abani
Every successful artist comes from a family - parents or siblings or both - who, although equally gifted, chose not to pursue the treacherous and difficult path of the artist.
family  parents  Successful  # 3123
Chris Abani
I had amazing intellectual privilege as a kid. My mom taught me to read when I was two or three. When I was five, I read and wrote well enough to do my nine-year older brother's homework in exchange for chocolate or cigarettes. By the time I was 10, I was reading Orwell, Tolstoy's 'War and Peace,' and the Koran. I was reading comic books, too.
time  peace  war  # 3124
Chris Abani
Men do communicate, often very directly, but women sometimes cannot accept how simple what we have to say is.
men  women  Cannot  # 3125
Chris Abani
My father was educated in Cork, in the University of Cork, in the '50s.
Father  Educated  University  # 3126
Chris Abani
The privilege of being a writer is that you have this opportunity to slow down and to consider things.
writer  Consider  Slow  # 3127
Chris Abani
I love essays, but they're not always the best way to communicate to a larger audience.
love  best  Audience  # 3128
Chris Abani
Like most writers, I find the Web is a wonderful distraction. Who doesn't need that last minute research before writing?
Last  Wonderful  Research  # 3129
Chris Abani
I truly believe that writing is a continuum - so the different genres and forms are simply stops along the same continuum. Different ideas that need to be expressed sometimes require different forms for the ideas to float better. I don't write essays as often as I should.
Often  ideas  Simply  # 3130