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The conversation of kisses. Subtle, engrossing, fearless, transforming.

Alice Munro in Runaway (2004)Report problemRelated quotes
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That's something I think is growing on me as I get older: happy endings.

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People who believe in miracles do not make much fuss when they actually encounter one.

Alice Munro in Selected Stories (1996)Report problemRelated quotes
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Never underestimate the meanness in people's souls... Even when they're being kind... especially when they're being kind.

Alice Munro in The Love of a Good Woman (1998)Report problemRelated quotes
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The complexity of things - the things within things - just seems to be endless. I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.

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Memory is the way we keep telling ourselves our stories - and telling other people a somewhat different version of our stories.

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Sometimes I get the start of a story from a memory, an anecdote, but that gets lost and is usually unrecognizable in the final story.

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In my own work, I tend to cover a lot of time and to jump back and forward in time, and sometimes the way I do this is not very straightforward.

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In twenty years I've never had a day when I didn't have to think about someone else's needs. And this means the writing has to be fitted around it.

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I want the reader to feel something is astonishing. Not the 'what happens,' but the way everything happens. These long short story fictions do that best, for me.

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