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James Lee Burke

Never read bad stuff if you're an artist; it will impair your own game.

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There's nothing like rejection to make you do an inventory of yourself.

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The only thing an artist has to remember is to never lose faith in his vision.

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Using a first-person narrator is simply a matter of hearing the voice inside yourself.

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Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.

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The story of Ulysses and Agamemnon and Menelaus, of Jesus, of the Good Knight of Chaucer, lives in every one of us.

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That's one of the great advantages of age. You can say, I don't want to, I don't care, you can throw temper tantrums, and nobody minds.

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You do it a day at a time. You write as well as you can, you put it in the mail, you leave it under submission, you never leave it at home.

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I used to save all my rejection slips because I told myself, one day I'm going to autograph these and auction them. And then I lost the box.

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If you put somebody on a crack pipe and give them a 9 mm Baretta, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what's going to happen next.

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