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Shelby Foote

Longevity conquers scandal every time.

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I never cared what kind of grade I got.

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I've never shown anybody a draft of anything.

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Most of my inspiration, if that's the word, came from books themselves.

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I took five years on the first volume, five years on the second volume, and ten years on the third volume.

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People make a grievous error thinking that a list of facts is the truth. Facts are just the bare bones out of which truth is made.

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I ran into Ku Klux Klan and the threat of hurricanes, and those two things made me decide not to build on the Alabama coast, so we came back to Memphis.

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I began the way nearly everybody I ever heard of - I began writing poetry. And I find that to be quite usual with writers, their trying their hand at poetry.

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And I'm a slow writer: five, six hundred words is a good day. That's the reason it took me 20 years to write those million and a half words of the Civil War.

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I think making mistakes and discovering them for yourself is of great value, but to have someone else to point out your mistakes is a shortcut of the process.

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