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Quotes by Nick Flynn

In life you get one take, and it's perfect. It's strange, afterwards you might think I shouldn't have reacted that way, but that's the way you reacted. That's your take; that's all you get.
You come to realize people are not simple.
Certain stories we carry with us, events in our life, they define who we are. It's not a matter of getting over anything; we have to make the best of it.
Everything we do, I'd imagine, influences everything we will do.
When I was a child, writing was the worst possible choice of a career in my family.
That soldiers do terrible things during wartime should not surprise us.
On a good day I write, all day.
If you're going to write about someone's life, you don't just use them for wallpaper. You have to honor and respect that life.
I became an electrician after high school. But I always had this thing in me to write. But it was always a little shameful. To say you were a poet was saying you were kind of crazy, and I carried that around for a long time. I still kind of carry that. And I think it might be true, actually.
That Dick Cheney is pro-torture surprises no one; he freely admits it.