Robert Olen Butler’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite  Robert Olen Butler Quotes 

 Robert Olen Butler, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best  Robert Olen Butler quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find  Robert Olen Butler’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer  Robert Olen Butler made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favourites: 

Popular Quotes

“fiction writers are the writer-directors of the cinema of inner consciousness,”
― Robert Olen Butler, From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

 “I think, by the way, that’s why athletes are so superstitious. Because if you believe that your current batting streak depends on wearing a pair of dirty socks, you’re less likely to think it has to do with your technique. If it’s technique, you think about it. If it’s your socks, it’s not rational. What superstitions do for the athlete is to irrationalize. And that’s what you have to do as a writer; you have to irrationalize yourself somehow.”
― Robert Olen Butler, From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

“And so, given the musical sensibilities Hatcher treasured in his earthly life, it is hard to exaggerate the severity of his torture at standing naked in his tiny kitchen in Hell as former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover sings a Bee Gees disco song backed by a full studio orchestra and Robin and Maurice.”
― Robert Olen Butler, Hell

“The great Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa said that to be an artist means never to avert your eyes. And that’s the hardest thing, because we want to flinch. The artist must go into the white hot center of himself, and our impulse when we get there is to look away and avert our eyes.”
― Robert Olen Butler

 “I can speak these words and perhaps you can see these things clearly because you are using your imagination. But I cannot imagine these things because I lived them, and to remember them with the vividness I know they should have is impossible. They are lost to me.”
― Robert Olen Butler, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

 “I once assigned a graduate class Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life—a book I love—and one of the students said, “It’s so effing high-minded it makes me want to go to the Kmart.”
― Robert Olen Butler, From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

“If all the artists you loved changed you, they’d hack you up in little piece and you’d never get back together. That, or you’d end up loving only one artist forever.”
― Robert Olen Butler, They Whisper

 “the primary and only necessary way of experiencing a work of literary art is not by “understanding” it in analytical terms; it is by thrumming to the work of art.”
― Robert Olen Butler, From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

“The monitor presently shows the Windows Blue Screen of Death, though this does not alarm him, as the BSoD is the universal screen saver in Hell.”
― Robert Olen Butler, Hell

“there are two of you, one who wants to write and one who doesn’t. The one who wants to write has to keep fooling the one who doesn’t.”
― Robert Olen Butler, From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

10 Famous Quotes by Author  Robert Olen Butler

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10  Robert Olen Butler quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best  Robert Olen Butler quote below and sharing our favourite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by  Robert Olen Butler. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable  Robert Olen Butler quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Robert Olen Butler Quote 

“When Michael received a pass at the top of the key in full flight and he left the ground, he defied gravity, floated through the air, let that ball roll off his fingertips and into the basket. Tongue unconsciously extended. When he did that, he had to be in the zone. He could not be thinking about what he was doing. But to make his zone exactly analogous to the art zone, you have to add this: every time he shoots, in order to make a basket Michael Jordan would have to confront, without flinching, the moment when his father’s chest was blown apart by the shotgun held by his kidnapper. You know that happened in Michael Jordan’s life. Well, Michael would have to confront that in order to make a basket every time. Without flinching. Now his zone is equal to the artist’s zone. And now you understand the challenge of being an artist. 2”― Robert Olen Butler, From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

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