Literary Birthday – 11 April – Thomas Harris

Happy Birthday, Thomas Harris, born 11 April 1940.

Thomas Harris Quotes

  1. Fear comes with imagination, it’s a penalty, it’s the price of imagination.
  2. You must understand that when you are writing a novel you are not making anything up. It’s all there and you just have to find it.
  3. Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed.
  4. I think it’s easy to mistake understanding for empathy – we want empathy so badly. Maybe learning to make that distinction is part of growing up. It’s hard and ugly to know somebody can understand you without even liking you.
  5. How seldom we recognise the sound when the bolt of our fate slides home.
  6. The intimacy of the detail – why The Silence of the Lambs is quite possibly the Thriller Writer’s bible.
  7. Problem solving is hunting. It is savage pleasure and we are born to it.
  8. Writing novels is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, including digging irrigation ditches.
  9. What do you look at while you’re making up your mind? Ours is not a reflective culture, we do no raise our eyes up to the hills. Most of the time we decide the critical things while looking at the linoleum floor of an institutional corridor, or whispering hurriedly in a waiting room with a television blatting nonsense.
  10. Being smart spoils a lot of things, doesn’t it?

Thomas Harris is an American author and screenwriter. All of his works have been made into films, the most notable being the multi-Oscar winning The Silence of the Lambs.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 11th April 2015