Literary Birthday – 18 June – Gail Godwin

Happy Birthday, Gail Godwin, born 18 June 1937.


  1. Dreams say what they mean, but they don’t say it in daytime language.
  2. The characters that I create are parts of myself and I send them on little missions to find out what I don’t know yet.
  3. Negative people present us with an accelerated personal growth opportunity.
  4. None of us suddenly becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for lifetime.
  5. There are two kinds of people. One kind, you can just tell by looking at them at what point they congealed into their final selves. It might be a very nice self, but you know you can expect no more surprises from it. Whereas, the other kind keep moving, changing… They are fluid. They keep moving forward and making new trysts with life, and the motion of it keeps them young. In my opinion, they are the only people who are still alive.
  6. Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre.
  7. One is taught by experience to put a premium on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are.
  8. The more you respect and focus on the singular and the strange, the more you become aware of the universal and infinite.
  9. Other people don’t exist when you’re not with them.
  10. The future arches above us all like a giant question mark, looming or embracing by whims and turns.
  11. There are things we can’t undo, but perhaps there is a kind of constructive remorse that could transform regrettable acts into something of service to life.
  12. During the act of writing I have told myself something that I didn’t know I knew.

Gail Godwin is an American novelist and short story writer. She has written 14 novels, two short story collections, and three non-fiction books. Her works include Flora, Father Melancholy’s Daughter, and Evensong.

Posted on: 18th June 2016