Inspirational Quotes by Ernest Gaines

By | August 10, 2017

I write to try to find out who I am. One of my main themes is manliness. I think I’m trying to figure out what manliness really is.

Ernest Gaines

A myth is an old lie that people believe in. White people believe that they’re better than anyone else on earth – and that’s a myth.

Ernest Gaines

I think I’m a very religious person. I think I believe in God as much as any man does. I don’t only believe in God, I know there’s God.

Ernest Gaines

Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?

Ernest Gaines

I believe that the writer should tell a story. I believe in plot. I believe in creating characters and suspense.

Ernest Gaines

Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Everything.

Ernest Gaines

In the beginning, I tried to be a more cosmopolitan writer, but I realized that I was a country boy, and I had to deal with things I knew about and where I came from.

Ernest Gaines

Today I must write a paragraph or a page better than I did yesterday.

Ernest Gaines

The mark of fear is not easily removed.

Ernest Gaines

All writers write about the past, and I try to make it come alive so you can see what happened.

Ernest Gaines

Words mean nothing. Action is the only thing. Doing. That’s the only thing.

Ernest Gaines

There will always be men struggling to change, and there will always be those who are controlled by the past.

Ernest Gaines

Sometimes you got to hurt something to help something. Sometimes you have to plow under one thing in order for something else to grow.

Ernest Gaines

I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to say something about home.

Ernest Gaines

I had to see and feel and be with the thing that I wanted to write about.

Ernest Gaines

When I’m sitting in the church alone, I can hear singing of the old people. I can hear their singing and I can hear their praying, and sometimes I hum one of their songs.

Ernest Gaines

What I miss today more than anything else – I don’t go to church as much anymore – but that old-time religion, that old singing, that old praying which I love so much. That is the great strength of my being, of my writing.

Ernest Gaines

I knew I wanted to be a writer and I knew if I had a wife and family, I would neglect something, and I was afraid it wouldn’t be the writing.

Ernest Gaines

I write with as much objectivity as I can.

Ernest Gaines

The sharecropper may lower his eyes, but not because he’s less of a man. That’s just a condition of society that such things exist.

Ernest Gaines

I was raised by a lady that was crippled all her life but she did everything for me and she raised me. She washed our clothes, cooked our food, she did everything for us. I don’t think I ever heard her complain a day in her life. She taught me responsibility towards my brother and sisters and the community.

Ernest Gaines

I try to write something that would interest anybody and keep them turning the page. You must have a plot and good storyline.

Ernest Gaines

I suppose I started writing seriously at 16 years old. I thought I wrote a novel at 16 and sent it to New York! They sent it back because it wasn’t novel.

Ernest Gaines

Grace under pressure isn’t just about bullfighters and men at war. It’s about getting up every day to face a job or a white boss you don’t like but have to face to feed your children so they’ll grow up to be a better generation.

Ernest Gaines

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