The Wisdom of Finding Forrester

atkins-bookshelf-quotationsIn Gus Van Sant’s touching and inspiring film, Finding Forrester, Sean Connery plays the reclusive, pensive author William Forrester who wrote his magnum opus early in his career and has not written since. Forrester, who rarely leaves his highrise apartment in the Bronx observing the outside world through binoculars, befriends a young high school student and becomes his mentor. Their rapport is as fascinating as it is endearing. As their friendship progresses, Forrester dispenses his pearls of wisdom about love, dreams, and writing…

The key to a woman’s heart is an unexpected gift at an unexpected time.

No thinking – that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is… to write, not to think!

The rest of those who have gone before us cannot steady the unrest of those to follow.

You don’t know a goddamn thing about reason; There are no reasons! Reasons why some of us live and why some of us don’t! Fortunately for you, you have decades to figure that out!

Writers write things to give readers something to read.

Someone I once knew wrote that we walk away from our dreams afraid that we may fail or worse yet, afraid we may succeed. You need to know that while I knew so very early that you would realize your dreams, I never imagined I would once again realize my own. Seasons change young man, and while I may have waited until the winter of my life, to see the things I’ve seen this past year, there is no doubt I would have waited too long, had it not been for you.

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