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All Quotes by author - Andrew Vachss
" A kid in an abusive home has far fewer rights than any POW. There is no Geneva Convention for kids. "
" All children are born pure egoists. They perceive their needs to the exclusion of all others. Only through socialization do they learn that some forms of gratification must be deferred and others denied. "
" A trial is not a search for truth. It is a contest and, often, one that produces no winners. "
" Building a mechanical device for its appearance is like putting lace on a bowling ball. "
" Fighting means you could lose. Bullying means you can't. A bully wants to beat somebody; he doesn't want to fight somebody. "
" I believe my publisher has shown a great deal of faith in me over a lot of years but I'm not prepared to be so arrogant to say that the long-term literary value of my work would compensate them for a financial failure. "
" I did criminal defense work part-time, and that paid the bills for representing abused and neglected children... and for defending in juvenile court those kids the 'child protective system' had missed when it had the chance. "
" I don't sign contracts for my books. "
" I don't take advances for my books. "
" I don't understand people whose gratification is a BMW. You don't know what joy is until you see a kid who was tortured get adopted by a family. "
" If I ever stopped being angry, I couldn't write anymore. How could I? "
" I hate bullies. I hate them. I'm not good enough with words to describe how much I hate them. "
Not Good Enough
" I'm in pursuit of what cannot be achieved: perfection. "
" In some neighborhoods, if you want to walk down the streets, you've got two choices - look down, or look hard. "
" I think people should be consumers of journalism. "
" I write everything in Courier 12 because I write for publication, not pleasure. "
" Journalism is the protection between people and any sort of totalitarian rule. That's why my hero, admittedly a flawed one, is a journalist. "
" Journalism is what maintains democracy. It's the force for progressive social change. "
" My life is triage. "
" No politician is threatened by the child protective constituency, because it does not exist. "
" People are pushing against the fabric of society all the time. "
" The idea that you're not a writer until you're published is a lie. "
" The third person narrator, instead of being omniscient, is like a constantly running surveillance tape. "
" Victimizers of children are the enemies of any so-called society. "
" We don't protect our young, and we tolerate predators of our own species. "
" While early childhood experiences may impel, they do not compel. In the end, evil is a matter of choice. "
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