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All Quotes by author - David Mitchell
" A life can get knocked into a new orbit by a car crash, a lottery win or just a bleary-eyed consultant giving bad news in a calm voice. "
" A novelist needs to know his own strong points and weak points. "
" Any adaptation is a translation, and there is such a thing as an unreadably faithful translation; and I believe a degree of reinterpretation for the new language may be not only inevitable but desirable. "
" As long as our civilisation keeps trundling along generally forwards, then there is the possibility of a future where ethnicity is merely an interesting badge, not a uniform you can't take off. "
" Every relationship has its own language. It takes a long time to evolve and read one another. Just as it's true for people, it's also true on a national or cultural level. "
" False modesty can be worse than arrogance. "
" For me, novels coalesce into being, rather than arrive fully formed. "
" Historically, unfortunately, race seems to be the major division that humanity has imposed on itself, a way of subdividing into smaller groups. "
" I can't bear living in this huge beautiful world and not try to imitate it as best I can. "
" I can write pretty much anywhere. "
" I don't have problems starting writing. I have problems stopping. I'm one of the last dads to arrive at school to collect the kids, because I want to get this paragraph just right. "
" If the human condition were the periodic table, maybe love would be hydrogen at No. 1. Death would be helium at No. 2. Power, I reckon, would be where oxygen is. "
" I had a happy childhood. "
" I love HBO productions, actually, like 'The Wire.' "
" I'm a novelist, that's how I make my livelihood, and I concentrate on the novels. "
" I'm certainly a plot and character man. Themes, structure, style - they're valid components of a novel and you can't complete the book without them. But I think what propels me as a reader is plot and character. "
" I'm from a time and place where bigheadedness was a really savage crime, and you'd get cut down for it by your peers and parents. "
" I'm not a great deep political thinker. "
" I'm not from a milieu where high-register language or philosophical ideas were welcome. "
" In the 1970s and 1980s there was so little decent fiction for young people, but we're now in a golden age that shows no sign of fading. Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, Lemony Snicket are only three of the best known among a good number of equals. "
" I often lose myself in the Sudoku-like challenges of making a book work. "
" I rarely ever put my head above the rampart and see where this big lumbering behemoth called 'global literature' is going. "
" I still haven't quite got used to eating live fish. "
" I think all writers of my age who are brought up on films probably by the age of 16 have seen many more films than they have read classics of literature. We can't help but be influenced by film. Film has got some great tricks that it's taught writers. "
" I think it's natural for youth to be drawn to newness: The world is still new for them. "
" I think the story is the most ancient form of human entertainment. "
" I think we think in terms of stories. "
" I think words operate like musical notes that the eyeball hears. "
" It's true that stammerers can become more adept at sentence construction. "
" I've become a less brave traveller since I became a dad, but in the past I was more foolhardy than brave. "
In The Past
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