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All Quotes by author - Michael Morpurgo
" Access to books and the encouragement of the habit of reading: these two things are the first and most necessary steps in education and librarians, teachers and parents all over the country know it. It is our children's right and it is also our best hope and their best hope for the future. "
" Admitting failure is quite cleansing, but never - pleasurable. "
" A lot of children, like I did, move away from words because of the fear - which is something you have to take out of education: the fear of worrying about what marks you'll get, detention, worrying about letting people down, your parents, teachers. "
" Always write your ideas down however silly or trivial they might seem. Keep a notebook with you at all times. "
" Animals are sentient, intelligent, perceptive, funny and entertaining. We owe them a duty of care as we do to children. "
" A notion for a story is for me a confluence of real events, historical perhaps, or from my own memory to create an exciting fusion. "
" Anything that gets children reading is fine. "
" As a young child my attention span was, as I remember it, rather short. "
" Books that kids read should be about what is going on in the world. "
" By the time I sit down and face the blank page I am raring to go. I tell it as if I'm talking to my best friend or one of my grandchildren. "
" Characters are the key to a good book. It took me several novels to comprehend that. "
" Children have to be motivated to want to learn to read. Reading must not be taught simply as a school exercise. "
" Don't worry about writing a book or getting famous or making money. Just lead an interesting life. "
" Encouraging young people to believe in themselves and find their own voice whether it's through writing, drama or art is so important in giving young people a sense of self-worth. "
" Everyone is interested in war, in that people don't want it to happen. I'm much more interested in peace than in war but it's important to understand why we fight. "
" I become my characters, and then try to allow events in the story to take their own course. I try not to play God, but to let them work out their own destiny. "
" I fill up the well of stories in my head - without ever knowing I'm doing it. "
" If I'm serious, yes, I'd like to have done what Shakespeare did... to act and write. You learn so much from acting. One of our great writers, Alan Bennett, does both supremely well. When I write a story, I tend to speak it aloud as I'm writing it. "
" I got married young, far too young, but it is fine. We are still married 48 years later. I got married at 19. "
" I'm still not sure I want to be a writer. I think of myself as a storyteller more. "
" I really can't write fantasy. I cannot invent a world which does not exist. And I can't read fantasy either. As soon as I realise I'm reading a book that hasn't got its roots in a reality I can comprehend, I switch off. "
" It gives me confidence to know that what I'm writing has a veracity of its own without me having to invent it. When I'm writing fiction, I must believe it to be true, or I can see no point in it. "
" I think there's something about studying a book which will kill it if you're not careful. "
" It is really important that focusing on things such as spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting doesn't inhibit the creative flow. When I was at school there was a huge focus on copying and testing and it put me off words and stories for years. "
" It is the child's understanding that teaches the adults the way of the future. They're still doing it today with modern technology. "
" It's good to focus on the universal suffering that goes on in any war. Whatever the right and wrongs of the war, there is always universal suffering. "
" It's the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom. "
" I was an overly young father, is the most polite way of putting it. I think I was rather immature and all I can say is that I think I've made a much better grandfather... I don't think I was ready to be a father to be honest. "
" I was brought up, as a lot of kids are, on 'Aesop's Fables,' 'Brothers Grimm,' 'La Fontaine,' all those sorts of things. Hans Christian Andersen is a hero of mine. "
" I was never a great reader, but there were two stories I loved best: Kipling's 'The Elephant's Child' and 'The Jungle Book.' Deep down, I've always wanted to write a book about a wild child and an elephant. "
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