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All Quotes by author - Quentin Blake
" A lot of my travel is at least partly work, visiting schools and libraries, especially in France. "
" As an illustrator you need to understand the human body - but having looked at and understood nature, you must develop an ability to look away and capture the balance between what you've seen and what you imagine. "
" Being positive may be a character defect of mine. "
" Going to hospital is rather like going to an alien planet. "
" Guinea pigs are quite difficult to draw, I think, because they're so furry. "
" I do like children, but only as people. Not as if they're a special category. "
" I don't feel as if I belong to an age group. "
" I don't have anything interesting to conceal or reveal in my private life, and it is really only my work and professional life that I want to talk about. "
" I don't like leaving work behind. I hate the idea that something might be happening on the drawing board at home that I am going to miss. "
" I don't think there's an illustrator who's as good as a Titian or a Rembrandt... but then, Rembrandt was a bit of an illustrator on the quiet, you know? "
" I draw every day - unless I'm being interviewed. "
" I find that I can't work and listen to radio - either I find I don't like it and it distracts me, or I do like it and I want to listen to it. "
" If you want to read and you want to draw, that helps you to express yourself. "
" I have an assistant who's very good at email, so I don't struggle with it. "
" I know some children's writers write for specific children, or for the children they once were, but I never have. I just thought children might like my sort of visual humour. "
" I love the sea, but I avoid any sort of seaside resort that has skyscrapers or seaside entertainments. "
" I'm trained as a teacher; that's the only thing I've got a certificate for. "
" Inspiration is some mysterious blessing which happens when the wheels are turning smoothly. "
" I suppose illustration tends to live in the streets, rather than in the hermetically sealed atmosphere of the museum, and consequently it has come to be taken less seriously. "
" I think it is important for children to read different things to find out about their emotions and other people's emotions. It is an enormous source of education and culture. "
" I think it is the fact that birds are two-legged, like us, which gives them something of our balance and gesture and makes them nearer to us. "
" It was an accident of circumstance that I never married. "
" I've never quite worked out how to do holidays. I've got a house in France which I suppose is a kind of holiday house. But it's really only so I can go on drawing when I get there. I'm never far away from the feeling that I want to be getting on with something. "
" Sometimes I think people get into trouble because they can't say what they want to. "
" Sometimes people think drawing and painting is mucking about when actually it is a highly skilled activity. "
" Television is kind of a disappointment. I often want to watch it, but I find it quite hard - I don't like soaps, reality TV or celebrity chefs. "
" The hateful thing about most hotels nowadays is that they only have duvets. I hate duvets. "
" Well, one always has an instinct to be a painter, and I've done quite a lot of painting at one time or another, though not with any public success. "
" With my pictures, what I hope is that it encourages the reader to imagine more pictures of his own. "
" You see, I don't draw from life at all, but I do look out of my window a lot. "
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