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" A book is a book is a book. "
" My work is not great, but it's respectable. "
" I'm not afraid of death. "
" I would infinitely prefer a daughter. "
" My life in Brooklyn was in constant danger because of my bad health. "
" To get a child's trust - you may know or not - is a very hard thing to do. They're so used to not believing adults - because adults tell tales and lies all the time. "
" I cry a lot because I miss people. "
" I only have one subject. The question I am obsessed with is: How do children survive? "
" I don't have kids at all and I thank God that I never did. "
" It's no fun being lonely. "
" I have to accept my role. I will never kill myself like Vincent Van Gogh. Nor will I paint beautiful water lilies like Monet. I can't do that. I'm in the idiot role of being a kiddie book person. "
" You know who my gods are, who I believe in fervently? Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson - she's probably the top - Mozart, Shakespeare, Keats. These are wonderful gods who have gotten me through the narrow straits of life. "
" I hate people. "
" I stress character, character, character. "
" I'm not obsessed with angels but I do adore angels. "
" When Mozart is playing in my room, I am in conjunction with something I can't explain... I don't need to. I know that if there's a purpose for life, it was for me to hear Mozart. "
" You can't write masterpieces in your 80s and be happy too. "
" My father belonged to a Jewish social club. "
" We're animals. We're violent. We're criminal. "
" I'm still as enamored and turned on by work as I was when I was young. "
" I had a brother who was my savior, made my childhood bearable. "
" I'm totally crazy, I know that. "
" I'm not Hans Christian Anderson. Nobody's gonna make a statue in the park with a lot of scrambling kids climbing up me. I won't have it, okay? "
" I have a little tiny Emily Dickinson so big that I carry in my pocket everywhere. And you just read three poems of Emily. She is so brave. She is so strong. She is such a sexy, passionate, little woman. I feel better. "
" I don't write for children. I write and someone says it's for children. "
" I'm a lucky buck. "
" I became a set designer for opera. "
" I'm an illustrator. I have to accept my role. "
" I'm sick of 'Wild Things.' "
" I have this idiot name tag which says 'controversial.' "
" My work is not great, but it's respectable. I have no false illusions. "