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" A child's mind is its living room; it's going to be residing there for the rest of its earthly existence. "
" I am cheerful. I don't know if I'm happy. There is a difference, you know. "
" I have never ever Googled myself; in fact I think the Christian right prohibits such things. "
" Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it's the cyanide. "
" Transformation, liberation and celebration are the themes of all my novels. "
" I've decided to take advantage of outsourcing. My next novel will be written by a couple of guys in Bangalore, India. "
" The gods have chosen to entertain me with chronic eyestrain headaches. Very poisonous episodes. So I don't do a lot of reading anymore except on tape. "
" Education is for growth and fulfillment. "
" In Seattle, I soon found that my radical ideas and aesthetic explorations - ideas and explorations that in Richmond, Virginia, might have gotten me stoned to death with hush puppies - were not only accepted but occasionally applauded. "
" Well, I have never, ever Googled myself. "
" The brutal truth is, we're scarcely 'educating' children at all. Even if you overlook the guilt, fear, bigotry, and dangerous anti-intellectual flapdoodle being funneled into young brains by schools on the religious right, what we're doing is training kids to be cogs in the wheels of commerce. "
" What bothers most critics of my work is the goofiness. One reviewer said I need to make up my mind if want to be funny or serious. My response is that I will make up my mind when God does, because life is a commingling of the sacred and the profane, good and evil. To try and separate them is fallacy. "
" I have always been a romantic, one of those people who believes that a woman in pink circus tights contains all the secrets of the universe. "
" In fiction, when you paint yourself into a corner, you can write a pair of suction cups onto the bottoms of your shoes and walk up the wall and out the skylight and see the sun breaking through the clouds. In nonfiction, you don't have that luxury. "
" Our greatest human adventure is the evolution of consciousness. We are in this life to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain. "
" The trouble with the fast lane is that all the movement is horizontal. And I like to go vertical sometimes. "
" The one thing emphasized in any creative writing course is 'write what you know,' and that automatically drives a wooden stake through the heart of imagination. If they really understood the mysterious process of creating fiction, they would say, 'You can write about anything you can imagine.' "
" Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. "
" We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. "
" When they tell you to grow up, they mean stop growing. "
" A child's mind is its living room; it's is going to be residing there for the rest of its earthly existence. "
" I show up in my writing room at approximately 10 A.M. every morning without fail. Sometimes my muse sees fit to join me there and sometimes she doesn't, but she always knows where I'll be. She doesn't need to go hunting in the taverns or on the beach or drag the boulevard looking for me. "
" Our world isn't made of earth, air and water or even molecules and atoms; our world is made of language. "
" To some extent, Seattle remains a frontier metropolis, a place where people can experiment with their lives, and change and grow and make things happen. "
" When I sit down to write, I just let the goose out of the bottle. "
" A lot of my work comes from what in Asia is called the 'mind of wonder.' There is not a lot of 'mind of wonder' writing in contemporary Western literature. I think that's what appeals to the readers who are my fans. "
" Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently. "
" Writing is the hardest physical work there is. "
" When I go to the shore, I take along the poems of Pablo Neruda. I suppose it's because the poems are simultaneously lush and ripe and kind of lazy, yet throbbing with life - like summer itself. "
" True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed. "
" We use so much bad language that it forms a barrier between ourselves and the truth. "