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" A child's mind is its living room; it's is going to be residing there for the rest of its earthly existence. "
" Wit and playfulness represent a desperately serious transcendence of evil. Humor is both a form of wisdom and a means of survival. "
" The sky was the color of Edgar Allan Poe's pajamas. "
" A writer needs a life of introspection. "
" We use so much bad language that it forms a barrier between ourselves and the truth. "
" Human folly does not impede the turning of the stars. "
" I've decided to take advantage of outsourcing. My next novel will be written by a couple of guys in Bangalore, India. "
" I believe in nothing, everything is sacred. I believe in everything, nothing is sacred. "
" If the novelist isn't surprised by where his book ends up, he or she probably hasn't written anything worth remembering. "
" To achieve the impossible; it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought. "
" Reality is contradictory. And it's paradoxical. "
" I think science has begun to demonstrate that aging is a disease. If it is, it can be cured. "
" 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. "
" Education is for growth and fulfillment. "
" 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. "
" If it is committed in the name of God or country, there is no crime so heinous that the public will not forgive it. "
" 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. "
" The harsh truth is, most red-haired men look like blondes who've spoiled from lack of refrigeration. They look like brown-haired men who've been composted out behind the barn. Yet that same pigmentation that on a man can resemble leaf mold or junkyard rust, a woman wears like a tiara of rubies. "
" I eat so much mayonnaise they were going to send me to the Mayo Clinic. "
" Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. "
" 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. "
" To be or not to be isn't the question. The question is how to prolong being. "
To Be Or Not To Be
" There are stories still in existence that I wrote when I was five. However, I did not get published until I was seven. "
" When I sit down to write, I just let the goose out of the bottle. "
" We're our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves. "
" Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is sign on as its accomplice. "
" I went to a large consolidated school in Appalachia. And I wrote the story when I was in the second grade and I took it up to the third floor to the school newspaper office that was written and edited by juniors and seniors. "
" 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.' "
" I have never ever Googled myself; in fact I think the Christian right prohibits such things. "
" We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. "
" Transformation, liberation and celebration are the themes of all my novels. "