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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. "
" Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. "
" People write memoirs because they lack the imagination to make things up. "
" 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.' "
" Education is for growth and fulfillment. "
" 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. "
" John Irving once told me he doesn't start a novel until he knows the last sentence. I said, 'My God, Irving, isn't that like working in a factory?' "
" 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. "
" I eat so much mayonnaise they were going to send me to the Mayo Clinic. "
" The trouble with the fast lane is that all the movement is horizontal. And I like to go vertical sometimes. "
" A writer needs a life of introspection. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" If it is committed in the name of God or country, there is no crime so heinous that the public will not forgive it. "
" Most novelists write about twisted lives. "
" Most Americans pay lip service to the idea of freedom, but can't handle real freedom. "
" 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. "
" To achieve the impossible; it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought. "
" I believe in nothing, everything is sacred. I believe in everything, nothing is sacred. "
" I've decided to take advantage of outsourcing. My next novel will be written by a couple of guys in Bangalore, India. "
" A child's mind is its living room; it's going to be residing there for the rest of its earthly existence. "
" Our world isn't made of earth, air and water or even molecules and atoms; our world is made of language. "
" We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. "
" 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. "
" Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it's the cyanide. "
" 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. "
" At the typewriter you find out who you are. "
" A lot of aspiring writers are all ready to write a novel, but they don't know how to write sentences. "
" To be or not to be isn't the question. The question is how to prolong being. "
To Be Or Not To Be
" When they tell you to grow up, they mean stop growing. "
" Wit and playfulness represent a desperately serious transcendence of evil. Humor is both a form of wisdom and a means of survival. "