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" A politician's goal is always to manipulate public debate. I think there are some politicians with higher goals. But all of them get corrupted by power. "
" I receive about 10,000 letters a year from readers, and in the first year after a book is published, perhaps 5,000 letters will deal specifically with that piece of work. "
" Never, never try to scope the market. "
" We are coming out of a century that was taught that one way of looking at the world, that one form of behavior, is as valid as another. The idea of true evil has been blown away. "
" Each reader needs to bring his or her own mind and heart to the text. "
" Somebody asked me about the current choice we're being given in the presidential election. I said, Well, it's like two of the scariest movies I can imagine. "
" Vladimir Nabokov said the two great evils of the 20th century were Marx and Freud. He was absolutely correct. "
" I think it's perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior, but not based on race or religion. "
" I think it's the people who have no doubt that every word they put down is gold that probably don't write very well. "
" A fanatic is a nut who has something to believe in. "
" I like to deal with EVERY aspect of our condition, and that means terror and humor in equal mix. Some books have more room for humor than others. "
" If I drive myself to the brink of my ability, then I don't get stale or bored. "
" Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love. "
" I've got a long list of books I wish I'd never written-and I've kept them all out of print for the past 20 years. "
" If you have to pay the bills, and you write something you're not proud of, use a pen-name for that. "
" I try not to spend too much time on partisan politics. Life's too short for that. I don't really believe that there have been many human problems solved by politics. "
" I have avoided becoming stale by putting a little water on the plate, lying on the plate, and having myself refreshed in a toaster oven for 23 minutes once every month. "
" Because people see violence on the movie screen, they're not going to go out and hold up a liquor store and kill somebody. It really doesn't correlate. "
" When tempest tossed, embrace chaos. "
" I don't write a quick draft and then revise; instead, I work slowly page by page, revising and polishing. "
" Literary fiction, as a strict genre, is all but dead. Meanwhile, most genres flourish. "
" I think the world is full of evil people. I think in some ways we're in more danger now than before. "
" Some days I'm lucky to squeeze out a page of copy that pleases me, but I get as many as six or seven pages on a very good day; the average is probably three pages. "
" I do give books as gifts sometimes, when people would rather have one than a new Ferrari. "
" Books were this wonderful escape for me because I could open a book and disappear into it, and that was the only way out of that house when I was a kid. "
" Writing a novel is like making love, but it's also like having a tooth pulled. Pleasure and pain. Sometimes it's like making love while having a tooth pulled. "
" Civilization rests on the fact that most people do the right thing most of the time. "
Do The Right Thing
" In my books, I never portray violence as a reasonable solution to a problem. If the lead characters in the story are driven to it, it's at the extreme end of their experience. "
" In my personal life, I'm a comic novel. But then, so are we all, because we're human beings. "
" I never discuss a novel while I'm writing it, for fear that talking about it will diminish my desire to write it. "
" If someone wrote it and it had a peculiar twist, I've read it. "