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" After I saved some money, I quit work and went to a local college. "
" I used the imaginary kingdom not as a sentimentalized fairyland but as an opening wedge to express what I hoped would be some very hard truths. "
" Eventually, I was sent to Wales and Germany, and after the war, to Paris. "
" I was afraid that not even Merlin the Enchanter could transform me into a writer. "
" I'm impossible when a book is taking shape. Well, actually, I'm despicable. "
" Classical heroes are usually much larger than life. They're not quite human beings. They're somehow larger than human scale. "
" I had always been interested in mythology. I suppose my brief stay in Wales during World War II influenced my writing, too. It was an amazing country. It has marvelous castles and scenery. "
" My family pleaded with me to forget literature and do something sensible, such as find some sort of useful work. "
" From as far back as I can remember, I always loved the King Arthur stories, fairy tales, mythology - things like that. So it was very natural for me when I came to write the 'Prydain' books to sort of follow that direction. "
" When I was discharged, I attended the University of Paris and met a beautiful Parisian girl, Janine. We soon married and eventually returned to the States. "
" Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They're always with us. We just sort of accumulate them. "
" Perhaps one reason we are fascinated by cats is because such a small animal can contain so much independence, dignity, and freedom of spirit. Unlike the dog, the cat's personality is never bet on a human's. He demands acceptance on his own terms. "
" I first wrote for adults, but when I started writing for young people, it was the most creative and liberating experience of my life. I was able to express my own deepest feelings far more than I ever could when writing for adults. "
" King Arthur was one of my heroes - I played with a trash can lid for a knightly shield and my uncle's cane for the sword Excalibur. "
" All that writers can do is keep trying to say what is deepest in their hearts. "
" Heroes are people who think more of others than themselves. This is not to say that they don't think of themselves. They do. They certainly do. But they think of others more. "
" There's a kind of funny gap between 14 and 20 when young people don't read very much. Nobody really knows what to do about it, although we've tried to reach these dropout readers with the 'young adult' book. "
" Most of my books have been written in the form of fantasy. "
" I guess there's only two possible places ideas can come from. One is the outside: everything that happens to you and everything that you do in life. And the other is the inside part: your own personality and imagination, and no two people are alike, like fingerprints. "
" Writing has got to be some of the hardest work I know. "
" It was 1943. The U.S. had already entered World War II, so I decided to join the army. "
World War II
" Oh, my parents never cracked a book, just newspapers. "
" Talented people are finding that writing for young people is as demanding of high quality as writing for adults. "
" There's this huge number of desperate people. "
" Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it. "
" If writers learn more from their books than do readers, perhaps I may have begun to learn. "
" In whatever guise - our own daily nightmares of war, intolerance, inhumanity or the struggles of an Assistant Pig-Keeper against the Lord of Death - the problems are agonizingly familiar. And an openness to compassion, love, and mercy is as essential to us here and now as it is to any inhabitant of an imaginary kingdom. "
" I didn't know if I'd be good with children. Actually talking with them, I mean. But I am good with them. "
" After seven years of writing - and working many jobs to support my family - I finally got published. "
" My concern is how we learn to be genuine human beings. "
" I loved all the world's mythologies. "