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" Ten commandments yet seven deadly sins: conflict? "
" My house. It's kind of eccentric. It's two decades worth of accumulated personal projects. Yeah, it is pretty dense in my house. "
" Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time. "
" New York is a theme park for people with IQs over 108. "
" Given the infinite number of coincidences that could happen, very few ever actually do. The universe exists in a coincidence-hating state of anti-fluke. "
" I always thought of words as art supplies. "
" With 'Worst. Person. Ever.' I knew where it started and where it had to end, but I threw Raymond as many curveballs as I could along the way. He's like the coyote in the 'Road Runner' cartoons. "
" It's a cliche, but true, that writing is intensely solitary and at times really lonely. I sit in one room and talk to squirrels and blue jays all day. "
" I grew up with three brothers, so nearly everything I had was destroyed or made fun of. "
" Unhappiness is something we are never taught about; we are taught to expect happiness, but never a Plan B to use to use when the happiness doesn't arrive. "
" Bespoke tailoring: yes! I found this one pair of pants - they're Canali - and brought them into a tailor and said, 'Clone these, dammit.' They just do all the right things. I've got eight pairs in different colors and I never have to think about pants again. The only look otherwise that suits me is, like, the Professor from 'Gilligan's Island.' "
" In our heads we're all about 33 years old. "
" Before machines the only form of entertainment people really had was relationships. "
" Twinkies are more natural than most TV-interview shows. "
" I grew up in airports and on air bases. I know what flying and airports can be. And most airports make me feel like we're about three per cent better than ants. Especially U.S. airports. They're zoos. All civility is gone. "
" The thing about living in the 21st century is you can get to fortysomething and not have anyone major in your life die. "
" The time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. "
" Telling people they look relaxed makes them look relaxed. "
" Depression is when you have lots of love, but no one's taking. "
" There's much to be said for feeling numb. Time passes more quickly. You eat less, and because numbness encourages laziness, you do fewer things, good or bad, and the world's probably a better place for it. "
" I tend to look for pathologies everywhere. "
" If human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. "
" I love working out how things are made, which is why I have so many models of towers. "
" The urge to reincarnate while still alive is near universal. "
" You pretend to be more eccentric than you actually are because you fear you are an interchangeable cog. "
" We were never supposed to live until 40. We were built to self-destruct at 30, whether from cancer or mental illness. We're all going way beyond our expiration date. "
" Figure out what it is in life you don't do well, and then don't do it. "
" I like being surrounded by good ideas. Every single time you walk past something you like, you get a blast of happy chemicals to the brain, and I like that. "
" Sometimes it feels as if everything in life is just something we haul into the grave. "
" I was at Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver for four years, and I loved it. "
" If money is not maintained, it can collapse like a bridge along Interstate 5 and fixing it, even with determined politicians, will take ages, during which time God only knows how much human damage will occur. "