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Born: 1937-06-04
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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No. I was an only child.

Tags: Child

The winding down of summer puts me in a heavy philosophical mood.

Tags: Heavy, Mood, Summer

To be human is to keep rattling the bars of the cage of existence, hollering, 'What's it for?'

Tags: Existence, Human, Keep

You are free to give life meaning, whatever meaning you want to give it.

Tags: Free, Give, Life

You feel like an ant contemplating Chicago.

Tags: Ant, Chicago

The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are.

Tags: Change, Enough, Love

Any fool can make enough money to survive. It's another thing to keep yourself consistently entertained. It's a lot of work, and a lot of fun, to make a life.

Tags: Life, Money, Work

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.

Tags: Dreams, Hope, Love

If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone.

Tags: Everyone, Party

Play fair. Don't hit people. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

Tags: Fair, Hurt, Sorry

Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.

Tags: Children, Listen, Worry

It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, and our air force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomber.

Tags: Force, Great, Money

Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Tags: Dance, Life, Work

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world it is best to hold hands and stick together.

Tags: Best, Together, True

Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will break our hearts.

Tags: Break, Hearts, Words

I've always thought anyone can make money. Making a life worth living, that's the real test.

Tags: Life, Money, Real

The examined life is no picnic.

Tags: Examined, Life, Picnic

All I really need to know... I learned in kindergarten.

Tags: Learned

I fear the boredom that comes with not learning and not taking chances.

Tags: Boredom, Fear, Learning

If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.

Tags: Else, Fire, Problem

I believe it is in my nature to dance by virtue of the beat of my heart, the pulse of my blood and the music in my mind.

Tags: Mind, Music, Nature

My goal now is to dance all the dances as long as I can, and then to sit down contented after the last elegant tango some sweet night and pass on because there wasn't another dance left in me.

Tags: After, Goal, Night

I believe in dancing.

Tags: Dancing

I don't think there is a hidden purpose to the universe that you have to puzzle out.

Tags: Hidden, Purpose, Universe

Share everything. Don't take things that aren't yours. Put things back where you found them.

Tags: Found, Put, Share

Children are sent to school to be civilized, to learn to be part of the social enterprise.

Tags: Children, Learn, School
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Clean up your own mess.

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I talk about very serious human affairs but with a lightness of heart.

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I think my writing is part of my ministry.

Tags: Ministry, Writing

I wanted to be a citizen of the world but not in a superficial way.

Tags: Citizen, Wanted

I've always made a clear distinction between making a life and making a living.

Tags: Between, Life, Living

My secret agenda is to convey my values to my kids.

Tags: Kids, Secret, Values

I always knew mum loved me - tough, look-after-yourself love, as if she knew she wouldn't always be there.

Tags: Love, She, Tough

I listen mostly to classical music.

Tags: Classical, Listen, Music

I love my mother so much, because I see the whole of her.

Tags: Love, Mother, Whole

In general, I almost always watch foreign films.

Tags: Almost, Films, General

In ways I don't entirely have the words for, an experience, thought or a lesson isn't real for me until I've written down.

Tags: Experience, Real, Words

I am becoming increasingly difficult to please as a reader, but I adore being surprised by a really wonderful book, written by someone I've never heard of before.

Tags: Book, Someone, Wonderful

One of the things about being raised British in Africa is that you get this double whammy of toughness. The continent in place itself made you quite tough. And then you've got this British mother whose entire being rejects 'coddling' in case it makes you too soft. So there's absolutely nothing standing between you and a fairly rough experience.

Tags: Experience, Mother, Tough

The memoirs that have come out of Africa are sometimes startlingly beautiful, often urgent, and essentially life-affirming, but they are all performances of courage and honesty.

Tags: Beautiful, Courage, Honesty

There's a point at which writing a book, or a long article, begins to feel like mental labor, and it's too painful to connect in the world in any real way mid-process. The only way to survive is to write until it is all said and done.

Tags: Book, Real, Writing

Until I read Anne Frank's diary, I had found books a literal escape from what could be the harsh reality around me. After I read the diary, I had a fresh way of viewing the both literature and the world. From then on, I found I was impatient with books that were not honest or that were trivial and frivolous.

Tags: After, Honest, Reality
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