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Born: 1949-06-18
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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As much as I'd like to meet the tooth fairy on an evening walk, I don't really believe it can happen.

Tags: Evening, Happen, Walk

Santa is our culture's only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It's a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that's a pity.

Tags: Old, True

The Dick, Jane, and Spot primers have gone to that bookshelf in the sky. I have, in some ways, a tender feeling toward them, so I think it's for the best.

Tags: Best, Feeling, Sky

At first, I see pictures of a story in my mind. Then creating the story comes from asking questions of myself. I guess you might call it the 'what if - what then' approach to writing and illustration.

Tags: Mind, Story, Writing

Following my muse has worked out pretty well so far. I can't see any reason to change the formula now.

Tags: Change, Pretty, Reason

I write for what's left of the eight-year-old still rattling around inside my head.

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Some artists claim praise is irrelevant in measuring the success of art, but I think it's quite relevant. Besides, it makes me feel great.

Tags: Art, Great, Success

The idea of the extraordinary happening in the context of the ordinary is what's fascinating to me.

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The opportunity to create a small world between two pieces of cardboard, where time exists yet stands still, where people talk and I tell them what to say, is exciting and rewarding.

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The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It's also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.

Tags: Children, Faith, Power

There was a great deal of peer recognition to be gained in elementary school by being able to draw well. One girl could draw horses so well, she was looked upon as a kind of sorceress.

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When all else fails, complicate matters.

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Lawyers are the first refuge of the incompetent.

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Life is like an analogy.

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The difference between tragedy and comedy: Tragedy is something awful happening to somebody else, while comedy is something awful happening to somebody else.

Tags: Between, Comedy, Else

Any sufficiently badly-written science is indistinguishable from magic.

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Definition of 'Free': You pay for it whether or not you elect to receive it.

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Feminism is sort of like God. Many people profess to believe in it, but no one seems to be able to define it to everyone's satisfaction.

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I really can't complain about actresses who get paid to be dumb. Most of us can't get paid to be smart.

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I'm content to stand on tradition. I'm even more content to wipe my feet on it.

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If you hack the Vatican server, have you tampered in God's domain?

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Luck consists largely of hanging on by your fingernails until things start to go your way.

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No one pays me to be nice.

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The analysis of the thing is not the thing itself.

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The principle of Sturgeon's Razor states that the simplest answer to any problem is 90% crap.

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The way to a man's heart is through his chest.

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There are two types of people in the world, and I'm one of them.

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This would not be a problem if I were driving a snowplow.

Tags: Driving, Problem

Violence is the first refuge of the violent.

Tags: Refuge, Violence, Violent

Where can I get some tat? I'd like to trade it in.

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