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Born: 1948-07-27
Profession: Educator
Nation: Swedish
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When I have an argument with someone, even with someone I am not very close with, I can't sleep at night thinking about it. It's terrible. But I still manage speak out frankly because I have also been gifted with the ability to read people. I can sense when they start to get irritated with me, and then, I shift.

Tags: Sleep, Someone, Thinking

I've done a lot of practical anthropology, living in villages with people and realizing how difficult it is to get out of poverty. When in poverty, people use their skill to avoid hunger. They can't use it for progress.

Tags: Done, Living, Poverty

To get away from poverty, you need several things at the same time: school, health, and infrastructure - those are the public investments. And on the other side, you need market opportunities, information, employment, and human rights.

Tags: Health, School, Time

Avoid war, because that always pushes human beings backward.

Tags: Avoid, Human, War

Cancer is awful. It took 10 years until I didn't think about it every day. Nobody should go through this. Nobody.

Tags: Cancer, Nobody, Until

Data allow your political judgments to be based on fact, to the extent that numbers describe realities.

Tags: Based, Fact, Political

Good analysis is very useful when you want to convert a political decision into an investment. It can also go the other way and drive policy.

Tags: Decision, Good, Political

I am not an optimist. I'm a very serious possibilist. It's a new category where we take emotion apart and we just work analytically with the world.

Tags: Emotion, Serious, Work

The number of children is not growing any longer in the world. We are still debating peak oil, but we have definitely reached peak child.

Tags: Child, Children, Growing

Well, the truth is I'm very scared for people to dislike me. I have conflict-avoidance.

Tags: Dislike, Scared, Truth

You have to fit in sometimes to make people comfortable to listen to you.

Tags: Fit, Listen, Sometimes

Beyond 2050 the world population may start to decrease if women across the world will have, on average, less than 2 children. But that decrease will be slow.

Tags: Children, May, Women

Eighteen fifty-eight was a year of great technological advancement in the West. That was the year when Queen Victoria was able, for the first time, to communicate with President Buchanan, through the Transatlantic Telegraphic Cable. And they were the first to 'Twitter' transatlantically.

Tags: Able, Great, Time

I loved statistics from a young age. And I studied very much in Sweden. I used to be in the upper quarter of all courses I attended. But in St. John's, I was in the lower quarter. And the fact was that Indian students studied harder than we did in Sweden. They read the textbook twice, or three times or four times.

Tags: Age, Fact, Young

I meet so many that think population growth is a major problem in regard to climate change. But the number of children born per year in the world has stopped growing since 1990. The total number of children below 15 years of age in the world are now relatively stable around 2 billion.

Tags: Age, Change, Children

We have great international experts within India telling us that the climate is changing, and actions has to be taken, otherwise China and India would be the countries most to suffer from climate change.

Tags: Change, Great, Within

What I'm really worried about is war. Will the former rich countries really accept a completely changed world economy, and a shift of power away from where it has been the last 50 to 100 to 150 years, back to Asia?

Tags: Power, Rich, War

As a person with the retentive mental capacity of a goldfish and a dislike of repetition, I frequently make use of the thesaurus built into my Microsoft Word U.K. Software.

Tags: Capacity, Mental, Word

I can actually trace the moment I decided I couldn't be a doctor. It was in biology, they brought in these African crickets and we were supposed to dissect them - but there's no way I was touching those bugs.

Tags: Actually, Doctor, Moment

I'd like to think life has improved since 1850, despite the long hours we all seem to spend slaving over hot computers, but the psychological journeys remain the same - the search for love, identity, a meaningful place in the world.

Tags: Computers, Life, Love

I'm constantly snatching my books out of the hands of precocious ten-year-olds who are simply too young to read them, despite parents insisting that dear Octavia has a reading age of 28. I remember trying to read 'In Cold Blood' at the age of twelve, and realising that just because you can read book doesn't mean you should.

Tags: Age, Book, Parents

In my experience, adults rarely bother reading the reviews of children's books and almost never read the books themselves - particularly if they don't have children.

Tags: Children, Experience, Themselves

It's hard recommending books for kids, and a huge responsibility. If you get it wrong, they don't tell you they hate that particular book, they tell you they hate reading.

Tags: Book, Hard, Hate

Like many other people of my generation, I don't think I ever really bothered to grow up. I wasn't ever really a proper teenager until I was about 19, and maybe I got a bit stuck there, because it seemed to go on and on.

Tags: Generation, Grow, Until

Nowadays, I only review books I really like. It's cowardly, I know, but I figure it's not my job to make people unhappy. I'll leave that to the professionals.

Tags: Job, Leave, Unhappy

One of the more interesting things I've learnt since becoming a writer is that if you like the book, you'll generally like the person. It doesn't always work in reverse - there are huge numbers of lovely people out there writing not very good books.

Tags: Book, Good, Work

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People talk about writing convincing teenagers like it's a really clever thing to do, but it comes incredibly naturally to me. Which, of course, is slightly a worry.

Tags: Talk, Worry, Writing

Self-knowledge is essential not only to writing, but to doing almost anything really well. It allows you to work through from a deep place - from the deep, dark corners of your subconscious mind.

Tags: Deep, Mind, Work

Teenagers are very dark, I think. That's all the goth and emo stuff. They're experiencing a lot of stuff that adults experience, but in a much more raw way. It's that extremity that I'm interested in, to be able to go down so far and come up so quickly.

Tags: Able, Dark, Experience

The thing about adolescence is that you are emerging from a state of obscurity. You are coming out into the world from your family. Your family can seem normal because it is your family and all you know, but in fact it is a mess.

Tags: Fact, Family, State

The truth about love is that you don't always fall in love with whom you are supposed to fall in love with. Love just hits you. It is a transcendent thing. Sometimes it is your best friend's husband and sometimes it's your father. It's weird. But that's a fact of life.

Tags: Best, Life, Love

There's an overwhelming sense of paranoia in the suburbs. People there seem so much more paranoid to me than people in the city about their kids being kidnapped or their parties being raided or their drinks being spiked. There's a kind of hysteria about that.

Tags: Kids, Seem, Sense

When I was at university, there was such a strong delineation between city kids and those who had grown up the suburbs. City kids were so at home in the world, in a way that suburban kids take years to catch up, if indeed they ever can.

Tags: Between, Home, Strong

When you read a book, the neurons in your brain fire overtime, deciding what the characters are wearing, how they're standing, and what it feels like the first time they kiss. No one shows you. The words make suggestions. Your brain paints the pictures.

Tags: Book, Fire, Time

Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.

Tags: Heart, Job, Mind

I've spent most of my life trying to wear a persona that didn't quite fit and when I started writing books, it was like finally becoming the right person.

Tags: Life, Trying, Writing

Although I've lived in England for more than twenty years, I still have a foreigner's passion for all the details of English history and rural life.

Tags: History, Life, Passion

Contrary to popular belief, editors and agents are gagging for good books.

Tags: Belief, Books, Good

Every day a piano doesn't fall on my head is good luck.

Tags: Fall, Good, Luck

I always think plot is what you fall back on if you can't write, to keep things going.

Tags: Fall, Keep, Write

I am quite a cheerful, dark person. On the outside, I'm optimistic but I expect the worst to happen.

Tags: Cheerful, Dark, Happen

I have never written out of a desire to be controversial.

Tags: Desire, Written

I know from experience that careers do not always arise from a deep sense of destiny.

Tags: Deep, Destiny, Experience

I lived in New York for 10 years, and every New Yorker sees a shrink.

Tags: Lived, York, Yorker

I loved horses and horse books as a child.

Tags: Books, Child, Loved

I think most people struggle over a matter of years to find a satisfying way to live.

Tags: Matter, Satisfying, Struggle

I think the bravest thing to write about is nothing, just to write a book in which nothing happens.

Tags: Book, Happens, Write

I'm not sure I can write about America for the same reason I'm not sure I can write about adults - I have no critical distance on either place.

Tags: America, Place, Reason

I've been fired five times for having a bad attitude.

Tags: Attitude, Bad, Times

I, a late riser, fantasise about getting up every morning at 5 A.M. to fetch the horses in from the fields.

Tags: Getting, Late, Morning

In the odd moment when I am not thinking about horses, I write books.

Tags: Moment, Thinking, Write

Life doesn't go on forever, and you don't want to drop dead without ever having done what you wanted to do.

Tags: Done, Life, Wanted

Life is absolutely horrific, leading up to absolute horror.

Tags: Horror, Leading, Life

My daughter is a fantastic travelling companion - she's totally organised, whereas I'm hopeless.

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My husband is my most valuable resource.

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My younger sister Debby had died of cancer, which started me writing - the sense of life being short. Cancer focuses your mind.

Tags: Life, Mind, Writing

The average attention span of the modern human being is about half as long as whatever you're trying to tell them.

Tags: Human, Tell, Trying

The more you live, the better writer you are.

Tags: Writer

While working in advertising, I channelled my creative energy into elaborate escape fantasies: cake making, dog breeding, the Peace Corps.

Tags: Energy, Peace, Working

Writing's a great skill, but thinking's a better one.

Tags: Great, Thinking, Writing