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Born: 1953-02-10
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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I think paranoia can be instructive in the right doses. Paranoia is a skill.

Tags: Doses, Paranoia, Skill

I do sometimes watch 'Dr. Who' and while the stories barely make sense, if at all, the doctor is such great company I don't care.

Tags: Care, Great, Sometimes

Innocence could be considered a discrete state of mind.

Tags: Innocence, Mind, State

Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.

Tags: Bit, Distance, Good

I get drunk writing words. I don't drink or do drugs, but I get so carried away with writing that I get inebriated from it.

Tags: Drunk, Words, Writing

I'm cursed with empathy. I'm also by nature way too opinionated.

Tags: Cursed, Empathy, Nature

I'm incapable of writing without social commentary. I like to think that it's integrated and not really heavy handedly didactic.

Tags: Heavy, Social, Writing

I'm not quite pompous enough to think of myself as an educator or a man capable of definitive refutation of falsehoods.

Tags: Capable, Enough, Quite

I'm trying to trick people into thinking about the unthinkable by using pop culture images.

Tags: Culture, Thinking, Trying

People in extreme conditions are suddenly naked, realer than normal, perhaps even more alive.

Tags: Alive, Normal, Perhaps

I do try to be of some use in the world. I sometimes do volunteer work with kids, and manage to help some people a little, but really making a significant difference can be hard.

Tags: Hard, Help, Work

Labels only confuse people. The smarter people recognize artists who transcend categories. But I always try to entertain. It's in my nature; writers are born to entertain. If that means working ostensibly within a genre, fine.

Tags: Nature, Try, Working

My purpose is to inspire people of all walks of life to discover the virtue inherent within them and to bring forth that virtue in their daily lives.

Tags: Daily, Life, Purpose

Words alone cannot fully convey the realities of the soul or the greatness of the human spirit.

Tags: Alone, Human, Words

Images adorn our inner life and carry great power there.

Tags: Great, Life, Power

Images have a unique power to impart that which is beyond words.

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I am of opinion that it is highly requisite forthwith to pass a law, prohibiting upon great penalties all trade with our enemies, and more especially the supplying of them with arms, ammunition or provisions of any kind whatsoever.

Tags: Great, Law, Opinion

I don't flatter myself with much dependence upon the present disposition of the Eastern Indians, who are many ways liable to be drawn into a rupture with us by the artifices of the French, their own weakness and the influence which the French Missionary Priests have over them.

Tags: Influence, Present, Ways

I'd like to focus on my life on creating new medicines for people who are suffering from rare disease.

Tags: Focus, Life, Suffering