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At 20, 25, 30, we begin to realise that the possibilities
by Mark Haddon

At 20, 25, 30, we begin to realise that the possibilities
of escape are getting fewer.
We have jobs, children, partners, debts.
This is the part of us to which literary fiction speaks.
- Mark Haddon

B is for bestseller.
- Mark Haddon

I don't mean that literary fiction is better than genre fiction,
On the contrary; novels can perform two functions and most perform only one.
- Mark Haddon

Every life is narrow.
Our only escape is not to run away, but to learn to
love the people we are and the world in which we find ourselves.
- Mark Haddon

 

Children simply don't make the distinction;
a book is either good or bad.
And some of the books they think are good are very,
very bad indeed.
- Mark Haddon

Most of my work consisted of crossing out.
Crossing out was the secret of all good writing.
- Mark Haddon

Young readers have to be entertained.
No child reads fiction because they think it's going
to make them a better person.
- Mark Haddon

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No one wants to know how clever you are.
They don't want an insight into your mind,
thrilling as it might be.
They want an insight into their own.
- Mark Haddon

I think most writers feel like they're on the outside
looking in much of the time.
All of us feel, to a certain extent,
alienated from the stuff going on around us.
- Mark Haddon

I've worked in television long enough to know that
when you stop enjoying that type of thing you go home and do something else.
- Mark Haddon

For me, disability is a way of getting some extremity,
some kind of very difficult situation,
that throws an interesting light on people.
- Mark Haddon

If kids like a picture book, they're going to read it at least 50 times.
Read anything that often, and even minor imperfections
start to feel like gravel in the bed.
- Mark Haddon

Many children's writers don't have children of their own.
- Mark Haddon

If you enjoy math and you write novels,
it's very rare that you'll get a chance to put your math into a novel.
I leapt at the chance.
- Mark Haddon

I started writing books for children because I could
illustrate them myself and because,
in my innocence, I thought they'd be easier.
- Mark Haddon

If one book's done this well, you want to write another
one that does just as well.
There's that horror of the second novel that doesn't match up.
- Mark Haddon

I've written 16 children's books and five unpublished novels.
Some of the latter were breathtakingly bad.
- Mark Haddon

My book has a very simple surface, but there are layers
of irony and paradox all the way through it.
- Mark Haddon

As a kid, I didn't read a great deal of fiction,
and I've forgotten most of what I did read.
- Mark Haddon

Science and literature give me answers.
And they ask me questions I will never be able to answer.
- Mark Haddon

Jane Austen was writing about boring people with desperately limited lives.
We forget this because we've seen too many of her books on screen.
- Mark Haddon

Writing for children is bloody difficult;
books for children are as complex as their adult counterparts,
and they should therefore be accorded the same respect.
- Mark Haddon

I was born too late for steam trains and a lazy eye
meant I'd never be an astronaut.
- Mark Haddon

The one thing you have to do if you write a book is
put yourself in someone else's shoes.
The reader's shoes.
You've got to entertain them.
- Mark Haddon

From a good book, I want to be taken to the very edge.
I want a glimpse into that outer darkness.
- Mark Haddon

That's important to me, to find the extraordinary inside the ordinary.
- Mark Haddon

Reading is a conversation.
All books talk.
But a good book listens as well.
- Mark Haddon

I think the U.K.
is too small to write about from within it and still
make it seem foreign and exotic and interesting.
- Mark Haddon

There's something with the physical size of America...
American writers can write about America and it can
still feel like a foreign country.
- Mark Haddon

Bore children, and they stop reading.
There's no room for self-indulgence or showing off or setting the scene.
- Mark Haddon

I knew there was a story; once you find a dog with a fork through it,
you know there's a story there.
- Mark Haddon

Use your imagination, and you'll see that even the most narrow,
humdrum lives are infinite in scope if you examine them with enough care.
- Mark Haddon

When I was writing for children, I was writing genre fiction.
It was like making a good chair.
It needed four legs of the same length,
it had to be the right height and it had to be comfortable.
- Mark Haddon

Most adults, unlike most children, understand the difference
between a book that will hold them spellbound for a
rainy Sunday afternoon and a book that will put them
in touch with a part of themselves they didn't even know existed.
- Mark Haddon

I am atheist in a very religious mould.
I'm always asking myself the big questions.
Where did we come from? Is there a meaning to all of
this? When I find myself in church,
I edit the hymns as I sing them.
- Mark Haddon

I don't remember deciding to become a writer.
You decide to become a dentist or a postman.
For me, writing is like being gay.
You finally admit that this is who you are,
you come out and hope that no one runs away.
- Mark Haddon

I better make the plot good.
I wanted to make it grip people on the first page and
have a big turning point in the middle,
as there is, and construct the whole thing like a roller coaster ride.
- Mark Haddon

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Capture a shadow,
dance with the wind,
stand in a rainbow,
begin at the end.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You can't cross the sea merely by
standing and staring at the water.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If you begin to understand what you are
without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation.
- J. Krishnamurti

Begin with the end in mind.
- Stephen Covey

If you follow the trail of your own
enthusiastically repeated stories,
you will begin to rediscover the things
that invigorate and enliven you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Begin your life today, and again tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Begin each day as if it were on purpose.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

Begin to act from your dominion.
Declare the truth by telling yourself
that there is nothing to be afraid of,
that you no longer entertain any images of fear.
- Ernest Holmes

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do the difficult things while they are easy
and do the great things while they are small.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
- Lao Tzu

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw

Having set a direction, begin - begin today.
Take action - take action every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dream. Begin. Persevere.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
- Henry David Thoreau

Begin building the future through
"conversation for possibility."
- Werner Erhard

Formula to live your dream:
1. Be bold. 2. Begin now, 3. No exceptions.
- William James

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.
- Jose Ortega Y Gasset

That sense of sacredness,
that thinking in generations,
must begin with reverence for this earth.
- Paul Tsongas

It is impossible to begin to learn
that which one thinks one already knows.
- Epictetus

Failure is only the opportunity to
begin again more intelligently.
- Henry Ford

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Begin to define for ourselves
what it is to make a healthy choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not until we are lost
do we begin to understand ourselves.
- Henry David Thoreau

What is it about sameness that so draws me,
and how could I begin to have
that same kind of attraction to change?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Does who we are begin with breath,
depend on form, or end with death?
- Kirtana

Ask why this task is on your to-do list.
Consider discarding those items to which
you are not truly committed.
For the tasks which do speak
to the longings of your own heart,
begin now, today, this moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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