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My father leaving the family shaped who I was and ...
by Kate DiCamillo

My father leaving the family shaped who I was and how I looked at the world.
By the same token, my father telling me fairy tales
that he had made up shaped me profoundly,
too.
- Kate DiCamillo

I didn't start working on children's books until I
got a job at a book warehouse on the children's floor.
When I started reading some of the books,
I was so impressed.
- Kate DiCamillo

My goal is two pages a day, five days a week.
I never want to write, but I'm always glad that I have done it.
After I write, I go to work at the bookstore.
- Kate DiCamillo

Understand, I had absolutely no interest in writing;
I wanted to be a Writer.
- Kate DiCamillo

 

I thought I was going nowhere.
Now I can see there was a pattern.
- Kate DiCamillo

Every well-written book is a light for me.
When you write, you use other writers and their books
as guides in the wilderness.
- Kate DiCamillo

I like to think of myself as a storyteller.
- Kate DiCamillo

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I work full-time in a used bookstore.
I get up.
I drink a cup of coffee.
I think, The last thing I want to do is write.
Then I go to the computer and write.
- Kate DiCamillo

I always write with music.
It takes me a while to figure out the right piece of
music for what I'm working on.
Once I figure it out, that's the only thing I'll play.
- Kate DiCamillo

I was born in Philadelphia and currently live in Minneapolis.
I write for both children and adults.
- Kate DiCamillo

I didn't know anything about writing a screenplay,
but somehow I ended up rewriting a screenplay.
- Kate DiCamillo

I am single and childless, but I have lots of friends
and I am an aunt to three lovely children.
- Kate DiCamillo

Hands down, the biggest thrill is to get a letter from a kid saying,
I loved your book.
Will you write me another one?
- Kate DiCamillo

I'm at the mercy of whatever character comes into my head.
- Kate DiCamillo

Everything I write comes from my childhood in one way or another.
I am forever drawing on the sense of mystery and wonder
and possibility that pervaded that time of my life.
- Kate DiCamillo

I have a Bachelor of Arts in English,
which means I had a lot of formal training in reading.
- Kate DiCamillo

I hate to cook and love to eat.
- Kate DiCamillo

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore,
a duty.
It should be offered as a gift.
- Kate DiCamillo

I think of myself as an enormously lucky person.
- Kate DiCamillo

It distresses me that parents insist that their children read or make them read.
The best way for children to treasure reading is to
see the adults in their lives reading for their own pleasure.
- Kate DiCamillo

I am busier now than I ever imagined I would be,
but I feel blessed in that I have found what I am supposed
to be doing with my life.
It's wonderful to tell stories and have people listen to them.
- Kate DiCamillo

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards
than being a father to my children.
- Bill Cosby

When a father gives to his son, both laugh;
when a son gives to his father, both cry.
- William Shakespeare

The most important thing a father
can do for his children
is to love their mother.
- Henry Ward Beecher

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

It doesn't matter who my father was.
It matters who I remember he was.
- Anne Sexton

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

My father considered a walk among the mountains
as the equivalent of churchgoing.
- Aldous Huxley

My father and he had one of those English friendships
which begins by avoiding the intimacies
and eventually eliminates speech altogether.
- Jorge Luis Borges

A man cannot speak to his son, but as a father;
to his wife, but as a husband;
to his enemy, but upon terms:
whereas a friend may speak, as the case requires,
and not as it sorteth with the person.
- Francis Bacon

The only important thing I have to say is that my father
never fought against his country.
- Zinedine Zidane

Being a father to my family and a husband is to me
much more important than what I did in the business.
- Tom Bosley

I grew up not liking my father very much.
I never saw him cry.
But he must have.
Everybody cries.
- Charley Pride

A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be,
A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be.
- Frank Howard Clark

I get whatever placidity I have from my father.
But my mother taught me how to take it on the chin.
- Norma Shearer

Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal,
with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
- John Ciardi

An angry father is most cruel towards himself.
- Publilius Syrus

I would want my legacy to be that I was a great son,
father and friend.
- Dante Hall

Aeneas carried his aged father on his back from the
ruins of Troy and so do we all,
whether we like it or not, perhaps even if we have never known them.
- Angela Carter

My father always told me that
all businessmen were sons of bitches,
but I never believed it till now.
- John F. Kennedy

My father invented a cure for which there was no disease
and unfortunately my mother caught it and died of it.
- Victor Borge

My father never raised his hand to any one of his children,
except in self-defense.
- Fred Allen

My father would take me to the playground,
and put me on mood swings.
- Jay London

My father...
had sharper eyes than the rest of our people.
- Chief Joseph

I don't think children's inner feelings have changed.
They still want a mother and father in the very same house;
they want places to play.
- Beverly Cleary

My father wouldn't get us a TV, he wouldn't allow a TV in the house.
- Janis Joplin

I never had a speech from my father 'this is what you
must do or shouldn't do' but I just learned to be led by example.
My father wasn't perfect.
- Adam Sandler

I'm a fun father, but not a good father.
The hard decisions always went to my wife.
- John Lithgow

There's really no point in having children if you're
not going to be home enough to father them.
- Anthony Edwards

Our Father and Our God, unto thee, O Lord we lift our souls.
- William Pennington

My father used to sing to me in my mother's womb.
I think I can name about any tune in two beats.
- Yancy Butler

Being a father helps me be more responsible...
you see more things than you've ever seen.
- Kid Rock

I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal,
and I never loved any other man as much.
- Hedy Lamarr

My father and I have a very good relationship.
We always got along.
But I always scold him.
- Amy Sedaris

My father was not a failure.
After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.
- Harry S. Truman

But I have to be careful not to let the world dazzle
me so much that I forget that I'm a husband and a father.
- Herbie Hancock

When you have a good mother and no father,
God kind of sits in.
It's not enough, but it helps.
- Dick Gregory

I've said it before, but it's absolutely true:
My mother gave me my drive,
but my father gave me my dreams.
Thanks to him, I could see a future.
- Liza Minelli

My father wants me to be like my brother,
but I can't be.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

My father was always telling himself no one was perfect,
not even my mother.
- Broderick Crawford

Thirteen, 13 children, and I love - I love them all.
And I think I've been a good father to all of them.
- Anthony Quinn

But the love of adventure was in father's blood.
- Buffalo Bill

The most important influence in my childhood was my father.
- DeForest Kelley

My father loved people, children and pets.
- Tony Visconti

No matter how old we become, we can still call them
'Holy Mother' and 'Father' and put a child-like trust in them.
- Desmond Morris

The existence of an anthropomorphic
"Father-figure" deity is not impossible,
merely exceptionally improbable and illogical.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Family life was wonderful.
The streets were bleak.
The playgrounds were bleak.
But home was always warm.
My mother and father had a great relationship.
I always felt 'safe' there.
- Robert Cormier

I'm a father.
It isn't just my life any more.
I don't want my kid finding bottles in the house or
seeing his father completely smashed.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

I wasn't anything special as a father.
But I loved them and they knew it.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.


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