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Mark Haddon Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

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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

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

Reading is a conversation.
All books talk.
But a good book listens as well.
- 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 was born too late for steam trains and a lazy eye
meant I'd never be an astronaut.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I've written 16 children's books and five unpublished novels.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

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

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

B is for bestseller.
- 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

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

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

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

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono


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