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Norton Juster Quotes and Sayings

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I write best in the morning, and I can only write for about half a day,
that's about it.
- Norton Juster

There are good books and there are bad books,
period, that's the distinction.
- Norton Juster

A good book written for children can be read by adults.
- Norton Juster

One of the problems you have when you read with kids
is that once they like something they want you to read it a hundred times.
- Norton Juster

 

People always ask about my influences,
and they cite a bunch of people I've never heard of.
- Norton Juster

The only other thing which I think is important is:
Don't write a book or start a book with the expectation
of communicating a message in a very important way.
- Norton Juster

When you're very young and you learn something -
a fact,
a piece of information, whatever - it doesn't connect to anything.
- Norton Juster

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I think kids slowly begin to realize that what they're
learning relates to other things they know.
Then learning starts to get more and more exciting.
- Norton Juster

I think really good books can be read by anybody.
- Norton Juster

I remember when I was a kid in school and teachers
would explain things to me about what I read,
and I'd think, Where did they get that? I didn't read that in there.
Later you look at it and think, That's kind of an interesting idea.
- Norton Juster

But I find the best things I do, I do when I'm trying
to avoid doing something else I'm supposed to be doing.
You know, you're working on something.
You get bugged, or you lose your enthusiasm or something.
So you turn to something else with an absolute vengeance.
- Norton Juster

And when I'm writing, I write a lot anyway.
I might write pages and pages of conversation between
characters that don't necessarily end up in the book,
or in the story I'm working on, because they're simply
my way of getting to know the characters.
- Norton Juster

It was really written as most, I think,
books are by writers - for themselves.
There was something that just had to be written,
in a way that it had to be written.
If you know what I mean.
- Norton Juster

I received a grant from The Ford Foundation to write
a book for kids about urban perception,
or how people experience cities, but I kept putting off writing it.
Instead I started to write what became The Phantom Tollbooth.
- Norton Juster

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw PHOTO

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

Always speak the truth,
think before you speak,
and write it down afterwards.
- Lewis Carroll

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Persevere. Plan. Strategize. Focus. Breathe. Write.
Let go: relax. Forgive. All this failing: take a nap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

The man who has done his level best...
is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

Always write angry letters to your enemies.
Never mail them.
- James Fallows

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

Golf is a game in which you yell "fore,"
shoot six,
and write down five.
- Paul Harvey

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak
or write very often about his job.
It releases tension needed for his work.
- Henry Moore

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
- Edgar Allan Poe

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography
until after they're dead.
- Samuel Goldwyn

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

Whenever I write, I'm always thinking of the reader.
- Manuel Puig

Everything that I write will be signed with my name.
- Elinor Glyn

I took lots of photographs and had planned to write
a treatise on how it worked,
but I quickly got bored with that idea and wrote a
scientific fairy tale instead.
- Kit Williams

I write to understand as much as to be understood.
- Elie Wiesel

I can write for any magazine now, in any voice.
I can do it in two hours, I could do it in my sleep,
it's like writing a grocery list.
- Ann Patchett

I realize that I had always in my heart of hearts planned
to write a biography of Marie Antoinette.
- Antonia Fraser

I write the way I write.
- Robert Kirkman

If you wouldn't write it and sign it,
don't say it.
- Earl Wilson

I write, or used to write, to explain to myself situations
I couldn't otherwise solve or understand.
Meditation comes very naturally to me.
- Anne Stevenson

People have said to me, You can't write songs.
You can't play an instrument.
But I've got 10 gold records.
- Sonny Bono

When I write stories I am like someone who is in her own country,
walking along streets that she has known since she was a child,
between walls and trees that are hers.
- Natalia Ginzburg

I write songs about real things...
The subject dictates the mood and it goes from there,
really.
- John Mayall

There comes a time when every scientist,
even God, has to write off an experiment.
- P. D. James

I write about real people in disguise.
If anything, my characters are toned down-the truth is much more bizarre.
- Jackie Collins

What's really fun is to write under different names.
- Tom Verlaine

And it is a folly to try to craft a novel for the screen,
to write a novel with a screen contract in mind.
- Thomas Keneally

What I look for in any character, good or bad,
is whether I can hear him speak.
If I can imagine him that clearly, then I can write about him.
- Thomas Perry

Any room where you feel a good vibe is a good place to write.
- Nicole Appleton

Yes, actually ever since I saw his films and tried to write about them,
Sirk's been in everything I've done.
Not Sirk himself, but what I've learned from his work.
- Rainer W. Fassbinder

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that
he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

You will be able to program a robot to follow a track
on the ground and manipulate a hand.
You can also write little programs that will give the robots goals.
- Bill Budge

I write a lot of songs people don't hear.
I really just enjoy the process.
I finish 'em all.
I don't think there's a whole lot of difference between
the bad ones and the good ones.
- Bob Seger

Poets write the words you have heard before but in a new sequence.
- Brian Harris

Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.'
That's a huge myth.
John and I literally used to sit down and say,
'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'
- Paul McCartney

I also thought of playing improvisational jazz and
I did take lessons for a while.
At first I tried to write fiction by making up things
that were completely alien to my life.
- Amy Tan

The need to write comes from the need to make sense
of one's life and discover one's usefulness.
- John Cheever

I wake up early in the morning and walk for an hour.
If I have something to write, I prefer to write in
the morning until midday,
and in the afternoon, I eat.
- Naguib Mahfouz

A person who can write a long letter with ease,
cannot write ill.
- Jane Austen

It looks like you can write a minimalist piece without much bleeding.
And you can.
But not a good one.
- David Foster Wallace

Hollywood does not write parts for people like me,
an elderly gentleman, and when they find out you're crippled,
forget about it.
No, I'll never work again.
- Ricardo Montalban

Don't try to write to the trend of the moment.
- Alan Dean Foster

I just sat down and thought, I'm going to write a song today,
I'm going to give it a try.
So I just stuck it on a tape like everything else.
That was just another song.
- Jules Shear


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