"A lot of us grow up and we grow out of the literal interpretation that we get when were children but we bear the scars all our life. Whether theyre scars of beauty or scars of ugliness its pretty much in the eye of the beholder."
"I was in enough to get along with people. I was never socially inarticulate. Not a loner. And that saved my life saved my sanity. That and the writing. But to this day I distrust anybody who thought school was a good time. Anybody."
"Like anything else that happens on its own the act of writing is beyond currency. Money is great stuff to have but when it comes to the act of creation the best thing is not to think of money too much. It constipates the whole process."
"We like to think about how smart we are. But I think talent as a writer is hard-wired in its all there at least the basic elements of it. You cant change it any more than you can choose whether to be right handed or left handed."
"Ive always believed in God. I also think thats the sort of thing that either comes as part of the equipment the capacity to believe or at some point in your life when youre in a position where you actually need help from a power greater than yourself you simply make an agreement."
"I love the movies and when I go to see a movie thats been made from one of my books I know that it isnt going to be exactly like my novel because a lot of other people have interpreted it. But I also know it has an idea that Ill like because that idea occurred to me and I spent a year or a year and a half of my life working on it."
"When his life was ruined his family killed his farm destroyed Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens Why god? Why me? and the thundering voice of God answered Theres just something about you that pisses me off."
"What charitable 1 percenters cant do is assume responsibility - Americas national responsibilities: the care of its sick and its poor the education of its young the repair of its failing infrastructure the repayment of its staggering war debts."