The things I want to know are in books my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.
I know that books I have written will still resonate in 50 years – particularly ‘My Sister’s Keeper.’ It has sold three million copies in the States alone. I strongly feel that as a novelist you have a platform and the ability to change people’s minds.
My only fear is the unknown.
I think the way we talk about cancer has really evolved. I remember the way my grandmother used to talk about it like a death sentence no-one would even mention the word.
I’ve always loved the experience of working together with other people toward an artistic goal.
We have magnificent brains but we use a great deal of our brilliance to keep ourselves stuck and ignorant to keep ourselves from not shining. We are so afraid of our beauty and radiance and brilliance because it scared the adults around us when we were children.
To communicate through silence is a link between the thoughts of man.
I grew up in a very large family in a very small house. I never slept alone until after I was married.
Do what you fear most and you control fear.
I can choose to accelerate my disease to an alcoholic death or incurable insanity or I can choose to live within my thoroughly human condition.
And actually about three weeks ago Micky Peter and I were in Vegas at the MGM Grand. And we did about 12 shows in seven days. It was quite an experience.
That’s the beauty of music. You can take a theme from a Bach sacred chorale and improvise. It doesn’t make any difference where the theme comes from the treatment of it can be jazz.
I spent a lot of years on the road and what happens is you find out who your real friends are and you find out where your strengths and weaknesses lie in communication. I’ve had the same friends for 20 years now and I can count them on one hand.
It depends on the situation. I mean on one hand there’s the argument that people should be left alone on the other hand there’s the argument to wade in a stop slaughters in places like Bosnia and Kosovo and what we probably should have done in Rwanda.
I hit rock bottom but thank God my bottom wasn’t death.
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
Some songs you get. Some songs you may not. And I think that’s the beauty of art: to question and to ask to understand the deeper meaning after two or three or four listenings.
It’s a difficult undertaking. I’ve been married for four years and I see this movie as a cautionary tale about people who’ve gone deeply out of communication.
I don’t wanna hear nobody complain that they’re getting paid all this money and people won’t leave them alone. It’s part of it.
More than 100 people have been sent to death row who were later exonerated because they weren’t guilty or fairly tried. Most criminal defendants do not get adequate representation because there are not enough public defenders to represent them. There is a lot that is wrong.
I never see failure as failure but only as the game I must play and win.
This whole beauty thing is something I’ve never comprehended.
It’s so important for those living with chronic pain to establish good communication with both their healthcare professionals and caregivers. Clear communication about pain is vital to receiving proper diagnosis and effective treatment.
I am aware that in presenting myself as the advocate of the Indians and their rights I shall stand very much alone.
Hitchcock had to fight to the death to make his movies.
In Torch Song I did that character almost non-stop from 1978 until I made the movie in 1987. Then I had some failure which also colors how you react to doing other things.