If 50 percent of your career is not filled with failure you’re not really successful.
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.
The thing about death is that it’s honest.
When you go visiting countries you start reading the history of the place and you start getting into the culture and then you have to leave. In my experience all countries have hidden treasures.
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.
I see dance being used as communication between body and soul to express what it too deep to find for words.
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.
If we can’t face death we’ll never overcome it. You have to look it straight in the eye. Then you can turn around and walk back out into the light.
It is brilliant going to the theatre and being forced to sit and listen and think about life. It can be almost a near-religious 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.
The major advances in speed of communication and ability to interact took place more than a century ago. The shift from sailing ships to telegraph was far more radical than that from telephone to email!
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 don’t think I would want the responsibility for enforcing the death penalties. There’s always the inevitable question of whether someone you gave the order to execute might truly have been innocent.
Failure is a detour not a dead-end street.
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.
Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard.
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.
The line between life or death is determined by what we are willing to do.
Never walk away from failure. On the contrary study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.
This whole beauty thing is something I’ve never comprehended.
One of them for example which will probably haunt me more than any other is the problem of communication.
I am aware that in presenting myself as the advocate of the Indians and their rights I shall stand very much alone.
I had always loved John Ford’s pictures. And I came to love him too but I was frightened to death working for him. He used the shock treatment while directing me.
Not failure but low aim is crime.