Patience's design flaw became obvious for the first time in my life: the outcome is decided not during the course of play but when the cards are shuffled, before the game even begins. How pointless is that?
Our ancestors built temples for their gods. We build department stores.
So winners, Hae-Joo proposed, are the real losers because they learn nothing? What, then, are losers? Winners?
Me, want to bloody kick this world in the bloody over and over till it bloody that is ten bloody times more bloody important than being .
Science devises ever bloodier means of war until humanity's powers of destruction overcome our powers of creation and our civilisation drives itself to extinction.
If losers can exploit what their adversaries teach them, yes, losers can become winners in the long term.
Integrity is a bugger, it really is. Lying can get you into difficulties, but to really wind up in the crappers try telling nothing but the truth.
I believe there is another world waiting for us. A better world. And I'll be waiting for you there.
How gleefully life shreds our well crafted plans.
Sometimes, comics will make the observation that it's not jokes that are funny, it's characters that are funny. And isn't that true! That's why I always kill jokes. I'm terrible at them, because I get the joke right, but I can't get the character right, and it just goes down like a lead balloon.
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love.
I think all writers of my age who are brought up on films probably by the age of 16 have seen many more films than they have read classics of literature. We can't help but be influenced by film. Film has got some great tricks that it's taught writers.
As long as our civilisation keeps trundling along generally forwards, then there is the possibility of a future where ethnicity is merely an interesting badge, not a uniform you can't take off.
I've become a less brave traveller since I became a dad, but in the past I was more foolhardy than brave.
A life can get knocked into a new orbit by a car crash, a lottery win or just a bleary-eyed consultant giving bad news in a calm voice.
Every relationship has its own language. It takes a long time to evolve and read one another. Just as it's true for people, it's also true on a national or cultural level.
If the human condition were the periodic table, maybe love would be hydrogen at No. 1. Death would be helium at No. 2. Power, I reckon, would be where oxygen is.
Many children are natural fantasists, I think, perhaps because their imaginations have yet to be clobbered into submission by experience.
Japanese food makes me feel particularly good.
In the 1970s and 1980s there was so little decent fiction for young people, but we're now in a golden age that shows no sign of fading. Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, Lemony Snicket are only three of the best known among a good number of equals.
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