Small things amuse small minds.
Things are not quite so simple always as black and white.
I think kids ought to travel. I think it's very good to carry kids around. It's good for them. Of course it's tough on the parents.
You can only learn to be a better writer by actually writing. I don't know much about creative writing programs. But they're not telling the truth if they don't teach, one, that writing is hard work and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.
That's what learning is. You suddenly understand something you understood all your life, but in a new way.
What they didn't realize was that in science fiction is some of the best social fiction of our time.
My father was in the First World War.
What the feminists want of me is something they haven't examined because it comes from religion. They want me to bear witness.
I think a lot of romanticizing has gone on with the women's movement.
For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.
Our society is dependent on some precarious mechanisms, and they are very dicey. They can easily collapse.
There was a time when young people respected learning and literature and now they don't.
It's lovely to have money to give away - that's the bonus of winning the Nobel.
Better Counsel comes overnight.
There's an unconscious bias in our society: girls are wonderful boys are terrible. And to be a boy, or young man, growing up, having to listen to all this, it must be painful.
When there's a war, people get married.
I do not think that marriage is one of my talents. I've been much happier unmarried than married.
All my friends' mothers were appalling women.
I wanted to write about my mother as she should have been if she had not been messed up by World War I.
When you're young you think that you're going to sail into a lovely lake of quietude and peace. This is profoundly untrue.
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