Quotes by American authors


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"There was a great deal of peer recognition to be gained in elementary school by being able to draw well. One girl could draw horses so well, she was looked upon as a kind of sorceress"
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"I write for what's left of the eight-year-old still rattling around inside my head"
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"At first, I see pictures of a story in my mind. Then creating the story comes from asking questions of myself. I guess you might call it the 'what if - what then' approach to writing and illustration"
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"Some artists claim praise is irrelevant in measuring the success of art, but I think it's quite relevant. Besides, it makes me feel great"
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"Following my muse has worked out pretty well so far. I can't see any reason to change the formula now"
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"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home"
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"Success is a journey, not a destination"
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"Santa is our culture's only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It's a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that's a pity"
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"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age"
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"Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence"
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"If you wanna cry ..use tissue paper not your fb status"
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"I fear it's because religion is man's attempt to reach God, and when he feels he has succeeded, he cannot abide anyone else's claim to have done the same"
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"The Dick, Jane, and Spot primers have gone to that bookshelf in the sky. I have, in some ways, a tender feeling toward them, so I think it's for the best"
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"The idea of the extraordinary happening in the context of the ordinary is what's fascinating to me"
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"Men's best successes come after their disappointments"
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"All diseases run into one, old age"
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"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting"
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"If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?"
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"The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised"
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"Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair"
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"A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money"
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"I don't see success as the goal. Obedience is the goal"
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"The opportunity to create a small world between two pieces of cardboard, where time exists yet stands still, where people talk and I tell them what to say, is exciting and rewarding"
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"As much as I'd like to meet the tooth fairy on an evening walk, I don't really believe it can happen"
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"The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It's also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older"
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"People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people"
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"I think of my peace paintings as one long poem, with each painting being a single stanza"
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"We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own"
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"There can be many different views of what Heaven is like, because Heaven is whatever makes each person eternally and fully happy"
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"Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present, and what to plan for in the future"
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