Quotes by New Zealander authors


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"There are certainly times when my own everyday life seems to retreat so the life of the story can take me over. That is why a writer often needs space and time, so that he or she can abandon ordinary life and "live" with the characters"
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"They are imaginary characters. But perhaps not solely the products of my imagination, since there are some aspects of the characters that relate to my own experience of a wide variety of people"
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"The novels take longer to write than the picture book texts, and they do take a different sort of concentration. However, a very short, simple story that works well is just as exciting to me as any longer and more complex book"
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"New Zealand is the only country I know well enough to write about. It can sometimes lead to complications"
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"I, personally, have found reading a continual support to writing"
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"I once knew a house rather like The Land of Smiles - an old house occupied by a varied collection of young people, mainly students. However none of these people were true models for the characters in the book, though their way of life may have been"
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"If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment"
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"Of all created comforts, God is the lender; you are the borrower, not the owner"
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"You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 1012 to 1"
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"Never ever doubt in magic. The purest honest thoughts come from children, ask any child if they believe in magic and they will tell you the truth"
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"It's been a long road back to health and fitness for me. I am just glad to have been given the opportunity to do what I love most"
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"I wish I had Wonder Woman's magic lasso like her to make people tell the truth"
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"I like to walk around my apartment naked. I like sitting around in the nude watching sports, actually"
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"I was on dialysis for 18 months before the transplant, so it was important I tried to look ahead to days like my comeback this Saturday. You need those big goals to drive you on"
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"When I was playing I felt tired all the time. My recovery period was a lot longer than the other players. They'd be ok after an hour - I'd have to stay in bed till the next session"
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"I was diagnosed with the illness right before the 1995 World Cup"
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"I thought about dying whenever I got bad news about other people"
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"It was like falling off a building and suddenly, bang, you hit the bottom. The first time it happened was on an ordinary day at home. I was taking down some curtains. I took one step, turned around, took another step and then I fell and hit my head hard on the rowing machine"
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"Towards the end of 2003 it was hard to get through training - and the darkest point was when a doctor told me there was a possibility I could end up in a wheelchair"
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"It's a really exciting time to be involved in Welsh rugby"
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"How do I take a step? How do I lift my foot off the ground, move it through the air a little bit and then bring it down? I had to teach myself to walk again"
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"I'm working on just finding a boyfriend right now"
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"I was this guy who'd been racing around down there, on that field in 1999, running straight over people, scoring tries, winning games, having fun. And I ended up so sick I couldn't even run past a little baby"
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"My greatest fear is flying. And I do a lot of flying, so that's a bummer"
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"I wish I had more hair on my head. Maybe if I sprinkled fertilizer on it, it would grow"
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"I stayed away from mirrors when I was younger and I didn't like having my picture taken. I was tall and had braces and felt ugly"
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"The biggest thing for me is just to get out on that field. Just to do that will be incredible"
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"I was only operating at about 80% of my capacity"
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"I am very excited to be here in Wales and look forward to putting on the Cardiff Blues shirt"
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