Top 50 Quotes


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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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"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage"
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"What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy"
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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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"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home"
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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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"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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"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 don't see success as the goal. Obedience is the goal"
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"Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance?"
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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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"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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"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again"
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"What I perceive, is above all justice, where everyone has the same law"
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"We pay when old for the excesses of youth"
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"The first object of my endeavours was the means to become perfect and happy"
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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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"I feel an independent accountability commission should audit all government services"
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"After thirty, a body has a mind of its own"
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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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"Every human life is a fairy tale written by the finger of God"
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"People want to find out what happens to the characters, and want to keep reading, and turning the pages"
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"I was raised in a Christian home and, in fact, my mother led me to Christ as a youngster"
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"As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind"
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"The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas"
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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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"Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need"
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"Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop"
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"Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age"
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"I think all fiction should be fair game for the Christian market, except porn, of course"
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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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"I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good"
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"A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool"
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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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"A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money"
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"I've had a chance to fly a lot of different airplanes, but it was nothing like the shuttle ride"
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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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"Do not just look at your boyfriend as just a boyfriend. Look at him as a friend, too"
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"Hate is more lasting than dislike"
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"SOON was the first novel where I used a rough outline. Usually I have characters and an idea and write as a process of discovery. Like working without a net"
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"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting"
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"While writing my first 90 books, I was magazine editor, publisher, book publisher, executive, etc., so I was established in publishing. three of my seven or so books were biographies of sports stars and really opened doors for me in that area"
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"Books that do a tenth of what Left Behind has done are smashing successes"
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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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"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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"They do not understand Islam, and I think that is one area where perhaps I hope one day I will play a role in actually making people understand what we perceive Islam to be"
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"Take away love and our earth is a tomb"