There’s a freedom you have in the early morning, when you are relaxed and suddenly your characters begin to talk to each other, and you jump out of bed and write down the ideas before they escape you. If I don’t instantly put down the idea, it will be lost forever. All of my good ideas are in bed in the morning or in the shower or taking a nap in the afternoon, when you are relaxed.

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If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.

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Too late, I found you can’t wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up again with everybody else.

That’s friendship, each playing the potter to see what shapes we can make of the other.

Dad’s voice was a midnight school, teaching deep fathom hours, and the subject was life.

The trouble with Jim was he looked at the world and could not look away. And when you never look away all your life, by the time you are thirteen you have done twenty years taking in the laundry of the world.

Chapter 9