Criticism is a privilege that you earn—it shouldn’t be your opening move in an interaction.
We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We’re a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don’t really have an explanation for.
People are experience rich but theory poor. My books are a way to organize experience. People see that as useful in this day and age.
The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.
It’s those who lie outside ordinary experience who have the most to teach us.
Good writing does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head.
Anyone who has ever scanned the bookshelves of a new girlfriend or boyfriend- or peeked inside his or her medicine cabinet- understands this implicitly; you can learn as much – or more – from one glance at a private space as you can from hours of exposure to a public face.
Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning.
If you make a great number of predictions, the ones that were wrong will soon be forgotten, and the ones that turn out to be true will make you famous.
What is learned out of necessity is inevitably more powerful than the learning that comes easily.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Neil Gaiman British Writer
- Dennis Potter English Dramatist
- Raymond Chandler American Novelist
- Anthony Burgess English Novelist, Critic
- Oliver Sacks British Neurologist, Writer
- W. H. Auden British-born American Poet
- Freeman Dyson American Physicist, Author
- Joan Collins English Actress
- David Hockney British Artist
- Jeanette Winterson English Novelist