“We all like to think we’re in control of our lives, but sometimes others reveal us to ourselves.”

“I sometimes feel that the best remedy for pain is laughter.”

“I’m always attracted to stories where the protagonists are confronted with some kind of big dilemma or dilemma that seems too large for them to handle, and they have to rise to the occasion and become larger than themselves.”

“Unforgettable stories are just that – they stay with us long after we’ve read them, embedding themselves in our hearts and our memories.”

“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”

“I’m very interested in people who have had to make difficult choices in their lives and how they live with those choices.”

“When people start to believe in something, their sense of reality shifts. Belief can be a powerful weapon in the right hands.”

“I believe that the best writing comes from a place of honesty and humility, not from a desire to impress or to prove something.”

“All children have the same promise before they are born.”

“It’s a strange thing to discover and to believe that you are loved when you know that there is nothing in you for anybody but a parent or a God to love.”

“I’m constantly exploring the idea that we all have a certain destiny or fate, and that our choices and actions determine how we get there.”

“Music brings a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”

“As a writer, you’re always walking a tightrope between observation and participation.” QUOTES PUNISHMENT

“There’s something undeniably romantic about the past, even when it was awful.”

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”

“You can only deal with what you have, and neglect makes everything more difficult.”

“I don’t make any great claims for my work in the sense that I don’t think that I have something profound to tell people or to teach them.”

“The past beats inside me like a second heart.”

“The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes.”

“It’s not the past that we should fear. It’s the future.”

“If you’re serious about your work as a writer, you have to be prepared to be lonely and disconnected from the world around you for a lot of the time.”

“The best stories are the ones that reveal something about ourselves that we never knew before.”

“There’s something about the way we love and the way we’re loved that’s ultimately unknowable.”

“You’re wrong about how long forever lasts.”