Love - true love - is a precious thing. It is painful, uncomfortable, makes fools of us all, but it is what breathes meaning and color and purpose into our lives.
The message is clear: libraries matter. Their solid presence at the heart of our towns sends the proud signal that everyone - whoever they are, whatever their educational background, whatever their age or their needs - is welcome.
We are who we are, because of those we choose to love and because of those who love us.
Free and fair access to books - to reading - is a right and one we should fight for.
There is no pattern the human mind can devise that does not exist already within the bounds of nature...Everything we do, see, write, notate, all are an echo of the deep seams of the universe. Music is the invisible world made visible through sound.
What we attempt to do is not without danger. What we attempt to do may not succeed. But it is right and it is just. We act for the good of all.
What we leave behind in this life is the memory of who we were and what we did. An imprint, no more.
Actually, I can write anywhere - airport lounges, in bed, on a rattling train going north.
I am not a fan of historical fiction that is sloppy in its research or is dishonest about the real history.
Too often I am jealous and my jealousy leads me to say things-things-that I regret.
There comes always a moment when the desire to act, however ill the cause, is stronger than the wish to listen.
There's no black and no white, just shades of grey...But the small betrayals lead to bigger ones, morality is eroded.
Lots of people have objections to prizes of all types, and it would be extraordinary if everybody agreed on anything that's worthwhile - they never do.
Do you believe you can change your destiny?' he (Sajhë) said, seeking an answer. Alice found herself nodding. 'Otherwise, what's the point? If we are simply walking a path preordained, then all the experiences that make us who we are - love, grief, joy, learning, changing - would count for nothing.
For when all else is done, only words remain. Words endure.
One cannot always marry the person one loves.
The dead leave their shadows, an echo of the space within which once they lived. They haunt us, never fading or growing older as we do. The loss we grieve is not just their futures but our own.
History is written by the victors, the strongest, the most determined. Truth is found most often in the silence, in the quiet places.
Pas a pas, se va luenh. Step by step, we make our way.
All prizes have a role, if they are run with integrity and with a clear focus on reading and quality writing. I don't think any of them is necessary, but they all play an incredibly important role in building a body of literature, in introducing new authors to new readers, and extending reading.
Usually I decide on what it is I'm writing next by the books I'm reading.
People think that I'm very serious.
People have different views of how you deal with different issues in literature, and, frankly, long may it last that there is a range of views.
Library campaigners are not prepared to stand by and watch something they cherish be dismantled brick by brick.
I really like people and I keep friendships. I have people from all parts of my life.
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