There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story, you never quite know where they'll take you.
Unless you remember what is it like to be a child you have no business writing for children.
I don't draw from life at all, but I do look out of my window a lot.
The moment you doubt wether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.
I don't write for children. I write and then somebody says: That's for children.
Quietness is an essential part of all awareness.
Margaret Wise Brown
Writing for children is about reaching into yourself and finding the common ground between you and the child that might become your reader.
When you are old and experienced enough to become an accomplished writer, you become pompous and adult, and grown up, by then you've lost all your jokiness. Unless you are a kind of undeveloped adult and you still have an enormous amount of childish in you, and still giggle at funny stories and jokes, I don't think you can do it.
Anyone who was once a child should have at least one children's book in them.
Only in adulthood can any intelligent understanding of the meaning of one's existence in this world be gained from one's experiences in it.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
The friend of wisdom is also a friend of myth.
The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.
You have brain in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
But now I'm six, I am as clever as clever. So I think I'll be six for ever and ever.
Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.
Fairy Tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
The wise speak only of what they know.
That's what storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instil hope again and again.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
All grown ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.
A child's unrealistic fears often require unrealistic hopes.
Kids respond for all kinds of reasons to everything in life. You really have to assume that in some level they know what they are doing.
Wherever I go I'm watching.
Everyone who likes my books is like me in some way. If you like my books and you never met me there's something about you that is just like me.
The voice of the intellect is the soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained hearing.
Oh, Life, I am yours. Whatever it is you want of me I am ready to give.
If we hope to live not just from moment to moment, but in true consciousness of our existence, then our greatest need and most difficult achievement is to find meaning in our lives.
I believe in communication; books communicate ideas and make bridges between people.
Children are scared and ready to face it. Books can be one of the things that help them do that.
There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction. The moment you are old enough to take the wheal, responsibility lies with you.
J. K. Rowling
Adults forget that children are their own best censors.
You don't have to travel to encounter weirdness. You wake up to it.
You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
How often when we are comfortable we begin to long for something new.
I opened a book and in I strode. nobody can find me now.
Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you can get a story in everything you touch.
Hans Christian Andersen
I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it all started with a mouse.
Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case you fail by default.
J. K. Rowling
The hardest part is developing the idea. That can take years.
If I try to speak to everybody, I speak to nobody. I can only speak to the Ed Emberleys out there. My duty is to present me out to the other "mes" in the world.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Don't tell them where to go, just let them go. Just give them something wonderful to travel in.
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
I'll still create a book where our children can live in.