I had a lot of trouble in school to begin with. I got left back in kindergarten, and I was in special education. My teachers didn’t have very much faith in me.
The catchword I use with my classes is: The authority of the writer always overcomes the skepticism of the reader.
Books should have a purpose. Books should be practical in some sense.
As humans, we’re so easily persuaded. We join this cause or that cause, and suddenly the other thing is wrong.
Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.
I’m just totally fascinated by people.
We believe ‘Peter Rabbit’ because Beatrix Potter believes it. You have to.
Poetry is life distilled.
Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream – they go together.
When you love a man, he becomes more than a body. His physical limbs expand, and his outline recedes, vanishes. He is rich and sweet and right. He is part of the world, the atmosphere, the blue sky and the blue water.