"I think people in Botswana are pleased that my books paint a positive picture of their lives and portray the country as being very special. They've made a great success of their country, and the people are fed up with the constant reporting of only the problems and poverty of the continent. They welcome something which puts the positive side."
"The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge."Alexander McCall Smith on Albert Einstein
"I do believe we're all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other."Alexander McCall Smith on Harvey Fierstein
"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results."Alexander McCall Smith on Willie Nelson
"Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will."Alexander McCall Smith on Zig Ziglar
"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes."Alexander McCall Smith on John Wooden
"Writers obviously have to bear witness to the harsh face of the age."
"I've also long since realized that the way to really engage children is to give out prizes it's amazing how it concentrates their minds."
"My wife Elizabeth and I started The Really Terrible Orchestra for people like us who are pretty hopeless musicians who would like to play in an orchestra. It has been a great success. We give performances we've become the most famous bad orchestra in the world."
"It's through the small things that we develop our moral imagination, so that we can understand the sufferings of others."
"But you cannot expect every writer to dwell on human suffering. I think my books do deal with grave issues. People who say they are too positive probably haven't read them."