"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."
"Sometimes I think my husband is so amazing that I don't know why he's with me. I don't know whether I'm good enough. But if I make him happy, then I'm everything I want to be."Alexander McCall Smith on Angelina Jolie
"If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results."Alexander McCall Smith on George S. Patton
"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."Alexander McCall Smith on Harry S. Truman
"If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you."Alexander McCall Smith on Les Brown
"Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."Alexander McCall Smith on Conan O'Brien
"Writers obviously have to bear witness to the harsh face of the age."
"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."
"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."