"Time, in general, has always been a central obsession of mine - what it does to people, how it can constitute a plot all on its own. So naturally, I am interested in old age."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."Anne Tyler on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."Anne Tyler on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."Anne Tyler on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."Anne Tyler on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."Anne Tyler on Robert Frost
"Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!"
"For my own family, I would always choose the makeshift, surrogate family formed by various characters unrelated by blood."
"My family can always tell when I'm well into a novel because the meals get very crummy."
"But what I hope for from a book - either one that I write or one that I read - is transparency. I want the story to shine through. I don't want to think of the writer."
"The Amateur Marriage grew out of the reflection that of all the opportunities to show differences in character, surely an unhappy marriage must be the richest."