"I think all writers of my age who are brought up on films probably by the age of 16 have seen many more films than they have read classics of literature. We can't help but be influenced by film. Film has got some great tricks that it's taught writers."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."David Mitchell 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."David Mitchell on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."David Mitchell on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."David Mitchell on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."David Mitchell on Robert Frost
"In the 1970s and 1980s there was so little decent fiction for young people, but we're now in a golden age that shows no sign of fading. Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, Lemony Snicket are only three of the best known among a good number of equals."
"A life can get knocked into a new orbit by a car crash, a lottery win or just a bleary-eyed consultant giving bad news in a calm voice."
"I've become a less brave traveller since I became a dad, but in the past I was more foolhardy than brave."
"If the human condition were the periodic table, maybe love would be hydrogen at No. 1. Death would be helium at No. 2. Power, I reckon, would be where oxygen is."
"Many children are natural fantasists, I think, perhaps because their imaginations have yet to be clobbered into submission by experience."