"I've become a less brave traveller since I became a dad, but in the past I was more foolhardy than brave."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."David Mitchell on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."David Mitchell on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."David Mitchell on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."David Mitchell on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."David Mitchell on Friedrich Nietzsche
"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."
"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."
"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."