"Many children are natural fantasists, I think, perhaps because their imaginations have yet to be clobbered into submission by experience."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."David Mitchell on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."David Mitchell on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."David Mitchell on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."David Mitchell on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."David Mitchell on Mark Twain
"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."
"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."