"I live with one foot in the sand and one in the snow. There's European egocentricity, and the African opposite. I normally say that my African experience has made me a better European."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Henning Mankell on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Henning Mankell on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Henning Mankell on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Henning Mankell on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Henning Mankell on Mark Twain
"What differentiates us from animals is the fact that we can listen to other people's dreams, fears, joys, sorrows, desires and defeats - and they in turn can listen to ours."
"I am not afraid of dying. I have lived longer than most people in the world. What scares me is to have a body that works but a brain that is waving goodbye. If that happens, I hope I die quickly."
"I still have a photo on my wall of the greatest idol I will ever have in my life, and it's myself at eight. Because that's when the forces of imagination have the same value as the real world, when they're an instrument of survival: when my mother disappeared, and I imagined a mother. That was me at my best."
"Many people make the mistake of confusing information with knowledge. They are not the same thing. Knowledge involves the interpretation of information. Knowledge involves listening."
"The wonderful Mozambican people have endured tremendous misery without losing their dignity and their positive outlook on life. Moreover, they have not lost their will to progress and develop. Mozambique is a country where the people never surrendered."