"Many people say I smile more in Africa than in Sweden."
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."Henning Mankell on Leo Buscaglia
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."Henning Mankell on Dr. Seuss
"Look back, and smile on perils past."Henning Mankell on Walter Scott
"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness."Henning Mankell on William Arthur Ward
"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."Henning Mankell on Phyllis Diller
"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 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."
"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."