"Fatigue is what we experience, but it is what a match is to an atomic bomb."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Laura Hillenbrand on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Laura Hillenbrand on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Laura Hillenbrand on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Laura Hillenbrand on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Laura Hillenbrand on Mark Twain
"While it's really hard to do, at the same time, I'm escaping my body, which I really want to do. I'm living someone else's life. I get very intensely into the story, into the interviews and the research. I'm experiencing things along with my subjects. I have a freedom I don't have in my physical life."
"I am actually in poor health due to chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome, and my ability to work is greatly diminished right now, so I have to get better before I can start another big project."
"I'm looking for a way out of here. I can't have it physically, so I'm going to have it intellectually. It was a beautiful thing to ride Seabiscuit in my imagination. And it's just fantastic to be there alongside Louie as he's breaking the NCAA mile record. People at these vigorous moments in their lives - it's my way of living vicariously."
"It only worked for a little while the morning after I agreed to go with Universal, an article came out in the Hollywood trade papers, and the secret was out."
"Louie and Seabiscuit were both Californians and both on the sports pages in the 1930s. I was fascinated. When I learned about his World War II experiences, I thought, 'If this guy is still alive, I want to meet him.'"