"Writing for children is bloody difficult books for children are as complex as their adult counterparts, and they should therefore be accorded the same respect."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Mark Haddon on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Mark Haddon on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Mark Haddon on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Mark Haddon on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Mark Haddon on Abraham Lincoln
"I don't remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away."
"Use your imagination, and you'll see that even the most narrow, humdrum lives are infinite in scope if you examine them with enough care."
"Science and literature give me answers. And they ask me questions I will never be able to answer."