"I like writing for children. It seems to me that most people underestimate their understanding and the strength of their feelings and in my books for them I try to put this right."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Nina Bawden on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Nina Bawden on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Nina Bawden on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Nina Bawden on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Nina Bawden on Ernest Hemingway
"People who don't read seem to me mysterious. I don't know how they think or learn about other people. Novels are a very important part of our education."
"Ten thousand pounds is the legal value of a negligently taken life, of a child or a parent. A cold and somewhat mean-spirited calculation: you would do better if you slipped on a paving-stone and broke a front tooth."