"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."
"I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five."Nina Bawden on Steven Wright
"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."Nina Bawden on Calvin Coolidge
"A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman."Nina Bawden on Robert Frost
"Make crime pay. Become a lawyer."Nina Bawden on Will Rogers
"Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens."Nina Bawden on Plato
"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."
"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."