You see, I was told stories,..

You see, I was told stories, we were all told stories as kids in Nigeria. We had to tell stories that would keep one another interested, and you weren't allowed to tell stories that everybody else knew. You had to dream up new ones.

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I had a marriage that I came to in the same way everybody else comes to a marriage. We all take chances when we get married.
Came
Chances
Else
Everybody
Everybody Else
Get
Get Married
Had
I Came
Marriage
Married
Same
Take
Way
Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
Between
Difference
Else
Everybody
Everybody Else
Exaggeration
Gross
Love
Love Is
Person
New York is a field of tireless and antagonistic interests undoubtedly fascinating but horribly unreal. Everybody is looking at everybody else a foolish crowd walking on mirrors.
Antagonistic
Crowd
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Fascinating
Field
Foolish
Horribly
Interests
Looking
Mirrors
New
New york
She was trusted and valued by her father, loved and courted by all dogs, cats, children, and poor people, and slighted and neglected by everybody else.
Cats
Children
Dogs
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Father
Her
Loved
Neglected
People
Poor
Poor people
She
I don't live my life as a writer. I'm a mother, an African-American woman, and I do everything that everybody else does - cook and a little bit of cleaning.
African-american
Bit
Cleaning
Cook
Does
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Everything
Life
Little
Little bit
Live
Mother
For years, I thought I simply didn't dream. I felt left out. Everybody else had a thing I didn't have.
Dream
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Felt
Had
Left
Out
Simply
Thing
Thought
Years
In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.
American
Country
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Means
White
Pink Floyd are one of a handful of bands I've listened to a lot and whose concerts I've been to. I love the experience. I don't dance; I just jig up and down like everybody else.
Bands
Been
Concerts
Dance
Down
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Experience
Floyd
Handful
I love
Just
Like
All my life I've tried to hide my height. I was taller than everybody else and stood out, so I would slouch and try to hide it.
All my life
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Height
Hide
Life
My life
Out
Stood
Taller
Than
Tried
Try
One of the ridiculous aspects of being a poet is the huge gulf between how seriously we take ourselves and how generally we are ignored by everybody else.
Aspects
Being
Between
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Generally
Gulf
How
Huge
Ignored
Ourselves
Poet
Ridiculous
I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.
America
Does
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Gotta
I love
Judged
Just
Like
Love
Say
Will
Like everybody else, I've had relationships in which I was passionately in love but was completely miserable all the time and didn't trust the person I was in love with one inch.
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Had
Inch
Like
Love
Miserable
Passionately
Person
Relationships
Time
Trust
Which
I love criminal law. It must be the Dostoyevskian streak in me. I'm fascinated by the accumulation of forces that make people behave in ways that everybody else hates.
Accumulate
Behave
Criminal
Criminal law
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Fascinated
Forces
Hates
I love
Law
Love
Make
I'm alive today, therefore I'm just as much a part of our time as everybody else. The times will just have to enlarge themselves to make room for me, won't they, and for everybody else.
Alive
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Just
Just as much
Make
Me
Much
Our
Our time
Part
Room
Themselves
Also, I need deadlines, just like everybody else, especially coming from magazines, newspapers, and stuff like that. I need daily or weekly deadlines to get stuff done, or I continue to do things and not go off on a year of unproductivity.
Also
Coming
Continue
Daily
Deadlines
Done
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Get
Go
Just
Like
Magazines
I was trying to find out what it was that everybody else understood without giving up my stubborn and hard-won lack of understanding.
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Find
Giving
Giving up
Lack
Out
Stubborn
Trying
Understanding
Understood
Up
Without
If I do a play, it's my vision, and everybody else is working on the production to support that. If I do an opera, I feel like part of my job is to support that composer, to try and create something that allows the composer to do his or her best work. In movies, it's usually the director.
Best
Best work
Composer
Create
Director
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Feel
Her
His
I feel
I feel like
Job
I'm greedy and ambitious like everybody else.
Ambitious
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Greedy
Like
I keep coming back to you in my head, but you couldn't know that, and I have no carbons.
Back
Coming
Head
Keep
Know
You
There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls.
Controls
Fear
Good
Heart
Keep
Must
Place
Times
Watchful
As long as you keep one foot in the real world while the other foot's in a fairy tale, that fairy tale is going to seem kind of attainable.
Attainable
Fairy
Foot
Going
Keep
Kind
Long
Other
Real
Real World
Seem
Tale
The Real World
While
Here among my books, my wife, my friends and my loves, I have plenty of reasons to keep living.
Among
Books
Friends
Here
Keep
Living
Loves
Plenty
Reasons
Wife
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
Christmas
Heart
Honor
Keep
Try
Will
Year
I am a morning writer; I am writing at eight-thirty in longhand and I keep at it until twelve-thirty, when I go for a swim. Then I come back, have lunch, and read in the afternoon until I take my walk for the next day's writing.
Afternoon
Am
Back
Come
Day
Go
I Am
Keep
Longhand
Lunch
Morning
Next
Read
Swim
The only secrets are the secrets that keep themselves.
Keep
Only
Secrets
Themselves
Hobbies are apt to run away with us, you know; it doesn't do to be run away with. We must keep the reins.
Apt
Away
Hobbies
Keep
Know
Must
Reins
Run
Us
You
The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
Courage
Friend
Holding
Image
Keep
Mirror
Noble
Only
Really
Render
See
Service
Up
Which
Science is properly more scrupulous than dogma. Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive.
Alive
Breath
Charter
Conscience
Contest
Dogma
Gives
Keep
Mistake
More
Must
Properly
Science
Than
Keep true to the dreams of your youth.
Dreams
Keep
True
Your
Youth
What Englishman will give his mind to politics as long as he can afford to keep a motor car?
Afford
Car
Englishman
Give
He
His
Keep
Long
Mind
Motor
Motor Car
Politics
Will
Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
Better
Bright
Clean
Keep
Must
See
Through
Which
Window
World
You
Yourself
Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability.
Keep
Mean
Men
Some
Things
Up
I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality.
Arguing
Busy
Centuries
Immortality
Keep
Many
Meant
Only
Over
Professors
Put
Puzzles
Way
Will
If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.
Bad
Being
Chance
Going
Good
Good Chance
Keep
Prophet
Saying
Things
You
I feel that telling my secrets makes me less vulnerable. What would make me vulnerable are the secrets I keep.
Feel
I Feel
Keep
Less
Make
Makes
Me
Secrets
Telling
Vulnerable
Would
Why does any novelist keep writing long after they've made money? Because they've failed to write the perfect novel.
After
Any
Because
Does
Failed
Keep
Long
Made
Money
Novel
Novelist
Perfect
Why
Write
I read on my iPad when I travel. I listen to audiobooks in the car. I read books in my bedroom, where I have a comfortable couch, a lamp and two dogs to keep me warm.
Bedroom
Books
Car
Comfortable
Couch
Dogs
IPad
Keep
Lamp
Listen
Me
Read
Travel
Two
I've always been into 'fast-paced, don't bore 'em, keep it moving along, stick with the story.' You know: tell a story the way I want to hear a story. I find it more rewarding to write for kids, but I also find it a little easier, because you can just let loose a little bit more in terms of fantasy and stuff.
Along
Also
Always
Because
Been
Bit
Bore
Easier
Fantasy
Fast-Paced
Find
Hear
Just
Keep
Ultimately, a great thriller is a roller coaster ride. I like to think that's a promise I have never failed to keep, and one that I'd say has served my books well.
Books
Coaster
Failed
Great
Keep
Like
Never
Promise
Ride
Roller
Roller Coaster Ride
Say
Served
Think
At all times, think like a writer, and keep those antennae twitching - that way, you pick up new ideas.
Ideas
Keep
Like
New
New Ideas
Pick
Think
Those
Times
Up
Way
Writer
You
This country-right-or-wrong business is getting a little out-of-date.. History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.
Business
Changing
Days
Getting
Heroes
History
Keep
Little
Moving
Parts
Pretty
Quickly
Villains
The New England conscience doesn't keep you from doing what you shouldn't - it just keeps you from enjoying it.
Conscience
Doing
England
Enjoying
Just
Keep
Keeps
New
New England
You
The pain of losing my child was a cleansing experience. I had to throw overboard all excess baggage and keep only what is essential.
Baggage
Child
Cleansing
Essential
Excess
Experience
Had
Keep
Losing
Only
Overboard
Pain
Throw
A lot of writers, especially crime writers, have an image that we think we're trying to keep up with. You've got to be seen as dark and slightly dangerous. But I'm not like that and I've realised that I don't need to put that on. People will buy the books whether they see a photo of you dressed in black or not.
Black
Books
Buy
Crime
Dangerous
Dark
Dressed
Got
Image
Keep
Like
Lot
Need
People
If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.
Bad
Being
Chance
Going
Good
Good Chance
Keep
Prophet
Saying
Things
You
The pain of losing my child was a cleansing experience. I had to throw overboard all excess baggage and keep only what is essential. Because of Paula, I don't cling to anything anymore. Now I like to give much more than to receive.
Anymore
Anything
Baggage
Because
Child
Cleansing
Cling
Essential
Excess
Experience
Give
Had
Keep
Like
All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom.
Certain
Coming
Death
End
Freedom
Haunt
Interest
Issues
Justice
Keep
Loyalty
Me
Political
Social
I take a simple view of life. It is keep your eyes open and get on with it.
Eyes
Get
Keep
Life
Open
Simple
Take
View
Your
You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.
Cannot
Coming
Cut
Flowers
Keep
Spring
You
A person without a shadow should keep out of the sun, that is the only safe and rational plan.
Keep
Only
Out
Person
Plan
Rational
Safe
Shadow
Should
Sun
Without