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Jonathan Carroll Quotes

At a Boston signing, someone from the audience asked why I was so obsessed with furniture in my books. The question rattled around in my head. I had no idea that I was obsessed with furniture.

Both young children and old people have a lot of time on their hands. That's probably why they get along so well.

Coffee on an airplane always smells bad. Whenever it is served, suddenly the whole cabin stinks of it.

Even the handsomest men do not have the same momentary effect on the world as a truly beautiful woman does.

Everyone coming out of a perfume store is smelling the back of their hand.

For an adult, eating alone at McDonald's is admitting a kind of defeat.

I don't like to have to pan for gold when I read.

I feel like a cliche.

I find you write with one person in mind. Usually for me that one person is my wife, because she's my most severe critic and understands best what I'm trying to do.

I have never heard anyone say This is it. I know right now is the high point of my life. It will never get any better. Only in retrospect do we recognize the best times and of course then it is too late.

I read less of everything now. With only fond memories of others' work, it will be interesting to give my own journal writing a try now.

I write about what interests me. It's very dangerous when you try to satisfy an audience.

I've never seen myself as a fantasy writer - ever.

If I don't feel like writing today or for a few days, I don't. And I don't think about it. It is not an obligation-it is the greatest privilege.

In Poland, my audience is all women between 18 and 30. At U.S. conventions, you have the fantasy and science fiction crowd. At Harvard you have an entirely different audience. It's so schizophrenic.

It's always fun to walk down the street with or behind a really beautiful woman, for no reason other than to see how the world reacts to them.

Just write about what bites you and damn the rest.

Krakow is one of my favorite places on earth. It is a medieval city full of young people. A wonderful, striking combination.

May this house stand until an ant drinks the ocean and a tortoise circles the world.

Most men, no matter how well or badly dressed, carry overstuffed, beat up wallets that should have been replaced years ago. Why is that? Every time I see a guy take out a wallet anywhere, it looks like a piece of old melted chocolate cake-with strings.