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“Once one habit peels away the others follow it. You have to hold on, or the next thing you'll find yourself parading down the street in your nightdress. Habit is everything.”
“Children will not pretend to be enjoying books, and they will not read books because they have been told that these books are good. They are looking for delight.”
“Poets go through a very tough apprenticeship in the use of words.”
“The human longing for story is so powerful, so primitive, that it seems like something not learned, but locked into our genes.”
“A novel, in the end, is a container, a shape which you are trying to pour your story into.”
Helen Dunmore, English poet, writer