Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.
I decided that adventure was the best way to learn about writing.
All that writers can do is keep trying to say what is deepest in their hearts.
My concern is how we learn to be genuine human beings.
We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.
King Arthur was one of my heroes - I played with a trash can lid for a knightly shield and my uncle's cane for the sword Excalibur.
Shakespeare, Dickens, Mark Twain, and so many others were my dearest friends and greatest teachers.
My parents were horrified when I told them I wanted to be an author.
Using the device of an imaginary world allows me in some strange way to go to the central issues - it's one of many ways to express feelings about real people, about real human relationships.
After I saved some money, I quit work and went to a local college.
I loved all the world's mythologies.
If writers learn more from their books than do readers, perhaps I may have begun to learn.
It was 1943. The U.S. had already entered World War II, so I decided to join the army.
After seven years of writing - and working many jobs to support my family - I finally got published.
Eventually, I was sent to Wales and Germany, and after the war, to Paris.
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