Best Collection of David Mitchell Quotes

David Mitchell, English Novelist ( January 12, 1969 - )

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False modesty can be worse than arrogance.~David Mitchell


Modesty Arrogance False

I don't have problems starting writing. I have problems stopping. I'm one of the last dads to arrive at school to collect the kids, because I want to get this paragraph just right.~David Mitchell


School Writing Problems

A life can get knocked into a new orbit by a car crash, a lottery win or just a bleary-eyed consultant giving bad news in a calm voice.~David Mitchell


Life Car Giving

For me, novels coalesce into being, rather than arrive fully formed.~David Mitchell


Me Rather Arrive

If the human condition were the periodic table, maybe love would be hydrogen at No. 1. Death would be helium at No. 2. Power, I reckon, would be where oxygen is.~David Mitchell


Love Death Power

The art of the novelist is not unrelated to the illness of multiple personality disorder. It's a much milder form. But the better the book, the nearer to the padded cell you are.~David Mitchell


Art Personality Book

I think words operate like musical notes that the eyeball hears.~David Mitchell


Words Think Like

Sometimes I think that creativity is a matter of seeing, or stumbling over, unobvious similarities between things - like composing a fresh metaphor, but on a more complex scale.~David Mitchell


Creativity Think Matter

The state of childhood resonates with life inside a fantasy novel. If you have no control over how you spend large chunks of your day, or are at the mercy of flawed giant beings, then the desire to bend the laws of the world by magic is strong and deep.~David Mitchell


Life Deep Day

Sometimes, comics will make the observation that it's not jokes that are funny, it's characters that are funny. And isn't that true! That's why I always kill jokes. I'm terrible at them, because I get the joke right, but I can't get the character right, and it just goes down like a lead balloon.~David Mitchell


Funny Character Down

In the 1970s and 1980s there was so little decent fiction for young people, but we're now in a golden age that shows no sign of fading. Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, Lemony Snicket are only three of the best known among a good number of equals.~David Mitchell


Best Age Good

There's been very little writing about speech impediments, even though it's this huge psychological barrier.~David Mitchell


Writing Speech Little

'Y' is about the weakest letter of all. 'Y' can't make up its mind if it's a vowel or a consonant, can it?~David Mitchell


Mind Up Weakest

Many children are natural fantasists, I think, perhaps because their imaginations have yet to be clobbered into submission by experience.~David Mitchell


Children Experience Think

As long as our civilisation keeps trundling along generally forwards, then there is the possibility of a future where ethnicity is merely an interesting badge, not a uniform you can't take off.~David Mitchell


Future Long You

People like to say that East Asians in general, and Japanese in particular, are not very expressive: there's that term 'inscrutable.' But often, Europeans just don't get the Asian codes. Believe me, the message is being expressed OK.~David Mitchell


People Believe Me

There's a disease that young writers are susceptible to, which is, I will do this because I can - hubris, I suppose - without stopping to work out why.~David Mitchell


Work Young I Can

Japanese food makes me feel particularly good.~David Mitchell


Food Good Me

Loneliness is an integral part of travelling. I used to think it was the downside to travelling, but now I realise it is a necessary educative part of it to be embraced.~David Mitchell


Loneliness Think Now

When you're out of your own cultural context you have conversations with yourself that you just don't have at any other point in your life. When you're in a hotel room on the border between India and Nepal you can really discover things about yourself.~David Mitchell


Life Yourself You

I've become a less brave traveller since I became a dad, but in the past I was more foolhardy than brave.~David Mitchell


Dad Past Brave

Writing is probably one-fifth coming up with the stuff, and four-fifths self-editing again and again and again.~David Mitchell


Writing Up Coming

Perhaps all human interaction is about wanting and getting.~David Mitchell


Human Wanting Interaction

I'm certainly a plot and character man. Themes, structure, style - they're valid components of a novel and you can't complete the book without them. But I think what propels me as a reader is plot and character.~David Mitchell


Character Man Book

I think it's natural for youth to be drawn to newness: The world is still new for them.~David Mitchell


Youth World Think

When I talk about my artist parents, people imagine a bohemian environment and think, 'Aha, so that's where he gets it from!' But we were as white, straight, and middle-class as the next family on our white, straight, middle-class housing estate.~David Mitchell


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