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"We must believe in free will, we have no choice."

"We have to believe in free-will. We've got no choice."

"If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet."

"There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is."

"Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression."

"I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens."

"The wastebasket is a writer's best friend."

"Life is God's novel. Let him write it."

"Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters."

"The Jewish people have been in exile for 2,000 years; they have lived in hundreds of countries, spoken hundreds of languages and still they kept their old language, Hebrew. They kept their Aramaic, later their Yiddish; they kept their books; they kept their faith."

"The analysis of character is the highest human entertainment."

"When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself."

"Take three quarts of duck's milk."

"I am thankful, of course, for the prize and thankful to God for each story, each idea, each word, each day."

"I don't invent characters because the Almightly has already invented millions. Just like experts at fingerprints do not create fingerprints but learn how to read them."

"When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am grown up, they call me a writer."

"We write not only for children but also for their parents. They, too, are serious children."

"If Moses had been paid newspaper rates for the Ten Commandments, he might have written the Two Thousand Commandments."

"A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is-full of surprises."

"We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions."

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