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Began Idea Polar

'The Polar Express' began with the idea of a train standing alone in the woods. I asked myself, 'What if a boy gets on that train? Where does he go?'

- Chris Van Allsburg

Just Very Perfectionist

I'm not a perfectionist. I'm just very observant.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Think Making Art

I think most people agree there is a component of skill in art making; you have to learn grammar before you learn how to write.

- Chris Van Allsburg

About Stories Kind

I've heard stories about authors filled with this kind of Lotto-winner hubris. I'm a Dutch boy from the Midwest. We don't have hubris.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Still Small Rewarding

The opportunity to create a small world between two pieces of cardboard, where time exists yet stands still, where people talk and I tell them what to say, is exciting and rewarding.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Doing I Remember Magic

The whole idea of being mesmerized and not in control of your own actions is fascinating and a little spooky. I remember hearing about someone who'd gone to a magic act, and a person in the audience had become hypnotized by observing too closely what magician was doing on stage, and thought it was spooky to lose your consciousness that way.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Often Stories Mysterious

My stories are often a little mysterious.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Pretty Change Reason

Following my muse has worked out pretty well so far. I can't see any reason to change the formula now.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Always Book Disappointed

I'm always a bit disappointed when I've finished working on a book.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Being Definitely Value

There's definitely a value in being literate.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Were Growing Growing Up

Growing up in the 1950s, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, boys were supposed to be athletic.

- Chris Van Allsburg

About Unexpected Routine

Your house is all about routine, not the unexpected events of your life.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Mostly Kind My Own

I sculpted for four or five years. Mostly for my own amusement, I decided to do a picture book, and that was kind of a turning point.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Country Anthem Students

The crudest thing I've done as a teacher was to require students to write a national anthem for their country and sing it themselves.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Mind Isolation Brain

The theory of isolation of certain tasks in certain hemispheres of the brain suggests I shouldn't even be able to speak, never mind write.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Imagine Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit's not a rabbit. Peter Rabbit is a proxy for the child who reads the book, and they imagine themselves in the rabbit's position.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Most Very Stories

Even the most complicated stories start with a very simple premise.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Like Happen Tooth Fairy

As much as I'd like to meet the tooth fairy on an evening walk, I don't really believe it can happen.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Happen Magic Polar

The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It's also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Still Head I Write

I write for what's left of the eight-year-old still rattling around inside my head.

- Chris Van Allsburg

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Lunch Like Rather

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words, like 'What about lunch?'

- A. A. Milne

Like Honey

Tiggers don't like honey.

- A. A. Milne

Think Like Doing

When you boil down the real facts and statistics of what carbon dioxide is doing to this planet... to not feel like you have to do something... I don't think you're human.

- A. J. Buckley

Think Like Movies

I really like suspenseful movies and movies that make you think.

- A. J. Cook

Like Love Movie

I really like 'The Three Kings' DVD. I love that movie and all the extra footage and documentaries.

- A. J. Cook

Like Project Particular

'The Fight Club' DVD is great. I like anything that has really good extras because as an actor, it's really great to see the behind-the-scenes stuff and see how different actors approach their particular project.

- A. J. Cook

Like Almost Role

It's so easy to get used to playing a role. Then all of the sudden when you're tossed out of it, it's almost like you have to remember how to act again!

- A. J. Cook

Journey Notes Bachelor

Hey 'Bachelor,' take notes! Trusting one another and sharing a journey to health leads to lasting relationships!

- Alison Sweeney

Through Journey Right

My actions, right or wrong, there were people who supported me through this long, hard journey.

- Allen Iverson

Want Audience Journey

I want to thank the audience of both the Telugu speaking states for standing by me throughout my journey.

- Allu Arjun

Journey Begins Buildings

Every one of my buildings begins with an Italian journey.

- Alvar Aalto

Always Journey Brilliant

No matter how brilliant an actor is, there's always a point where they let you down, but that's all part of their journey. They might be trying something they need to explore.

- Amanda Hale

Doing Been Journey

I started with Tamil film, then Hindi. Now, I am also doing a Telugu film. The journey has been wonderful so far.

- Amy Jackson

Been Asking Journey

Leadership is all about taking people on a journey. The challenge is that most of the time, we are asking people to follow us to places we ourselves have never been.

- Andy Stanley

Always Books Reach

I always want my books to reach a positive point in the end.

- Cecelia Ahern

Read Books Comic Books

I don't really read magazines that much. I read comic books.

- Freddie Prinze, Jr.

Author Books Decided

Being an author of banned books is cool, I've decided.

- Lauren Myracle

Books Middle Romance

My books fall in the wobbly middle between historical fiction and historical romance.

- Lauren Willig

Been Nine Books

Nine books have been written about me, and there's not a word of truth in any of them.

- Laurence Olivier

Through Help Books

I reach for funny books all the time to help me get through life.

- Laurie Halse Anderson

Books After Agony

I don't reread my books after they're published, because it's agony.

- Laurie Halse Anderson