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Set Dilemmas Various

A hospital is a good place to set various dilemmas.

- Aminatta Forna

By The Time Our Down

No one ever sits you down at age eight and says, 'Aminatta, this is what's happened so far.' You have to work it out for yourself, and by the time you do, it's ancient history to many of the players. We're trying to make sense of the past, so we start to excavate our memories.

- Aminatta Forna

Go Counts Writers

Most writers I know go for word counts, and I used to be a journalist, so I guess that's ingrained.

- Aminatta Forna

Think I Think Country

What ultimately happened is that my country had a war. I think it would be extraordinary, as a writer, not to want to write about that.

- Aminatta Forna

Brought Stood Household

I was brought up in a household where you stood up to be counted.

- Aminatta Forna

Family Ruling

My family's a ruling family.

- Aminatta Forna

Through Tell Person

Jung Chang was the first person to tell a grand historical, political story through a personal narrative.

- Aminatta Forna

About Checking Facebook

I'm at my desk for about 9:30 A.M., and I stay there all day. Then there's a lot of checking Facebook and eBay and that sort of thing.

- Aminatta Forna

Love Memory Became

I temporarily became a surgeon for 'Memory of Love'. I spent two weeks in an operating theatre, watching amputations, and I loved it.

- Aminatta Forna

Always Other Bigger

I was always at heart a novelist and wanted to tell a bigger story, so I wanted to create people who told other kinds of truths than literal truths.

- Aminatta Forna

Trust Country Childhood

My childhood ended in this horrible way. I lived in a country where I didn't trust anybody.

- Aminatta Forna

Woman Country Sierra

Everyone thinks I have a coffee plantation in Sierra Leone, but I have a cashew crop project. I wrote about a woman who owns a coffee plantation! When you are talking about a woman writer coming from a hot country, there's a complete assumption that she is writing about her own life.

- Aminatta Forna

Doctor Daughter

I'm a doctor's daughter. I'm not squeamish at all.

- Aminatta Forna

Very Small Upset

I don't have very many little fetishes, but the one I do have is that I like a particular mug to drink out of. It's just a small china cup, and I get very upset if my husband moves it.

- Aminatta Forna

Increasingly Worlds Bring

Increasingly, there are those of us who write from outside the center, and those are the writers that I'm most interested in because they bring me into worlds that I did not previously know. And that, as a writer, is what I try to create.

- Aminatta Forna

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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

Rather Give Human Being

I wasn't good at being affable. You get beyond that and realise the attraction in any human being has more to do with what they give to someone rather than just being face candy.

- Alison Moyet

Rather Other Eager

People in third-world countries are less eager to see movies full of angst over existential problems, and who can blame them. They've got other fish to fry. They'd rather see a few great dance routines and the guy end up with the girl.

- Alison Owen

Rather Bad Learn

If people really want to know and learn from history, why do they want bad history? Why don't they want good history? Wouldn't you rather know the truth, rather than the legend?

- Alison Weir

Rather Them Audition

It's easier to get an actor when you just ask them to do a day on something rather than have them come in, audition, get picked.

- Allison Jones

Rather Mistakes Pinpoint

I'd rather not pinpoint my mistakes.

- Ally Sheedy

Rather Very Vague

I get a very vague idea and - perhaps because I once was a journalist, or perhaps because that's what made me want to be a journalist - I go off and explore it for a bit, rather than mapping out a plot and then filling in the research.

- Aminatta Forna

Constitution Vague

I do accept that, with - with respect to those vague terms in the Constitution such as equal protection of the laws, due process of law, cruel and unusual punishments. I fully accept that those things have to apply to new phenomena that didn't exist at the time.

- Antonin Scalia

Fact Prefer Vague

Usually in France we prefer to say bad things about the Nouvelle Vague, but I'm always impressed with its freedom and the fact of not making a film to give your opinion but just as a piece of art, which to me means the Nouvelle Vague.

- Arnaud Desplechin

Image Vague Atmosphere

After you've read a novel, you only retain a vague memory of its contents. You remember the atmosphere, the odd image or phrase or vivid cameo.

- Arthur Smith

Vague Definite Proceeds

All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite.

- Charles Sanders Peirce

Always Which Very

The very definition of the real becomes: that of which it is possible to give an equivalent reproduction. The real is not only what can be reproduced, but that which is always already reproduced. The hyper real.

- Jean Baudrillard

Rather Green Weeks

It seems astonishing to be paid for indulging in pure pleasure. For me to go to Coburg is rather as if a trainspotter was sent for a few weeks to Swindon or a chocoholic asked on holiday by Green and Black.

- A. N. Wilson

Question Words Vague

If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'

- A. R. Ammons

Small Vague Concrete

For though we often need to be restored to the small, concrete, limited, and certain, we as often need to be reminded of the large, vague, unlimited, unknown.

- A. R. Ammons

Very Everybody Cheaper

Studios are so used to digital now, and there is a mythology that it's cheaper. But it's really not cheaper. For instance, digital is great for night exteriors; everybody knows it's a video tap, so it's very responsive to light. So you can go out at night, shoot with digital, and it's gorgeous, beautiful to look at.

- Don Scardino

Very Trained Sometimes

It was actually quite easy to work with Uggie, because he's a really well trained dog. Very talented. I just had to follow him a little bit, improvise a little bit. Sometimes he'd follow me. Especially because of the sausages I had in my pocket.

- Jean Dujardin

Very Dancing Silent

For you, it's a silent movie. For us, it's a talking movie because we had lines on set. There's a lot of noise on set and music. We spoke in English, in French, in gibberish, but it was very alive. The challenge was tap dancing.

- Jean Dujardin

Very Hollywood Motivating

I don't really know Hollywood, but living and shooting in L.A. was very motivating, inspiring. The lights, the extras, their American faces, the energy, the Orpheum Theatre. It was all very inspiring.

- Jean Dujardin

Very Movie Big

I can't speak American dog very well. There was a lot of improvisation with Uggie - like when I put the dog on the table or sometimes I follow him, sometimes he follows me. I had a lot of treats in my pocket. We worked with Omar Von Muller, the dog trainer. It was very easy because it was a big movie.

- Jean Dujardin

Very Access Global

In one sense, the Internet is like the discovery of the printing press, only it's very different. The printing press gave us access to recorded knowledge. The Internet gives us access, not just to knowledge, but to the intelligence contained in people's crania, access to the intelligence of people on a global basis.

- Don Tapscott