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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

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

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

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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 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

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

Very Kind Angels

I'm not the kind of guy to talk about angels: I'm a very pragmatic kind of guy.

- Chris Isaak

Rather Very Every Day

The household I grew up in... was rather like an Ovaltine advert. There was a huge fire, a kettle on the fire, the oven with the bread being baked every day, and there was the radio; it was very magical to hear all these wonderful programmes.

- Brian Blessed

About Very Minded

I'm not interested in making all-black films - I come from a very diverse culture; I want to work with every type of person. I work a lot with women executives because they seem to be a lot more open minded about that and a lot more progressive in that way.

- Idris Elba

Been Very Still

White actors still get way more money in Hollywood. It's been that way for a very long time. I hope it'll change, but it's a matter of forcing that change.

- Idris Elba

Very Becoming Capabilities

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.

- Brian Tracy

Think I Think Very

I finally did work out a very good relationship with my father, but it was rough growing up. We had a lot of conflict, and I think it surfaced in many of my works.

- Ira Levin

Almost Relationships Very

Why do people stay in relationships that are tough from almost the very beginning?

- Ira Sachs