A slavish concern for the composition of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect. Be gone, odious wasp! You smell of decayed syllables.
("The Phantom Tollbooth")
More Quotes from Norton Juster:People always ask about my influences, and they cite a bunch of people I've never heard of.
It was really written as most, I think, books are by writers - for themselves. There was something that just had to be written, in a way that it had to be written. If you know what I mean.
I think kids slowly begin to realize that what they're learning relates to other things they know. Then learning starts to get more and more exciting.
A good book written for children can be read by adults.
I think really good books can be read by anybody.
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