Pour les vaincre, messieurs, il nous faut de l'audace, encore de l'audace, et toujours de l'audace...!"
(To defeat them, gentlemen, we need audacity, still more audacity, and audacity forever...!)
Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.
I sometimes used to sit on my bike, weeping with the pain.
If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.
Because stories that matter have ends.
Anything that matters, ends. It's the end that gives it a meaning.
And the joy, for me, of fiction, the joy of narrative fiction is you get to pick your beginning and get to pick your end. And that imposes form and shape on the material between those two things. And that gives you a story. Otherwise you don't have a story. You have a life, maybe. But even then it's the dying that gives you a shape and the birth that gives you a beginning, that helps to form a life. —Neil Gaiman (Prisoners of Gravity Interview, 1993)