The trick of it, she told herself, is to be courageous and bold and make a difference. Not change the world exactly, just the bit around you.

There is a point in the future where even the worst disaster starts to settle into an anecdote.

I would never complain about 'One Day' taking off, but it made me painfully self-conscious for a long time.

Don't they appreciate how hard it is, staying decent, keeping your head on straight when so much is happening to you and your life is so full and eventfull?

Okay then, smile and...

I felt the proximity of change, and I had wanted more than anything for something in my life to change. Is it still possible to feel like that, I wonder? Or does it only happen to us once?

And so the condemned man, presented with his final meal, is reminded that at least the cheesecake is delicious.

Yet there seemed to be no easy correlation between the awful grief I felt at her death and our closeness – or lack of it – in life, and it occurred to me that perhaps grief is as much regret for what we have never had as sorrow for what we have lost.

Don't keep fighting battles that are already lost.

The trick of it, she told herself, is to be courageous and bold and make a difference. Not change the world exactly, just the bit around you. Go out there with your double-first, your passion and your new Smith Corona electric typewriter and work hard at… something..

I work three days at home, and two days in the British Library or the London Library, just to get out of the house and hide from the children.

When you're reading a book, you're always looking for the natural place to stop. With a movie, you can't really have that sense of it coming momentarily to a halt; there's pressure to keep the momentum up.