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Dan Brown Quotes

Daniel Gerhard Brown

Dan Brown quotes: the mega millionaire thriller novelist talks about his rigid writing schedule, creation’s daddy, why wealth without wisdom causes disaster, and much more.

“Knowledge grows exponentially.  The more we know, the greater our ability to learn, and the faster we expand our knowledge base.”

“Knowledge is a tool, and like all tools, its impact is in the hands of the user.”

“Each of us knows all.  We need only open our minds to hear our own wisdom.”

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

“Life is filled with difficult decisions.  And winners are those who make them.”

“Everything is possible.  The impossible just takes longer.”

“Anything is possible when people believe in a cause.”

“What really matters is what you believe.”

“A little faith can do wonders.”

“Life is filled with secrets.  You can’t learn them all at once.”

Pain is a part of growing up.  It is how we learn.”

“Don’t spend… but mend yourself.”

“Never disperse your focus unless absolutely necessary.  Face one adversary at a time.”

“Open your minds, my friends.  We all fear what we do not understand.”

“Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.”

“Force a hand… and it will fight you.  But convince a mind to think as you want it to think, and you have an ally.”

“Sometimes a change of perspective is all it takes to see the light.”

Pure energy is the father of creation.”

“Genius accepts genius unconditionally.”

“Nothing is more creative… nor destructive… than a brilliant mind with a purpose.”

“Great minds are always feared by lesser minds.”

“Technology is changing the way we interact as humans.”

“Even brilliant scientists Google themselves.”

“When in doubt, just spit it out.  All challenges can be overcome by speaking the truth, no matter how it comes out.”

“When multiple explanations exist, the simplest is usually correct.”

“I love the gray area between right and wrong.”

“I’ve learned never to close my mind to an idea simply because it seems miraculous.”

“Today is today.  But there are many tomorrows.”

“The decisions of our past are the architects of our present.”

“Wealth is commonplace but wisdom is rare.  I beg you to remember that wealth without wisdom can often end in disaster.”

“I’m a fan of the truth… even if it’s painfully hard to accept.”

“Truth has power.  And if we all gravitate toward similar ideas, maybe we do so because those ideas are true… written deep within us.  And when we hear the truth, even if we don’t understand it, we feel that truth resonate within us… vibrating with our unconscious wisdom.  Perhaps the truth is not learned by us, but rather, the truth is recalled, remembered, recognized as that which is already inside us.”

“No good deed goes unpunished.”

“Time is a river, and books are boats.”

“Books make great gifts because they can unveil hidden secrets.”

“The greatest story ever told is, in fact, the greatest story ever sold.”

“I feel like if I’m going to take time reading, I better be learning.”

“I write seven days a week, starting at four o’clock in the morning, including Christmas.”

“If I’m not at my desk by four a.m., I feel like I’m missing my most productive hours.  In addition to starting early, I keep an antique hour glass on my desk and every hour break briefly to do push-ups, sit-ups, and some quick stretches.  I find this helps keep the blood and ideas flowing.”

“I spend my life essentially alone at a computer.  That doesn’t change.  I have the same challenges every day.”

“I think one reason my books have found mainstream success is that they’re written from a skeptical point of view.”

“It’s funny, I don’t know where I would place myself in the literary landscape.  I really just write the book that I would want to read.  I put on the blinders, and I really – it is, for me, that simple.”

“Some people love what I do, some people hate what I do.  But I do something very specific in these novels, and fortunately  there are a lot of people who enjoy it.”

“When you’re a creative person, you’re creating something that you like and it’s all just a matter of taste.  I’m almost amused that people go so far out of their way to say, ‘I hate this guy’s writing.’  It’s just a strange sort of thing for people to do.  It comes with that level of success.  You just have people gunning for you.”

“If the book weren’t good I’d be terrified.  There’s so many critics who complain that I’m not William Shakespeare or William Faulkner or whoever it is.  That’s exactly the point.  They’re right.  I write books in a very specific and intentional way, blending fact and fiction, writing in a very modern, efficient style that just serves the story.  Some people understand what I’m doing and other people should just go read somebody else.”

“I think if you’re a creative person you want everyone to love what you do.  I’m trying to write books that taste like ice cream but have the nutrition of vegetables.”

“And I do believe that for most of us, the approval of our parents trumps everything.”

“I love to learn, and at some level, there’s something to learn from my books.  And I love art and philosophy, so there’s something philosophical about my fiction.”

“I don’t read self-help, although I recently found myself helped inadvertently by reading Moonwalking with Einstein, which centers on the science of remembering.  I picked up the book because I’ve always been interested in why some people have great memories and others (like myself) do not.  Strangely, I discovered that simply reading about the methods used by memory champions helped me improve my own memory.  Now at least I can remember where I left my glasses.”

“Writing is a solitary journey, so I am always excited to go out on book tour and meet readers one-on-one.”

“I learned early on not to listen to either critique – the people who love you or the people who don’t like you.”

“I’ve been through a lot.  I’ve thought a lot about life, and I’ve spent a lot of time studying history and science.”

“I consider myself a student of many religions.  The more I learn, the more questions I have.  For me, the spiritual quest will be a life-long work in progress.”

“Everyday I create myself.”

“This life is what I always wanted.”

“There is only one way to triumph over death, and that is by making our lives masterpieces.”

“May our philosophies keep pace with our technologies.  May our compassion keep pace with our powers.  And may love, not fear, be the engine of change.”

“Stand tall, smile bright, and let them wonder what secrets are making you laugh!”

“Seek the goodness, become the goodness.”

“The price of greatness… is responsibility.”

“Enjoy it.  One way or another, your days are numbered.”

“We are the masters of our own universe.”

“We must seize every opportunity to show kindness and to love fully.”

“Remember tonight… for it’s the beginning of forever.”

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