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My parents got me a $25 Kent steel-string acoustic guitar when I was around 12. The following Christmas, my parents bought me a Conora electric guitar. It looked almost like a Gretsch. It cost $59, and my mom still has it.

As an adolescent, Spider-Man was what got me through tough times in terms of being a skinny kid.

Every time you drop the price by a factor of two, you roughly get a 10 times pickup of the number of people who will seriously consider buying it.

I and others were mistaken early on in saying that the subprime crisis would be contained. The causal relationship between the housing problem and the broad financial system was very complex and difficult to predict.

Of course some days are easier than others, but my worst day is better than being in most humdrum occupations.

I love playing with words and texture.

The president is commander-in-chief of the army and navy and of the state militia when called into the service of the United States. He holds this power in time of peace as well as in time of war.

I was a slightly melancholy child and I think films were a way of escaping for me.

I make preparations both to live and to die every day, but with the emphasis on not dying, and on acting as if I was going to carry on living.

Sometimes people say that kids with autism aren't capable of love. That's ridiculous. My son loves deeply. He just doesn't communicate well.

Historians will handle a much wider range of sources than a biographer and will be covering a broader spectrum of events, time, peoples.

I think something that really shocked me as a nanny were parents who sort of assumed the worst from the get-go. People who didn't accept the benefit of the doubt.

I'm lucky. As soon as I open my mouth, people see I know what I'm talking about, and when I leave the room, I think most say, 'She's OK.'

Most adults I know start their Internet session at Google, and most kids I know start their Internet session at either Facebook or MySpace.

I knew I wanted to do something creative, and you don't necessarily go to Harvard to do that. It's not the best choice for creative writing.

I think if you get your fifth script made, that's the fast track. But there's no guarantee any of them will get made.

For polyatomic free radicals and ions, one is dependent both for the ground states and the excited states on the study of electronic spectra to obtain the shapes and the geometrical parameters.

For a woman, forty is torture, the end.

I didn't want to be a writer, but I became one. And now I have many readers, in many countries. I think that's a miracle. So I think I have to be humble regarding this ability. I'm proud of it and I enjoy it, and it is strange to say it this way, but I respect it.

You're not going to find a man whose socks don't get dirty or who doesn't snore.