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    I am fascinated by all the new technology that creates places for us to meet in what is called cyberspace. I understand what it must have meant for the rebellions in the 19th century, especially in 1830 and 1848, when the mass circulated newspaper became so important for the spreading of information.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: technology 
     
    As a writer, I am an intellectual. I believe in the ideals of the Enlightenment, I believe in the written word, in dialogue and in truth. I hate lies more than anything else. Most of the time I react by writing.
    — Henning Mankell
    It's only when we can work with something that brings out our strengths that we're of any real use.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: work  real  strength 
     
    Each person searches for the most beautiful jump which will be the final before leaving this world.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: people  world  beautiful 
     
    I am not afraid of dying. I have lived longer than most people in the world. What scares me is to have a body that works but a brain that is waving goodbye. If that happens, I hope I die quickly.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: people  work  world  body  dying  brain  die  goodbye  hope  afraid 
     
    I can still remember the miraculous feeling of writing a sentence, then more sentences, telling a story. The first thing I wrote was a one-page summary of Robinson Crusoe and I am so sorry I do not have it any more; it was at that moment I became an author.
    — Henning Mankell
    Have I ever written anything that has really changed something? What I believe is that you can't change anything without using art. I believe that the drops wear away the stone. I try to be part of that army.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: believe 
     
    Go to Mozambique! As long as you don't expect to find flawless infrastructure, just go. Because this is a country where people have not quite grown accustomed to tourists. You still feel a genuineness that no longer exists in countries where tourism has been industrially developed.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: people 
     
    To grow up is to wonder about things; to be grown up is to slowly forget the things you wondered about as a child.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: children  wonder  child 
     
    I remembered her once saying that life was like your shoes. You couldn't simply expect or imagine that your shoes would fit perfectly. Shoes that pinched your feet were a fact of life.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: saying  facts  imagine 
     
    I am a very radical person - as radical now as I was when I was younger. So my books all have in common my search for understanding of the terrible world we are living in and ways to change it.
    — Henning Mankell
    An oppressed people will always rise.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: people 
     
    Society had grown cruel. People who felt they were unwanted or unwelcome in their own country, reacted with aggression. There was no such thing as meaningless violence. Every violent act had a meaning for the person who committed it. Only when you dared accept this truth could you hope to turn society in another direction.
    — Henning Mankell
    You can have more than one home. You can carry your roots with you, and decide where they grow.
    — Henning Mankell
    "ŽNot having time for a person, not being able to sit in silence together with somebody, that's the same as rejecting them, as being scornful about them.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: time  people  silence 
     
    Life is a flimsy branch over an abyss.
    — Henning Mankell
    Every secret we confide in anotherperson can be a burden to them
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: secret 
     
    Dreams can be of value even if you don't have an opportunity to turn them into reality.
    — Henning Mankell
    Many people make the mistake of confusing information with knowledge. They are not the same thing. Knowledge involves the interpretation of information. Knowledge involves listening.
    — Henning Mankell
    We don't have time to argue. Nobody has time.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: time 
     
    Justice doesn't only mean that the people who commit crime are punished. It also means that we can never give up seeking the truth.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: crimes  truth  justice  people 
     
    People always leave traces. No person is without a shadow.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: people 
     
    I know paradise has many gates, just as hell does. One has to learn to distinguish between them, or one is lost.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: hell  lost  learn 
     
    It struck me as I listened to those two men that a truer nomination (name) for our species than Homo sapiens might be Homo narrans, the storytelling person. What differentiates us from animals is the fact that we can listen to other people's dreams, fears, joys, sorrows, desires and defeats"and they in turn can listen to ours.
    — Henning Mankell
    My mother did what many men do. She left.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: men  mother 
     
    I do not understand how on earth you can become a writer without seeing the world.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: world  earth  seeing 
     
    Certainly, I know what it's like to be obsessed. I haven't always been there for my children. They could reach me, but I wasn't always there. But, you know, that's not necessarily anything to do with being a writer. I mean, a taxi driver could have the same problem... Maybe.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: children  problem  child 
     
    When someone asks me to list the 10 best novels ever written, I always refuse to answer.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: novel 
     
    I'm not very much of a reader really, because I find much of it very bad, very uninteresting, very speculative.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: bad 
     
    I think my Wallander stories give a fairly good image of the world in the 1990s. I don't regret anything about that - on the contrary!
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: world  regret  stories 
     
    What annoys a person who suicides? The life itself. Boredom. Tiredness that descends on every morning when you look at yourself at the mirror.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: people  annoy 
     
    Many words will be written on the wind and the sand, or end up in some obscure digital vault. But the storytelling will go on until the last human being stops listening. Then we can send the great chronicle of humanity out into the endless universe.
    — Henning Mankell
    When I was a very young author, I knew I needed to build myself a tower outside of Europe. Like when you're a hunter, and build towers to watch the animals move. I knew I would never understand the world without that perspective. I came to Africa for that rational reason, although I love Mozambique now.
    — Henning Mankell
    One of the agonies of being an author is to know when to stop writing.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: writing  author 
     
    You think you know everything about a person, but the truth often comes as a surprise.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: truth  people 
     
    I came to Mozambique in 1986, when I first became involved with Teatro Avenida - a theatre company that stages plays concerned with political and social issues.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: political  company 
     
    Shakespeare is in many ways an African writer and 'Hamlet' would be seen as a very accurate historical saga about an African kingdom.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: historical 
     
    Children get acquainted with each other in a special way, they do not make contracts as adults, they believe each other or not. Childish friendships often end in violence. You may become an enemy all of a sudden as well as notice that you are someone's best friend.
    — Henning Mankell
    Although I never marched through the streets shouting for Mao, I do believe that the liberation of China at the end of the 1940s was a wonderful thing and to provide its people with a billion pairs of shoes and trousers was a fantastic achievement.
    — Henning Mankell
    Poverty always looks the same, no matter where you come across it. The rich can always express their opulence by varying their lives. Different houses, clothes, cars. Or thoughts, dreams. But for the poor there is nothing but compulsory grayness, the only form of expression available to poverty.
    — Henning Mankell
    tags: poverty  live  thoughts  poor  dreams 
     
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