"IT is mere coincidence that Cooper was born in the year which produced The Power of Sympathy and that when he died Uncle Tom's Cabin was passing through its serial stage, and yet the limits of his life mark almost exactly the first great period of American fiction."
"When my dad died a lot of songs came, and they're still coming."
"My grandmother had six kids - one died as an infant - and she was dirt-poor, and all her kids got an education. And my mom grew up poor. And they both worked so hard and cultivated so much of their own happiness. I wanted to have that like an amulet. Not like armor, but like a magic feather. Like Dumbo's magic feather."
"But more importantly, I think he remembered how very close I was with my own dad, who had died in 1997."
"You see, my mother was a district nurse until she died when I was 14, and we used to move from time to time because of her work."
"Some people say it might be good for your career to die and then come back again. I have died many ways, car crashes, motorcycle crashes, etc. But, I am still alive."
"Poor, darling fellow - he died of food. He was killed by the dinner table."
"I basically started playing violin at the age of six. That lasted about three years because my previous teacher died and the second teacher didn't really know how to successfully get me going."
"My father, who died a few years ago, was a good, simple, very honest man. His faith and affection for his family was just unassailable, without question."
"Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime."