Gates of Excellence

“If you must call me a didactic writer, go ahead. I do believe that those of us who have grown up have something of value to offer the young. And if that is didacticism, well, I have to live with it. But when I write a story, it is not an attempt to make children good or wise–nobody but God can do that, and even God doesn’t do it without the child’s cooperation. I am trying in a book simply to give children a place where they may find rest  for their weary souls.”

“A Song of Innocence and Experience.” Gates of Excellence.