There is something about losing your mother that is permanent and inexpressable - a wound that will never quite heal.
You're never alone when you're reading a book.
At the centre of every fairy tale lay a truth that gave the story its power
Insults sting but a little when they stem from a man's ignorance.
Teachers are by nature idealists, and they believe anything can be learned.
What's difficult to understand about German opera? It's always the same. Boy meets girl, boy falls in love, girl gets devoured by horrible winged creature with claws.
Everybody's in love when they're eighteen. And everybody gets dumped.
Fear and love were sometimes the same thing both necessary unavoidable. Now she understood that it was okay to bleed if you know how to heal.
Tell the story that's in your heart, and don't hold back. Write a book the reader will want to melt into.
When you're with the person you love, you're home.
Writing is a struggle no matter what the genre.
Talent is required, but much of writing is a matter of craft, which develops with time, attention, patience and practice, like playing an instrument or learning to dance.
My adult life has been a patchwork of projects, most of which were fleeting fancies of overreaching vision. I tend to seize on things, only to abandon them due to a lack of time, talent or inclination.
An event in the present evokes past sensations. But science couldn't explain how a foolish heart had the power to overrule common sense.
The human heart was such a complex organ, fragile and sturdy all at once.
Unexpected change is like a breath of fresh air -- a little brisk at first, but magic for the body and soul.
I love my life, my family and my friends, and I'm drawn to 'relationship' novels because of their affirming focus on the power of love to heal wounds and transform lives.
She watched the gap between ship and shore grow to a huge gulf. Perhaps this was a little like dying, the departed no longer visible to the others, yet both still existed, only in different worlds.
I never felt I was incapable of succeeding because I felt confident I could always learn what I needed to know.
On Sunday, something washed up on shore.
I've always loved writing emotionally rich, character-driven novels that explore the way people fall in love and deal with life's triumphs and tragedies. I enjoy writing the contemporary and historical books equally, though perhaps 'enjoy' is the wrong word.
Scary thought - what if I get to know myself and I'm someone I don't want to be?
I lived in upstate New York until I was ten years old and we moved overseas. I have a lot of nostalgic memories of that part of the world, and I love going back there by writing the Lakeshore books.
Honestly, the essence of publishing hasn't changed. Since the days of the cave man carving stuff on the cave walls, people have wanted stories, and storytellers have wanted an audience. That is still the case. The changes are really a matter of format.
You are TSTL. I beg your pardon. Too stupid to live.
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