Why do you have to be the same as the others? ...Most of them are stupid.
There is no point in asking a man a question until you have established whether he has any reason to lie to you.
She loved him because he had brought her back to life. She had been like a caterpillar in a cocoon, and he had drawn her out and shown her that she was a butterfly.
The degradation to which you subject others comes back, sooner or later, to haunt you.
Fear could paralyse. Action was the antidote.
Having faith in God did not mean sitting back and doing nothing. It meant believing you would find success if you did your best honestly and energetically.
But desperate people find courage.
Trusting someone was like holding a little water in your cupped hands - it was so easy to spill the water, and you could never get it back.
In my books, women often solve the problem. Even if the woman is not the hero, she's a strong character. She does change the plot. She'll often rescue the male character from some situation.
Hard work should be rewarded by good food.
To someone standing in the nave, looking down the length of the church toward the east, the round window would seem like a huge sun exploding into innumerable shards of gorgeous color.
you should first follow the plow if you want to dance the harvest jig.
The duck swallows the worm, the fox kills the duck, the men shoot the fox, and the devil hunts the men.
Without books I would not have become a vivacious reader, and if you are not a reader you are not a writer.
When you've lost everything, you've got nothing to lose.
Proportion is the heart of beauty.
The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.
Why did people manufacture trouble when there was already so much of it in the world?
Hunger is the best seasoning.
Knotty theological questions are the least worrying of problems to me. Why? Because they will be resolved in the hereafter, and meanwhile they can be safely shelved.
I like to create imaginary characters and events around a real historical situation. I want readers to feel: OK, this probably didn't happen, but it might have.
President Wilson says a leader must treat public opinion the way a sailor deals with the wind, using it to blow the ship in one direction or another, but never trying to go directly against it.
She wanted to say 'I love you like a thunderstorm, like a lion, like a helpless rage'.
But the lesson of Abraham's story is that God demands the best we have to offer, that which is most precious to us.
I want to tell a story that makes the reader always want to see what will happen next.
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