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“Reading can be a road to freedom or a key to a secret garden, which, if tended, will transform all of life.”
Katherine Paterson
“You have to believe it and you hate it. I don't have to and I think it's beautiful.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
“It's like the smarter you are, the more things can scare you.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
“It is not enough to simply teach children to read;
we have to give them something worth reading.
Something that will stretch their imaginations-
something that will help them make sense of their own lives
and encourage them to reach out toward people
whose lives are quite different from their own.”
Katherine Paterson
“It was up to him to pay back to the world in beauty and caring what Leslie had loaned him in vision and strength. ”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
“All of us can think of a book... that we hope none of our children or any other children have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf - that work I abhor - then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we have no books left on the shelf for any of us.”
Katherine Paterson
“She had tricked him. She had made him leave his old self behind and come into her world, and then before he was really at home in it but too late to go back, she had left him stranded there--like an astronaut wandering about on the moon. Alone.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
“It was Leslie who had taken him from the cow pasture into Terabithia and turned him into a king. He had thought that was it. Wasn't king the best you could be? Now it occurred to him that perhaps Terabithia was like a castle where you came to be knighted. After you stayed for a while and grew strong you had to move on. For hadn't Leslie, even in Terabithia, tried to push back the walls of his mind and make him see beyond to the shining world—huge and terrible and beautiful and very fragile? (Handle with care—everything—even the predators.)

Now it was time for him to move out. She wasn't there, so he must go for both of them. It was up to him to pay back to the world in beauty and caring what Leslie had loaned him in vision and strength.

As for the terrors ahead—for he did not fool himself that they were all behind him—well, you just have to stand up to your fear and not let it squeeze you white. Right, Leslie?

Right.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
“To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.”
Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
“Sometimes it seemed to him that his life was delicate as a dandelion. One little puff from any direction, and it was blown to bits.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
tags: life
“You never know ahead of time what something's really going to be like.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
“Shh," he said. "Look."
"Where?"
"Can't you see'um?" he whispered. "All the Terabithians standing on tiptoe to see you."
"Me?"
"Shh, yes. There's a rumor going around that the beautiful girl arrving today might be the queen they've been waiting for.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
“You think it's so great to die and make everyone cry and carry on. Well it ain't.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
“Everybody gets scared sometimes, May Belle. You don't have to be ashamed.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
“When my husband died, people kept telling me not to cry. People kept trying to help me to forget. But I didn't want to forget... So I realize, that if it's hard for me, how much harder it must be for you.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
“He may not have been born with guts, but he didn't have to die without them.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
tags: guts, life
“You gotta know someone cares about you, or you just give up.”
Katherine Paterson, The Same Stuff as Stars
“If you could hold your nose to avoid a stink, or close your eyes to cut out a sight, why not shut off your brain to avoid a thought?”
Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
“The wonderful thing about books is that they allow us to enter imaginatively into someone else’s life. And when we do that, we learn to sympathize with other people. But the real surprise is that we also learn truths about ourselves, about our own lives, that somehow we hadn’t been able to see before.”
Katherine Paterson
tags: books
“It wasn't so much that he minded telling Leslie that he was afraid to go; it was that he minded being afraid. It was as though he had been made with a great piece missing - one of May Belle's puzzles with this huge gap where somebody's eye should have been. Lord, it would be better to be born without an arm than to go through life with no guts.”
Katherine Paterson, Puente Hasta Terabithia
“I was behaving, just like I promised, but fate intervened.”
Katherine Paterson, Preacher's Boy
“My heart is heavy, she thought. It’s not just a saying. It is what is—heavy, a great stone lodged in my breast, pressing down my whole being. How can I even stand straight and look out upon the world? I am doubled over into myself and, for all the weight, find only emptiness.”
Katherine Paterson, Lyddie
“I love revision. Where else can spilled milk be turned into ice cream?”
Katherine Paterson
“That was the rule that you never mixed up troubles at home with life at school. When parents were poor or ignorant or mean, or even just didn't believe in having a TV set, it was up to their kids to protect them.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
“Sitting in cold wet britches for an hour was no fun even in a magic kingdom.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
“Peace is not won by those who fiercely guard their differences, but by those who with open minds and hearts seek out connections.”
Katherine Paterson
“Words are humanity's greatest natural resource, but most of us have trouble figuring out how to put them together. Words aren't cheap. They are very precious. They are like water, which gives life and growth and refreshment, but because it has always been abundant, we treat it cheaply. We waste it; we pollute it, and doctor it. Later we blame the quality of the water because we have misused it.”
Katherine Paterson
“We are trying to communicate that which lies in our deepest heart, which has no words, which can only be hinted at through the means of a story. And somehow, miraculously, a story that comes from deep in my heart calls from a reader that which is deepest in his or her heart, and together from our secret hidden selves we create a story that neither of us could have told alone.”
Katherine Paterson
“We all learn here by the honorable path of horrible mistakes.”
Katherine Paterson, The Master Puppeteer
“Miss Edmunds was one of his secrets. He was in love with her. Not the kind of silly stuff Ellie and Brenda giggled about on the telephone. This was too real and too deep to talk about, even to think about very much.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia

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