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“Books may well be the only true magic.”
Alice Hoffman
“Sometimes the right thing feels all wrong until it is over and done with.”
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.”
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
“It doesn't matter what people tell you. It doesn't matter what they might say. Sometimes you have to leave home. Sometimes, running away means you're headed in the exact right direction.”
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
“My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage." - Aunt Frances”
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
“The moon is always jealous of the heat of the day, just as the sun always longs for something dark and deep.”
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
“When I walk, I walk with you. Where I go, you're with me always.”
Alice Hoffman, The Story Sisters
“Every fairy tale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“People hide their truest nature. I understood that; I even applauded it. What sort of world would it be if people bled all over the sidewalks, if they wept under trees, smacked whomever they despised, kissed strangers, revealed themselves?”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“You build your world around someone, and then what happens when he disappears? Where do you go- into pieces, into atoms, into the arms of another man? You go shopping, you cook dinner, you work odd hours, you make love to someone else on June nights. But you're not really there, you're someplace else where there is blue sky and a road you don't recognize. If you squint your eyes, you think you see him, in the shadows, beyond the trees. You always imagine that you see him, but he's never there. It's only his spirit, that's what's there beneath the bed when you kiss your husband, there when you send your daughter off to school. It's in your coffee cup, your bathwater, your tears. Unfinished business always comes back to haunt you, and a man who swears he'll love you forever isn't finished with you until he's done.”
Alice Hoffman, Here on Earth
“If every life is a river, then it's little wonder that we do not even notice the changes that occur until we are far out in the darkest sea. One day you look around and nothing is familiar, not even your own face.
My name once meant daughter, grandaughter, friend, sister, beloved. Now those words mean only what their letters spell out; Star in the night sky. Truth in the darkness.
I have crossed over to a place where I never thought I'd be. I am someone I would have never imagined. A secret. A dream. I am this, body and soul. Burn me. Drown me. Tell me lies. I will still be who I am.”
Alice Hoffman, Incantation
“...he had a way of taking your hand which made it clear he'd have to be the one to let go."

From Alice Hoffman's "Local Girls", pg.102.”
Alice Hoffman, Local Girls
“Trouble is just like love, after all; it comes in unannounced and takes over before you've had a chance to reconsider, or even to think.”
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
“When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure.”
Alice Hoffman, Here on Earth
“Be careful what you wish for. I know that for a fact. Wishes are brutal, unforgiving things. They burn your tongue the moment they're spoken and you can never take them back.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“Just because something is unspoken doesn't mean that it disappears.”
Alice Hoffman, Incantation
“Pride is a funny thing; it can make what is truly worthless appear to be a treasure.”
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
“Do you ever just put your arms out and just spin and spin and spin? Well, that's what love is like; everything inside of you tells you to stop before you fall, but for some reason you just keep going.”
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
tags: love
“You can be betrayed in your sleep. The whole world can tilt while you're dreaming of butterflies. ”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“The weak are cruel. The strong have no need to be.”
Alice Hoffman, The Foretelling
“Unrequited love is so boring. Weeping under a blue-black sky is for suckers or maniacs.”
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
“Every problem has a solution, although it may not be the outcome that was originally hoped for or expected.”
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
“My grief was cold. It was nothing to share. It was nothing to speak about, nothing to feel.”
Alice Hoffman, Green Angel
“Once you know some things, you can't unknow them. It's a burden that can never be given away.”
Alice Hoffman, Incantation
“Here's the thing about luck...you don't know if it's good or bad until you have some perspective.”
Alice Hoffman, Local Girls
tags: luck
“Here is the riddle of love: Everything it gives to you, it takes away.”
Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers
tags: love
“I dream of a love that even time will lie down and be still for.”
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
“Still, she knows one thing for certain: never judge a relationship unless you are the one wrapped up in its arms.”
Alice Hoffman, Local Girls
“Sometimes words drew blood, they cut your tongue, they made you know things you couldn't unknow. ”
Alice Hoffman, The Story Sisters
“Sometimes they would sit in the parlor together, both reading – in entirely separate worlds, to be sure, but joined somehow. When this happened, other people in the family couldn't bring themselves to disturb them. All that could be heard in the parlor was the sound of pages, turning.”
Alice Hoffman, Blackbird House

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