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  • #1
    Brian Selznick
    “I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers.”
    Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

  • #2
    Joan Didion
    “A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty.”
    Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

  • #3
    Zadie Smith
    “The greatest lie ever told about love is that it sets you free.”
    Zadie Smith, On Beauty

  • #4
    Zadie Smith
    “Stop worrying about your identity and concern yourself with the people you care about, ideas that matter to you, beliefs you can stand by, tickets you can run on. Intelligent humans make those choices with their brain and hearts and they make them alone. The world does not deliver meaning to you. You have to make it meaningful...and decide what you want and need and must do. It’s a tough, unimaginably lonely and complicated way to be in the world. But that’s the deal: you have to live; you can’t live by slogans, dead ideas, clichés, or national flags. Finding an identity is easy. It’s the easy way out.”
    Zadie Smith, On Beauty

  • #5
    Roald Dahl
    “When writing about oneself, one must strive to be truthful. Truth is more important than modesty.”
    Roald Dahl, Boy: Tales of Childhood

  • #6
    Roald Dahl
    “An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details.”
    Roald Dahl, Boy: Tales of Childhood

  • #7
    Roald Dahl
    “We all have our moments of brilliance and glory, and this was mine.”
    Roald Dahl, Boy: Tales of Childhood

  • #8
    Holly Goldberg Sloan
    “What we expect rarely occurs; what we don't expect is what happens.”
    Holly Goldberg Sloan, Counting by 7s

  • #9
    Katherine Applegate
    “I like not knowing everything. It makes things more interesting.”
    Katherine Applegate, Crenshaw

  • #10
    Teresa Toten
    “A day in heaven,' Adam whispered. What would that be like? To wake up one morning and be normal? To not bite down and parcel out each second of each day. To not wrestle and negotiate with your obsessions. To not have thoughts that ran you into the ground.
    To have a quit mind.
    A quiet mind.

    Teresa Toten, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

  • #11
    C. JoyBell C.
    “I have met so many heartbroken men. It's a catastrophe. Women are easily overcome by the process that happens when a boy falls in love and becomes a man. Men's hearts are so often broken. Still, you have to leave your broken heart in a place where- when the woman who knows how to see what a gift is, sees it- your broken heart can be picked up again. I think that it takes a very strong woman (inner strength) to be able to handle a man falling in love with her, without morphing into a monster (the process is a very potent process, it can poison a woman, really). A woman thinks she wants a man to fall in love with her for all the perks that come with it; but when a real love really does happen, when a real man shows his manhood; it's often too powerful a thing to endure without being poisoned. Hence, all the heartbroken men. But, I do believe that there are strong women in the world today. A few. But there are. You could say, that the mark of a real woman, is a woman who can handle a man- a man falling in love with her. A woman who can recognize that, and keep it with her.”
    C. JoyBell C.

  • #12
    Ali Benjamin
    “It's peculiar how no-words can be better than words. Silence can say more than noise, in the same way that a person's absence can occupy even more space than their presence did" -Suzy”
    Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish

  • #13
    David Walliams
    “But children nowadays don't believe in magic. They are forever watching TV and playing computer games. They never look to the skies any more.”
    David Walliams, Demon Dentist

  • #14
    Kate DiCamillo
    “It occurred to her that nobody really knew what anybody else was upset about, and that seemed like a terrible thing.”
    Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale

  • #15
    Abraham Sutzkever
    “If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.”
    Abraham Sutzkever

  • #16
    Jojo Moyes
    “All I can say is that you make me... you make me into someone I couldn't even imagine. You make me happy, even when you're awful. I would rather be with you - even the you that you seem to think is diminished - than with anyone else in the world.”
    Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

  • #17
    Jojo Moyes
    “You can only actually help someone who wants to be helped.”
    Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

  • #18
    Jojo Moyes
    “I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted. It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went.”
    Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

  • #19
    Jojo Moyes
    “I realized I was afraid of living without him. How is it you have the right to destroy my life, I wanted to demand of him, but I’m not allowed a say in yours?
    But I had promised.”
    Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

  • #20
    Emma Cline
    “You wanted things and you couldn't help it, because there was only your life, only yourself to wake up with, and how could you ever tell yourself what you wanted was wrong?”
    Emma Cline, The Girls

  • #21
    Lois Lowry
    “Behind him,across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps it was only an echo.”
    Lois Lowry, The Giver

  • #22
    Lois Lowry
    “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
    Lois Lowry, The Giver

  • #23
    Madeleine L'Engle
    “If you aren't unhappy sometimes you don't know how to be happy.”
    Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

  • #24
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

  • #25
    Donna Tartt
    “Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?”
    Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

  • #26
    Erik Larson
    “Place has always been important to me, and one thing today's Chicago exudes, as it did in 1893, is a sense of place. I fell in love with the city, the people I encountered, and above all the lake and its moods, which shift so readily from season to season, day to day, even hour to hour.”
    Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

  • #27
    Muriel Barbery
    “I have finally concluded, maybe that's what life is about: there's a lot of despair, but also the odd moment of beauty, where time is no longer the same. It's as if those strains of music created a sort of interlude in time, something suspended, an elsewhere that had come to us, an always within never. Yes, that's it, an always within never.”
    Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • #28
    A.S. Byatt
    “You did not so much mind being -conventionally- betrayed, if you were not kept in the dark, which was humiliating, or defined only as a wife and dependent person, which was annihilating.”
    A.S. Byatt, The Children's Book

  • #29
    A.S. Byatt
    “You know, it's a truism that writers for children must still be children themselves, deep down, must still feel childish feelings, and a child's surprise at the world. ”
    A.S. Byatt, The Children's Book

  • #30
    Padma Venkatraman
    “My skin tingles as I step into the music,
    give in to the icy thrill of pleasure
    that spreads through me whenever I dance,
    the pleasure of leaping into a cool lake on a
    sweltering day.”
    Padma Venkatraman, A Time to Dance

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