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By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

It seems to me that there are two great enemies of peace - fear and selfishness.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

What I have come to believe is that joy is the twin sister of gratitude. I am most joyful when I am most grateful.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

It's such a thrill when an adult comes up to me and says, 'I read your book as a child and really loved it.' That's a tremendous compliment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

The difference between writing a story and simply relating past events is that a story, in order to be acceptable, must have shape and meaning. It is the old idea that art is the bringing of order out of chaos.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

The last dregs of winter spoiling the taste of everything.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

The world that is in me is the only world I have by which to grasp the world outside and as I write fiction, it is the chart by which I must steer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

As much pleasure as young people get from Twittering and texting, there is no way these activities will nourish their minds and spirits the way literature can.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

What we need to wake people up to now is the crisis in imagination and concern for the greater good. We have no idea what the next ten years, much less the next fifty years, will demand of the coming generation. What we do know is that unless we have a people prepared and eager to meet those crises creatively and compassionately, there is not much hope for this poor old planet of ours.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Civilization as well as education takes a downward spiral when it ceases to ask "What is truth?" and concerns itself primarily with what is measurable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

I cannot, will not, withhold from my young readers the harsh realities of human hunger and suffering and loss, but neither will I neglect to plant that stubborn seed of hope that has enabled our race to outlast wars and famines and the destruction of death.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

If you're so afraid of your imagination that you stifle it, how are you going to know God? How can you imagine heaven?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

I love revision. Where else can spilled milk be turned into ice cream?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

We book people are always preaching about reading aloud to children, but unless you do, you can't realize how it enriches family life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

...those of us who write for children are called, not to do something to a child, but be someone for a child.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

I can't believe there will ever be a time when the book is truly obsolete. It is the perfect technology and feeds the soul.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

a novel is not born of a single idea. The stories I've tried to write from one idea, no matter how terrific an idea, have sputtered out and died by chapter three. For me, novels have invariably come from a complex of ideas that in the beginning seemed to bear no relation to each other, but in the unconscious began mysteriously to merge and grow. Ideas for a novel are like the strong guy lines of a spider web. Without them the silken web cannot be spun.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Our fundamental task as human beings is to seek out connections-to exercise our imaginations.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

A friend of mine who writes history books said to me that he thought that the two creatures most to be pitied were the spider and the novelist - their lives hanging by a thread spun out of their own guts. But in some ways I think writers of fiction are the creatures most to be envied, because who else besides the spider is allowed to take that fragile thread and weave it into a pattern? What a gift of grace to be able to take the chaos from within and from it to create some semblance of order.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Self-censorship can be very damaging to a story. When our chief goal is not to offend someone, we are not likely to write a book that will deeply affect someone.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

More than fifty years ago Sputnik dramatically raised the nation's awareness of what was lacking in science and math education in America. What we need to wake people up to now is the crisis in imagination and concern for the greater good.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Everybody gets scared sometimes, May Belle. You don't have to be ashamed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

As I look back on what I have written, I can see that the very persons who have taken away my time are those who have given me something to say.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Sometimes you need to give people something that's for them, not just something that makes you feel good giving it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

It is always sad to write about prejudice, but sometimes when we see it being played out in the lives of fictional characters, we can recognize it in our own lives.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Impressed. Lord. He had nearly drowned.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Some folks are natural born kickers. They can always find a way to turn disaster into butter.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

I woke up one morning and realized that what I wanted to say to everyone - children, young people, adults - was: Read for your life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

A dream without a plan is just a wish

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

A great novel is a kind of conversion experience. We come away from it changed.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

I love revisions...We can't go back and revise our lives, but being allowed to go back and revise what we have written comes closest.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

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?

By Anonym 18 Sep

Katherine Paterson

The basic task of education is the care and feeding of the imagination.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Lord, let me heed the angels you put in my path.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Church always seemed the same. Jess could tune it out the same way he tuned out school, with his body standing up and sitting down in unison with the rest of the congregation but his mind numb and floating, not really thinking or dreaming but at least free.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Katherine Paterson

The very persons who have taken away my time and space are those who have given me something to say.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Since my first novel was rescued from a slush pile, it makes me sad that most publishing houses no longer accept unsolicited manuscripts. Nor are many willing to take chances on novels that are not deemed immediately "marketable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

He [an earnest young reporter] seemed to share the view of many intelligent, well-educated, well-meaning people that, while adult literature may aim to be art, the object of children's books is to whip the little rascals into shape.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Crazy people who are judged to be harmless are allowed an enormous amount of freedom ordinary people are denied.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Kids often ask me if characters are real or made up - and I always tell them, 'I hope they're real but I made them up.'

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

But I had never caused my parents "a minute's worry." Didn't they know that worry proves you care? Didn't they realize that I needed their worry to assure myself that I was worth something?