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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 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 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

We all learn here by the honorable path of horrible mistakes.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Katherine Paterson

You think it's so great to die and make everyone cry and carry on. Well it ain't.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

I think if a book has the power to move a reader, it also has the power to offend a reader. And you want your books to have power, so you just have to take what comes with that.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

The challenge for those of us who care about our faith and about a hurting world is to tell stories which will carry the words of grace and hope in their bones and sinews and not wear them like fancy dress.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

I am called to listen to the sound of my own heart -- to write the story within myself that demands to be told at that particular point in my life. And if I do this faithfully, clothing that idea in the flesh of human experience and setting it in a true place, the sound from my heart will resound in the reader's heart.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

What a gift of grace to be able to take the chaos from within and from it create some semblance of order.

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

The work reveals the creator - and as our universe in its vastness, its orderliness, its exquisite detail, tells us something of the One who made it, so a work of fiction, for better or worse, will reveal the writer.

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 18 Sep

Katherine Paterson

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

We humans have had from time unknown the compulsion to name things and thus to be able to deal with them. The name we give to something shapes our attitude toward it. And in ancient thought the name itself has power, so that to know someone's name is to have a certain power over him. And in some societies, as you know, there was a public name and a real or secret name, which would not be revealed to others.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

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 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 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Many people are angry when they make a mistake, but very few people have the sense to be sorry.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

The thing I have learned through the years is that one idea 'doth' not a novel make. A novel must be several seemingly unrelated ideas that somehow magically come together to create the fabric of the story.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Katherine Paterson

You're the proverbial diamond in the rough", she'd said to him once, touching his nose lightly with the tip of her electrifying finger.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Children have to have access to books, and a lot of children can't go to a store and buy a book. We need not only our public libraries to be funded properly and staffed properly, but our school libraries. Many children can't get to a public library, and the only library they have is a school library.

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 good story is alive, ever changing and growing as it meets each listener or reader in a spirited and unique encounter, while the moralistic tale is not only dead on arrival, it's already been embalmed. It's safer that way. When a lively story goes dancing out to meet the imagination of a child, the teller loses control over meaning. The child gets to decide what the story means.

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 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Hope ... is not a feeling; it is something you do.

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

I think, she began quietly, I think we want... not just bread for our bellies. We want more than only bread. We want food for our hearts, our souls. We want- how to say it? We want, you know- Puccini music.... we want for our beautiful children some beauty. She leaned over and kissed the curl on her finger. We want roses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

life ain't supposed to be nothing, 'cept maybe tough

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

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

Reading can be a road to freedom or a key to a secret garden, which, if tended, will transform all of life.

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

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

You don't have to fight dragons to write books. You just have to live deeply the life you've been given.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Sitting in cold wet britches for an hour was no fun even in a magic kingdom.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

the reason God made February short a few days was because he knew that by the time people came to the end of it they would die if they had to stand one more blasted day.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

The gift of creative reading, like all natural gifts, must be nourished or it will atrophy. And you nourish it, in much the same way you nourish the gift of writing - you read, think, talk, look, listen, hate, fear, love, weep - and bring all of your life like a sieve to what you read. That which is not worthy of your gift will quickly pass through, but the gold remains.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

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.

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 15 Sep

Katherine Paterson

The name we give to something shapes our attitude toward it.

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 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 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Reading asks that you bring your whole life experience and your ability to decode the written word and your creative imagination to the page and be a co-author with the writer, because the story is just squiggles on the page unless you have a reader.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Katherine Paterson

I know a movie and a book are two different things and you are going do different media in different ways. No author can want a movie to be exactly like the book because then it will be a bad movie.

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 14 Sep

Katherine Paterson

Read for fun, read for information, read in order to understand yourself and other people with quite different ideas. Learn about the world beyond your door. Learn to be compassionate and grow in wisdom. Books can help us in all these ways.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

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 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

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