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By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

The grass he walked through was new and a sweet smell clung to his clothes. There was blue dye on his hands from the wild irises... that the color of the sky was a shade that could never be replicated in any photograph, just as Heaven could never be seen from the confines of Earth.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alice Hoffman

When you start writing the magic comes when the characters seem to take on a life of their own and write the words for themselves.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alice Hoffman

This day is going to be awful. It's the sort of day you wouldn't mind losing completely, even if it meant your life would be twenty-four hours shorter.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Love was never a mistake,even when it wasn't returned.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

He fell in love with the way she closed her eyes, long before he fell in love with her.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Mothers always find ways to fit in the work - but then when you're working, you feel that you should be spending time with your children and then when you're with your children, you're thinking about working.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Jill told me that when you're really in love, you know right away. I'm not exactly sure how this happens. Is it like a flash of lightning? Like an angel tapping you on the shoulder? Or is it similar to choosing a puppy? You think you're picking the cutest one, but really you wind up going home with the one who keeps insisting on climbing into your lap.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Let everyone see the blood,' he said. 'Don't clean it up. That's the only way people remember.'... I could see the blood inside my head. It was with me forever, whether or not I wanted to forget.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

That's why there are ten gates to pass through before you reach the garden. If life were easy there would be one gate. There would be no gates at all.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Alice Hoffman

I saw this was the way of the future, to leave the past behind as if it were a dream.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Alice Hoffman

When people related by blood were so careful with each other, when they were so very polite, there was soon nothing left to say. Only niceties that meant so little they might as well have been spoken to a complete stranger. Pass the butter, open the door, see you after school, there's rain again, it's sunny, it's cold. Has the dog eaten? Has the window been shut? Where are you going? Why is it I don't know you at all? Such statements did not add up to anything like a family...

By Anonym 17 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Love someone and they're yours forever

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Cleaning up after themselves was a low priority for Margo and my mother. They had both recovered from cancer scares, failed marriages, and lost hope; in their opinion, dirt could wait.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

She liked to disappear, even when she was in the same room as other people. It was a talent, as it was a curse.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

I thought you were supposed to be the champion of your people,' I said. I live because I need to do that. For anyone who is left.' Don't you see? No one will be left. Protect them now or there will be no one to protect!' This is a battle that goes on and on. It never ends. You're too young to understand. No! You're too much of a coward to fight.' I was sick of lies and secrets and of battles so old we had to erase who we were to fight back. And still we lost. Still we were tied to posts.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Hearts were made for being broken. There's really no way around it if you want to be a human being.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

I know who you are in your heart,' Andres said. 'That's all that matters.' And that was it. That was the moment. Now I knew how I would feel if I ever lost him. That was how you knew love. My mother had told me that. All you had to do was imagine your life without the other person, and if the thought alone made you shiver, then you knew.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Feel lucky for what you have when you have it. Isn't that the point? Happily ever after doesn't mean happy forever.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alice Hoffman

You don't fight for peace sister,' Nahara told me, 'You embrace it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights" was extremely important to me.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alice Hoffman

What people read revealed so much about them that she considered our card catalog a treasure house of privileged secrets; each card contained the map of an individual’s soul.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Sometimes movies really are the best medicine.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Ironically, now that my children are older and gone quite a bit, I find it harder to work when they're not around. Too much free time!

By Anonym 18 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Relatives can be tricky when you are undergoing treatment for a disease or are in the throes of any sort of tragedy. Some want to do too much, some too little. But some are just right. A pie left on your back porch is just right. A hug in the hallway. A book of poems sent through the mail.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Love has made him surprise himself. He would never have believed it possible, but it's turned out that he is a man who can walk up to a closed door on a murky November day, wearing his one good suit, and knock without hesitation, waiting while the rain comes down around him, even though he's not wanted. He can do this and not think twice, just the way he can spend hours watching a wounded cedar beetle and weep over its rare beauty, as well as its agony. Richard is certain that other species fall in love - primates, of course, and canines - but he has wondered about his beetles. There are people who would surely get a chuckle out of the mere suggestion, but in Richard's opinion it's pure vanity to presume that love exists only on our terms. A red leaf may be the universe for the tortoise beetle or the ladybird. A single touch the ecstasy of a lifetime. And so, here he is, in love despite everything. It is he, stupider than any beetle, and far more obstinate, who has traveled three thousand miles, even though he fully expects to be turned away.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Alice Hoffman

She understood love. What destroys you saves you, she had told me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

It was a great escape for me and it was a way to take a break from what was going on in my own world, to go into another world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Still anyone who trusts a serpent deserves its bite. The wise see a creature for what it is, not what it says it may be.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

I wrote to find beauty and purpose, to know that love is possible and lasting and real, to see day lilies and swimming pools, loyalty and devotion, even though my eyes were closed, and all that surrounded me was a darkened room. I wrote because that was who I was at the core, and if I was too damaged to walk around the block, I was lucky all the same. Once I got to my desk, once I started writing, I still believed anything was possible.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Being an outsider is the one thing we all have in common.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

[Fairy tales] are like a journey to the woods and the many ways you can get lost. Some people say it's not a good idea to read fairy tales to anyone under the age of eight because they are brutal and raw. When I was a kid I often felt that kids's books were speaking down to me, but I never felt that way about fairy tales. They are bloody and scary, but so is life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Abra DeMadrigal didn't look young enough to be my sister anymore. Her sorrow weighed her down and aged her. She was still beautiful, but she looked very far away. No wonder our people had raven eyes, so distant, so sad. No matter how wise she was, my mother looked like a woman who hadn't truely believed how much evil there was in our world. Not until this moment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

I've been a screenwriter for twenty-five years. Every one of my books have been optioned for movies and I have written a few of those screenplays.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

...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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

I wrote to find beauty and purpose, to know that love is possible and lasting and real.... Once I got to my desk, once I started writing, I still believed anything was possible.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alice Hoffman

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Alice Hoffman

[Eddie] wondered if every criminal saw himself as the hero of his own story and if every thankless son was convinced he'd been mistreated by his father.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Everything was red, the air, the sun, whatever I looked at. Except for him. I fell in love with someone who was human. I watched him walk through the hills and come back in the evening when his work was through. I saw things no woman would see: that he knew how to cry, that he was alone. I cast myself at him, like a fool, but he didn't see me. And then one day he noticed I was beautiful and he wanted me. He broke me off and took me with him, in his hands, and I didn't care that I was dying until I actually was.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Although I am no longer caught in the past, the future seems like a ridiculous thing to me. Try to catch it, hold it in your hand. It disappears every time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Everything we knew condemned us, and our questioning condemned us most of all. Knowledge was the way of our people, and knowledge was dangerous. It was the first thing that freed you and the thing that put you in peril. It was the key to the ten gates. I saw them clearly now, each and every one, the gates that were there for me. Ashes, Bones, Grass, Heart, Stone, Love, Sorrow, Blood, Earth, Sky.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

I thought of the bowl of water my mother taught me to look into. It was true, everything a person ever needed to know was right there in a single bowl small enough to fit in the palm of one hand.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Others said May was best, that sweet green time when lilacs bloomed and gardens along Main Street were filled with sugary pink peonies and Dutch tulips.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Alice Hoffman

You can get addicted to trouble if you're not careful.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

I can hurt myself more than anyone else can, she told her sister. I can do it with my eyes closed.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alice Hoffman

A woman who acts as if she knows what she's doing gets what she wants.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alice Hoffman

I read Betty Smith's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," all of Shirley Jackson's books, which I loved.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Alice Hoffman

This was the purest instant he had ever experienced; the way he felt inside right then. If he had to be trapped in a forever he would choose this very moment. The black night, the few yellow leaves still clinging to the bare trees, the beautiful dark-eyed woman drinking whiskey, the way she gazed at him, the way she made him feel.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

She can feel his blood, just beneath his skin; when he breathes, the air fills with smoke. He's like a dragon, ancient and fearless.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alice Hoffman

Blue must be worn for protection. Moonstones were useful in connecting with the living, topaz to contact the dead. Copper, sacred to Venus, will call a man to you, and black tourmaline will eliminate jealousy. When it came to love, you must always be careful. If you dropped something belonging to the man you loved into a candle flame, then added pine needles and marigold flowers, he would arrive on your doorstep by morning, so you would do well to be certain you wanted him there. The most basic and reliable love potion was made from anise, rosemary, honey, and cloves boiled for nine hours on the back burner of the old stove. It had always cost $9.99 and was therefore called Love Potion Number Nine, which worked best on the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alice Hoffman

That was the way illness appeared in a house, in the corners, in between floorboards, on the hooks in the closet, along with the sweaters and coats.