Kate DiCamillo quotes

  • There ain't no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Moving On #Letting Go #Leaving

  • There is nothing sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Sadness #Names #Sound

  • You must be filled with expectancy. You must be awash in hope. You must wonder who will love you, whom you will love next.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Love You #Next #Wonder

  • The undoing is almost always more difficult than the doing.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Undoing #Difficult

  • The world is dark, and light is precious. Come closer, dear reader. You must trust me. I am telling you a story.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Dark #Light #Stories

  • If you have no intention of loving or being loved, the whole journey is pointless.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Journey #Intention #Being Loved

  • Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Children #Reading #Should

  • There ain't a body, be it mouse or man, that ain't made better by a little soup.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Men #Body #Soup

  • It's hard not to immediately fall in love witha dog who has a good sense of humor.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Dog #Falling In Love #Sense Of Humor

  • Once upon a time," he said out loud to the darkness. He said these words because they were the best, the most powerful words that he knew and just the saying of them comforted him.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Powerful #Once Upon A Time #Darkness

  • Say it, reader. Say the word 'quest' out loud. It is an extraordinary word, isn't it? So small and yet so full of wonder, so full of hope.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Quests #Wonder #Loud

  • It is important that you say what you mean to say. Time is too short. You must speak the words that matter.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Mean #Important #Matter

  • But, reader, there is no comfort in the word "farewell," even if you say it in French. "Farewell" is a word that,in any language, is full of sorrow. It is a word that promises absolutely nothing.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Farewell #Promise #Sorrow

  • You can always trust a dog that likes peanut butter.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Dog #Peanut Butter #Likes

  • Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Dark #Light #Stories

  • I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, which means I had a lot of formal training in reading.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Art #Reading #Mean

  • I'm at the mercy of whatever character comes into my head.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Character #Mercy

  • We appreciate the complicated and wonderful gifts you give us in each other. And we appreciate the task you put down before us, of loving each other the best we can, even as you love us.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Appreciate #Giving #Tasks

  • Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Dark #Light #Stories

  • SEASONS PASSED, FALL AND WINTER and spring and summer. Leaves blew in through the open door of Lucius Clarke’s shop, and rain, and the green outrageous hopeful light of spring. People came and went, grandmothers and doll collectors and little girls with their mothers. Edward Tulane waited. The seasons turned into years. Edward Tulane waited. He repeated the old doll’s words over and over until they wore a smooth groove of hope in his brain: Someone will come; someone will come for you.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Summer #Girl #Mother

  • Did you think that rats do not have hearts? Wrong. All living things have a heart. And the heart of any living thing can be broken.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Heart #Thinking #Broken

  • Love!' said the princess. She stamped her foot. 'Why must everyone always speak of love?
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Princess #Feet #Speak

  • At least Lester had the decency to weep at his act of perfidy. Reader, do you know what 'perfidy' means? I have a feeling you do, based on the scene that unfolded here. But you should look up the word in your dictionary, just to be sure.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Mean #Feelings #Looks

  • Love, as we have already discussed, is a powerful, wonderful, ridiculous thing, capable of moving mountains. And spools of thread.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Powerful #Moving #Mountain

  • You are down there alone, the stars seemed to say to him. And we are up here, in our constellations, together.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Stars #Together #Constellations

  • I thought I was going nowhere. Now I can see there was a pattern.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Patterns

  • I was born in Philadelphia and currently live in Minneapolis. I write for both children and adults.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Children #Writing #Philadelphia

  • Perhaps," said the man, "you would like to be lost with us. I have found it much more agreeable to be lost in the company of others.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Men #Lost #Found

  • How will the world change if we do not question it?
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #World

  • What was it like...to have someone who knew you would always return and who welcomed you with open arms?
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Arms #Return

  • Never in his life had Edward been cradled like a baby. Abilene had not done it. Nor had Nellie. And most certainly, Bull had not. It was a singular sensation to be held so gently and yet so fiercely, to be stared down at with so much love. Edward felt the whole of his china body flood with warmth. (page 128)
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Baby #Pages #Done

  • It distresses me that parents insist that their children read or make them read. I think the best way for children to treasure reading is for them to see the adults in their lives reading for their own pleasure.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Children #Reading #Thinking

  • Forgiveness, reader, is, I think, something very much like hope and love - a powerful, wonderful thing. And a ridiculous thing, too.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Powerful #Thinking #And Love

  • When you are a king, you may make as many ridiculous laws as you like. That is what being a king is all about.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Kings #Law #May

  • The shapes arranged themselves into words, and the words spelled out a delicious and wonderful phrase: Once upon a time.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Once Upon A Time #Phrases #Shapes

  • I have been loved, Edward told the stars. So? said the stars. What difference does that make when you are all alone now?
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Stars #Differences #Doe

  • Look at me, he said to her. His arms and legs jerked. Look at me. You got your wish. I have learned how to love. And it’s a terrible thing. I’m broken. My heart is broken. Help me. The old woman turned and hobbled away. Come back, thought Edward. Fix me
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Heart #Broken #Wish

  • They were always on the move.But in truth said bull we are all going nowhere
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Moving #Bulls #Said

  • She was working to remind herself of who she was. She was working to remember that somewhere in another place entirely she was known and loved.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Remember

  • Men and boys always want to go fight. They are always looking for a reason to go to war. It is the saddest thing. They have this abiding notion that war is fun. And no history lesson will convince them differently.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Fun #War #Fighting

  • Take this squirrel, for instance. Ulysses. Do I believe he can type poetry? Sure, I do believe it. There is much more beauty in the world if I believe such a thing is possible.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Believe #Squirrels #World

  • We forget that the simple gesture of putting a book in someone's hands can change a life. I want to remind you that it can. I want to thank you because it did. - 2010 Indies Choice Award
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Book #Simple #Awards

  • Like most hearts, it was complicated, shaded with dark and dappled with light.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Heart #Dark #Light

  • I work full-time in a used bookstore. I get up. I drink a cup of coffee. I think, The last thing I want to do is write. Then I go to the computer and write.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Coffee #Writing #Thinking

  • There," she said. She rocked him back and forth. "There, you foolish, beautiful boy who wants to change the world. There, there. And who could keep from loving you? Who could keep from loving a boy so brave and true?
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Beautiful #Boys #Brave

  • It is a bad thing to have love and nowhere to put it.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

  • In a dark time, doors will sometimes magically open and let us step inside to the warmth and light of a community.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Dark #Light #Doors

  • There are those hearts, reader, that never mend again once they are broken. Or if they do mend, they heal themselves in a crooked and lopsided way, as if sewn together by a careless craftsman. Such was the fate of Chiaroscuro. His heart was broken. Picking up the spoon and placing it on his head, speaking of revenge, these things helped him to put his heart together again. But it was, alas, put together wrong.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Revenge #Heart #Fate

  • He was reading from the beginning so that he could get to the end, where the reader was assured that the knight and the fair maiden lived together happily ever after.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Reading #Knights #Together

  • And so he was reading the story as if it were a spell and the words of it, spoken aloud, could make magic happen.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Reading #Magic #Stories

  • Rats have a sense of humor. Rats, in fact think the world is very funny. And they are right, dear reader. They are right.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Thinking #World #Rats

  • Allow me to congratulate you on your very astute powers of observation.
    -- Kate DiCamillo

    #Astute #Observation