Robert Cormier quotes

  • I had my bully, and it was excruciating. Not only the bully, but the intimidation I felt.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Bully #Intimidation

  • It's amazing that the heart makes no noise when it cracks.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Heart #Noise #Cracks

  • The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Beautiful #Writing #Brain

  • Everybody sins, Francis. The terrible thing is that we love our sins. We love the thing that makes us evil.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Evil #Sin #Terrible

  • A new sickness invaded Jerry, the sickness of knowing what he had become, another animal, another beast, another violent person in a violent world, inflicting damage, not disturbing the universe but damaging it.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Animal #Knowing #World

  • There are no taboos. Every topic is open, however shocking. It is the way that the topics are handled that's important, and that applies whether it is a 15-year-old who is reading your book or someone who is 55.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Book #Reading #Years

  • They don't actually want you to do your own thing, not unless it's their thing too.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Want

  • It would be nice to avoid the world, to leave it and all its threats and unhappiness. Not to die or anything like that, but to find a place of solitude and solace.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Nice #Solitude #World

  • And he did see--that life was rotten, that there were no heroes, really, and that you couldn't trust anybody, not even yourself.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Hero #Rotten

  • Do I dare disturb the universe? Yes, I do, I do. I think. Jerry suddenly understood the poster--the solitary man on the beach standing upright and alone and unafraid, poised at the moment of making himself heard and known in the world, the universe.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Beach #Men #Thinking

  • Why did the wise guys always accuse other people of being wise guys?
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Wise #People #Guy

  • It came to me that hell would not be fire and smoke after all but arctic, everything white and frigid. Hell would be not anger but indifference.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #White #Fire #Would Be

  • I have lived a thousand lives lost within the pages of a book.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Book #Pages #Lost

  • I simply write with an intelligent reader in mind. I don't think about how old they are.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Writing #Intelligent #Thinking

  • You seldom get a censorship attempt from a 14-year-old boy. It's the adults who get upset.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Boys #Years #Upset

  • I've had aunts and uncles who not only haven't read my books but could hardly believe that I was a writer.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Uncles #Book #Believe

  • We all start out with the same alphabet. We are all unique. Talent is not the most important thing --- discipline and dedication are. Craft can be learned but desire and longing are innate. Despite the demands of school and just being young, try to write SOMETHING every day --- a description, a captured emotion, a simile, a metaphor. Read, for crying out loud! A writer must read the way a ball player must go to the ballfield every day to practice. Everything is possible in this world of ours--- and so's publication.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #School #Writing #Unique

  • I take real people and put them in extraordinary situations.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Real #People #Situation

  • I can't remember a time when I wasn't trying to get something down on paper.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Trying #Paper #Remember

  • ...pain reaches a certain point and does not get worse but remains in all its intensity and you can survive it.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Pain #Doe #Certain

  • I don't mean to be insolent. I'm truthful. I tell the truth and the truth sometimes hurts. For instance, you have bad breath, Lieutenant. I can smell it from here. It must offend a lot of people. That's the truth. But how many people have told you that? Instead, they either lie or try to avoid your company.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Hurt #Lying #Mean

  • Family life was wonderful. The streets were bleak. The playgrounds were bleak. But home was always warm. My mother and father had a great relationship. I always felt 'safe' there.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Family #Mother #Father

  • I have always had a sense that we are all pretty much alone in life, particularly in adolescence.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Inspirational #Teenager #Teens

  • It doesn't matter how big the body, it's what you do with it.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Matter #Body #Bigs

  • The possibility that hope comes out of hopelessness and that the opposite of things carry the seeds of birth - love out of hate, good out of evil. Didn't flowers grow out of dirt?
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Hate #Flower #Opposites

  • That's what Archie did - built a house nobody could anticipate a need for, except himself, a house that was invisible to everyone else.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #House #Needs #Invisible

  • Cities fell. Earth opened. Planets tilted. Stars plummeted. And the awful silence.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Stars #Cities #Silence

  • A terrific sadness swept over Jerry. As if somebody had died. The way he felt standing in the cemetry that day they buried his mother. And nothing you could do about it.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Mother #Sadness #Way

  • He was intrigued by the power of words, not the literary words that filled the books in the library but the sharp, staccato words that went into the writing of news stories. Words that went for the jugular. Active verbs that danced and raced on the page.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Book #Writing #Library

  • Don't miss the bus, boy. You're missing a lot of things in the world, better not miss that bus.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Boys #Missing #World

  • Archie became absolutely still, afraid that the rapid beating of his heart might betray his sudden knowledge, the proof of what he'd always suspected, not only of Brother Leon but most grownups, most adults: they were vulnerable, running scared, open to invasion.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Running #Brother #Heart

  • He was swept with a sadness, a sadness deep and penetrating, leaving him desolate like someone washed up on a beach, a lone survivor in a world full of strangers.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Beach #Sadness #Leaving

  • You bring up your children to be self-reliant and independent and they double-cross you and become self-reliant and independent.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Children #Independent #Self

  • He hated to think of his own life stretching ahead of him that way, a long succession of days and nights that were fine - not good, not bad, not great, not lousy, not exciting, not anything.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Night #Thinking #Long

  • People throw the word love around like confetti when they actually mean affection.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Mean #People #Affection

  • My dream was to be known as a writer and to be able to produce at least one book that would be read by people. That dream came true with the publication of my first novel - and all the rest has been a sweet bonus.
    -- Robert Cormier

    #Dream #Sweet #Book