Alice Hoffman quotes

  • Every time someone forgets, someone else disappears,' my brother wrote.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Brother #Forget #Disappear

  • Do you ever just put your arms out and just spin and spin and spin? Well, that's what love is like; everything inside of you tells you to stop before you fall, but for some reason you just keep going.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Fall #Love Is #Arms

  • I'm at the point where going forward is easier than going back.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Easier

  • Some things, when they change, never do return to the way they once were. Butterflies for instance, and women who've been in love with the wrong man too often.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Butterfly #Men #Way

  • When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Love #Weather #Two

  • When the cold comes to New England it arrives in sheets of sleet and ice. In December, the wind wraps itself around bare trees and twists in between husbands and wives asleep in their beds. It shakes the shingles from the roofs and sifts through cracks in the plaster. The only green things left are the holly bushes and the old boxwood hedges in the village, and these are often painted white with snow. Chipmunks and weasels come to nest in basements and barns; owls find their way into attics. At night,the dark is blue and bluer still, as sapphire of night.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Husband #Dark #Night

  • He has the ability to catch someone by the way that he looks at her, and make her wish he would go on looking.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Wish #Looks #Goes On

  • Sometimes the right thing feels all wrong until it is over and done with.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Done #Sometimes #Feels

  • Do people choose the art that inspires them — do they think it over, decide they might prefer the fabulous to the real? For me, it was those early readings of fairy tales that made me who I was as a reader and, later on, as a storyteller.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Art #Real #Reading

  • It doesn't matter what people tell you. It doesn't matter what they might say. Sometimes you have to leave home. Sometimes, running away means you're headed in the exact right direction.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Running #Mean #Home

  • My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage." - Aunt Frances
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Girl #Aunt #Magic

  • Every problem has a solution, although it may not be the outcome that was originally hoped for or expected.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Inspirational #Life #May

  • They weren't true stories; they were better than that.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Stories #True Story

  • Real love, after all, was worth the price you paid, however briefly it might last.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Real #Real Love #Might

  • Anyway, the sort of love that will not wait is probably best to pass by
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Waiting

  • Trouble is just like love, after all; it comes in unannounced and takes over before you've had a chance to reconsider, or even to think.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Thinking #Chance #Trouble

  • All the characters in my books are imagined, but all have a bit of who I am in them - much like the characters in your dreams are all formed by who you are
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Dream #Book #Character

  • When I walk, I walk with you. Where I go, you're with me always.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Walks

  • They were written on cheap blue notebooks bought by poor women. I'm interested in folk tales in the way that medicine and magic in women's stories are all kind of combined.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Notebook #Eye #Blue

  • Pride is a funny thing; it can make what is truly worthless appear to be a treasure.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Pride #Funny Things #Treasure

  • 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.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Mind #Twenties #Would Be

  • No one knows you like a person with whom you've shared a childhood. No one will ever understand you in quite the same way.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Childhood #Way #Persons

  • There was the blue sky above her and all those many roses, the ones that gave off the scent of cloves in the rain and the ones that left a trace of lemon on your fingers, the ones that were the color of blood, and those that were as white as clouds. Each one was sweeter than the next and as red as gemstones.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Rain #Clouds #Blue

  • 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.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Sweet #Garden #May

  • But what we are given is taken as well, so that we know God's glory comes to us from His will alone.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Taken #Glory #Given

  • My theory is that everyone at one time or another has been at the fringe of society in some way: an outcast in high school, a stranger in a foreign country, the best at something, the worst at something, the one who's different. Being an outsider is the one thing we all have in common.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Country #School #Diversity

  • Every fairy tale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Teeth #Fairy Tale #Tales

  • Sometimes, running away means you're headed in the exact right direction.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Running #Mean #Sometimes

  • I always felt and still feel that fairy tales have an emotional truth that is so deep that there are few things that really rival them
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Emotional #Rivals #Fairy Tale

  • No one knows how to write a novel until it's been written
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Writing #Novel

  • I have crossed over to a place where I never thought I’d be. I am someone I would have never imagined. A secret. A dream. I am this, body and soul. Burn me. Drown me. Tell me lies. I will still be who I am.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Dream #Lying #Who I Am

  • The sky is already purple; the first few stars have appeared, suddenly, as if someone had thrown a handful of silver across the edge of the world.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Stars #Sky #Purple

  • It was the sort of beauty you feel so deeply it becomes contagious and somehow makes you feel beautiful too.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Beautiful #Feeling Beautiful #Contagious

  • Once you know some things, you can't unknow them. It's a burden that can never be given away.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Burden #Given

  • There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Falling In Love #Garden #Rose

  • The moon is always jealous of the heat of the day, just as the sun always longs for something dark and deep.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Inspirational #Life #Jealous

  • The weak are cruel. The strong have no need to be.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Strong #Needs #Weak

  • People hide their truest nature. I understood that; I even applauded it. What sort of world would it be if people bled all over the sidewalks, if they wept under trees, smacked whomever they despised, kissed strangers, revealed themselves?
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #People #Tree #World

  • Books may well be the only true magic.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Inspirational #Book #Reading

  • Here's the thing about luck...you don't know if it's good or bad until you have some perspective.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Good Luck #Perspective #Luck

  • 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.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Mother #Children #Single Mom

  • You can be betrayed in your sleep. The whole world can tilt while you're dreaming of butterflies.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Dream #Butterfly #Sleep

  • That is how you know you've left childhood behind-when you wish for time to go backward.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Childhood #Wish #Behinds

  • It's not the lie that's the problem; it's the distance the lie forges between you.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Distance #Lying #Problem

  • Love is worth the sum of itself, and nothing more.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Love Is

  • If I hadn't learned my lesson, I would have wished we could stay there forever. But I knew better now. We'd seen what we'd come to see. The way to trick death. Breathe in. Breathe out. Watch as it all rises upwards, black and blue into the even bluer sky.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Blue #Sky #Forever

  • If every life is a river, then it's little wonder that we do not even notice the changes that occur until we are far out in the darkest sea. One day you look around and nothing is familiar, not even your own face. My name once meant daughter, grandaughter, friend, sister, beloved. Now those words mean only what their letters spell out; Star in the night sky. Truth in the darkness. I have crossed over to a place where I never thought I'd be. I am someone I would have never imagined. A secret. A dream. I am this, body and soul. Burn me. Drown me. Tell me lies. I will still be who I am.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Daughter #Dream #Stars

  • Holding a tear back makes them drain upward, higher and higher, until one day your head just explodes and you're left with a stub of a neck and nothing more.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Tears #One Day #Necks

  • I was beginning to understand.My grandmother's love was cold because she was afraid of things;that was why everything had to be perfect.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Grandmother #Perfect #Cold

  • You can never tell about a person by guessing...that's why language was invented. Otherwise, we'd all be like dogs, sniffing each other to find out where we stood.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Dog #Guessing #Language

  • What you dream, you can grow. Someone told me that, but I didn't believe it. I said I had nothing and that people with nothing are unable to dream. But I was wrong.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Dream #Believe #People

  • Be careful what you wish for. I know that for a fact. Wishes are brutal, unforgiving things. They burn your tongue the moment they're spoken and you can never take them back.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Wish #Tongue #Facts

  • He started to look at me in a manner I recognized: it was the way I looked at a new book, one I had never read before, one that surprised me with all it had to say.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Book #Looks #Way

  • Sometimes they would sit in the parlor together, both reading – in entirely separate worlds, to be sure, but joined somehow. When this happened, other people in the family couldn't bring themselves to disturb them. All that could be heard in the parlor was the sound of pages, turning.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Reading #People #Together

  • Feel lucky for what you have when you have it. Isn't that the point? Happily ever after doesn't mean happy forever. The ever after, what precisely was that? Your dreams, your life, your death, your everything. Was it the blank space that went on without us? The forever after we were gone?
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Dream #Mean #Space

  • Young people believe that regret is something you will never feel if you simply do as you please, but sometimes it is a matter of degree.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Regret #Believe #People

  • In the darkest hour of winter, when the starlings had all flown away, Gretel Samuelson fell in love. It happened the way things are never supposed to happen in real life, like a sledgehammer, like a bolt from out of the blue. One minute she was a seventeen year-old senior in high school waiting for a Sicilian pizza to go; the next one she was someone whose whole world had exploded, leaving her adrift in the Milky Way, so far from earth she was walking on stars.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Senior #Stars #Real