Jane Yolen quotes

  • Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Childhood #Literature #Disease

  • Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Character #Writing #Athlete

  • A book is a wonderful present. Though it may grow worn, it will never grow old.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Book #May #Wonderful

  • Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing... the rest will follow.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Writing

  • Childrens books change lives. Stories pour into the hearts of children and help make them what they become.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Children #Life Changing #Book

  • Language helps develp life as surely as it reflects life. It is a most important part of our human condition.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Important #Helping #Language

  • Touch magic. Pass it on.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Magic

  • Stories," he'd said, his voice low and almost husky, "we are made up of stories. And even the one's that seem the most like lies can be our deepest hidden truths.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Lying #Voice #Stories

  • The tales of Elfland do not stand or fall on their actuality but on their truthfulness, their speaking to the human condition, the longings we all have for the Faerie Other.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Fall #Longing #Tales

  • How often is the passing of one storm only a prelude to another.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Storm #Prelude #Passing

  • A mist. A great mist. It covered the entire kingdom. And everyone in it - the good people and the not so good, the young people and the not-so-young, and even Briar Rose's mother and father fell asleep. Everyone slept: lords and ladies, teacher and tummlers, dogs and doves, rabbits and rabbitzen and all kinds of citizens. So fast asleep they were, they were not able to wake up for a hundred years.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Mother #Teacher #Dog

  • What is a vow... but the mouth repeating what the heart has already promised?
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Heart #Mouths #Vow

  • Time may heal all wounds, but it does not erase the scars.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Doe #May #Scar

  • What makes a good book? Scholars and critics have been debating that question for decades. I like books that touch my head and my heart at the same time.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Book #Heart #Critics

  • Growth in the ability to write comes in spurts.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Writing #Growth #Ability

  • Wood may remain twenty years in the water, but it is still not a fish.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Years #Essence #Water

  • Fish are not the best authority on water.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Ignorance #Water #Unawareness

  • Folklore is the perfect second skin. From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Perfect #Skins #World

  • Well,' the Goddess said, 'your heart didn't heal straight the last time it broke. So we'll break it again and reset it so it heals straight this time.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Heart #Lasts #Goddess

  • Fairy Tales always have a happy ending.' That depends... on whether you are Rumpelstiltskin or the Queen.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Queens #Fairy Tale #Happy Endings

  • You are a name, not a number. Never forget that name, whatever they tell you here. You will always be Chaya—life—to me.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Names #Numbers #Never Forget

  • And for adults, the world of fantasy books returns to us the great words of power which, in order to be tamed, we have excised from our adult vocabularies. These words are the ***** of innocence, words which adults no longer use with other adults, and so we laugh at them and consign them to the nursery, fear masking as cynicism. These are the words that were forged in the earth, air, fire, and water of human existence, and the words are: Love. Hate. Good. Evil. Courage. Honor. Truth.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Hate #Book #Air

  • A child who can love the oddities of a fantasy book cannot possibly be xenophobic as an adult. What is a different color, a different culture, a different tongue for a child who has already mastered Elvish, respected Puddleglums, or fallen under the spell of dark-skinned Ged?
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Children #Book #Dark

  • The thing I want to know is, if you tell your brain not to do stuff... and it keeps doing it anyway, does that mean your mind has a mind of its own? And if it does, then who's in charge here, anyway?
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Mean #Brain #Mind

  • Fiction cannot recite the numbing numbers, but it can be that witness, that memory. A storyteller can attempt to tell the human tale, can make a galaxy out of the chaos, can point to the fact that some people survived even as most people died. And can remind us that the swallows still sing around the smokestacks.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Memories #Numbers #People

  • Just write. If you have to make a choice, if you say, 'Oh well, I'm going to put the writing away until my children are grown,' then you don't really want to be a writer. If you want to be a writer, you do your writing... If you don't do it, you probably don't want to be a writer, you just want to have written and be famous—which is very different.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Children #Writing #Choices

  • If you love a waist, you waste a love.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Waste

  • We all have such stories. It is a brutal arithmetic. But I - I am alive. You are alive. As long as we breathe, we can see and hear. As long as we can remember, all those gone before are alive inside us.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Long #Gone #Stories

  • A shadowless man is a monster, a devil, a thing of evil. A man without a shadow is soulless. A shadow without a man is a pitiable shred. Yet together, light and dark, they make a whole.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Dark #Men #Light

  • But as the scissors snip-snapped through her hair and the razor shaved the rest, she realized with a sudden awful panic that she could no longer recall anything from the past. I cannot remember, she whispered to herself. I cannot remember. She's been shorn of memory as brutally as she'd been shorn of her hair, without permission, without reason... Gone, all gone, she thought again wildly, no longer even sure what was gone, what she was mourning.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Memories #Past #Hair

  • Intuition works best when you remember that 'tuition' is part of it. You need to have paid ahead of time (i.e. Done your prep work ) so as to prepare the ground for intuition.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Intuition #Needs #Done

  • Exercise the writing muscle every day.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Writing #Exercise #Muscles

  • It is the last thing we learn, / listening to the creature world...
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Listening #World #Lasts

  • Know, my son, that the enemy will always be with you. He will be in the shadow of your dreams and in your living flesh, for he is the other part of yourself.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Dream #Son #Enemy

  • The main plot line is simple: Getting your character to the foot of the tree, getting him up the tree, and then figuring out how to get him down again.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Character #Simple #Feet

  • Write, write, and write some more. Think of writing as a muscle that needs lots of exercise.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Writing #Exercise #Thinking

  • Ideas are the cheapest part of the writing. They are free. The hard part is what you do with ideas you've gathered.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Writing #Ideas

  • Aren't hidden doors the most alluring? The old stories point that out surely. Even the greatest heroes and heroines fall under the spell of a locked door.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Fall #Hero #Doors

  • You write to be read. That is the bottom line.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Writing #Lines #Bottom

  • In fantasy stories we learn to understand the differences of others, we learn compassion for those things we cannot fathom, we learn the importance of keeping our sense of wonder. The strange worlds that exist in the pages of fantastic literature teach us a tolerance of other people and places and engender an openness toward new experience. Fantasy puts the world into perspective in a way that 'realistic' literature rarely does. It is not so much an escape from the here-and-now as an expansion of each reader's horizons.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Compassion #Differences #People

  • You can only chase a butterfly for so long.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Butterfly #Long

  • I have always been jealous of artists. The smell of the studio, the names of the various tools, the look of a half-finished canvas all shout of creation. What do writers have in comparison? Only the flat paper, the clacketing of the typewriter or the scrape of a pen across a yellow page. And then, when the finished piece is presented, there is a small wonder on one hand, a manuscript smudged with erasures or crossed out lines on the other. The impact of the painting is immediate, the manuscript must unfold slowly through time.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Jealous #Artist #Typewriters

  • You know how it is: as soon as you decide to forget something, your brain comes to the conclusion that it's the most fascinating thing in the world.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Brain #World #Forget

  • Take a step, breathe in the world, give it out again in story, poem, song, art.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Song #Art #Giving

  • They [Fairy Tales] are talking about real emotions, telling true stories, through the medium of metaphor. People used to understand metaphor better than I think we do now. But these stories are so potent, they refuse to die.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Real #Thinking #Talking

  • I believe that culture begins in the cradle . . .To do without tales and stories and books is to lose humanity's past, is to have no star map for our future.
    -- Jane Yolen

    #Stars #Believe #Book