Rebecca Stead quotes

  • Life is a million different dots making one gigantic picture. And maybe the big picture is nice, maybe it's amazing, but if you're standing with your face pressed up against a bunch of black dots, it's really hard to tell.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Nice #Black #Different

  • Trying to forget really doesn't work. In fact, it's pretty much the same as remembering. But I tried to forget anyway, and to ignore the fact that I was remembering you all the time.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Trying #Facts #Remember

  • If I'm afraid of someone on the street, I'll turn to him (it's always a boy) and say, "Excuse me, do you happen to know what time it is?" This is my way of saying to the person, "I see you as a friend, and there is no need to hurt me or take my stuff. Also, I don't even have a watch and I am probably not worth mugging." So far, it's worked like gangbusters... And I've discovered that most people I'm afraid of are actually very friendly.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Hurt #Boys #People

  • Mom's always telling me to smile and hoping I'll turn into a smiley person, which, to be honest, is kind of annoying.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Mom #Honest #Kind

  • Nice tights," I snorted. Or I tried to snort, anyway. I'm not exactly sure how, though people in books are always doing it.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Nice #Book #People

  • She's called the secretary, but as far as I can tell she basically runs the school.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Running #School #Secretary

  • Mom. She always says to look at the big picture. How all of the little things don't matter in the long run. . . I know that Mom is right about the big picture. But Dad is right too: Life is really just a bunch of nows, one after the other. The dots matter.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Mom #Running #Dad

  • If you took every tear cried by everyone on earth on one single day and put them in a container, how big would that container need to be? Could you fill a water tower? Three water towers? It's one of those unknowable things. There has to be an answer, but we'll never know what it is.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Water #Tears #Needs

  • But every person has to learn to accept what has happened in the past. Without bitterness. Or there is no point in continuing with life.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Past #Bitterness #Accepting

  • Life is really just a bunch of nows, one after the other.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Life Is #Bunch

  • The writing process is not just putting down one page after another-it's a lot of writing and then rewriting, restructuring the story, changing the way things come together.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Writing #Together #Stories

  • Boredom is what happens to people who have no control over their minds.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Boredom #People #Mind

  • I still think about the letter you asked me to write. It nags at me, even though you're gone and there's no one to give it to anymore. Sometimes I work on it in my head, trying to map out the story you asked me to tell, about everything that happened this past fall and winter. It's all still there, like a movie I can watch when I want to. Which is never.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Fall #Writing #Winter

  • Many of the books on my list are, in my opinion, amazing. Some I didn't like. But I give them all five stars, because stars make people - including me -- happy.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Stars #Book #Giving

  • Sometimes you never feel meaner than the moment you stop being mean.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Mean #Sometimes #Moments

  • Well, it's simple to love someone," she said. "But it's hard to know when you need to say it out loud.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Simple #Needs #Said

  • Didn't you ever have a father yourself? You don't want him for a reason. You want him because he's your father.' So I figured it's because I never had a father that I don't want one now. A person can't miss something she never had.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Father #Missing #Want

  • I'm an old man, and she's gone now. So don't worry, okay?
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Men #Worry #Gone

  • Sometimes you never feel meaner than the moment you stop being mean. It's like how turning on a light makes you realize how dark the room had gotten. And the way you usually act, the things you would have normally done, are like these ghosts that everyone can see but pretends not to.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Mean #Dark #Light

  • Pajamas are good for the soul.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Soul #Pajamas

  • Einstein says common sense is just habit of thought. It's how we're used to thinking about things, but a lot of the time it just gets in the way.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Thinking #Common Sense #Way

  • I don't know. I just feel stuck, like I'm afraid to take any steps, in case they're the wrong ones.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Life #Steps #Cases

  • Like when that man was running down Broadway stark naked and we all had to eat in the cafeteria while the police tried to catch him.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Running #Men #Police

  • Beautiful and fresh, Girl Saves Boy is full of the absolute truth-life is complicated. I could not put it down.
    -- Rebecca Stead

    #Beautiful #Girl #Boys