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It's not easy. It never is. That is the secret our parents fail to tell us, out of kindness and love, but it's a secret we need to know. Everything that begins, ends. Everything beautiful disappears. -- Alice Hoffman
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For a very long time I believed that when we left our home, we left my mother as well. Where our village had stood the burned fields would again become green and her flesh would be in every blade of grass. -- Alice Hoffman
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...there was a storm of enormous proportions, with winds so strong that dozens of fish were drawn up from the reedy shallows, then lifted above the village in a shining cloud of scales. -- Alice Hoffman
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A man always revealed his own inner story in his actions and expressions. A man's past deeds foretold his future and allowed anyone with half a brain to divine the path he would take. -- Alice Hoffman
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They say the truest beauty is in the harshest land and that God can be found there by those with open eyes. -- Alice Hoffman
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I knew that my brother would still be a part of this world no matter what happened next. I felt my love for him so deeply that my blood seemed to flow down the street to him. My blood sang out my prayer for Luis even while he was still living in our world. -- Alice Hoffman
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Love like this was all consuming. I found that I was jealous of the strangest things - sunlight, streets, curtains, even her clothing, anything that was close to her. -- Alice Hoffman
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Anyway, the sort of love that will not wait is probably best to pass by. -- Alice Hoffman
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But as God created life, so did He create destruction. -- Alice Hoffman
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He had a way of taking your hand which made it clear he'd have to be the one to let go."
From Alice Hoffman's "Local Girls", pg.102. -- Alice Hoffman
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You had to wonder who all these people in their cars were leaving behind and who they were driving toward, and if they knew that in the distance, the echo of their tires on the asphalt sounded like a river, and that to someone like me, it could seem like the miracle I'd been looking for. -- Alice Hoffman
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Don't make me sit through reality. -- Alice Hoffman
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Just because something is unspoken doesn't mean that it disappears. -- Alice Hoffman
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... he discovered that the stars in the southern world were far brighter than any he had known, and that beneath the water there lived creatures so immense they created waves, as if they were masters of the ocean, and of the universe, and of fate. -- Alice Hoffman
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He was so pale the freckles stood out on his face the way they did when he was upset or hadn't slept. She thought they might be telling her something if she could only understand the language of freckles. -- Alice Hoffman
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That's still the best reading experience: falling in love with a book I meet by accident. -- Alice Hoffman
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He knew exactly how to hit a woman, so that the marks hardly showed. He knew how to kiss her , too, so that her heart began to race and she'd start to think forgiveness with every breath. It's amazing the places that love will carry you. It's astounding to discover just how far you're willing to go. -- Alice Hoffman
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The truth was written upon us, as they say men's sins are written on their bones so that when they die their wicked deeds can be read as if written upon parchment. -- Alice Hoffman
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I thought he knew me better than most ... Then one nigh Jack brought me flowers, a handful of fading daisies he'd picked up at a farm stand, but flowers all the same. That was the end; that was how he ruined everything. -- Alice Hoffman
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Some things, however, are true no matter how hard you might try to block them out,
and a lie is always a lie, no matter how prettily told. Some doors, once they're opened,
can never be closed again, just as some trust, once it's been lost, can never be won back. -- Alice Hoffman
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Evan's head was filled with the sound of water. He thought of the ghost in the grass, her blue dress and bare feet. He thought of the way the doves had flown up into the sky all in a ruse, startled by gunfire, and then all he could think was that despite everything that happened, he was alive. -- Alice Hoffman
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Life was beautiful, everyone knew that, but it was also bitter and bleak and unfair as hell and where did that leave a person? On the outs with the rest of the world. Someone who sat alone in the cafeteria, reading, escaping from his hometown simply by turning the page. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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The grass he walked through was new and a sweet smell clung to his clothes. There was blue dye on his hands from the wild irises ... that the color of the sky was a shade that could never be replicated in any photograph, just as Heaven could never be seen from the confines of Earth. -- Alice Hoffman
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It had made her too helpless, because that's what love did. There was no way around it and no way to fight it. Now if she lost, she lost everything. -- Alice Hoffman
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Certain things need not be said, and there's nothing, not a whisper, prayer, not a sacrifice, not a payment of any price, that would change what's about to happen. -- Alice Hoffman
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But love was not about practice or preparation, it was pure chance; if you took your time with it you ran the risk of having it evaporate before it had even begun -- Alice Hoffman
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I feel more influenced in my own work by dreams than I do by other writers' works in a way. Or by popular culture, movies - what else is there to write about than love and loss? -- Alice Hoffman
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I started to feel as though I were disappearing. Perhaps I myself was figment of my own imagination, a storm cloud, a wisp of smoke, a burning ember. -- Alice Hoffman
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Sam said, Hey, you want to get high?
Amy had taken his words to mean You are so beautiful I am undone by you. -- Alice Hoffman
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At first it appeared as if something with wings had fallen from above ... perhaps an angel who had faltered then drowned, in tears of this poor tired world. -- Alice Hoffman
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He knew even at an early age of seven, how dangerous it was for someone like him to have hope. He knows how to have no expectations. He can completely control not just what he wants, but what he needs -- Alice Hoffman
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Avoid men who call you Baby, and women who have no friends, and dogs that scratch at their bellies and refuse to lie down at your feet. Wear dark glasses; bathe with lavender oil and cool fresh water. Seek shelter from the sun at noon. -- Alice Hoffman
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Sometimes words spoken are the ones you've been afraid to think,
but once they're said aloud there's no way to make them
disappear -- Alice Hoffman
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If you believed in something strongly and give it enough credence, it could appear right in front of you. Though it had been created in your mind, it would claim a presence in the real world, a monster at your door, a demon pulling at your coat sleeve. -- Alice Hoffman
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Lust was a story I knew. There were many women I took to bed for the night. I yearned for them in the moment, but in the morning, any lover Id had was already claimed by the past, even if she was still calling my name. -- Alice Hoffman
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Even though she felt a wave of dread. If they knew she was nervous, she'd be at their mercy. But if they thought she was ice they'd be afraid to touch her. -- Alice Hoffman
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As I turned the pages, I felt as if there were bees on my fingertips, for I had never felt so alive as when reading. -- Alice Hoffman
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He must be an idiot to feel this way, but there's nothing he can do. He doesn't even know if he can manage to speak. -- Alice Hoffman
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The nature of love had totally escaped her until now. She had thought that if you lost it, you could never get it back, like a stone thrown down a well. But it was like the water at the bottom of the well, there when you can't even see it, shifting in the dark. -- Alice Hoffman
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Mean people are meaningless. -- Alice Hoffman
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It was a miracle to live as birds do, except for one thing: anyone seen in flight would surely be captured, perhaps even shot down like a crow flying above a cornfield. It's always dangerous to be different, to appear as a monster in most people's eyes, even from a distance. -- Alice Hoffman
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My mother, Abra, had taught me that all people are made from the same dust. When our days here are gone, all men and women enter the same garden. -- Alice Hoffman
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But at long last she had some privacy and could go more than ten minutes without someone getting in her business, informing her that everything she did was wrong. As if she didn't already know that. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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I had heard it said that Malachi wrote so beautifully the angels came to watch, for words were the first thing God created out of the silence and were still the most beautiful of His creations. -- Alice Hoffman
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Love is the one thing that's not easy to find. It's an achievement, Eddie, to feel such a glorious emotion, whether it's returned or not. Some men never do. -- Alice Hoffman
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When I looked at her, she appeared to be a different person from the one I'd known ... She had rewritten everything, our history together, our friendship. Now I was the girl who'd stolen Andres; the girl who'd lied to her about who I was. Therefore, she owned me nothing. -- Alice Hoffman
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Among men and women, those in love do not always announce themselves with declarations and vows. But they are the ones who weep when you're gone. Who miss you every single night, especially when the sky is so deep and beautiful, and the ground so very cold. -- Alice Hoffman
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I really feel like the gift is also the curse. It's always half-and-half. Whatever brings you the most joy will also probably bring you the most pain. Always a price to pay. -- Alice Hoffman
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When darkness fell, he told me to close my eyes and dream, for in my dreams I would find another world, and in my waking life I would soon enough find such a world as well ... -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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There were nearly as many frogs in the shallows, where lily pads floated. Some water lily flowers were white and some were yellow and some were the palest pink. Dragonflies darted above the water, their iridescent wings catching the glint of the sunlight. -- Alice Hoffman
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I would rather hurt myself than be hurt by someone else, and so I took up this practice with a sense of purpose and without remorse. -- Alice Hoffman
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He spoke with a raven's voice, old and wise and far above the cruelty of the human race. -- Alice Hoffman
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Crying wasn't like riding a bike. Give it up, and you quickly forget how it's done. -- Alice Hoffman
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No barrier was strong enough to keep out the movement of time. -- Alice Hoffman
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What if your brother is dying and you can't stop it. What do you do?"
...
"You help him find something that makes him feel that he still wants to be alive. Only thing to do. -- Alice Hoffman
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I only had access to him when we were together in the library, and I loved them both -the library and my father- equally and without question. -- Alice Hoffman
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But now I understood that, although words were God's first creation, silence was closer to His divine spirit, and that prayers given in silence were infinitely greater than the thousands of words men might offer up to heaven. -- Alice Hoffman
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Fuck you," Sally says. She tosses the words off, easy as butter in her mouth, but in fact she doesn't think she's ever cursed out loud in her own house before.
"Fuck you twice," Gillian says. "You need it more. -- Alice Hoffman
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What is made of water and fire
for isn't that what a man whose nature opposes his responsibilities can be said to be? Does one quench the other, or do they combine to ignite the depths of the soul? -- Alice Hoffman
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It's still horrible to wish the worst on anyone. I'm sure she had her reasons. Maybe people hurt her feelings, the same way I was hurt. A single word can feel like a rock being thrown at you. -- Alice Hoffman
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You watch teenage girls and feel shivers up and down your arms
those poor creatures don't know the first thing about time or agony or the price they're going to have to pay for just about everything. -- Alice Hoffman
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The only way to fight evil is with joy, -- Alice Hoffman
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He thought about how love could move you in ways you wouldn't have imagined, one foot in front of the other, even when you thought you had nothing left inside. -- Alice Hoffman
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Interesting, but she could see that the boy didn't have a single lie in him. A very rare condition, especially for the male of the species. -- Alice Hoffman
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Lydia went over and handed him a paper napkin. Conner stared at the napkin as if it were something delivered directly from the moon. -- Alice Hoffman
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Every woman is only one bad boyfriend or one bad choice away from the street. And she's only one good choice back to the path that will lead her home. -- Alice Hoffman
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It was November, that quiet, gray time of the year when you feel like holding someone's hand. Gretel had her own hands clasped together, like a corpse. -- Alice Hoffman
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Because love is an act of will. You think it will just happen, but you have to make it so. Even when it's gone wrong. Wait and see. If love doesn't come to you, you have to go find it. -- Alice Hoffman
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I think secrets often come out. I spoke to a friend who is a therapist and I asked her if there were people who came to her and admitted to doing horrible things and she said, 'More than you know.' -- Alice Hoffman
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Being human means losing everything we love best in the world," she murmured as she released me. "But would you ask to be anything else? -- Alice Hoffman
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When all was said and done, it was conceivable that a being's purpose remained the same throughout his life, and Eddie's purpose was exactly what it had been when he was a boy, to pursue the light and find what was lost.
Page 87 -- Alice Hoffman
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Even in times when it's difficult to figure out, how do you go forward, art - and books - always help. -- Alice Hoffman
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Someone killed himself because of me once, Meredith said.
People kill themselves because of what's inside of them, not because of other people. -- Alice Hoffman
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I think of life as a book of stories," he goes on. You move through the stories and the characters change. -- Alice Hoffman
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The eldest who had the misfortune of being too beautiful and had a far off look in her eyes. Madame Cohen had seen what could happen to girls like that, they were picked off like fruit on a tree, devoured by blackbirds. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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Always keep mint on your windowsill in August, to ensure that buzzing flies will stay outside, where they belong. Don't think the summer is over, even when roses droop and turn brown and the stars shift position in the sky. Never presume August is a safe or reliable time of the year. -- Alice Hoffman
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The music of your youth stays with you and winds itself around your heart. I hear one chord of "Strawberry Fields Forever" or "Satisfaction" and am instantly back in time. It doesn't matter where I am, suddenly I'm walking through the woods, I'm in my best friend's room ... -- Alice Hoffman
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I did my best to pretend it wasn't so ... I didn't have time to be ill.
Now I know you can't run away by ignoring the truth. Truth follows you; it comes in through open windows and drifts under doors. -- Alice Hoffman
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She had been grief stricken as her father lay dying but now she felt weightless, the way people do when they're no longer sure they have a reason to be connected to this world. The slightest breeze could have carried her away, into the night sky, across the universe. -- Alice Hoffman
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When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure. -- Alice Hoffman
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She brought over a freshly brewed cup of black orchid tea and sat across from me. The tea was especially fragrant. From that day on, it was my favorite. The scent reminded me of rainy days and libraries and a jumble of gardens where there were flowers in bloom. -- Alice Hoffman
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Love someone and they're yours forever, no matter how much time intervenes, that's what Margaret Grey knew. The sky will always be blue; the wind will always rise up across the meadow and thread its way through the grass. -- Alice Hoffman
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Those you love will not drown or burn. They will fly away.' ... 'Now we both have people we love who are like birds. They have flown far from anything in this world that can hurt them. They're flying away still. -- Alice Hoffman
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The children knew that which you cannot see can be more dangerous than that which is before you. -- Alice Hoffman
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People will disappoint you with their cruelty every time -- Alice Hoffman
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I am not an idiot. It's just that sometimes there are things that I don't want to know. -- Alice Hoffman
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This kind of knowing you can never tell to anyone. If you want us to survive, you cannot trust a soul' ... 'Not for any reason on this earth. You can never tell, -- Alice Hoffman
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Sally ... can no longer think of love as a reality, or even as a possibility, however remote. -- Alice Hoffman
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Although she'd never believe it, those lines in Gillian's face are the most beautiful part about her. They reveal what she's gone through and what she's survived and who exactly she is, deep inside. -- Alice Hoffman
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You can get addicted to trouble if you're not careful. -- Alice Hoffman
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Fairytales were maps formed of blood and hair and bones; they were the knots of the sub-conscious unwound. Every word in every tale was real and as true as apples and stones. They all led to the story inside the story. -- Alice Hoffman
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If you do not face something, it will follow you anyway. -- Alice Hoffman
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She wondered if dreamers knew they were in a dream while it was happening, or if they had no idea that everything around them was purely imagined until the dream had gone. -- Alice Hoffman
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They sealed this promise by hooking pinkies, the way they used to, long ago, when promises didn't hurt as much. -- Alice Hoffman
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The voice that arises out of the silence is something no one can imagine until it is heard. It roars when it speaks, it lies to you and convinces you, it steals from you and leaves you without a single word of comfort. -- Alice Hoffman
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Are you asking if I would have been better off if I'd never met my wife, or married her, or lost her? I'll tell you this, a day with her was better than a life without her. -- Alice Hoffman
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I can't really work on more than one thing at a time. -- Alice Hoffman
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The wickedness of the world was a part of creation, I knew this, and the Angel of Death had been created on that day when life first appeared, yet i was embittered, I wept for what i had lost and what the world had lost and would yet lose again. -- Alice Hoffman
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That's why there are ten gates to pass through before you reach the garden. If life were easy there would be one gate. There would be no gates at all. -- Alice Hoffman
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You know what love is? Maureen said to me that day...it's what you least expect. -- Alice Hoffman
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How wonderful to say whatever you wanted without having to go over it in your mind, again and again, to make certain it wouldn't set him off. -- Alice Hoffman
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The place where what someone needs and what she desires cross each other to become one. -- Alice Hoffman
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If anyone bothered to search through the laurel bordering the asphalt he'd surely find handfuls of teeth that were said to give the laurel its odd milky color, ivory with a pale pink edge, each blossom forming the shape of a bitter man's mouth. -- Alice Hoffman
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You couldn't see love, or touch it, or taste it, yet it could destroy you and leave you in the dark, chasing after your own destiny. -- Alice Hoffman
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One thing I've learned is that strange things do happen. They happen all the time. Today, for instance, my best friend Jill's cat spoke. We were making brownies in the kitchen when we heard it say, 'Let me out. -- Alice Hoffman
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If she felt my gaze upon her, I assume she was accustomed to being stared at, just as I was used to wanting what I could not have. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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I dream of a love that even time will lie down and be still for. -- Alice Hoffman
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It was a great escape for me and it was a way to take a break from what was going on in my own world, to go into another world. -- Alice Hoffman
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The adults don't know what's happening on the kids' universe and the kids don't know what's happening on the adults' universe. -- Alice Hoffman
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Then I understood that when someone begins to tell you her story, you are entwined together. Perhaps even more so if the ending hasn't been divulged. -- Alice Hoffman
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There is no fiercer enemy than a word. A word that can be written down in pages and punctuated by quotation marks and commas and spelled out in contracts and poems and sighs, in old whispers and song lyrics, in promises and vows. -- Alice Hoffman
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Sometimes I think we can learn everything we need to know about the world when we read fairy tales. Be careful, be fearless, be honest, leave a trail of crumbs to lead you home again. -- Alice Hoffman
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********** IF THE WOLFMAN had not disappeared from my life I would have made certain to question him further about -- Alice Hoffman
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If a ghost were to consider climbing in the window, or seeping through the plaster, he might think twice about facing Maria. -- Alice Hoffman
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Certainly, as a reader, I had always discovered the deepest truths in fiction; it was through reading novels that I learned about the world, a world not only of fact but of imagination and emotion. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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James had a theory about caged birds, one he hoped to prove when he became a scientist someday. He believed that all birds that had their freedom taken from them eventually lost their voices. Once that happened, they could never find their true song. -- Alice Hoffman
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Just know that what's done can be undone, but what's undone can never again be. -- Alice Hoffman
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Before she can stop herself, she thinks about desire, how it lives within you and yet is separate, surfacing when it chooses, without permission, in the harsh afternoon light, at the moment when you least expect to find it. -- Alice Hoffman
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He still wanted to believe that people could survive their misfortunes. He believed that was all anyone had. -- Alice Hoffman
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It was the time when the field mice ventured out, after the hawks had settled in the trees but before the owls came to hunt. The sky was now the color Elv liked best - a tender dark blue, falling to earth like ashes. -- Alice Hoffman
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How could I have been so stupid to ignore everything I'd had in my life? The color red alone was worth kingdoms. -- Alice Hoffman
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Shelby watched the books burn. She wonders if words are pouring down on other people's houses,sad words, like beast and mourn and sorrow and mother. -- Alice Hoffman
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Fate could twist you around and around if you weren't careful. Just when you thought you knew where you were headed, you'd wind up in the opposite direction, or flattened against a wall. -- Alice Hoffman
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You are my armor and my sword, my faith and my tresure, everything I'm fighting for. -- Alice Hoffman
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A pretty little minnow ... cool as rain, blue as heaven ... -- Alice Hoffman
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Nothing could do that to them, that's what they used to whisper as they sat on the back stairs, in the dark and the dust, as if desire were a matter of personal choice. -- Alice Hoffman
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That's the way love sounds, my mother told me. You think it should feel like honey, but instead it cuts like a knife. -- Alice Hoffman
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I didn't understand that when I closed myself to her, I took a part of her bitterness inside me. It was green and unforgiving, and as it grew it made me more like her. It gave me my strength, but it gave me my weakness as well. -- Alice Hoffman
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In my family, a book can be a life raft. -- Alice Hoffman
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Early on Monday evening, when the sky was the color of a velvet ribbon falling over the hills. -- Alice Hoffman
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She is surrounded by stalks of dahlias, orange and yellow and pale red, with leaves so big you could write your life story on each one. She looks like a flower in the garden, just like her mother said. -- Alice Hoffman
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Still, I couldn't help but wonder if it was a mistake for people like us to be tied to a place. If we weren't meant to be ready and willing to wander. If everything we needed was contained in who we were.
And what we remember. -- Alice Hoffman
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Margaret thought of all she knew for certain, that day would always follow night that love was never wasted nor was it lost. -- Alice Hoffman
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Shelby told her that if she had a hundred lifetimes she would want Sue to be her mother in every one, just as for a hundred lifetimes she would want James to be the one that stopped on the road that night. She would want him to stay here. She would want him to know her when no one else did. -- Alice Hoffman
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Demons were said to be cruel, but a demon would never have been so brutal as this. A demon merely called you by name, threw his arms around you, whispered his plight, understood yours, then took you for his own. -- Alice Hoffman
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Stone should last forever, but on that night I came to understand that a stone was only another form of dust. Streams of holy dust loomed in the air, and every breath included remnants of the Temple, so that we inhaled that which was meant to stand through eternity. -- Alice Hoffman
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She liked soot, and heat, and grime, and she was beginning to realize, if she didn't actually like her aloneness, she was at least comforted by it. She should be grateful; she knew, she knew. She should be thrilled just to be alive. So why was it she preferred to expect nothing? -- Alice Hoffman
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Sometimes the right thing feels all wrong until it is over and done with. -- Alice Hoffman
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If this was what angels observed when they gazed upon our world, how we might murder each other and cause one another agony, then I pitied them as I pitied no others. -- Alice Hoffman
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I never even believed in happiness. I didn't think it existed. Now look at me. I'm ready to believe in just about anything. -- Alice Hoffman
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[Eddie] wondered if every criminal saw himself as the hero of his own story and if every thankless son was convinced he'd been mistreated by his father. -- Alice Hoffman
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Here's the thing about luck ... you don't know if it's good or bad until you have some perspective. -- Alice Hoffman
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Whoever knows you when you are young can look inside you and see the person you once were, and maybe still are at certain times. -- Alice Hoffman
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People say if you face your worst fear, the rest is easy, but those are people who are afraid of rattlesnakes or enclosed spaces, not of themselves and the horrible things they've done. -- Alice Hoffman
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People in the courtroom let loose with their disgust, cursing us, d
ning us, we who had become less than human. Marranos. Pigs.
As for me, I felt something rise in my throat: the horror of the world of men. -- Alice Hoffman
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Perhaps I was drawn to stories in which people found their true desires because I was a stranger to myself. -- Alice Hoffman
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Every time I finish a book, I forget everything I learned writing it - the information just disappears out of my head. -- Alice Hoffman
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Perhaps what people said was true, that any man who lived long enough would eventually realize that the way in which he was cursed was also the blessing he received. -- Alice Hoffman
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The original fairy tale was about the youngest sister going into a room in the castle and finding all the bodies of the wives that came before her - she is confronted with truth, thinking about how often we think we know people and we really don't. -- Alice Hoffman
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I had never before noticed that rain contained every color within itself, green as the fields, blue as heaven, white as a lamb, yellow as my daughter's hair. -- Alice Hoffman
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If people aren't there for you now, when you really need them, they never will be, and it's time to move on. You'll be amazed by how many new friends you have in the after. They'll be the ones who aren't afraid of sorrow, who know we can't avoid it. The best we can do is face it together. -- Alice Hoffman
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Some fates are guaranteed, no matter who tries to intervene. -- Alice Hoffman
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What did we know about those closest to us, really? No one ever dared to speak plainly about desire; no one said the word out loud. -- Alice Hoffman
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Like the rabbi with the red circle, she should have said "no" to everything. She should have become a raven. She didn't understand that every word the judge said was a trap, in that every word she said could easily be a stone used to shut her into that trap. -- Alice Hoffman
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We grew careless, as people who are lost often do. -- Alice Hoffman
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Still anyone who trusts a serpent deserves its bite. The wise see a creature for what it is, not what it says it may be. -- Alice Hoffman
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Men and women rarely speak to each other, though they often talk. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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Winter in New England is merciless and cruel, a season that instills a particular melancholy in its residents and a hopelessness that is all but impossible to shake. -- Alice Hoffman
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She understood love. What destroys you saves you, she had told me. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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The stars are reflected from within the black water in the cistern. I find comfort in the omen I glean from this: light in the darkness, truth when it seems there is none. -- Alice Hoffman
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I would watch his footprints when he went and mourn him before he was gone. -- Alice Hoffman
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He is gone and all we have is this world, here and now. -- Alice Hoffman
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Any institution becomes a community - whether it's a high school or a boarding school or a publishing company or a small town where everybody knows certain things about people. -- Alice Hoffman
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Love was never a mistake,even when it wasn't returned. -- Alice Hoffman
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That was the way love was, invisible, there whether or not you wanted to see it or admit to it. -- Alice Hoffman
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The river runs every shade of blue that has ever been known to humankind: ink and turquoise and lapis, indigo, teal, cerulean, and ultramarine. -- Alice Hoffman
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Hard times make for simple minds, -- Alice Hoffman
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I wrote Seventh Heaven for my mother who I miss every day
From Facebook post -- Alice Hoffman
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You want me to lie to you? said McKay. I shrugged. Why not? I didn't mind lies. -- Alice Hoffman
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All things change, for that is the way of the world we walk through. -- Alice Hoffman
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That spring he found the old bear, dead, in one of the caves. He slept beside the body. He dreamed the bear was his father. That was when he gave up being human. He gave her up as well. -- Alice Hoffman
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In losing a friend, she is reminded of all she has lost and all she stands to lose again. There is nothing to be done to make it any easier. We all grieve alone. -- Alice Hoffman
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She kissed him first, and all the rest followed. -- Alice Hoffman
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If sparrows were meant to fly, and hawks to hunt, and greyhounds to run, then a boy such as Diamond was meant to search for his mother. If he didn't go, if he forgot or thought of himself first, then he wouldn't be Diamond. -- Alice Hoffman
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I wonder how a lioness will manage in a dovecote. Can you put away your teeth and claws? -- Alice Hoffman
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He opened his eyes for an instant. Other people were writing and melting, but my brother stopped his flight long enough to look at me. An instant that would have to last forever. And then the flames rose higher and my brother was gone. -- Alice Hoffman
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Revenge did that to a person; it caused even the insecure and the meek to take foolhardy chances. After a while it became a way of life; the risks felt as natural as drawing a breath. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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What she feels for him is so deep, she aches. She supposes this is what people refer to when they say the pangs of love, as if your innermost joy cannot help but cause you anguish as well. -- Alice Hoffman
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He backed off, the way he always does, but it won't happen a second time. If he ever sees her again he's going to go right up to her and ask her to marry him, that's what he'll do. He's sick of letting fate roll right past him. -- Alice Hoffman
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A time that is is neither day nor night, when the veil of illusion is thinner and we can see things in the lilac-tinged light that cannot be spied at any other hour -- Alice Hoffman
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...It's pure vanity to presume that love exists only on our terms. A red lead may be the universe for the tortoise beetle or the ladybird. A single touch the ecstasy of a lifetime. (180) -- Alice Hoffman
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I was making a different sort of heart, one that was black, one that was protected by thorns, by bats, by raven's wings, by sorrow, by my aloneness, my armour -- Alice Hoffman
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He could burn her up alive; he could do it in a minute flat, and that's not easy to forget. -- Alice Hoffman
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The moon is always jealous of the heat of the day, just as the sun always longs for something dark and deep. -- Alice Hoffman
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That was the way illness appeared in a house, in the corners, in between floorboards, on the hooks in the closet, along with the sweaters and coats. -- Alice Hoffman
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But can you measure someone's love? I want to know. You think you can measure love? She's kind not to laugh at me ... No scale would be strong enough, she tells me. It would break to pieces under the weight. -- Alice Hoffman
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I understood that fate could not be eluded forever; it came on leathery wings, swooping through the darkness like the bats in the orchards. -- Alice Hoffman
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You want to know what love is? Its the thing that ruins you. -- Alice Hoffman
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Because we were Russian, sadness came naturally to us. But so did reading. In my family, a book was a life raft. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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Every step I took hurt, I walked on daggers, on hot blue fire. Not holding him was like not breathing, not being quite alive. As -- Alice Hoffman
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Well, maybe that was fate. Maybe she was meant to be alone. She was a runner, and wasn't that the habit of a person who preferred to be on her own? -- Alice Hoffman
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With every step I wished myself away to another life, one lived far from here. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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My expectations of what I wanted in a man I learned from a dog: loyalty and kindness. -- Alice Hoffman
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He'd thought he was lost, but now he recognized that eternity was around him, like salt from a shaker or stars in the sky. -- Alice Hoffman
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She feels her love inside her as if it were as tangible as blood and bones. They'll -- Alice Hoffman
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You are my armour and my sword, my faith and my treasure, everything I'm fighting for. -- Alice Hoffman
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Love like this wasn't what he'd planned or wanted or expected, surely it was indeed a trap, for even when you tried to run away, it followed you through the grass and lay down beside you, it overtook common sense and willpower. -- Alice Hoffman
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Books may well be the only true magic. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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...who I am to talk? I dream of rain. -- Alice Hoffman
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Child of a watcher, an angel who had been called to earth by my mother's beauty -- Alice Hoffman
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A visitor to campus can find sweet, aromatic Properity, as well as Climbing Ophelia and those delicious Egyptian Roses, which give off the scent of cloves on rainy days, ensuring that a gardener's hands will smell sweet for hours after pruning the canes. -- Alice Hoffman
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Never look at other people's bad fortune,' my mother said. 'If you do, it will come back to find you instead of its rightful owner. -- Alice Hoffman
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A woman who knows what she wants, Adelle always told me, is likely to receive it. -- Alice Hoffman
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How's our blue rose?" the doctor asked.
...
"If you really want to know, I feel sorry for the poor thing," Elinor went on. "All wrapped up that way. I'm starting to think there's no point in being a rose if you're tied up and covered with burlap. -- Alice Hoffman
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He thought of Jesus as a great teacher, a rebel who refused to see the poor and disenfranchised mistreated. -- Alice Hoffman
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Heart, soul, treasure, rain, sister, memory, knowledge, hope, will. -- Alice Hoffman
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only white, his hair braided. He eschewed -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us. -- Alice Hoffman
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When I write for teens, I feel I can cut through everything and get to the bare bones. I can get straight into the emotional world of the character. -- Alice Hoffman
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He couldn't help but wonder if Moses Levy had experienced this same heat, if true images burned their maker. He wondered, too, if the hermit at that riverside was right, if there wasn't some element of capturing a soul in each photograph, if he wasn't responsible for those whose images he caught. -- Alice Hoffman
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What was a rose but the living proof of desire, the single best evidence of human longing and earthly devotion. but desire could be twisted,after all, and Jealousy was the name of the rose that did well in arid souls. -- Alice Hoffman
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The summer of the gypsy moths when all the trees in their yard were bare, the leaves chewed by caterpillars. You could hear crunching in the night. You could see silvery cocoon webbing in porch rafter and strung across stop signs. -- Alice Hoffman
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Over the years I had grown attached to it, as men grow attached to their miseries and their burdens. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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It wasn't right to have someone charge into you your world without even asking, acting as if you were nothing more than an egg to be flipped and flopped, sunny-side up or scrambled, depending on the whims on whoever ran your life ... _ -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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Cleaning up after themselves was a low priority for Margo and my mother. They had both recovered from cancer scares, failed marriages, and lost hope; in their opinion, dirt could wait. -- Alice Hoffman
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In a novel, you'll find yourself in a world of possibilities. You'll find shelter there. -- Alice Hoffman
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But now the worst crime was pretending to be something you were not. -- Alice Hoffman
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My mother was teaching me that the inside of something was not necessarily its outside. Always look carefully, she told me. Look with more than your eyes. -- Alice Hoffman
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From the time I could read, I found solace in my father's library...At the ages of ten and eleven and twelve I would have preferred to remain in the library... -- Alice Hoffman
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Let everyone see the blood,' he said. 'Don't clean it up. That's the only way people remember.' ... I could see the blood inside my head. It was with me forever, whether or not I wanted to forget. -- Alice Hoffman
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He has stumbled into love, and now he's stuck there. He's fairly used to not getting what he wants, and he's dealt with it, yet he can't help but wonder if that's only because he didn't want anything too badly. -- Alice Hoffman
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The only people out at this hour were ones who couldn't sleep, those haunted by one thing or another: love thwarted, love lost, love thrown away. They were the sort of people who didn't want to be noticed, who wanted to slip through shadows, be alone with their despair. -- Alice Hoffman
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Unleavened Bread, all -- Alice Hoffman
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Hoping that if she just walked down the same street fate would whirl her backward in time until she was once more (fill in your age), when the future was something she had not yet stepped into, when it was just an idea, a moment, something that had not disappointed her yet. -- Alice Hoffman
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In no time the perennial borders were thick with rosy-pink foxglove and cream-colored lilies, each of which hung like a pendant, collecting dew on its satiny petals. -- Alice Hoffman
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He's so kindhearted no dog has ever barked at him. No child has ever cried in front of him. No bee has ever tried to sting him. -- Alice Hoffman
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What people read revealed so much about them that she considered our card catalog a treasure house of privileged secrets; each card contained the map of an individual's soul. -- Alice Hoffman
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He was withdrawing. I think it was getting harder for him to accept his fate.
Like a bird in a cage, he grew silent. -- Alice Hoffman
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But most important of all, she explained that it was all right to say 'No. I disagree.' that was a gift. I understood it was power. The power to think my own thoughts. The power to believe in myself. -- Alice Hoffman
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She kept a stack of books near the tub so she could read in the bath, even though the edges of the pages turned moldy. She read on trains and on buses, which often made her late as she was forever missing her stop. -- Alice Hoffman
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He was a follower of a teacher from Galilee who taught that peace was the only hope for mankind. Without it, we were like the jackals in the desert, nothing more. Beside me, -- Alice Hoffman
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And what of monsters? Can they love too? We know quite well they can. For we know that they do. -- Alice Hoffman
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How had love come to this? This twisted dark place. The phone calls, the fear, the look on his face when he drove by the house. -- Alice Hoffman
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It was as though I had one map inside my head and it led to the man who was waiting for me. Someone who was alone - maybe even more alone - than I was ... -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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His song would be our only path, despite any sins w might have committed and any punishments we might deserve. What we believed in, and what we said aloud, we could create before His eyes and in His image. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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Pete wondered if the endings of things gathered in the corners of a room, hanging down like a spider's web, waiting. -- Alice Hoffman
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Every man engaged in war tells himself he can alter what has been written, that it is he, not God, who is the maker of destiny, free to change what is meant to be. -- Alice Hoffman
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Your sorrow will become smaller, like a star in the daylight that you can't even see. It's there, shining, but there is also a vast expanse of blue sky. -- Alice Hoffman
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You are only worthy of what you prove yourself to be. -- Alice Hoffman
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And so many orchards circled the village that on some crisp October afternoons the whole wold smelled like pie. -- Alice Hoffman
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She was so busy forgetting, she couldn't take a single step into the future. -- Alice Hoffman
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If we had no hurt and no sin to speak of, we'd be angels, and amgels can't love the way men and women do. -- Alice Hoffman
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You know what love is? ... It's what you least expect. -- Alice Hoffman
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If you tried to right all the wrongs in the world you'd exhaust yourself in under an hour. -- Alice Hoffman
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You don't need wealth to appreciate something beautiful. -- Alice Hoffman
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What you are able to dream you are able to grow, she says to me. If you don't believe in it, it can never happen. -- Alice Hoffman
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Lucy Green couldn't stop reading. She was a secret reader ... -- Alice Hoffman
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There was so much light in the world we knew we would never be able to count it all. -- Alice Hoffman
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I wondered if all creatures were drawn to what was dangerous or if we merely wanted light at any cost and were willing to burn for our desires. -- Alice Hoffman
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Love is complicated, love can be hidden, love, above all else, is loyalty. -- Alice Hoffman
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I've been a screenwriter for twenty-five years. Every one of my books have been optioned for movies and I have written a few of those screenplays. -- Alice Hoffman
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Do what you want, do what you will, do what you have to, do what you think you cannot. -- Alice Hoffman
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But in battle you cannot tell another when it is his time to enter the World-to-Come, nor is it possible to keep any man in this world when he wishes to leave it behind. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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A man has many lives. Each day we chose the path we would take by our own actions ... the past was what we carried with us, threaded to the future, and we decided whether to keep it close or let it go. Fate was both what we were give and what we made for ourselves. -- Alice Hoffman
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I loved him even now, as he took a knife to my throat, as I drowned in blood, as I whispered Cousin, you were wrong. We were born to live. -- Alice Hoffman
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What did you see?' he asked then. Nothing,' I told him. 'Because nothing is what you wanted me to see, though the man on the table might disagree. -- Alice Hoffman
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Real love was dangerous, it got you from inside and held on tight, and if you didn't let go fast enough you might be willing to do anything for its sake. -- Alice Hoffman
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I saw this was the way of the future, to leave the past behind as if it were a dream. -- Alice Hoffman
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Love ambushed you, it lay in wait, dormant for days or years. It was the red thread, the peach stone, the kiss, the forgiveness. It came after you, it escaped you, it was invisible, it was everything. -- Alice Hoffman
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Perhaps in the cold my heart would freeze and I would care nothing for those I was forced to abandon. -- Alice Hoffman
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Mrs. Jones leaned in close. She smelled of wool and peppermint. There's a man somewhere who wanted you to believe in something ... -- Alice Hoffman
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Believers with nothing to believe in. -- Alice Hoffman
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She thinks of the way angels arrive, when you lease expect them, when the road is dark, when you're bleeding and alone and hopeless, when you're sleeping in a basement, convinced that no one knows you're there. -- Alice Hoffman
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I KNEW I MUST do all as I was told, yet something burned inside me, a seed of defiance that must have derived from a long-ago ancestor. Perhaps my mind was inflamed from the books I had read and the worlds I had imagined. -- Alice Hoffman
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Barzel, what some believe is a combination of letters taken from the names of the matriarchs of Jacob's family, Leah, Rachel, Bilhah, and Zilpah. -- Alice Hoffman
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When I walk, I walk with you. Where I go, you're with me always. -- Alice Hoffman
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Did you not think this was what the world was like? the Man from the Valley said to me. -- Alice Hoffman
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Who but a fool would stay in one place and butt her head against the same window time and again? -- Alice Hoffman
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For love changes everything and forces us into lives we never imagined we might lead -- Alice Hoffman
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I'm much faster now. When you only have a certain amount of time to write, after a while you learn to use your time well or you stop writing. -- Alice Hoffman
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The frightened walk away when love is difficult. I know that now. You have to be willing to give everything away. You have to be willing to end up with nothing. Only then will your heart be whole. -- Alice Hoffman
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I wasn't quite as certain that I knew her soul.
When it came right down to it, I wasn't sure she knew me either. -- Alice Hoffman
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There are those who say that heaven and hell are not so far apart. They are not at opposite ends of the world beyond ours, only a step away from one another. -- Alice Hoffman
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The best way to die is when your living -- Alice Hoffman
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Here is the riddle of love: Everything it gives to you, it takes away. -- Alice Hoffman
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But try as you might to protect people from danger, you cannot keep them from their true nature. -- Alice Hoffman
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I had been blind to the pain of others until I had my own burden to carry. -- Alice Hoffman
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she clutched her purse and was completely composed, gracefully accepting people's sympathies, but when they started to shovel the dirt over old dick's coffin she began to weep, and her grief was strong enough to chase the sparrows from the trees. -- Alice Hoffman
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We came like doves across the desert. In a time when there was nothing but death, we were grateful for anything, and most grateful of all when we awoke to another day. -- Alice Hoffman
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Every time someone forgets, someone else disappears,' my brother wrote. -- Alice Hoffman
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In the garden where the lilacs were so tall it was impossible to see the road. The leaves were dusty, the way they always were in August when the weather turned hot. -- Alice Hoffman
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Jill and I have known each other our whole lives. One house separates our houses but we act as if it doesn't exist. We met before we were born and we'll probably still know each other after we die. At least, that's the way we're planning it. -- Alice Hoffman
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Griffon vultures, the strong, fearless creatures we called nesher that -- Alice Hoffman
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I thought perhaps I had been wrong, too quick to judge the essence of a being by its appearance, still not fully understanding that, in the world God has given us, all things must change. -- Alice Hoffman
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I was walking through a dream rather than living my life. I had become someone else, but who was that someone? -- Alice Hoffman
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He couldn't remember how it felt to live his life without his dog. -- Alice Hoffman
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I wished to be forgiven. 'It was always so in the eyes of God,' Shirah told me. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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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
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Although my father had never been there, I came to believe I would someday see that city for him. -- Alice Hoffman
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She was partial to emeralds; she said they were the single thing that remained constant, always green, always the same ... My mother had been right, it was one thing that lasted, the one thing we could depend on. Other than our love for each other, it was all we had right now. -- Alice Hoffman
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If anything, love was like light, illuminating what no one would have ever guessed was there in the darkness. -- Alice Hoffman
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Close your eyes and listen, then walk twenty paces farther than you thought necessary. Just when you're certain you've lost your way completely, you'll be there. Open your eyes. -- Alice Hoffman
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My grief was cold. It was nothing to share. It was nothing to speak about, nothing to feel. -- Alice Hoffman
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I don't think I make much of a distinction between the 'real' and the 'fantastic.' They both seem to be threads in the same cloth as far as I'm concerned. -- Alice Hoffman
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Hearts were made for being broken. There's really no way around it if you want to be a human being. -- Alice Hoffman
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I had lost my mother and my father and my sister, and sometimes when I caught a glimpse of myself in a shop window, I wondered if perhaps I hadn't lost myself as well -- Alice Hoffman
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You should never trust a liar so you should never trust a man of honor. Those two are the worst of mankind. -- Alice Hoffman
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You can be betrayed in your sleep. The whole world can tilt while you're dreaming of butterflies. -- Alice Hoffman
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Love is worth the sum of itself, and nothing more. -- Alice Hoffman
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I think of life as a book of stories. You move through the stories and the characters change. But once you have a name on your skin you are stuck with one story, even if it's a bad one. -- Alice Hoffman
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Pride is a funny thing; it can make what is truly worthless appear to be a treasure. -- Alice Hoffman
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Would you like to know your fatal flaw?' Eddie flushed with annoyance. He could have easily made a list of Hochman's flaws, enough to fill several pages. Still, he was curious. 'Please do tell.' 'You judge what you don't understand. -- Alice Hoffman
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Love was like that, like a dream you didn't quite understand, one in which you didn't necessarily know what you were looking at until it was right in front of you. -- Alice Hoffman
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I have wondered all my life what I am made of, if there is a straw inside of me, or a beating heart, or if I simply burned for all I did not have. -- Alice Hoffman
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In our world of shadows, there is no black and white but a thousand different strokes of light". -- Alice Hoffman
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I knelt by the fire to make certain there were no burning embers left. That was when I spied the tracks of a lion. There were only a few such beasts left in the desert, but one had come here, answering my call. He had been there all the while, watching over me, before he left me at last. -- Alice Hoffman
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I don't really read as much as I used to. A lot of what I was looking for as an escape I find in writing. And the other thing is that I don't want to get into someone else's language when I'm working. -- Alice Hoffman
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People can surprise you in so many ways, both with cruelty and with kindness. -- Alice Hoffman
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They'll never meet him. They'll never know that its actually possible for a boy to be so boring you'd agree to kiss him just to get him to shut up. I should get paid to listen to him talk when he calls on the phone. I should get a dollar fifty a hour. Minimum. -- Alice Hoffman
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Do you think your mother came back?" Shelby asks him.
"Definitely. She's a cardinal who lives in my backyard. -- Alice Hoffman
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A fortuneteller at a magicians' convention in Atlantic City once told him that when he fell in love it would be forever, and he laughed at the notion, but now he sees that reading was completely on target. -- Alice Hoffman
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Everyone should know exactly what everyone else is thinking and then people wouldn't hurt each other so much. -- Alice Hoffman
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There were so many stars in the dusky night I could see them falling as I gazed upward into the darkness. They seemed so near, like the Salt Sea in the distance, when they were so far away. -- Alice Hoffman
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I'm trying to find someone who doesn't want to be found."
"That can be as hard as looking for a shadow. -- Alice Hoffman
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As for me, sleep was a country I no longer visited, despite my incantation. When I did, I wished for my waking life, the hours when I didn't see the nightmare images of all that had happened and all I had become. -- Alice Hoffman
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He's nothing fierce or terrible or filled with light. He's like us, sometimes we can't even tell him apart. Sometimes we're the ones who try to save him. He's there to show us who we are. Human beings aren't gods. We makes mistakes. -- Alice Hoffman
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Your grand daughter may not be looking for trouble, but trouble is looking for her. -- Alice Hoffman
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But the best stories were about their mother, how her hair was as red as blood, how she had seventy-four freckles on her face, how she was a ferryboat captain's daughter who believed that people could fly. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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I think growing up is difficult and it's a process that I'm always interested in, with kids and adults, they are often on two different universes. -- Alice Hoffman
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History is personal, Gwen understands that now. All you are seeing is what's before you, the rest is guesswork. -- Alice Hoffman
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You don't forget the people you love," she told him. "That's what I've realized. They just get farther away. Like a spyglass turned around. Annie to Pete -- Alice Hoffman
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What was a demon but a lost soul, one that had been forced to use his skills to survive. -- Alice Hoffman
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We are only an instant, that's true. But we are eternal. -- Alice Hoffman
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Make you want things you hadn't even known existed. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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I think love is a huge factor in fiction and in real life. Is there a risk? Always. In fiction and in life. -- Alice Hoffman
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I head a bitterness that hadn't been there before. Something was changing inside him. He'd had enough of following the rules. -- Alice Hoffman
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a woman who could rescue herself was a woman who would never be in need. -- Alice Hoffman
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Do you ever get the feeling that your life isn't really your own, and you've just sort of let things happen to you? -- Alice Hoffman
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He was in love, and people in that condition did stupid, unfathomable things. They were all flawed, every single one. -- Alice Hoffman
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You were the one who taught me that love was never what we expected it to be and that it was all that we needed. -- Alice Hoffman
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You are the one who taught me that love was never what we expected it to be and that it was all we needed. For that, and for a thousand other things, I send my gratitude. -- Alice Hoffman
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Remember what I've told you. Remember me. -- Alice Hoffman
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Never to rush something I was creating, but instead let it come into being as if it had a soul of it's own. -- Alice Hoffman
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He fell in love with the way she closed her eyes, long before he fell in love with her. -- Alice Hoffman
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Hawthorne has given us a tradition that some people refer to as Yankee Magic Realism, and I do think there is a certain quality to the landscape that definitely leads into the dark woods. -- Alice Hoffman
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They weren't true stories; they were better than that. -- Alice Hoffman
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I thought of the bowl of water my mother taught me to look into. It was true, everything a person ever needed to know was right there in a single bowl small enough to fit in the palm of one hand. -- Alice Hoffman
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You lose people sometimes, you know. You don't expect to, but then it happens and you can't get them back." We -- Alice Hoffman
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They were such solitary creatures that when they met their mates they would begin to scream, for they were drawn to each other, yet were enemies still. -- Alice Hoffman
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We had to survive to remember. Otherwise everything we were would disappear. Those people we loved would fade as though we'd never loved them, as if they'd never walked and talked and burned, forgetting them was the real evil. That was the hole of darkness. -- Alice Hoffman
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You can only know a friend so well after all. When you come right down to it, even your best friend is a puzzle. -- Alice Hoffman
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You rescue something and you're responsible for it. But maybe that's what love is. Maybe it's like a hit-and-run accident; it smashes you before you can think. You do it no matter the cost and you keep on running -- Alice Hoffman
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Dreams came to men for many reasons, both as oracles and as warnings. -- Alice Hoffman
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With his words, he could approach the soul where it resided, a glory to God, for words were what the Almighty first created, after the silence of the world, and they were Eleazar ben Ya'ir's gift as well. -- Alice Hoffman
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There's a very thin line that separates readers and writers. You make a leap over that line when there's a book you want to read and you can't find it and you have to write it yourself. -- Alice Hoffman
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She wishes he would come to her tonight, climb in through the window to lie down beside her and explain how it's possible to love someone so much and still manage to carry on when you have to let them go. -- Alice Hoffman
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It's no good to need someone more than you want them. -- Alice Hoffman
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Is it not beautiful?" I said of the world around us.
"Is it not terrible? -- Alice Hoffman
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I never once stopped to consider that what you are given can also be taken away. -- Alice Hoffman
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That was when I came to understand that freaks of nature and ordinary people had no business being together. -- Alice Hoffman
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This was what it was. The ruin of it. The depth of it. Have it once and you can have it again. That's the riddle. That's the truth. -- Alice Hoffman
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And from then on whenever he smells lilacs he'll think about this moment. How the bees were circling above him, how purple the ink on the leaflets he's been distributing suddenly seemed, how he realized, all at once, just how beautiful a woman can be. -- Alice Hoffman
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Real love, after all, was worth the price you paid, however briefly it might last. -- Alice Hoffman
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There seemed to be handfuls of stars tossed right above the rooftops in Haddan, keeping the town still alight at midnight. -- Alice Hoffman
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Outside, the September air was enticingly fragrant, yellow with pollen and rich, lemony sunlight. -- Alice Hoffman
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When you help others, your own troubles aren't as heavy. In fact, you can fold them like a handkerchief and place them in your pocket. They're still there, but they're not the only thing you carry. -- Alice Hoffman
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She takes the fortune cookies from the bottom of the bag and throws them into a glass bowl she keeps in the closet. She has no desire to know what her future might hold. -- Alice Hoffman
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It had been better to have viewed him from a distance, so that his flaws were left unseen. -- Alice Hoffman
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She's not a demon, she's a woman," my mother said sadly. "In this case, that's worse. -- Alice Hoffman
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Are people drawn to each other because of the stories they carry inside? -- Alice Hoffman
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The priests were deferential, siding with Rome, and those who opposed them were said to be robbers and thugs, my father and his friends among -- Alice Hoffman
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Nowadays, she doesn't even look in a mirror. She's afraid no one will be staring back at her. -- Alice Hoffman
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Good fortune can take forever to get to you, but as it turns out, sorrow is as quick as a shot. -- Alice Hoffman
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But I was not a mouse. In the fields where I walked, I was much more interested in the actions of the hawks. -- Alice Hoffman
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Every problem has a solution, although it may not be the outcome that was originally hoped for or expected. -- Alice Hoffman
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At midnight the wind in the tress can sound like the ocean. The moonlight can make a road appear as endless as the sea. -- Alice Hoffman
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But maybe a broken heart seemed a simple price to pay, the way that all costs that must be settled in the future appear, until they suddenly come due. -- Alice Hoffman
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Unrequited love is so boring. Weeping under a blue-black sky is for suckers or maniacs. -- Alice Hoffman
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A lifetime is a lifetime whether it lasts one night or a hundred years. -- Alice Hoffman
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You will be amazed to find how easy it is to lie, even to those you love best. -- Alice Hoffman
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She wishes nightmares were all that kept her awake. She cannot tell which disturbs here more, the future or the past. -- Alice Hoffman
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The weak are cruel. The strong have no need to be. -- Alice Hoffman
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She begged for time to stop, for clocks to break, for every star to remain fixed. But none of that happened. -- Alice Hoffman
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Once you know some things, you can't unknow them. It's a burden that can never be given away. -- Alice Hoffman
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I also like the whole idea of fairy tales and folk tales being a woman's domain, considered a lesser domain at the time they were told. -- Alice Hoffman
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People really could be one way outside, when inside they were torn to shreds, a fine white powder of grief and regret replacing blood and bones, and no one even noticed. -- Alice Hoffman
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I want the words you hold in your hand, lamplight in a jar. -- Alice Hoffman
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I would have drowned without you to watch over me ... I now understand there are a thousand ways to drown, and a thousand ways to rescue someone. -- Alice Hoffman
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I must keep my head and not give in to desire, for desire is what causes women to drown. -- Alice Hoffman
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I never see a novel as a film while I'm writing it. Mostly because novels and films are so different, and I'm such an internal novelist. -- Alice Hoffman
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Another world must surely exist somewhere one where she would be known in some deep way that was far beyond words. -- Alice Hoffman
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Everyone knows a white blackbird is nothing more than a ghost, a shadow of what it ought to be. -- Alice Hoffman
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All that will ever be has already been written long before it happens. There is nothing we can do to stop it. -- Alice Hoffman
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I heard a sigh, as though the books were breathing. I felt that this was where I belonged. This was where I lived. -- Alice Hoffman
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The only way to understand a river is to jump into it. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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Even with her failing vision, Violet West could see the scars. They had turned purple, almost red, from the icy cold, the color of the pears on the tree in the yard, the color of blood that can't be washed away and of things that can never be undone. -- Alice Hoffman
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And then I understood that she had no idea what she'd done to my family. She thought love and hatred were equal. -- Alice Hoffman
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The past was what we carried with us, threaded to the future, and we decided whether to keep it close or let it go. Fate was both what we were given and what we made for ourselves. -- Alice Hoffman
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Shut up and do not think. All the theorists agree: shut up and keep the words from being said. And all of the scars will remain invisible; and all of the scars will remain under the skin. Where they belong. -- Alice Hoffman
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Some things you cannot wish away or think away. They become part of you when you remember them. -- Alice Hoffman
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Honesty was like a stone, dropped and irretrievable once it was spoken aloud -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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werewolves were members of the old Danish families who owned slaves. Their transformation was God's punishment for their wrongdoings. You could spy their teeth and claws at night, even when they were in their human guise, so they often wore gloves and scarves, even in the hottest times of the year. -- Alice Hoffman
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Coralie felt something pierce through her, as if she were a fish on a hook, unable to break free. She felt a tie to the stranger, drawn to his every movement. -- Alice Hoffman
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I always quit at three when my kids come home from school so I feel pretty spoiled. -- Alice Hoffman
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Sometimes words drew blood, they cut your tongue, they made you know things you couldn't unknow. -- Alice Hoffman
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If we had paid attention, we would have understood there are some things in this world you cannot outrun. -- Alice Hoffman
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Still, she knows one thing for certain: never judge a relationship unless you are the one wrapped up in its arms. -- Alice Hoffman
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Each morning when I arrive, the doves know me; their song rises and falls with pleasure and acceptance. It is always there, a river of sound. -- Alice Hoffman
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When a star reaches for you, it is difficult to look away. -- Alice Hoffman
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Ghosts are said to move in the corners of human sight. -- Alice Hoffman
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I should have begun to worry then, for as fortune comes to you, so does it slip away. -- Alice Hoffman
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The story became a cloud, and the cloud a sheet of rain, and rain fell throughout the empire. -- Alice Hoffman
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She has an eye for tragedy and sorrow. -- Alice Hoffman
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I'm at the point where going forward is easier than going back. -- Alice Hoffman
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I knew what it was to yearn for a life so distant it seemed that it had never been anything more than a dream. -- Alice Hoffman
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Such things as smiles can be weapons as well. -- Alice Hoffman
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Perhaps it is possible to discover more in silence than in speech. Or perhaps it is only that those who are silent among us learn to listen. -- Alice Hoffman
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Love has nothing to do with time or space. -- Alice Hoffman
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You wanted a blue rose," Brock said. "Didn't you? Wasn't that the whole point?"
"Doesn't everyone want what they cannot have?"(Elinor)
"Here's what I think: it's the quest that matters."(Brock) -- Alice Hoffman
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You cannot dispute the ridiculous. You cannot argue reasonably with evil. -- Alice Hoffman
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Love is ancient and mysterious and you can't mess with it. If you do it just backfires and you meet with disaster. -- Alice Hoffman
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108I was a rat perhaps, but never a mouse. -- Alice Hoffman
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Men will be men," Maureen told me when I wondered aloud where my father went in the evenings. "Don't complain," she advised. "That's how women find their freedom. When there's no one else at home. -- Alice Hoffman
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Only her death could prove her innocence; a circle of impossible, deathly judgement. -- Alice Hoffman
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I wept to think that life went on even when so much had been lost, that rain still fell and myrtle grew between the rocks. -- Alice Hoffman
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I'd been bitten by a lion, but you had to look inside me to see the scar. -- Alice Hoffman
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See a charmer and you're bound to see a snake nearby, -- Alice Hoffman
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Some people say, 'Save yourself and you save your ways.' I say, 'Be yourself and you save your soul. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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Even as a small child, I understood that woman had secrets, and that some of these were only to be told to daughters. In this way we were bound together for eternity. -- Alice Hoffman
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love was never a regret. -- Alice Hoffman
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I believe in tragedy," Shelby responds coldly. "Not miracles. -- Alice Hoffman
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The more you feel, the stronger you are. -- Alice Hoffman
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Meg was a great reader and was never without a book; while walking to school she often had one open in her hands, so engrossed she would sometimes trip while navigating familiar streets. -- Alice Hoffman
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He believed in dreams, in endings that people told you could never happen, in disappointments reversed and luck that lasted. -- Alice Hoffman
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She can feel his blood, just beneath his skin; when he breathes, the air fills with smoke. He's like a dragon, ancient and fearless. -- Alice Hoffman
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I saw the end of his life right there in that single moment. His pride, his decency, his secrets, his death. -- Alice Hoffman
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In two weeks a man could completely refashion his history; he could walk all the way to Ohio or Iowa, change his name and his accent, disappear into another life. In the woods, footprints faded, the wind rose up to disperse of clothing, flesh became grass. -- Alice Hoffman
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He dusted the dough with cumin and coriander and salt before he slid the loaves into the oven on flat wooden boards. Perhaps most important, -- Alice Hoffman
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This was what it meant to be human, to know that time moved and all things changed. -- Alice Hoffman
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Don't cry while you are reading the book wait until you are done reading it. -- Alice Hoffman
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All this kissing was making her crazy; it was reminding her of what she could feel, and how it could be when you wanted someone as much as he wanted you. -- Alice Hoffman
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... we saw the edges of one another's souls. -- Alice Hoffman
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She said she wanted a man like that, someone who understood sorrow, not someone who caused it. -- Alice Hoffman
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Don't worry, I'm not afraid of words. -- Alice Hoffman
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It's not finding what's lost, it's understanding what you've found. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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It was not possible to hold on to ashes. In my dreams I had always walked out of the past, and it shut behind me, a door I couldn't unlock. Now I intended to do the same in my waking life. -- Alice Hoffman
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I wasn't good company, that was true, and people avoided me, but that was all right. I was too busy dreaming. -- Alice Hoffman
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The truth frightens people because it isn't stable. It shifts every day. -- Alice Hoffman
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What people called the truth seemed worthless to her; what was it but a furtive, bruised story to convince yourself life was worth living. -- Alice Hoffman
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In a world of sorrow, love was an act of will. All you needed were the right ingredients. -- Alice Hoffman
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Maybe some love was guaranteed. Maybe it fit inside you and around you like skin and bones. -- Alice Hoffman
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(Love) walks up to you,and when it does, you need to recognize it for what it is and, perhaps more important, for what it might become. -- Alice Hoffman
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Well, maybe that's what love is, as state of mind ready to grace anyone willing to accept it. Anyone who cares. -- Alice Hoffman
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Love wasn't rational; there was no proof that it even existed outside of people's imaginings. -- Alice Hoffman
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what does love matter in a world where it's so easy to hurt someone? -- Alice Hoffman
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Feelings are best left concealed. They can bite you if you're not careful. They can eat you alive. -- Alice Hoffman
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Sometimes movies really are the best medicine. -- Alice Hoffman
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I thought about how it was impossible to forget, no matter how hard anyone might try. -- Alice Hoffman
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I would not begin to understand until I was a very old woman, and even then they would still be a mystery. -- Alice Hoffman
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Time was like a river, and I was a fish in that river, moving so quickly that the world outside my household was blur. -- Alice Hoffman
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and behind them came the women, and then the children with sticks and stones in their hands. There was a line of fury on the ground, slithering forth. Someone -- Alice Hoffman
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When you start writing the magic comes when the characters seem to take on a life of their own and write the words for themselves. -- Alice Hoffman
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I fear myself more than I fear any bear,' Emily blurted. It was the way she'd felt in her aloneness, the comfort she took in being on the mountain. -- Alice Hoffman
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One morning when the air was misleading and mild with hope ... -- Alice Hoffman
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What is behind you is gone, what is in front of you awaits. -- Alice Hoffman
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He carried so much suffering that it radiated out in waves. Sorrow is like that: whenever a person runs, it comes after him; it leaves an endless trail of pain. -- Alice Hoffman
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If she wanted to enter an otherworld, all she had to do was open a novel. -- Alice Hoffman
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She wishes she had time to run around the block once or twice; maybe then she wouldn't feel as if she were about to burn up or shatter. -- Alice Hoffman
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I can hurt myself more than anyone else can," she told her sister. "I can do it with my eyes closed. -- Alice Hoffman
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We had been together as animals were, desperate and driven by a fierce need -- Alice Hoffman
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The evening had turned sweet and blue. -- Alice Hoffman
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A breeze had come up and there was the scent of loam in the air. Hay and fertilizer. Sweet grass and wild ginger. April. -- Alice Hoffman
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Women know things that men will never know. We keep the best secrets. We tell the best stories. -- Alice Hoffman
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The day had begun, cool and clear and absolutely impossible to avoid -- Alice Hoffman
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Everything seemed slow, molasses slow, lovesick slow. -- Alice Hoffman
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I hope you're happy," she said to Mrs. James.
"Happiness is for fools." Helena James shrugged. "So I wish that for you. -- Alice Hoffman
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A boy who is trouble is something entirely different as a man. -- Alice Hoffman
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Let my burden be your burden, and yours be mine. -- Alice Hoffman
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Weapons are kept from women, but such a naming suggests that perhaps men fear our talents in war as well as our desire for peace. -- Alice Hoffman
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You can try to take sorrow and make it into something enduring, meaningful and beautiful. I always feel guilty that this is my job, that I get to do this. -- Alice Hoffman
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She didn't like being twelve. It felt like someplace between who she'd been and who she was about to be. It felt like no place at all. -- Alice Hoffman
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Writers don't choose their craft; they need to write in order to face the world. -- Alice Hoffman
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Our mother had taught us that when the moon was white, reappearing after its absence, it was showing us that what had been hidden could easily become whole again. -- Alice Hoffman
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There is the outside of a story, and there is the inside of a story, he told me as we sat in his library one afternoon. One is the fruit and may be delicious, but the other is the seed. -- Alice Hoffman
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What makes a dangerous woman, however, was not always so apparent, for what is unnoticeable to the human eye is often the most deadly attribute. -- Alice Hoffman
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No one called out my name. Finally, I went to open the door. I could smell burning metal. -- Alice Hoffman
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What looked empty was full, much like water in a cup. What was most important was invisible to the eye. THE -- Alice Hoffman
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(roses) each one shivering with cool silver light. -- Alice Hoffman
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I didn't want to be prideful anymore. I wanted to be as hard as and brittle as the stones I carted into the woods. Stones that could not feel or cry or see. I wished not to feel anything at all.
In no time, what I wished for, I became. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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Life is beautiful, just very unfair. -- Alice Hoffman
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You have to choose the voice you are going to trust. You can't listen to everyone. -- Alice Hoffman
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She liked to disappear, even when she was in the same room as other people. It was a talent, as it was a curse. -- Alice Hoffman
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You can't dispute the ridiculous. You can't argue reasonably with evil. -- Alice Hoffman
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I'll pretend to be who they want me to be.' He grinned then, and she saw his youth. 'But it won't work. In the end I'll have to disappoint someone. Either them, or myself. -- Alice Hoffman
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I knew what happened in fairy tales. The strong survived while the weak were eaten alive. -- Alice Hoffman
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The garden was burning, the air sparked with specks of flame as they say it will be in the World-to-Come when we walk beside the angels and have no fear of their illuminations or of their might. -- Alice Hoffman
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After a while, the characters I'm writing begin to feel real to me. That's when I know I'm heading in the right direction. -- Alice Hoffman
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Ironically, now that my children are older and gone quite a bit, I find it harder to work when they're not around. Too much free time! -- Alice Hoffman
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There was a spark inside that holiest of holy places that made people want to possess it, and what men yearn for they often destroy. -- Alice Hoffman
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In good time every secret must be shared and every miracle called into question. -- Alice Hoffman
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I want the difficult stories, the ones that aren't easy to believe, the twisted ones, the sorrowful ones, the ones that need telling most of all. -- Alice Hoffman
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Although I am no longer caught in the past, the future seems like a ridiculous thing to me. Try to catch it, hold it in your hand. It disappears every time. -- Alice Hoffman
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It was the sort of beauty you feel so deeply it becomes contagious and somehow makes you feel beautiful too. -- Alice Hoffman
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He wanted pain, I saw that in him, and what a man wants he will often manage to find. -- Alice Hoffman
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She had come to believe that if her father had wanted a docile daughter, he should never have allowed her access to the ocean. -- Alice Hoffman
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Some stories stayed with you even when you wanted to forget them. -- Alice Hoffman
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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
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Once you possess something others do not, you are a target for the wicked. -- Alice Hoffman
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He carries books everywhere he goes so he won't have to be bored by people. -- Alice Hoffman
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the logic of fairy tales was that there was no logic: bad things happened to the innocent, children were set out in the woods by their parents, fear walked hand in hand with experience, a wish spoken aloud could make it so. I -- Alice Hoffman
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Such was the case with most unhappy students; they avoided even one another, so intent on their own unhappiness they failed to notice the other lost souls around them. -- Alice Hoffman
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This was the virtue of the dark: you were who you had always been, only no one could see you. -- Alice Hoffman
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She judged people smartly and quickly, and often found herself in a huff. -- Alice Hoffman
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Lion had to kiss her then and there, even though when he kissed her he felt as though he were swallowing her sadness. -- Alice Hoffman
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That was the sorrow of it. He saw the light but never expected the darkness. -- Alice Hoffman
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I'm glad it all happened," he says, "Even the bad parts. -- Alice Hoffman
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That is how you know you've left childhood behind-when you wish for time to go backward. -- Alice Hoffman
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She was disappearing a little more each day, so thin, so frail, a wisp of smoke. One day she would surely vanish altogether, and there was no way to stop her. -- Alice Hoffman
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Then let us be among those who hope that the future will be less cruel than the past. -- Alice Hoffman
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I just stored up my hurts, as if they were a tower made of fallen stars, invisible to most people, but brightly burning inside of me. -- Alice Hoffman
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I understood wanting to forget. Things that made you remember cut like pieces of glass. -- Alice Hoffman
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Lately, she's been wondering if perhaps when the living become the dead they leave an empty space behind, a hollow no one else can fill. -- Alice Hoffman
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Our rest is formed by our waking life and our waking life is formed by our sorrows. -- Alice Hoffman
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Instead of going home, I drove to the library. To hell with human beings. I'd always felt safer with stories than with flesh and blood. -- Alice Hoffman
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I did go there later, but I hadn't been there before I wrote the book. Sometimes I feel like the imagined can feel more real than the real? -- Alice Hoffman
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The future was spun from moments like this. If she backed away, it might all unravel. -- Alice Hoffman
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It's not the lie that's the problem; it's the distance the lie forges between you. -- Alice Hoffman
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Whoever gives his true self away does do with words -- Alice Hoffman
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The sisters were glad to be together. They had the easy sort of relationship where they didn't have to speak to be understood. -- Alice Hoffman
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She's not a demon, she's a woman. In this case, that's worse. -- Alice Hoffman
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I had always done as he asked, not because I was bound to do so by duty but because I saw the depth of who he was and how he himself suffered. -- Alice Hoffman
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People want to ignore what they can't understand. They're looking for logic at any cost. -- Alice Hoffman
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I was not pleased to be sent from my mother, but I occupied myself, a skill learned by children who must sometimes act older than their age. -- Alice Hoffman
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Every fairy tale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws. -- Alice Hoffman
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She wonders if she has something other people don't. Intuition or hope
she wouldn't know what to call it. -- Alice Hoffman
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We all burn for what is bad for us ... burn him in return. Maybe then the bastard won't have such a hold over you. -- Alice Hoffman
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When you change your name you change your fate as well. -- Alice Hoffman
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No one knows how to write a novel until it's been written. -- Alice Hoffman
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That is the joy of reading fiction: when all is said and done, the novel belongs to the reader and his or her imagination. -- Alice Hoffman
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Men are men, with all their flaws, as we have ours, that's true, but the best among them manage to discover who we really are. -- Alice Hoffman
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He studied me, searching my expression, not quite seeing what had happened but aware that something had changed. -- Alice Hoffman
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You don't fight for peace sister,' Nahara told me, 'You embrace it. -- Alice Hoffman
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I knew that men told you the truth for one of two reasons: when they wished to be rid of what they couldn't bear to carry, or when they wished to include you in what they knew so their stories wouldn't be lost. -- Alice Hoffman
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People all over town had listened for my grandfather's cries, but there were none.
Only silence. -- Alice Hoffman
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She's beginning to wonder if perhaps she's haunting herself. -- Alice Hoffman
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In the human world you had to choose your loyalties carefully. You had to see through to someone's heart. -- Alice Hoffman
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In the last few months, she'd had a lot of time to consider the state of mankind, and she'd decided that people actually had very few choices in their lives. Most things happened to you. Most things rolled right over you and then kept on going. -- Alice Hoffman
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They carried what was holy within them, for every man was a temple, and every prayer spoken could be heard by our Father above us. -- Alice Hoffman
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It was as if hope had appeared out of nowhere to settle beside her and it wasn't going anywhere, it wasn't going to desert her now. -- Alice Hoffman