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Nancy Willard

  • If prayers worked, Hitler would have been stopped at the border of Poland by angels with swords of fire.

  • Lost things, she felt certain, had a life of their own. They came back to their families like stray dogs.

  • What one heart finds hard to believe, a hundred find easy.

  • Sometimes questions are more important than answers.

    • Nancy Willard,
    • in Hugh S. Moorhead, The Meaning of Life ()
  • I haven't a clue as to how my story will end. But that's all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, you don't conclude that the road has vanished. And how else could we discover the stars?

    • Nancy Willard,
    • in A Nancy Willard Reader ()
  • ... the skin of moss / holds the footprints of / star-footed birds.

    • Nancy Willard,
    • "Moss," A Nancy Willard Reader ()
  • Faith takes root in the insignificant.

    • Nancy Willard,
    • "The Hucklebone of a Saint," A Nancy Willard Reader ()
  • What you need will come back to you.

    • Nancy Willard,
    • "Close Encounters of the Story Kind," A Nancy Willard Reader ()
  • We don't really understand something until we have forgotten it.

    • Nancy Willard,
    • "Close Encounters of the Story Kind," A Nancy Willard Reader ()
  • Live in your roots, not in your branches.

    • Nancy Willard,
    • "Close Encounters of the Story Kind," A Nancy Willard Reader ()

Nancy Willard, U.S. novelislt, children's writer, illustrator

(1936)