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Tess Gerritsen

  • The most dangerous enemy in the world is the one you do not recognize.

  • Parenthood is nothing but doubts.

  • The best heroes in the world are the reluctant ones. Courage isn't fearlessness — it's acting in the face of fear.

  • Motherhood didn't make you stronger; it made you vulnerable and afraid of what death could steal from you.

  • When you're a fifty-year-old woman, no one really bothers to look at you anymore, much less value your opinion. It's hard on the old ego. But damn, it does make it easy to get away with a lot.

  • That's what falling in love really amounted to, your brain on drugs. Adrenaline and dopamine, oxytocin and rotonin. Chemical insanity celebrated by poets.

Tess Gerritsen, U.S. novelist, physician

(1953)

Born: Terry. Gerritsen is her married name. Birth name unknown.