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Alice Hoffman

  • Sometimes the right thing feels all wrong until it is over and done with.

  • 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.

  • Here's the thing about luck ... you don't know if it's good or bad until you have some perspective.

  • Still, she knew one thing for certain: never judge a relationship unless you are the one wrapped up in its arms.

  • It was the best sort of miracle, the kind that happens when the heat outside is blistering or when a storm is brewing; when everything in your life is out of your control. It happens when you are eight, or ten, or twelve, at the moment when you discover that when you walk into the library you have complete freedom. You can leave your world behind and enter into any book you select. Here, where there is quiet, there are, at last, choices to be made. No one will tell you what you can and cannot imagine. I think now that I would not have survived my childhood if not for those walks to the library. Books were the true miracle in my life, my salavation and my ticket out — a blessing I'm grateful for every single day. Nothing is as intimate, as healing, as private as a book.

    • Alice Hoffman,
    • "Nothing Is As Healing As a Book," in Tonya Bolden, 33 Things Every Girl Should Know ()
  • Hearts were made for being broken. There's really no way around it if you want to be a human being.

  • Once you know some things, you can't unknow them. It's a burden that can never be given away.

  • You have to choose the voice you are going to trust. You can't listen to everyone.

    • Alice Hoffman
  • Books may well be the only true magic.

    • Alice Hoffman
  • 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,
    • in The Book Report ()
  • Being human means losing everything we love best in the world. But would you ask to be anything else?

Alice Hoffman, U.S. writer

(1952)