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E.L. Konigsburg

  • I keep telling you that often the search proves more profitable than the goal.

  • When you hug someone, you learn something else about them. An important something else.

  • But lying in bed just before going to sleep is the worst time for organized thinking; it is the best time for free thinking. Ideas drift like clouds in an undecided breeze, taking first this direction and then that.

  • The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you.

  • Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.

  • I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you just accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It's hollow.

  • ... after a time having a secret and nobody knowing you have a secret is no fun. And although you don't want others to know what the secret is, you want them to at least know you have one.

  • Biding one's time is a very different thing from patience.

  • Indecisiveness wears a person out.

  • True simplicity is elegant.

  • Every job in the world has some built-in boredom. No man can stay excited about something every minute he is doing it. Routine is as necessary to life as water is to beer; it is the base that holds the flavors and spices together.

  • It often takes more courage to be a passenger than a driver.

  • Can you know excellence if you've never seen it? Can you know good if you have seen only bad?

  • Kids want acceptance from their peers, but in two different, opposing ways: They want to be like everyone else and they want to be different from everyone else. So the question is: How do you reconcile these opposing longings?

    • E.L. Konigsburg,
    • in Leonard S. Marcus, ed., Author Talk ()
  • Secrets are the kind of adventure she needs. Secrets are safe, and they do much to make you different. On the inside, where it counts.

E.L. Konigsburg, U.S. children's writer

(1930 - 2010)

Full name: Elaine Lobl Konigsburg.