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Betsy Byars (6 items)

  • I think how you look is the most important thing in the world. If you look cute, you are cute; if you look smart, you are smart, and if you don't look like anything, you aren't anything.

  • Writing is like anything — baseball playing, piano playing, sewing, hammering nails. The more you work on it, the better you get. But it seems to take a longer time to get better at writing than hammering nails.

  • ... the real reason I had wanted to grow up, the main reason I had been willing to even consider becoming an adult, was so I could have as many pets as I wanted.

  • When I type a title page, I hold it and I look at it and I think, I just need four thousand sentences to go with this and I'll have a book!

  • For me, reading books and writing them are tied together. The words of other writers teach me and refresh me and inspire me.

  • ... just because you don't see a snake doesn't mean that it doesn't see you.

Betsy Byars, U.S. writer, Newbery winner

(1928)

Full name: Betsy Cromer Byars.