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I work full-time in a used bookstore.
by Kate DiCamillo

I work full-time in a used bookstore.
I get up.
I drink a cup of coffee.
I think, The last thing I want to do is write.
Then I go to the computer and write.
- Kate DiCamillo

I am single and childless, but I have lots of friends
and I am an aunt to three lovely children.
- Kate DiCamillo

My goal is two pages a day, five days a week.
I never want to write, but I'm always glad that I have done it.
After I write, I go to work at the bookstore.
- Kate DiCamillo

I thought I was going nowhere.
Now I can see there was a pattern.
- Kate DiCamillo

 

I always write with music.
It takes me a while to figure out the right piece of
music for what I'm working on.
Once I figure it out, that's the only thing I'll play.
- Kate DiCamillo

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore,
a duty.
It should be offered as a gift.
- Kate DiCamillo

I have a Bachelor of Arts in English,
which means I had a lot of formal training in reading.
- Kate DiCamillo

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I hate to cook and love to eat.
- Kate DiCamillo

I didn't know anything about writing a screenplay,
but somehow I ended up rewriting a screenplay.
- Kate DiCamillo

I like to think of myself as a storyteller.
- Kate DiCamillo

Hands down, the biggest thrill is to get a letter from a kid saying,
I loved your book.
Will you write me another one?
- Kate DiCamillo

My father leaving the family shaped who I was and how I looked at the world.
By the same token, my father telling me fairy tales
that he had made up shaped me profoundly,
too.
- Kate DiCamillo

I didn't start working on children's books until I
got a job at a book warehouse on the children's floor.
When I started reading some of the books,
I was so impressed.
- Kate DiCamillo

I was born in Philadelphia and currently live in Minneapolis.
I write for both children and adults.
- Kate DiCamillo

Everything I write comes from my childhood in one way or another.
I am forever drawing on the sense of mystery and wonder
and possibility that pervaded that time of my life.
- Kate DiCamillo

I'm at the mercy of whatever character comes into my head.
- Kate DiCamillo

Understand, I had absolutely no interest in writing;
I wanted to be a Writer.
- Kate DiCamillo

I think of myself as an enormously lucky person.
- Kate DiCamillo

Every well-written book is a light for me.
When you write, you use other writers and their books
as guides in the wilderness.
- Kate DiCamillo

It distresses me that parents insist that their children read or make them read.
The best way for children to treasure reading is to
see the adults in their lives reading for their own pleasure.
- Kate DiCamillo

I am busier now than I ever imagined I would be,
but I feel blessed in that I have found what I am supposed
to be doing with my life.
It's wonderful to tell stories and have people listen to them.
- Kate DiCamillo

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live boldly. Laugh Loudly. Love Truly.
Play as often as you can
Work as smart as you are able.
Share your heart as deeply as you can reach.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The choice is to work alone to be a little
more successful than the next person,
or to work together for the great betterment of humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The price of success is hard work,
dedication to the job at hand,
and the determination that whether we win or lose,
we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
- Vince Lombardi

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
- Vince Lombardi

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work,
and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

There is joy in work.
There is no happiness except in the realization
that we have accomplished something.
- Henry Ford

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Michael Jordan

There is no substitute for hard work.
- Thomas Edison

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
- Henry David Thoreau

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation,
hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

Football is like life - it requires perseverance,
self-denial, hard work, sacrifice,
dedication and respect for authority.
- Vince Lombardi

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

The miracle is not that we do this work,
but that we are happy to do it.
- Mother Teresa

Better learn balance. Balance is key.
Balance good, karate good. Everything good.
Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

You are never given a wish without also
being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.
- Richard Bach

I have not failed.
I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
- Thomas Edison

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

Work as smart as you are able.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
- Vince Lombardi

Laziness may appear attractive,
but work gives satisfaction.
- Anne Frank

I find that the harder I work,
the more luck I seem to have.
- Thomas Jefferson

I am a great believer in luck
and I find that the harder
I work the more I have of it.
- Thomas Jefferson

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work,
so most people don't recognize them.
- Ann Landers

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If in our daily life we can smile,
if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

The common denominator for success is work.
- John D. Rockefeller

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer
is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Profit is a by-product of work;
happiness is its chief product.
- Henry Ford

Choose a job you love,
and you will never have to work a day in your life.
- Confucius

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown
is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
- Bertrand Russell

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

The sum of wisdom is that
time is never lost that is devoted to work.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
- Horace

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.
- Leonardo da Vinci


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