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Alice Hoffman Quotes and Sayings

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I think growing up is difficult and it's a process
that I'm always interested in,
with kids and adults, they are often on two different universes.
- Alice Hoffman

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After a while, the characters I'm writing begin to feel real to me.
That's when I know I'm heading in the right direction.
- Alice Hoffman

I can't really work on more than one thing at a time.
- Alice Hoffman

I really feel like the gift is also the curse.
It's always half-and-half.
Whatever brings you the most joy will also probably bring you the most pain.
Always a price to pay.
- Alice Hoffman

 

I think love is a huge factor in fiction and in real life.
Is there a risk? Always.
In fiction and in life.
- Alice Hoffman

I always quit at three when my kids come home from
school so I feel pretty spoiled.
- Alice Hoffman

I'm much faster now.
When you only have a certain amount of time to write,
after a while you learn to use your time well or you stop writing.
- Alice Hoffman

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Mothers always find ways to fit in the work -
but then when you're working,
you feel that you should be spending time with your
children and then when you're with your children,
you're thinking about working.
- Alice Hoffman

I also like the whole idea of fairy tales and folk
tales being a woman's domain,
considered a lesser domain at the time they were told.
- Alice Hoffman

Ironically, now that my children are older and gone quite a bit,
I find it harder to work when they're not around.
Too much free time!
- Alice Hoffman

All the characters in my books are imagined,
but all have a bit of who I am in them -
much like the characters in your dreams are all formed by who you are.
- Alice Hoffman

You can try to take sorrow and make it into something enduring,
meaningful and beautiful.
I always feel guilty that this is my job,
that I get to do this.
- Alice Hoffman

I don't think I make much of a distinction between
the 'real' and the 'fantastic.'
They both seem to be threads in the same cloth as far as I'm concerned.
- Alice Hoffman

Anyway, the sort of love that will not wait is probably best to pass by.
- Alice Hoffman

Every time I finish a book, I forget everything I learned writing it -
the information just disappears out of my head.
- Alice Hoffman

I never plot out my novels in terms of the tone of the book.
Hopefully, once a story is begun it reveals itself.
- Alice Hoffman

Even in times when it's difficult to figure out,
how do you go forward, art - and books -
always help.
- Alice Hoffman

I've been a screenwriter for twenty-five years.
Every one of my books have been optioned for movies
and I have written a few of those screenplays.
- Alice Hoffman

No one knows how to write a novel until it's been written.
- Alice Hoffman

I never see a novel as a film while I'm writing it.
Mostly because novels and films are so different,
and I'm such an internal novelist.
- Alice Hoffman

Any institution becomes a community -
whether it's a high school or a boarding school or
a publishing company or a small town where everybody
knows certain things about people.
- Alice Hoffman

The adults don't know what's happening on the kids'
universe and the kids don't know what's happening on the adults' universe.
- Alice Hoffman

They were written on cheap blue notebooks bought by poor women.
I'm interested in folk tales in the way that medicine
and magic in women's stories are all kind of combined.
- Alice Hoffman

I did go there later, but I hadn't been there before I wrote the book.
Sometimes I feel like the imagined can feel more real than the real?
- Alice Hoffman

I feel more influenced in my own work by dreams than
I do by other writers' works in a way.
Or by popular culture, movies - what else is there
to write about than love and loss?
- Alice Hoffman

It was a great escape for me and it was a way to take
a break from what was going on in my own world,
to go into another world.
- Alice Hoffman

I always felt and still feel that fairy tales have
an emotional truth that is so deep that there are few
things that really rival them.
- Alice Hoffman

I think secrets often come out.
I spoke to a friend who is a therapist and I asked
her if there were people who came to her and admitted
to doing horrible things and she said,
'More than you know.'
- Alice Hoffman

I think we are bound to, and by, nature.
We may want to deny this connection and try to believe
we control the external world,
but every time there's a snowstorm or drought,
we know our fate is tied to the world around us.
- Alice Hoffman

Among men and women, those in love do not always announce
themselves with declarations and vows.
But they are the ones who weep when you're gone.
Who miss you every single night, especially when the
sky is so deep and beautiful,
and the ground so very cold.
- Alice Hoffman

The original fairy tale was about the youngest sister
going into a room in the castle and finding all the
bodies of the wives that came before her -
she is confronted with truth,
thinking about how often we think we know people and we really don't.
- Alice Hoffman

I don't really read as much as I used to.
A lot of what I was looking for as an escape I find in writing.
And the other thing is that I don't want to get into
someone else's language when I'm working.
- Alice Hoffman

Hawthorne has given us a tradition that some people
refer to as Yankee Magic Realism,
and I do think there is a certain quality to the landscape
that definitely leads into the dark woods.
- Alice Hoffman

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

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

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Those who know how to think need no teachers.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


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