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Margaret Mahy Quotes and Sayings

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When you are writing, of course, you have to do all
that writing and correcting for yourself.
When I was a librarian it was expected that I would
know about a wide range of books.
- Margaret Mahy

At this stage I am not involved with young adults as
closely as many other writers.
My children are grown up and my grandchildren are still quite young.
- Margaret Mahy

It is a good idea to know which publishers publish which stories.
For example, there is no sense in sending a picture
book text to a publisher who does not publish picture books.
- Margaret Mahy

By the time ordinary life asserted itself once more,
I would feel I had already lived for a while in some other lifetime,
that I had even taken over someone else's life.
- Margaret Mahy

 

I, personally, have found reading a continual support to writing.
- Margaret Mahy

When you are reading, someone has done a lot of work on your behalf,
someone has had ideas and has then written and corrected
and improved them so that they can be shared.
- Margaret Mahy

New Zealand is the only country I know well enough to write about.
It can sometimes lead to complications.
- Margaret Mahy

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Every writer has to find their own way into writing.
- Margaret Mahy

I hope I am not too repetitive.
However, coming to terms with death is part of the general human situation.
- Margaret Mahy

I had to wait for a long time before I could support myself with writing.
However, being a writer is what I have most wanted to be,
from the time I was a child.
- Margaret Mahy

In a way, the characters often do take over.
- Margaret Mahy

Writing for young children I find I often use particular
jokes with words and exaggerated,
funny events, but some of these haunt the more complex
stories for older children too.
- Margaret Mahy

There are certainly times when my own everyday life
seems to retreat so the life of the story can take me over.
That is why a writer often needs space and time,
so that he or she can abandon ordinary life and "live" with the characters.
- Margaret Mahy

Ellis's understanding of himself and the world around
him certainly develops because of his adventures,
and part of that development comes through recognizing
other people for what they are.
- Margaret Mahy

Of course there are big differences in length and character and vocabulary,
but each level has its particular pleasures when it
comes to the words one can use and the way one uses them.
- Margaret Mahy

They are imaginary characters.
But perhaps not solely the products of my imagination,
since there are some aspects of the characters that
relate to my own experience of a wide variety of people.
- Margaret Mahy

The novels take longer to write than the picture book texts,
and they do take a different sort of concentration.
However, a very short, simple story that works well
is just as exciting to me as any longer and more complex book.
- Margaret Mahy

When I was a child I had a best friend who lived across the road from me.
When her mother died unexpectedly it was like losing
a member of my own family.
I think I am still affected by the memory of that loss.
- Margaret Mahy

It can certainly happen that characters in more sophisticated
stories can "take over" as they develop and change
the author's original ideas.
Well, it certainly happens to me at times.
- Margaret Mahy

I've never actually been a fighter myself -
fighting tires me out and I'm not an efficient fighter anyway -
but I have certainly seen other people have great complicated goes at one another.
- Margaret Mahy

I once knew a house rather like The Land of Smiles -
an old house occupied by a varied collection of young people,
mainly students.
However none of these people were true models for the characters in the book,
though their way of life may have been.
- Margaret Mahy

Anyone interested in the world generally can't help
being interested in young adult culture -
in the music,
the bands, the books, the fashions, and the way in
which the young adult community develops its own language.
- Margaret Mahy

I don't think I prefer writing for one age group above another.
I am just as pleased with a story which I feel works
well for very small children as I do with a story for young adults.
- Margaret Mahy

I think I am too interested in my own ideas to copy anyone else's,
but I find that other people's imagery,
the flow of language in the outside world,
games with words, and ideas about relationships are
all most important to me.
- Margaret Mahy

At the same time, I think books create a sort of network in the reader's mind,
with one book reinforcing another.
Some books form relationships.
Other books stand in opposition.
No two writers or readers have the same pattern of interaction.
- Margaret Mahy

My theory is that I decided to be a writer when I was about seven,
but of course it is not as simple as that.
Like most writers, I had to work at other things to
earn a living and wrote mainly in the evenings,
often very late at night, for many years.
- Margaret Mahy

Being a librarian certainly helped me with my writing
because it made me even more of a reader,
and I was always an enthusiastic reader.
Writing and reading seem to me to be different aspects
of a single imaginative act.
- Margaret Mahy

I am really chained to my computer these days so I work in my bedroom,
which is a room I have worked in for years and years.
It is just as much an office as a bedroom,
and during the day, my bed is rather like an extension of my desk.
- Margaret Mahy

I was able to work out all sorts of attitudes to style and event and character,
all of which affected the way I came to think about my own writing.
I believe that all good writers are original.
- Margaret Mahy

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

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

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy

Celebrate what you want to see more of.
- Tom Peters


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