Katherine Paterson Quotes

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Katherine Paterson Quotes

If you could hold your nose to avoid a stink, or close your eyes to cut out a sight, why not shut off your brain to avoid a thought?
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You have to believe it and you hate it. I don't have to and I think it's beautiful.

— Katherine Paterson

It was Leslie who had taken him from the cow pasture into Terabithia and turned him into a king. He had thought that was it. Wasn't king the best you could be? Now it occurred to him that perhaps Terabithia was like a castle where you came to be knighted. After you stayed for a while and grew strong you had to move on. For hadn't Leslie, even in Terabithia, tried to push back the walls of his mind and make him see beyond to the shining world-huge and terrible and beautiful and very fragile? (Handle with care-everything-even the predators.)
Now it was time for him to move out. She wasn't there, so he must go for both of them. It was up to him to pay back to the world in beauty and caring what Leslie had loaned him in vision and strength.
As for the terrors ahead-for he did not fool himself that they were all behind him-well, you just have to stand up to your fear and not let it squeeze you white. Right, Leslie?
Right.

— Katherine Paterson

You think it's so great to die and make everyone cry and carry on. Well it ain't.

— Katherine Paterson

If you could hold your nose to avoid a stink, or close your eyes to cut out a sight, why not shut off your brain to avoid a thought?

— Katherine Paterson

I was behaving, just like I promised, but fate intervened.

— Katherine Paterson

I love to read. But I loved to read a lot longer than I started to love writing.

— Katherine Paterson

It's crazy isn't it?" She shook her head. "You have to believe it, but you hate it. I don't have to believe it, and I think it's beautiful." She shook her head again. "It's crazy.

— Katherine Paterson

Drive them out utterly, so they may never return and prey upon our people.

— Katherine Paterson

Brenda's pouting voice broke in, Your girl friend's dead, and Momma thought you was dead, too.

— Katherine Paterson

There was one path across Boston Commons that a young man must not ask a young woman to take unless he meant business. Which path was that? she asked Holmes. "Ah," she remembered the elderly doctor saying, "if I were only fifty years younger I would show you.

— Katherine Paterson

I feel very silly saying to you, Tell me all about yourself, but I wish you would. I want to get to know you.
That's not how you get to know people. Don't you know? You can't talk it out, you've got to live into their lives, bad and good. You'll know me soon enough. What I want you to know.

— Katherine Paterson

What a gift of grace to be able to take the chaos from within and from it create some semblance of order.

— Katherine Paterson

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