Gabrielle Zevin Quotes & Wallpapers

Gabrielle Zevin
Total Quotes: 155

It's a weakness to apologize before hearing what the other person's grievances are. You don't want to end up creating new grievances where there were none to begin with. Another Daddy-ism, if you hadn't already guessed. Gabrielle Zevin

Violence should not always beget more violence. Gabrielle Zevin

I'm allergic to sad memories. It's the worst. Gabrielle Zevin

Did you know that there are over three hundred words for love in canine? Gabrielle Zevin

The words you can't find, you borrow. We read to know we're not alone. We read because we are alone. We read and we are not alone. We are not alone. My life is in these books, he wants to tell her. Read these and know my heart. We are not quite novels. The analogy he is looking for is almost there. We are not quite short stories. At this point, his life is seeming closest to that. In the end, we are collected works. Gabrielle Zevin

I wondered if the person who really loves you is the person who knows all your stories, the person who WANTS to know all your stories. Gabrielle Zevin

Our moment had passed somehow. I was different. He was, too. Without our "madness" to unite us, there wasn't anything much there. Or maybe too much had happened in too short a time. It's like when you take a trip with someone you don't know very well. Sometimes you can get very close very quickly, but then after the trip is over, you realise all that was a false sort of closeness. An intimacy based on the trip more than the travellers, if that makes any sense. Gabrielle Zevin

It's hard to believe. Where does the times go?' Betty sighs. 'I've always hated that phrase. It makes it would like time went on a holiday, and is expected back any day now. Time flies is another one I hate. Apparently, time does quite a bit of traveling, though. Gabrielle Zevin

Before I liked to write, I liked to type. I remember visiting my grandmother Adele in Ponce Inlet, Florida, when I was three years old, and she had an IBM electric typewriter. Gabrielle Zevin

I wish that the adults who are 'in power' cared more about what their children read. Books are incredibly powerful when we are young - the books I read as a child have stayed with me my entire life - and yet, the people who write about books, for the most part, completely ignore children's literature. Gabrielle Zevin

In a way, publishing in 2005 was similar to publishing in 1950. Nobody kept blogs; that was still optional. I didn't even have a website then. Gabrielle Zevin

Daddy always said the only thing worth begging for was your life, but maybe he was wrong. Maybe sometimes your love is a little bit worth begging for, too. Gabrielle Zevin

Should have. Would have. Could have. Didn't. Gabrielle Zevin

Death is a state of mind-many people on Earth spend their entire lives dead. Gabrielle Zevin

Ask two people to tell you anything, you"ll get two versions. Even easy things like directions, let alone important or semi-controversial topics like why a fight started or what a person was generally like. If you do' know something for yourself, you just ca' be sure. Gabrielle Zevin

It was strange, really. A couple months ago, I had thought I could' live without him. Apparently I could. Gabrielle Zevin

And I was crying for gravity. It had sent me down the stairs, and I'd thought that meant something, but maybe it was just the direction that all things tend to flow. Gabrielle Zevin

For the longest time after that, neither of us said anything. I was unaccustomed to his silence, but I didn't mind it. I knew near everything about him, and he knew near everything about me, and all that made our quiet a kind of song. The kind you hum without even knowing what it is or why you're humming it. The kind that you've always known. Gabrielle Zevin

Sometimes things seem so unbearable in the middle of the night, don't they? In the middle of the night, we're all such children. Gabrielle Zevin

It is a lie that people who love each other must know everything about each other. Love must occasionally allow for a gap. Gabrielle Zevin

Oh, all stories are the same, aren't they? Men and women fall in love or out of love. People are born; people die. It al ends happily or it all ends sadly, and the difference matters only to the people involved. Gabrielle Zevin

The casualities seemed to go on and on. Just when I thought I was done losing her, I would find yet another way to love her all over again. Gabrielle Zevin

But I wondered if all this kissing was a bad habit with him and me. The thing we did with our mouths instead of talking. Gabrielle Zevin

You forget all of it anyway. . . You forget who was cool and who was not, who was pretty, smart, athletic, and not. . . You forget all of them. Even the ones you said you loved, and even the ones you actually did. They're the last to go. And then once you've forgotten enough, you love someone else. Gabrielle Zevin

The scent is sweet and meloncholy. A bit like dying, a bit like falling in love. Gabrielle Zevin

Sorry but nothing of much importance ever happened to me...I'm just a girl who forgot to look both ways before crossing the street. Gabrielle Zevin

As many have discovered, it is entirely possible (although not particularly desirable) to love two people with all your heart. It is entirely possible to long for two lives, to feel that one life can't come close to containing it all. Gabrielle Zevin

I like to believe, as a writer, that anybody who isn't a reader yet has just not found the right book. Gabrielle Zevin

On some level, I think we want our reading self to represent our best self. Gabrielle Zevin

I'm like a unicorn; I'm a midlist writer who hasn't done anything else but write. But because I wasn't amazingly famous, I didn't become Stephanie Meyer, or even a huge literary name like a Jonathan Franzen or a Joshua Ferris. Gabrielle Zevin

I'm very privy to the way bookstores work, and I think a lot about the ecosystem that my books have been published in. I think it's great to be aware of how publishing works. Gabrielle Zevin

Life used to move much more quickly when I was a girl. We needed to abbreviate just to keep up. Gabrielle Zevin

Maybe if I'd been braver in that moment, I would have cried. Gabrielle Zevin

My brain said no. But my heart! Gabrielle Zevin

He kissed me, though not in a sexy way. Gentle. Tender. Gabrielle Zevin

Dance with me,' Win said. 'I know I'm probably making a fool of myself. You're probably thinking, how many times do I have to reject this guy? Can't he take a hint?' I shook my head. 'But somehow I don't even care. I see you in your red dress, standing by the punch table, and something in me wants to keep trying. I think, she is a person worth knowing. Gabrielle Zevin

It was such a sweet, sad song with such sweet, sad lyrics. Old-fashioned a little, but also timeless. Gabrielle Zevin

Saying you're through with romance is like saying you're done with living, Betty. Life is better with a little romance, you know. Gabrielle Zevin

I was crying a little for the boy I had wanted him to be and the boy he hadn't turned out to be. Gabrielle Zevin

Speak up,' says Myrna who has a fuzzy white caterpillar of a moustache. 'My hearing's not so good.' 'I WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD.' Liz turns to Thandi. 'I thought you said you didn't remember how you got the hole in your head.' Thandi apologizes. 'I just remembered.' 'Shot in the head!' Florence-scratchy-voice says. 'Oy, that's rough.' 'Aw, it's nothing special. Happens pretty regularly where I'm from,' Thandi says. 'WHAT?' asks Myrna with the moustache. 'Say it toward my left ear, that's the good one.' 'I SAID, "IT'S NOTHING SPECIAL,"' Thandi yells/ Gabrielle Zevin

It's difficult to ever go back to the same places or people. You turn away, even for a moment, and when you turn back around, everything's changed. Gabrielle Zevin

Love stories are written in millimeters and milliseconds with a fast, dull pencil whose marks you can barely see, they are written in miles and eons with a chisel on the side of a mountiantop Gabrielle Zevin

In the end, the end of a life only matters to friends, family, and other folks you used to know. For everyone else, it's just another end. Gabrielle Zevin

My grandparents used to bring me books every time they saw me. Gabrielle Zevin

Tragedy is when someone ends up dead. Everything else is just a bump in the road. For the record, that was something Daddy used to say. Gabrielle Zevin

When I was in my twenties and broke, I'd buy books before food. A meal will sustain you for a few hours, a good book will sustain you for life. Gabrielle Zevin

I know you did, lass. You're the toughest girl I know." "'Lass'? Where did that come from?" "I don't know. I just felt the urge to call you that. Gabrielle Zevin

Daddy once said, "If you don't know what you believe, Annie, you'll be a lost soul. Gabrielle Zevin

Intimacy doesn't have all that much to do with backseats of cars. Real intimacy is brushing your teeth together. Gabrielle Zevin

The things we respond to at twenty are not necessarily the same things we will respond to at forty and vice versa. This is true in books and also in life Gabrielle Zevin

It's when you don't need something that you tend to lose it. Gabrielle Zevin

Someday, we"ll run into each other again, I know it. Maybe I"ll be older and smarter and just plain better. If that happens, that's when I"ll deserve you. But now, at this moment, you ca' hook your boat to mine, because I'm liable to sink us both. Gabrielle Zevin

But I believe good things happen everyday. I believe good things happen even when bad things happen. And I believe on a happy day like today, we can still feel a little sad. And that's life, isn't it? Gabrielle Zevin

Wounds are like water set to boil - they heal best left unwatched... Gabrielle Zevin

For the record, I have long suspected that my favorite book is actually 'Charlotte's Web.' Gabrielle Zevin

The words you can't find, you borrow. Gabrielle Zevin

People, you'll find, aren't usually all good or bad. Sometimes they're just a little bit good and a whole lot bad. And sometimes they're mostly good with a dash of bad. And most of us, well, we fall in the middle somewhere. Gabrielle Zevin

My beautiful Win. I wanted to kiss him on every last broken place, but his mother and my lawyer were there. So, instead I started to cry. Gabrielle Zevin

I shouldn't have done that," I said. That was when I kissed him again. May God forgive me for this and all these things I've done. Gabrielle Zevin

Well, for one, you have to remember not to scream. Once you have their attention, whispering is much more effective. Screaming ghosts scare people, you know Gabrielle Zevin

Chocolate doesn't solve everything, Nana." "It solves a whole heck of a lot, though. Gabrielle Zevin

You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What is your favorite book? Gabrielle Zevin

What are you reading?" Owen asks. "Charlotte's Web," Liz says. "It's really sad. One of the main characters just died." "You ought to read the book from end to beginning," Owen jokes. "That way, no one dies, and it's always a happy ending. Gabrielle Zevin

Each period had required me to be a slightly different person, and that was exhausting. I wondered if school had always felt this way and whether it was like this for everone. Gabrielle Zevin

But in my defense, I knew enough about her to know I wanted to know everything else; I knew as much about her as she wanted me to know; I knew as much about her as anyone ever knows about anyone. And isn't love just curiosity at the beginning anyway? Gabrielle Zevin

You can't avoid orphan stories, child. Every story is an orphan story. We are all orphaned sooner or later. Gabrielle Zevin

I myself am mixed race - my mother is Korean, and my father is an American Jew - so I've always felt other. Gabrielle Zevin

I think you can do a lot, like describing people with their physical characteristics, things like that, but to me, I've always found it to be a much more informative question to ask somebody what they read. Gabrielle Zevin

When I first started writing, I used to listen to music all the time because it would make time pass more quickly. And then I started to wonder if the music wasn't affecting my writing in ways that I didn't necessarily intend. Gabrielle Zevin

You tell a kid he doesn't like to read, and he'll believe you Gabrielle Zevin

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