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Alice Hoffman Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alice Hoffman.

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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'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

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

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 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

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

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

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'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

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

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 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 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

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

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

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves
and our own self-preservation,
we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
- Joseph Campbell

Do not quit!
Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the
towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes
along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Never quit.
- Anonymous

Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

Most people give up just when
they're about to achieve success.
They quit on the one yard line.
They give up at the last minute of the game,
one foot from a winning touch down.
- Ross Perot

Winners never quit and quitters never win.
- Vince Lombardi

Success seems to be connected with action.
Successful people keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

Don't quit.
- Anonymous

Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up.
Perhaps you will need to change your plan
and approach you goal from a different direction, but don't quit.
Keep thinking. Keep re-planning. Keep going.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Quit worrying about your health.
It will go away.
- Robert Orben

You can never quit.
Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
- Ted Turner

Suicide is man's way of telling God,
"You can't fire me -
I quit."
- Bill Maher

Take everything easy and quit dreaming and brooding
and you will be well guarded from a thousand evils.
- Amy Lowell

I quit high school on my birthday.
It was my senior year and I didn't see the point.
This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.
- Barry White

Feeling good about government is like looking on the
bright side of any catastrophe.
When you quit looking on the bright side,
the catastrophe is still there.
- P. J. O'Rourke

It's always too early to quit.
- Norman Vincent Peale

When I was 19, I made my first good week's pay as a club musician.
It was enough money for me to quit my job at the factory
and still pay the rent and buy some food.
I freaked.
- Billy Joel

I quit my band in New York City in 1969 and I got really angry at them.
I got angry at one of my guitar players and I dove
over the drum set and we got into a fight.
- Steven Tyler

You always say 'I'll quit when I start to slide',
and then one morning you wake up and realize you've done slid.
- Sugar Ray Robinson

One of my resolutions is to quit smoking.
I've tried for the past two years, but this year I
am going to stick with it.
- John Oldham

My mother was in vaudeville, but after she had her children,
she quit working.
- Dean Stockwell

The last few years I've been saying I was ready to quit.
It wasn't that interesting to me.
Now that I'm directing, it's all new again.
- Denzel Washington

It's a little like wrestling a gorilla.
You don't quit when you're tired - you quit when the gorilla is tired.
- Robert Strauss

I never want to quit playing ball.
They'll have to cut this uniform off of me to get me out of it.
- Roy Campanella

A man desires praise that he may be reassured,
that he may be quit of his doubting of himself;
he is indifferent to applause when he is confident of success.
- Alec Waugh

Acting for me is not a bad habit like smoking that
I must make an effort to quit.
I love acting; I love directing.
- Joan Chen

My mother and father, Joe and Theresa Montana brought
me along and taught me to never quit,
and to strive to be the best.
- Joe Montana

I didn't quit movies.
They quit me.
- Jane Powell

Once you are hooked, smoking is harder to quit then heroin.
- Loni Anderson

Iron Maiden is an institution, and I'm delighted that I'm involved in it,
but there was a time that I wasn't delighted so I quit.
- Bruce Dickinson

I never read Playboy before I started working there
and stopped reading it the day I quit.
- Harold Ramis

I want freedom and I realize that the only way to get
it is to quit breaking the law.
- Gary Gilmore

I will work on Invincible until I am made to quit.
- Robert Kirkman

You're never a loser until you quit trying.
- Mike Ditka

Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it.
- William Feather

Quit now, you'll never make it.
If you disregard this advice, you'll be halfway there.
- David Zucker

Quit shouting those rerun songs at me.
- Wesley Willis

Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes


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