38 Great Jodi Picoult Quotes

38 Great Jodi Picoult Quotes

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Jodi Picoult is an author from Long Island, New York. Since her writing career began in 1992 she has sold over 14 million copies of her books all over the world. In 2003 she was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction. She currently resides in Long Island and continues to write and publish books.

“A lie, as you probably know, has a taste all its own. Blocky and bitter and never quite right.”

“An oncology ward is a battlefield, and there are definite hierarchies of command. The patients, they’re the ones doing the tour of duty. The doctors breeze in and out like conquering
heroes, but they need to read your child’s chart to remember where they’ve left off from the previous visit. It is the nurses who are the seasoned sergeants — the ones who are there when
your baby is shaking with such a high fever she needs to be bathed in ice, the ones who can teach you how to flush a central venous catheter, or suggest which patient floor might still have
Popsicles left to be stolen, or tell you which dry cleaners know how to remove the stains of blood and chemotherapies from clothing. The nurses know the name of your daughter’s stuffed
walrus and show her how to make tissue paper flowers to twine around her IV stand. The doctor’s may be mapping out the war games, but it is the nurses who make the conflict bearable.”

“Clearly God was in some kind of mood on my birthday.”

“Did you ever think that maybe what you see isn’t really what’s true?”

“Envy, after all, comes from wanting something that isn’t yours. But grief comes from losing something you’ve already had.”

“Everyone deserves a happy ending.”

“Everyone has a book inside of them – but it doesn’t do any good until you pry it out.”

“Gay rights is not something most of us think about – because most of us happen to have been born straight.”

“He couldn’t live a life worth saving, and he couldn’t save a life worth living.”

“Here’s what no one ever tell you about lovev: it hurts, having your heart broken.”

“Home is not a place, but rather, the people you love.”

“I don’t believe in writer’s block. Think about it – when you were blocked in college and had to write a paper, didn’t it always manage to fix itself the night before the paper was due?
Writer’s block is having too much time on your hands.”

“I started writing when I had three kids under the age of 4. I used to write every ten minutes I got to sit in front of a computer. Now, when I have more time, I function the same way: if
it’s writing time, I write.”

“I think I have sort of gravitated toward issues that I don’t know the answers to, because that’s what’s more interesting for me to write.”

“I think there are readers out there and I don’t think the book is dead. And more importantly I don’t think readers have to choose between literary and commercial fiction.”

“I will say overwhelmingly what means so much more to me than the opinion of one reviewer are the letters I get from fans who tell me how a particular book has changed their life.”

“I write adult fiction, but a good 40 to 50 per cent of my readers are teenagers. I love that if they have to grow up and move past JK Rowling they can move to me. From Jo to Jodi!”

“If you didn’t remember something happening, was it because it never had happened? Or because you wished it hadn’t?”

“If you read the first page of one of my novels, I can guarantee that you will read the last one. This isn’t just social commentary. This is also about writing good page-turners. I want
people to keep reading.”

“I’m always writing, even when I’m not at my desk. I write on my hands. I used to write on my kids’ hands, too, but they don’t let me any more. When I’m driving I sometimes write all the way
up my arms.”

“Is it really worth dying for the person you love?”

“It feels like a punch. Tears fill my eyes, and I wonder how I could be upset over losing something I never had.”

“It takes two people to make a friendship work.”

“I’ve been an idiot to think that real life could have a happy ending.”

“Like a missing tooth, sometimes an absence is more noticeable than a presence.”

“Love is a tidal wave – not because it sweeps you off your feet, but because it pulls you down and drowns you.”

“My first job was as an assistant in the local library. Self-fulfilling prophecy?”

“My friends say I have two speeds: fast and blistering.”

“People are always afraid of the unknown – and banding together against the Thing That Is Different From Us is a time-honoured tradition for rallying the masses.”

“Read a ton. Take a workshop course so you learn to give and get criticism.”

“There’s that unwritten schism that literary writers get all the awards and commericals writers get all the success.”

“Until this moment, I had not realized that someone could break your heart twice, along the very same fault lines.”

“What if instead of focusing on what you don’t have, you concentrate on what you’ve got?”

“When I think about writers who use fiction as social commentary and to raise social awareness but who are also very popular, I think of Dickens.”

“When you have been burned by a fire once, you don’t leap into flames again.”

“Writing is total grunt work. A lot of people think it’s all about sitting and waiting for the muse. I don’t buy that. It’s a job. There are days when I really want to write, days when I
don’t. Every day I sit down and write.”

“You can make it dark, but I can’t make it light.”

“You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”