Jodi Picoult

«If I have gained anything over these months, it is the knowledge there is no starting over- only living with the mistakes you've made.»

Jodi Picoult


«Goldfish get big enough only for the bowl you put them in. Bonsai trees twist in miniature. I would have given anything to keep her little. They outgrow us so much faster than we outgrow them.»

Jodi Picoult


«It never failed to amaze me how the most ordinary day could be catapulted into the extraordinary in the blink of an eye.»

Jodi Picoult


«The scariest thing in the world is thinking someone you love is going to die.»

Jodi Picoult


«The only monsters I have ever known were men.»

Jodi Picoult


«Was it the act of giving birth that made you a mother? Did you lose that label when you relinquished your child? If people were measured by their deeds, on the one hand, I had a woman who had chosen to give me up; on the other, I had a woman who'd sat up with me at night when I was sick as a child, who'd cried with me over boyfriends, who'd clapped fiercely at my law school graduation. Which acts made you more of a mother?»

Jodi Picoult


«I have always envied people who believe strongly in religion, people who could face a tragedy by praying and know that it would be all right.»

Jodi Picoult


«You know it's never fifty-fifty in a marriage. It's always seventy-thirty, or sixty-forty. Someone falls in love first. Someone puts someone else up on a pedestal. Someone works very hard to keep things rolling smoothly; someone else sails along for the ride.»

Jodi Picoult


«Go fuck yourself Judge."»

Jodi Picoult


«There are kinds of pain that you can't speak out loud.»

Jodi Picoult


«Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?»

Jodi Picoult


«A real friend isn't capable of feeling sorry for you.»

Jodi Picoult


«When you love someone, you say their name different. Like it's safe inside your mouth.»

Jodi Picoult


«She didn't like it when religious folks looked down on her for being an atheist; but to be honest, I didn't see how this was any different from the way she looked down on people for being Christians.»

Jodi Picoult


«It was a strange thing, to still be in love with your wife and to not know if you liked her. What would happen when this was all over? Could you forgive someone if she hurt you and the people you love, if she truly believed she was only trying to help?»

Jodi Picoult


«The person may have a scar, but it also means they have a story»

Jodi Picoult


«Into the silence rips a sound that makes me let go of Max's hand and cover my ears. It is like the strafe of a bullet, nails on a chalkboard, promises being broken. It's a note I have never heard - this chord of pure pain - and it takes a moment to realize it is coming from me.»

Jodi Picoult


«What he did was wrong. He doesn't deserve your love. But he does deserve your forgiveness, because otherwise he will grow like a weed in your heart until it's choked and overrun. The only person who suffers, when you squirrel away all that hate, is you.»

Jodi Picoult


«Is it a crime when you love someone so much that you can't stand the thought of them changing? Is it a crime when you love someone so much that you can't see clearly?»

Jodi Picoult


«No child really chooses his religion; it is just the luck of the draw which blanket of beliefs you are wrapped in.»

Jodi Picoult


«She shrugged. "You can be happy for someone else's good fortune, but that doesn't mean you forget your own bad luck.»

Jodi Picoult


«If you think about someone you've loved and lost, you are already with them. The rest is just details.»

Jodi Picoult


«Then Henry speaks again. "Did he do it?"»

Jodi Picoult


«because in the past words have only driven them apart.»

Jodi Picoult


«In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who lose a child.»

Jodi Picoult


«How could he convey to someone who'd never even met her the way she always smelled like rain, or how his stomach knotted up every time he saw her shake loose her hair from its braid? How could he describe how it felt when she finished his sentences, turnec the mug they were sharing so that her mouth landed where his had been? How did he explain the way they could be in a locker room, or underwater, or in the piney woods of Maine, bus as long as Em was with him, he was at home?»

Jodi Picoult


«Once you had put the pieces back together, even though you may look intact, you were never quite the same as you'd been before the fall.»

Jodi Picoult


«If she spoke, she would tell him the truth: she was not okay at all, but horribly empty, now that she knew what it was like to be filled.»

Jodi Picoult


«If you didn't remember something happening, was it because it never had happened? Or because you wished it hadn't?»

Jodi Picoult


«so familiar that you slide back to the place where you fit.»

Jodi Picoult