Alice Hoffman

«He stepped off the pavement like a man jumping off a bridge, as calm as a swimmer with an ocean out below. Lucy had known what he was going to do the instant their eyes met. She'd know what he intended because she would have done the very same thing if she'd had his courage. Nothing was going to break his fall.»

Alice Hoffman


«Interesting, but she could see that the boy didn't have a single lie in him. A very rare condition, especially for the male of the species.»

Alice Hoffman


«When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure.»

Alice Hoffman


«She had been grief stricken as her father lay dying but now she felt weightless, the way people do when they're no longer sure they have a reason to be connected to this world. The slightest breeze could have carried her away, into the night sky, across the universe.»

Alice Hoffman


«What was desire anyway, when examined in the clear light of day? Was it the way a woman searched for her clothes in the morning, or the manner in which a man might watch her sit before the mirror and comb her hair? Was it a pale November dawn, when ice formed on windowpanes and crows called from the bare black trees? Or was it the way a person might yield to the night, setting forth on a path so unexpected that daylight would never again be completely clear?»

Alice Hoffman


«I loved him even now, as he took a knife to my throat, as I drowned in blood, as I whispered "Cousin, you were wrong. We were born to live.»

Alice Hoffman


«Jill and I have known each other our whole lives. One house separates our houses but we act as if it doesn't exist. We met before we were born and we'll probably still know each other after we die. At least, that's the way we're planning it.»

Alice Hoffman


«It was amazing how many colors there were, all running into the gutter in a stream: a dozen shades of blue, twenty different reds, and all that black soot, like a nightmare given form, the insides of a heart, destroyed so easily, done away with before anyone could stop the damage, or salvage what was lost, or even try to save him.»

Alice Hoffman


«My grief was cold. It was nothing to share. It was nothing to speak about, nothing to feel.»

Alice Hoffman


«But what we are given is taken as well, so that we know God's glory comes to us from His will alone.»

Alice Hoffman


«Unrequited love is so boring. Weeping under a blue-black sky is for suckers or maniacs.»

Alice Hoffman


«Children would beg for a peppermint drop each time he walked into town, and they'd follow behind, asking for a second and a third. When he died suddenly, while working late at his office, every boy and girl in the village reported smelling mint in the night air, as if somehing sweet had passed them right by.»

Alice Hoffman


«He wanted pain, I saw that in him, and what a man wants he will often manage to find.»

Alice Hoffman


«Our rest is formed by our waking life and our waking life is formed by our sorrows.»

Alice Hoffman


«When I walk, I walk with you. Where I go, you're with me always.»

Alice Hoffman


«For six months I did what women do: I waited. This is what women are taught to be good at. It's said that a woman's life is merely preparation for the primal nine-month wait. Whatever the reason, they do it well. Sometimes they drink or bite their fingernails down to the wrist. They count stars and initials and wait: for something to happen, for something to pass, to change, to begin, to end.»

Alice Hoffman


«Some things, when they change, never do return to the way they once were. Butterflies for instance, and women who've been in love with the wrong man too often.»

Alice Hoffman


«But now I understood that, although words were God's first creation, silence was closer to His divine spirit, and that prayers given in silence were infinitely greater than the thousands of words men might offer up to heaven.»

Alice Hoffman


«Is it not beautiful?“ I said of the world around us.»

Alice Hoffman


«Before she can stop herself, she thinks about desire, how it lives within you and yet is separate, surfacing when it chooses, without permission, in the harsh afternoon light, at the moment when you least expect to find it.»

Alice Hoffman


«He started to look at me in a manner I recognized: it was the way I looked at a new book, one I had never read before, one that surprised me with all it had to say.»

Alice Hoffman


«They weren't true stories; they were better than that.»

Alice Hoffman


«Every problem has a solution, although it may not be the outcome that was originally hoped for or expected.»

Alice Hoffman


«They sealed this promise by hooking pinkies, the way they used to, long ago, when promises didn't hurt as much.»

Alice Hoffman


«I knew what it was to yearn for a life so distant it seemed that it had never been anything more than a dream.»

Alice Hoffman


«If she wanted to enter an otherworld, all she had to do was open a novel.»

Alice Hoffman


«My mother was teaching me that the inside of something was not necessarily its outside. Always look carefully, she told me. Look with more than your eyes.»

Alice Hoffman


«Still, she knows one thing for certain: never judge a relationship unless you are the one wrapped up in its arms.»

Alice Hoffman


«what was a rose but the living proof of desire, the single best evidence of human longing and earthly devotion. but desire could be twisted,after all, and Jealousy was the name of the rose that did well in arid souls.»

Alice Hoffman


«...he had a way of taking your hand which made it clear he'd have to be the one to let go."»

Alice Hoffman