Jennifer Donnelly

«History is fiction.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«Hope is the crystal meth of emotions. It hooks you fast and kills you hard.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«But eating was the last thing on my mind. And I didn't see how Miss Wilcox could eat, or teach, or sleep or ever find any reason to leave this room. Not with all these books in it, just begging to be read.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«Right now I want a word that describes the feeling that you get--a cold sick feeling, deep down inside--when you know something is happening that will change you, and you don't want it to, but you can't stop it. And you know, for the first time, for the very first time, that there will now be a»

Jennifer Donnelly


«One expects decent people to stand up for the good of all. Decent people shut their doors and hide behind them as decent people do. Massacres could never happen if it weren't for decent people.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«You can't argue with the dead, no matter what you say, they always have the last word.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«Because beautiful things never last. Not roses nor snow… And not fireworks, either»

Jennifer Donnelly


«And then I remember this morning and I wonder if it really happened or if I dreamed it. It was nice. And weird. And tender. I'm not used to tender. It's a fossil, that word. Conditions changed and it died out. Like the woolly mammoth. It just couldn't live in the same world as dick box. Ho dog. Or wiener cousins.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«I think your vision gets better as you get older.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«Most of the mess that is called history comes about because kings and presidents cannot be satisfied with a nice chicken and a good loaf of bread.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«Well, it seems to me that there are books that tell stories, and then there are books that tell truths... The first kind, they show you life like you want it to be. With villains getting what they deserve and the hero seeing what a fool he's been and marrying the heroine and happy endings and all that... But the second kind, they show you life more like it is... The first kind makes you cheerful and contented, but the second kind shakes you up.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«I have done this—made the sad prince laugh. Made his grieving parents smile. None but me. Think you only kings have power? Stand on a stage and hold the hearts of men in your hands. Make them laugh with a gesture, cry with a word. Make them love you. And you will know what power is.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«He who cannot endure the bad will not live to see the good.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«When you can write music that endures, bravo. Until then, keep quiet and study the work of those who can.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«I play until my fingers are blue and stiff from the cold, and then I keep on playing. Until I'm lost in the music. Until I am the music--notes and chords, the melody and harmony. It hurts, but it's okay because when I'm the music, I'm not me. Not sad. Not afraid. Not desperate. Not guilty.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«As I nodded and smiled and»

Jennifer Donnelly


«I don't like hope very much. In fact, I hate it. It's the crystal meth of emotions. It hooks you fast and kills you hard. It's bad news. The worst. It's sharp sticks and cherry bombs. When hope shows up, it's only a matter of time until someone gets hurt.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«It has an L on it. L for love. See? It's the key to the universe, Dad. You said you were looking for it. You told Mom you were. I found it for you so you don't have to look anymore. So you can come home at night.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«The greenest of pastures are right here on earth.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«DNA tells you all the secrets of life,’ he used to say. Except for one—how to live it.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«There were times when I lifted my face to the sky, stretched my arms wide to the winter night, and laughed out loud, so happy was I.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«It's a good thing you and your pills weren't around a few hundred years ago or there never would have been a Vermeer or a Caravaggio. You'd have drugged "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "The Taking of Christ" right the hell out of them.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«On those nights, the words were for me alone. They came up unbidden from my heart. They spilled over my tongue and spilled out my mouth. And because of them, I, who was nothing and nobody, was a prince of Denmark, a maid of Verona, a queen of Egypt. I was a sour misanthrope, a beetling hypocrite, a conjurer's daughter, a mad and murderous king.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«Together in our house, in the firelight, we are the world made small.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«What I saw next stopped me dead in my tracks. Books. Not just one or two dozen, but hundreds of them. In crates. In piles on the floor. In bookcases that stretched from floor to ceiling and lined the entire room. I turned around and around in a slow circle, feeling as if I'd just stumbled into Ali Baba's cave. I was breathless, close to tears, and positively dizzy with greed.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«...Listen to your own thoughts and feelings very carefully, be aware of your observations, and learn to value them. When you're a teenager—and even when you're older—lots of people will try to tell you what to think and feel. Try to stand still inside all of that and hear your own voice. It's yours and only yours, it's unique and worth of your attention, and if you cultivate it properly, it might just make you a writer.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«History is a Rorschach test, people. What you see when you look at it tells you as much about yourself as it does about the past.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«You should spend more time reading the Good Book and less reading all those novels. What are you going to tell the Lord on Judgement Day when He asks you why you didn't read your bible? Hmm?"»

Jennifer Donnelly


«Had you but seen it, I promise you, your high-minded principles would have melted like candle wax. Never would you have wished such beauty away.»

Jennifer Donnelly