Someone once said anyone can be great under rosy circumstances, but the true test of character is measured by how well a person makes decisions during difficult times.

— Jack Gantos

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I want you to take a sleeve of Thin Mints and line them up on the edge of the kitchen counter and when I'm hungry I can just bend over and sweep a cookie into my mouth like I'm scoring a goal in hockey.


You gotta face the hand you're dealt with and deal with it, and make your problems be the smallest part of who you are.


Since I was trying so hard to make books lead my life, I didn’t want to read them and then just put them back on the shelf and say, “good book,” as if I was patting a good dog. I wanted books to change me, and I wanted to write books that would change others.


You know, Joey, the medication has helped settle you down, but you have been a good kid all along. You are naturally good. I hope you know that about yourself. You have a good heart.


Don't ever forget your history," she sang, "or any wicked soul can lie to you and get away with it.


Because each book has its own special perfume.


...who proved that you don't have to do what your parents want, or what your boyfriend wants, for you to be happy. You just have to be yourself, for there is no love greater than self love


When Patti Fox broke up with me, I typed her name over a thousand times on my manual Olivetti until the entire page was beaten into a stiff sheet of black ink.


If you have an orderly mind, you'll be a winner no matter where you end up.

If your mind is a jumble of junk, you'll be a loser. It's as simple as that.


It's like when you read a book and you know that the words are important, but the images blossoming in your imagination are even more important because it's your mind that allows the words to come to life.


Each time I read a book, I cataloged the parts that struck me dumb with envy and admiration for their beauty and power and truth.


Don't ever go to war. Even if you win, the battle is never over inside you.


About Jack Gantos

Quotes 14 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday July 2, 1951

You can't do anything for a person who is stuck between being happy and being miserable. All you can do is get trapped in the middle, and anyone in the middle just gets squished.' -Grandma

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