The name we give to something shapes our attitude toward it.— Katherine Paterson
The most sensitive Katherine Paterson quotes that will activate your inner potential
This is what art is all about. It is weaving fabric from the feathers you have plucked from your own breast. But no one must ever see the process - only the finished bolt of goods. They must never suspect that that crimson thread running through the pattern is blood.
To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.
Peace is not won by those who fiercely guard their differences, but by those who with open minds and hearts seek out connections.
It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading.
I love revision. Where else can spilled milk be turned into ice cream?
Reading can be a road to freedom or a key to a secret garden, which, if tended, will transform all of life.
I love to read. But I loved to read a lot longer than I started to love writing.
I love revisions...We can't go back and revise our lives, but being allowed to go back and revise what we have written comes closest.
More than fifty years ago Sputnik dramatically raised the nation's awareness of what was lacking in science and math education in America. What we need to wake people up to now is the crisis in imagination and concern for the greater good.
Shh" he said. "Look." "Where?" "Can't you see'um?" he whispered. "All the Terabithians standing on tiptoe to see you." "Me?" "Shh, yes. There's a rumor going around that the beautiful girl arrving today might be the queen they've been waiting for.
Children have to have access to books, and a lot of children can't go to a store and buy a book. We need not only our public libraries to be funded properly and staffed properly, but our school libraries. Many children can't get to a public library, and the only library they have is a school library.
A dream without a plan is just a wish
the reason God made February short a few days was because he knew that by the time people came to the end of it they would die if they had to stand one more blasted day.
February is just plain malicious. It knows your defenses are down.
It is not enough to simply teach children to read;
we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations- something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.
Sometimes it seemed to him that his life was delicate as a dandelion.
One little puff from any direction, and it was blown to bits.
Hope ... is not a feeling; it is something you do.
. . . Jess believed, that she thought he was the best. It was not the kind of best that counted either at school or at home, but it was a genuine kind of best. He kept the knowledge of it buried inside himself like a pirate treasure. He was rich, very rich, but no one could know about it for now except his fellow outlaw, Julia Edmunds.
On Decoration Day, while everyone else in town was at the cemetery decorating the graves of our Glorious War Dead, Willie Beaner and me, Robert Burns Hewitt, took Mabel Cramm's bloomers and run them up the flagpole in front of the town hall. That was the beginning of all my troubles.
Punch after punch after punch. February is a mean bully. Nothing could be worse - except August.
...those of us who write for children are called, not to do something to a child, but be someone for a child.
A library is a feast to which we are all invited.
Since my first novel was rescued from a slush pile, it makes me sad that most publishing houses no longer accept unsolicited manuscripts. Nor are many willing to take chances on novels that are not deemed immediately "marketable."
I can't believe there will ever be a time when the book is truly obsolete.
It is the perfect technology and feeds the soul.
A great novel is a kind of conversion experience. We come away from it changed.
What a gift of grace to be able to take the chaos from within and from it create some semblance of order.
Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility.
Reading has made such a profound difference to my life.
I'm sure I became a writer because of the power of literature in my own life.
If we marvel at the artist who has written a great book, we must marvel more at those people whose lives are works of art and who don't even know it, who wouldn't believe it if they were told. However hard work good writing may be, it is easier than good living.
I think if a book has the power to move a reader, it also has the power to offend a reader. And you want your books to have power, so you just have to take what comes with that.
That was the rule that you never mixed up troubles at home with life at school.
When parents were poor or ignorant or mean, or even just didn't believe in having a TV set, it was up to their kids to protect them.
You think it's so great to die and make everyone cry and carry on. Well it ain't.
We humans have had from time unknown the compulsion to name things and thus to be able to deal with them. The name we give to something shapes our attitude toward it. And in ancient thought the name itself has power, so that to know someone's name is to have a certain power over him. And in some societies, as you know, there was a public name and a real or secret name, which would not be revealed to others.
Words are humanity's greatest natural resource, but most of us have trouble figuring out how to put them together. Words aren't cheap. They are very precious.
If you're so afraid of your imagination that you stifle it, how are you going to know God? How can you imagine heaven?
Death is very mysterious to us. One moment someone is there with us, and the next moment they're not.
I do know that I need solitude, not only to write but to nourish myself (being, like most writers, an introvert) so that I do keep trying to write.
Youth is a mortal wound.
All of us can think of a book... that we hope none of our children or any other children have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf - that work I abhor - then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we have no books left on the shelf for any of us.
Mandarin ducks mate for life and will die of loneliness if separated from their chosen mate.
He may not have been born with guts, but he didn't have to die without them.
When my husband died, people kept telling me not to cry.
People kept trying to help me to forget. But I didn't want to forget. [...] So I realize, that if it's hard for me, how much harder it must be for you.
Reading asks that you bring your whole life experience and your ability to decode the written word and your creative imagination to the page and be a co-author with the writer, because the story is just squiggles on the page unless you have a reader.
What we need to wake people up to now is the crisis in imagination and concern for the greater good. We have no idea what the next ten years, much less the next fifty years, will demand of the coming generation. What we do know is that unless we have a people prepared and eager to meet those crises creatively and compassionately, there is not much hope for this poor old planet of ours.
I am called to listen to the sound of my own heart -- to write the story within myself that demands to be told at that particular point in my life. And if I do this faithfully, clothing that idea in the flesh of human experience and setting it in a true place, the sound from my heart will resound in the reader's heart.
We all learn here by the honorable path of horrible mistakes.
Teachers have almost stopped reading aloud to their classes because of the pressure of testing and tight curricula, but it is the books we read together and talk about together that bring us closer together.
You don't have to fight dragons to write books.
You just have to live deeply the life you've been given.
What I have come to believe is that joy is the twin sister of gratitude.
I am most joyful when I am most grateful.