I have always had a sense that we are all pretty much alone in life, particularly in adolescence.
Affection is one of the most neglected words in the English language, that people throw the word love around like confetti when they mean affection.
Why did the wise guys always accuse other people of being wise guys?
I don't mean to be insolent. I'm truthful. I tell the truth and the truth sometimes hurts. For instance, you have bad breath, Lieutenant. I can smell it from here. It must offend a lot of people. That's the truth. But how many people have told you that? Instead, they either lie or try to avoid your company.
And he did see--that life was rotten, that there were no heroes, really, and that you couldn't trust anybody, not even yourself.
There are moments that stop the heart, that catch the breath, that halt the beat of blood in your veins, and you are suspended in time, held between life and death, and you wait for something to bring you back again.
My dream was to be known as a writer and to be able to produce at least one book that would be read by people. That dream came true with the publication of my first novel - and all the rest has been a sweet bonus.
The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile.
I had my bully, and it was excruciating. Not only the bully, but the intimidation I felt.
I've had aunts and uncles who not only haven't read my books but could hardly believe that I was a writer.
Last Update: 25 October 2021
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