I attended the University of Louisville my freshman year, transferred to what was then Western Kentucky State Teachers College for my sophomore and junior years, and then graduated from the University of Louisville in the summer of 1961.— Sue Grafton
The most sentimental Sue Grafton quotes that are free to learn and impress others
Train yourself to listen to that small voice that tells us what's important and what's not.
God save us from the people who want to do what's best for us.
You can’t save others from themselves because those who make a perpetual muddle of their lives don’t appreciate your interfering with the drama they’ve created. They want your poor-sweet-baby sympathy, but they don’t want to change.
We all need to look into the dark side of our nature - that's where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we're busy denying.
Ideas are easy. It's the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.
I was an English major in college with minors in Fine Arts and Humanities.
Kinsey was never a lawyer. She's strictly blue collar.
Except for cases that clearly involve a homicidal maniac, the police like to believe murders are committed by those we know and love, and most of the time they're right - a chilling thought when you sit down to dinner with a family of five. All those potential killers passing their plates.
I love being single. It's almost like being rich.
I've never known anyone yet who doesn't suffer a certain restlessness when autumn rolls around... We're all eight years old again and anything is possible.
When all else fails, cleaning house is the perfect antidote to most of life's ills.
No one with a happy childhood ever amounts to much in this world.
They are so well adjusted, they never are driven to achieve anything.
I know there are people who believe you should forgive and forget.
For the record, I'd like to say I'm a big fan of forgiveness as long as I'm given the opportunity to get even first.
The hard thing about death is that nothing ever changes.
The hard thing about life is that nothing stays the same.
People talk about dysfunctional families; I've never seen any other kind.
I hate nature. I really do. Nature is composed entirely of sticks, dirt, fall-down places, biting and stinging things, and savageries too numerous to list. And I'm not the only one who feels this way. Man has been building cities since the year oughty-ought, just to get away from this stuff.
People who've had happy childhoods are wonderful, but they're bland.
.. An unhappy childhood compels you to use your imagination to create a world in which you can be happy. Use your old grief. That's the gift you're given.
In my opinion, there's no condition in life that can't be ameliorated by a dose of junk food.
All of us are subjected to somebody else's power at some point.
So once in a while you kiss ass. So what? Either you make your peace with that early, or you end up living your life as a crank and a misfit.
People in California seem to age at a different rate than the rest of the country. Maybe it's the passion for diet and exercise, maybe the popularity of cosmetic surgery. Or maybe we're afflicted with such a horror of aging that we've halted the process psychically.
My job as the writer is to fool you. Your job as the reader is to see if you can catch me at it.
Some people can't see the color red. That doesn't mean it isn't there.
My primary lesson, however, was that I'm a solo writer, happiest when I'm making all the executive decisions. I've always been willing to rise or fall on my own merits.
Writing is self-taught. Consulting other people only teaches you to depend on their reactions, which may or may not be legitimate. Quit looking for approval ... Learn to evaluate your own work with a dispassionate eye ... the lessons you acquire will be all the more valuable because you've mastered your craft from within.
The critical lessons in life hold sway whether you like it or not.
After my years in Hollywood, I got tired of apologizing for work that really wasn't mine to begin with.
Having reached the halfway mark in the alphabet, my prime focus is on writing each new book as well as I can.
Ghosts don't haunt us. That's not how it works. They're present among us because we won't let go of them." "I don't believe in ghosts," I said, faintly. "Some people can't see the color red. That doesn't mean it isn't there," she replied.
I focus on the writing and let the rest of the process take care of itself.
I've learned to trust my own instincts and I've also learned to take risks.
Society values cooperation over independence, obedience over individuality, and niceness above all else.
Pay minimum wage, you get minimum work. Nobody seems to get that.
I spent the first twenty years of my writing career preparing for the mystery genre, which is my favorite literary form.
The character of Rosie is based on a woman who used to live in the same apartment building I lived in many years ago. She's taken on a life of her own, of course.
If you're unhappy, change something.
The memory is like orbiting twin stars, one visible, one dark, the trajectory of what's evident forever affected by the gravity of what's concealed.
The Jungian therapist taught me the difference between the ego and the shadow.
I realized I'd been so busy being a good girl that I'd completely detached from my shadow. It's something we all have, and it's where all the creative juices are.
Emotion doesn't travel in a straight line.
Like water, our feelings trickle down through cracks and crevices, seeking out the little pockets of neediness and neglect, the hairline fractures in our character usually hidden from public view.
My notion of an elegant table is you don't leave the knife sticking out of the mayonnaise jar.
There was an author who titled his books by days of the weeks and another one that used colors. Then there was Edward Gorey who wrote the book The Gashlycrumb Tinies, about the untimely death of 26 Victorian children, each representing a letter of the alphabet. I thought what a great way to link the titles.
Everything happens for a reason, but that doesn't mean there's a point.
Poise and indifference so often look the same.
I think you'd best make your peace with the past since you've come this far.
I think you know by now that you won't go back again.
I read the paper every day. There are certain subjects that will catch my attention. I have an entire file of articles. Of course I make up the story, especially since most criminals are not very smart and fictional crime must be clever. I have to make sure the story I am telling is interesting and realistic. In this book I went on line and found out the manners of codes. I thought it interesting to use them as a jumping off point.
It is a truth of human nature that we can ponder life's mysteries for only so long before we lose interest and move on to something else.
Ghosts don't haunt us. That's not how it works. They're present among us because we won't let go of them.
Smile. It gives your face something to do.
There are laws for everything except the harm families do.
grief is an illness I can't recover from.
There is no sound so terrible as a man's sorrow for his own death.