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Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Turn up for work. Discipline allows creative freedom. No discipline equals no freedom.”

Turn up for work. Discipline allows creative freedom. No discipline equals no freedom.

— Jeanette Winterson



Jeanette Winterson Quote: “In this life, you have to be your own hero.”

In this life, you have to be your own hero.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Happy Valentines Day to those who have found love, in whatever shape or form, and to those who are still hunting, don’t give up. If you feel bad, send yourself a card. You must be worth it.”

Happy Valentines Day to those who have found love, in whatever shape or form, and to those who are still hunting, don’t give up. If you feel bad, send yourself a card. You must be worth it.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world.”

Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “I don’t know which is worse: to be wrongfully accused or mistakenly understood.”

I don’t know which is worse: to be wrongfully accused or mistakenly understood.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it.”

Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Reading is a rendezvous with your soul.”

Reading is a rendezvous with your soul.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Tell me a story, Pew. What kind of story, child? A story with a happy ending. There’s no such thing in all the world. As a happy ending? As an ending.”

Tell me a story, Pew. What kind of story, child? A story with a happy ending. There’s no such thing in all the world. As a happy ending? As an ending.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “This hole in my heart is in the shape of you. No one else can fit it. Why would I want them to?”

This hole in my heart is in the shape of you. No one else can fit it. Why would I want them to?

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play. It’s the playing that’s irresistible. Dicing from one year to the next with the things you love, what you risk reveals what you value.”

You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play. It’s the playing that’s irresistible. Dicing from one year to the next with the things you love, what you risk reveals what you value.

— Jeanette Winterson



Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. What then kills love? Only this: Neglect.”

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. What then kills love? Only this: Neglect.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “There is no discovery without risk and what you risk reveals what you value.”

There is no discovery without risk and what you risk reveals what you value.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “When I look at my life I realise that the mistakes I have made, the things I really regret, were not errors of judgement but failures of feeling.”

When I look at my life I realise that the mistakes I have made, the things I really regret, were not errors of judgement but failures of feeling.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Life is so simple when you’re just doing your job.”

Life is so simple when you’re just doing your job.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Don’t regret your life, child, it will pass soon enough.”

Don’t regret your life, child, it will pass soon enough.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Trust me, I’m telling you stories.”

Trust me, I’m telling you stories.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Memory loss is one way of coping with damage.”

Memory loss is one way of coping with damage.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Books, for me, are a home. Books don’t make a home – they are one, in the sense that just as you do with a door, you open a book, and you go inside. Inside there is a different kind of time and a different kind of space.”

Books, for me, are a home. Books don’t make a home – they are one, in the sense that just as you do with a door, you open a book, and you go inside. Inside there is a different kind of time and a different kind of space.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Written on the body is a secret code only visible in certain lights; the accumulations of a lifetime gather there.”

Written on the body is a secret code only visible in certain lights; the accumulations of a lifetime gather there.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “The probability of separate worlds meeting is very small. The lure of it is immense. We send starships. We fall in love.”

The probability of separate worlds meeting is very small. The lure of it is immense. We send starships. We fall in love.

— Jeanette Winterson



Jeanette Winterson Quote: “In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.”

In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Darkness as well as light. Or do I mean darkness, another kind of light? Lucifer would say so, and I have a weakness for fallen angels.”

Darkness as well as light. Or do I mean darkness, another kind of light? Lucifer would say so, and I have a weakness for fallen angels.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “It is only habit and routine that makes the void look like purpose.”

It is only habit and routine that makes the void look like purpose.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Gambling is not a vice, it is an expression of our humanness. We gamble. Some do it at the gaming table, some do not. You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play.”

Gambling is not a vice, it is an expression of our humanness. We gamble. Some do it at the gaming table, some do not. You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Happy ending are only a pause. There are three kinds of big endings: Revenge. Tragedy. Forgiveness. Revenge and Tragedy often happen together. Forgiveness redeems the past. Forgiveness unblocks the future.”

Happy ending are only a pause. There are three kinds of big endings: Revenge. Tragedy. Forgiveness. Revenge and Tragedy often happen together. Forgiveness redeems the past. Forgiveness unblocks the future.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “What should I do about the wild and the tame? The wild heart that wants to be free, and the tame heart that wants to come home.”

What should I do about the wild and the tame? The wild heart that wants to be free, and the tame heart that wants to come home.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “No emotion is the final one.”

No emotion is the final one.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “I am a writer who happens to love women. I am not a lesbian who happens to write.”

I am a writer who happens to love women. I am not a lesbian who happens to write.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “It’s hard to remember that this day will never come again. That the time is now and the place is here and that there are no second chances at a single moment.”

It’s hard to remember that this day will never come again. That the time is now and the place is here and that there are no second chances at a single moment.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Only the impossible is worth the effort.”

Only the impossible is worth the effort.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “In the heat of her hands I thought, This is the campfire that mocks the sun.”

In the heat of her hands I thought, This is the campfire that mocks the sun.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “The only selfish life is a timid one.”

The only selfish life is a timid one.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “What is it that you contain? The Dead. Time. Light patterns of millennia. The expanding universe opening in your gut. Are your twenty-three feet of intestines loaded with stars?”

What is it that you contain? The Dead. Time. Light patterns of millennia. The expanding universe opening in your gut. Are your twenty-three feet of intestines loaded with stars?

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “I knew it like destiny, and at the same time, I knew it as choice.”

I knew it like destiny, and at the same time, I knew it as choice.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “I don’t want to eke out my life like a resource in short supply. The only selfish life is a timid one. To hold back, to withdraw, to keep the best in reserve, both overvalues the self, and undervalues what the self is.”

I don’t want to eke out my life like a resource in short supply. The only selfish life is a timid one. To hold back, to withdraw, to keep the best in reserve, both overvalues the self, and undervalues what the self is.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Why is the measure of love loss?”

Why is the measure of love loss?

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “When we let ourselves respond to poetry, to music, to pictures, we are clearing a space where new stories can root, in effect we are clearing a space for new stories about ourselves.”

When we let ourselves respond to poetry, to music, to pictures, we are clearing a space where new stories can root, in effect we are clearing a space for new stories about ourselves.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “The Humans is a laugh-and-cry book. Troubling, thrilling, puzzling, believable and impossible. Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin.”

The Humans is a laugh-and-cry book. Troubling, thrilling, puzzling, believable and impossible. Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “I think now that being free is not being powerful or rich or well regarded or without obligation but being able to love. To love someone else enough to forget about yourself even for one moment is to be free.”

I think now that being free is not being powerful or rich or well regarded or without obligation but being able to love. To love someone else enough to forget about yourself even for one moment is to be free.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “In therapy, the therapist acts as a container for what we daren’t let out, because it is so scary, or what lets itself out every so often, and lays waste to our lives.”

In therapy, the therapist acts as a container for what we daren’t let out, because it is so scary, or what lets itself out every so often, and lays waste to our lives.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Everyone who tells a story tells it differently, just to remind us that everybody sees it differently.”

Everyone who tells a story tells it differently, just to remind us that everybody sees it differently.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “You never give away your heart; you lend it from time to time. If it were not so, how could we take it back without asking?”

You never give away your heart; you lend it from time to time. If it were not so, how could we take it back without asking?

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “The body shuts down when it has too much to bear; goes its own way quietly inside, waiting for a better time, leaving you numb and half alive.”

The body shuts down when it has too much to bear; goes its own way quietly inside, waiting for a better time, leaving you numb and half alive.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “We don’t go to Shakespeare to find out about life in Elizabethan England; we go to Shakespeare to find out about ourselves now.”

We don’t go to Shakespeare to find out about life in Elizabethan England; we go to Shakespeare to find out about ourselves now.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “I don’t believe in happy endings.”

I don’t believe in happy endings.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “In the library I felt better, words you could trust and look at till you understood them, they couldn’t change half way through a sentence like people, so it was easier to spot a lie.”

In the library I felt better, words you could trust and look at till you understood them, they couldn’t change half way through a sentence like people, so it was easier to spot a lie.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown.”

To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “What I want does exist if I dare to find it...”

What I want does exist if I dare to find it...

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “I have a theory that every time you make an important choice, the part of you left behind continues the other life you could have had.”

I have a theory that every time you make an important choice, the part of you left behind continues the other life you could have had.

— Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson Quote: “Love demands expression. It will not stay still, stay silent, be good, be modest, be seen and not heard, no. It will break out in tongues of praise, the high note that smashes the glass and spills the liquid.”

Love demands expression. It will not stay still, stay silent, be good, be modest, be seen and not heard, no. It will break out in tongues of praise, the high note that smashes the glass and spills the liquid.

— Jeanette Winterson

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