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Katherine Paterson Quote: “A dream without a plan is just a wish.”

A dream without a plan is just a wish.

— Katherine Paterson



Katherine Paterson Quote: “A library is a feast to which we are all invited.”

A library is a feast to which we are all invited.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “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.”

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.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “Reading can be a road to freedom or a key to a secret garden, which, if tended, will transform all of life.”

Reading can be a road to freedom or a key to a secret garden, which, if tended, will transform all of life.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.”

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “I guess real maturity, which most of us never achieve, is when you realize that you’re not the center of the universe.”

I guess real maturity, which most of us never achieve, is when you realize that you’re not the center of the universe.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “One thing living in Japan did for me was to make me feel that what is left out of a work of art is as important as, if not more important than, what is put in.”

One thing living in Japan did for me was to make me feel that what is left out of a work of art is as important as, if not more important than, what is put in.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “I cannot, will not, withhold from my young readers the harsh realities of human hunger and suffering and loss, but neither will I neglect to plant that stubborn seed of hope that has enabled our race to outlast wars and famines and the destruction of death.”

I cannot, will not, withhold from my young readers the harsh realities of human hunger and suffering and loss, but neither will I neglect to plant that stubborn seed of hope that has enabled our race to outlast wars and famines and the destruction of death.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading.”

It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “Peace is not won by those who fiercely guard their differences, but by those who with open minds and hearts seek out connections.”

Peace is not won by those who fiercely guard their differences, but by those who with open minds and hearts seek out connections.

— Katherine Paterson



Katherine Paterson Quote: “Everything comes in useful once in a hundred years.”

Everything comes in useful once in a hundred years.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “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.”

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.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “She had tricked him. She had made him leave his old self behind and come into her world, and then before he was really at home in it but too late to go back, she had left him stranded there – like an astronaut wandering about on the moon. Alone.”

She had tricked him. She had made him leave his old self behind and come into her world, and then before he was really at home in it but too late to go back, she had left him stranded there – like an astronaut wandering about on the moon. Alone.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “It’s like the smarter you are, the more things can scare you.”

It’s like the smarter you are, the more things can scare you.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “My heart is heavy, she thought. It’s not just a saying. It is what is – heavy, a great stone lodged in my breast, pressing down my whole being. How can I even stand straight and look out upon the world? I am doubled over into myself and, for all the weight, find only emptiness.”

My heart is heavy, she thought. It’s not just a saying. It is what is – heavy, a great stone lodged in my breast, pressing down my whole being. How can I even stand straight and look out upon the world? I am doubled over into myself and, for all the weight, find only emptiness.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “I know a movie and a book are two different things and you are going do different media in different ways. No author can want a movie to be exactly like the book because then it will be a bad movie.”

I know a movie and a book are two different things and you are going do different media in different ways. No author can want a movie to be exactly like the book because then it will be a bad movie.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “Everybody gets scared sometimes, May Belle. You don’t have to be ashamed.”

Everybody gets scared sometimes, May Belle. You don’t have to be ashamed.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “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.”

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.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “Sitting in cold wet britches for an hour was no fun even in a magic kingdom.”

Sitting in cold wet britches for an hour was no fun even in a magic kingdom.

— Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson Quote: “You never know ahead of time what something’s really going to be like.”

You never know ahead of time what something’s really going to be like.

— Katherine Paterson


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