GAIL CARSON LEVINE QUOTES

American author (1947- )

Gail Carson Levine quote

There's nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you've read only once can't.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, Writing Magic

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Who judges the judge who judges wrong?

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, Fairest

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It is helpful to know the proper way to behave, so one can decide whether or not to be proper.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, Ella Enchanted

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In books and in life, you need to read several pages before someone's true character is revealed.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, attributed, "5 Lessons You Can Learn from Classic Novels"

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Crying is part of the adventure.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, The Two Princesses of Bamarre

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I love having written. Sometimes I love writing. I love to revise. Revising is my favorite part of writing.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, interview, Harper Collins

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Why do you keep reading a book? Usually to find out what happens. Why do you give up and stop reading it? There may be lots of reasons. But often the answer is you don't care what happens. So what makes the difference between caring and not caring? The author's cruelty. And the reader's sympathy ... it takes a mean author to write a good story.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, Writing Magic

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Kisses were better than potions.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, Fairest

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I had to share a room with my sister, who is five and a half years older than I am. We didn't get along well, and I felt that I had no privacy. So books were my privacy, because no one could join me in a book, no one could comment on the action or make fun of it. I used to spend hours reading in the bathroom -- and we only had one bathroom in our small apartment!

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, interview

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When you become a teenager, you step onto a bridge. You may already be on it. The opposite shore is adulthood. Childhood lies behind. The bridge is made of wood. As you cross, it burns behind you.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, Writing Magic

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I wished she'd never stop squeezing me. I wished I could spend the rest of my life as a child, being slightly crushed by someone who loved me.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, Ella Enchanted

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I'm more interested in plot than theme, but I hope my values find their way into my stories: kindness, sympathy, effort, and humor!

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, "Ask the Author: Gail Carson Levine", Goodreads

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I didn't think [Ella Enchanted] would get published. Everything I'd written till then had been rejected. If it was published, I thought it might sell a few thousand copies and go out of print. I thought if I was lucky I could write more books and get them published, too. I still pinch myself over the way things have worked out.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, "An interview with Gail Carson Levine", BookBrowse

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I was born singing. Most babies cry, I sang an aria.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, Fairest

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To me, merely and pretty were words that had nothing to do with each other. Pretty went with miraculously, and merely belonged in another paragraph entirely.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, Fairest

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When I was little I knew my father had been an orphan and had lived in an orphanage. I was curious, but my father wouldn't satisfy my curiosity. He told only one story about the orphanage, and that was of sneaking out and buying candy, which he sold to other orphans. He said he had a pretty good business going--till he was busted! I guess he told that anecdote because he was the hero of it and I suspect he was rarely the hero as a child, more often the victim. There's a photo of the actual orphanage on my website, and you can see it's a forbidding looking place.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, interview, Bookshop Talk, September 22, 2011

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I trust you to find the good in me, but the bad I must be sure you don't overlook.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, Ella Enchanted

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I didn't write professionally at first. It took me nine years to get anything published. At the beginning I mostly wrote picture books, which were rejected by every children's book publisher in America. The first book of mine to be accepted for publication was ELLA ENCHANTED, and not one but two publishers wanted it. That day, April 17, 1996, was one of the happiest in my life.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, email interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith, December 2000

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You're Only the fairest when your fairest to yourself.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, Fairest

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Writing is a weird thing because we can read, we know how to write a sentence. It's not like a trumpet where you have to get some skill before you can even produce a sound. It's misleading because it's hard to make stories. It seems like it should be easy to do but it's not. The more you write, the better you're going to get. Write and write and write. Try not to be hard on yourself.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE, interview, RIF Reading Planet

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