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American author (1950- )

If you just sit around praying, nothing gets done.


Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.


Marriage is a land mine. A really intimate land mine. Adultery to kitchen fires. Never a dull [moment].


I guess money can't buy happiness if you shop in the wrong places.


Ideas are infinite—writers are hardwired to think that way. We keep it fresh by using new people, mixing character types and putting them in a different setting. It's always the first book all over again, but one idea can be told a thousand different ways. There are 88 keys on the piano, but you can make an infinite amount of music from those keys.

NORA ROBERTS, Time Magazine, Nov. 29, 2007

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer's always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.

NORA ROBERTS, Tears of the Moon

Men didn't respect beauty ... they used it.


Two women can't share a house comfortably, no matter how fond they might be of each other. It's got to be one woman's kitchen.


Retirement wasn't a reward at the end of a well-run career ... it was a void surrounded by endless dull hours, haunted by memories of work.


Love is not enough. But, it is the rock on which all else stands.

NORA ROBERTS, Blood Brothers

I was educated by the nuns. Guilt and discipline — combine those and you’ll be pretty productive.

NORA ROBERTS, Washington Post, Apr. 16, 2012

Feeling too much is a hell of a lot better than feeling nothing.

NORA ROBERTS, Midnight Bayou

Do you know how many ways love can hit you? So it makes you happy, or miserable? It makes you sick in the belly or hurt in the heart. It makes everything brighter and sharper, or it blurs all the edges. It makes you feel like a king or a fool. Every way love can hit you, it's hit me when it comes to you.


They think they are all about naked pirates or whatever; they don't realise that a lot of us grew up on fairytales, but we did not grow up waiting for the prince and the pumpkin. Women are not idiots. We know the difference between reality and fiction, but we need to look for someone who compliments us, who we love, who treats us with respect and affection.

NORA ROBERTS, Herald Sun, Nov. 27, 2010

I had the blood and fire rule when my boys were young. You know, unless it's blood or fire, don't bother me.

NORA ROBERTS, The Observer, Nov. 19, 2011

Life is like a moustache. It can be wonderful or terrible. But it always tickles.

NORA ROBERTS, From the Heart

Some things in life are out of your control. You can make it a party or a tragedy.

NORA ROBERTS, Vision in White

It's hard to resist a bad boy who's a good man.

NORA ROBERTS, Happy Ever After

Romance gets disparaged for the happy endings. But all genres have expectations and all genres require narrative resolution. But it's disparaged because it's happy. And if it was important, it would be tragic. Which is bullshit! Look at Much Ado About Nothing – everybody is happy!

NORA ROBERTS, The Observer, Nov. 19, 2011

What is technology?... It's another god.

NORA ROBERTS, Morrigan's Cross

When I started out I just wanted to write books. I still do. It’s the best job in the world for so many reasons. I wanted the thrill of seeing my books on the shelves in bookstores. I still do. The idea of someone reading my work, enjoying it was just amazing—and it still is. The bar rises, and that’s a good thing. It pushes us to write smarter, write better, to dig deeper creatively. The bestseller lists, the awards, the sales or movies, they’re all really delicious icing. But the work—the stories, the books—that’s the cake. Too much icing without a really good, solid cake? It’s going to make you fat, lazy and maybe a little bit sick. It’s always about the cake first.

NORA ROBERTS, inReads interview, Oct. 5, 2011

If you love someone, when it's the most real, the most important thing in your life, it's not enough to coast. You need to dig in those footers, start building on that base. You want something to last, you put your back into it.


A woman who can threaten your life before breakfast is the only sort of woman worth having.


Half full, half empty, what the hell difference does it make? If there's something in the damn glass, drink it.


I've found out that falling in love doesn't have anything to do with time. It can take a year or an instant. It happens when it's ready to happen.

NORA ROBERTS, The Calhouns

Sometimes a wind comes up, blows you off course. You’re not ready for it, but if you’re lucky, you end up in a more interesting place than you’d planned.

NORA ROBERTS, The Calhouns

Good fiction creates its own reality.

NORA ROBERTS, The Stanislaski Brothers

I don't think I am a traditional romantic who thinks about candlelight dinners and wonders if my husband is going to bring me flowers, though I'm delighted if he does. I'm more practical-minded. I find it incredibly romantic that my husband does the dishes.

NORA ROBERTS, Time Magazine, Nov. 29, 2007

Sometimes we hurt more for what might have been than for what is.

NORA ROBERTS, Carnal Innocence

The wounded recognized the wounded.

NORA ROBERTS, Rising Tides

A relationship isn't something that has to be created in a day or perfected in a day. Part of the game is to keep working on it. It's something that'll always be just a little flawed.

NORA ROBERTS, Summer Desserts


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