Katherine Paterson Quotes.

1. "Reading can be a road to freedom or a key to a secret garden, which, if tended, will transform all of life."
- Quote by Katherine Paterson

2. "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."
- Quote by Katherine Paterson

3. "All of us can think of a book... that we hope none of our children or any other children have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf - that work I abhor - then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we have no books left on the shelf for any of us."
- Quote by Katherine Paterson

4. "The wonderful thing about books is that they allow us to enter imaginatively into someone else’s life. And when we do that, we learn to sympathize with other people. But the real surprise is that we also learn truths about ourselves, about our own lives, that somehow we hadn’t been able to see before."
- Quote by Katherine Paterson

5. "I love revision. Where else can spilled milk be turned into ice cream?"
- Quote by Katherine Paterson

6. "Words are humanity's greatest natural resource, but most of us have trouble figuring out how to put them together. Words aren't cheap. They are very precious. They are like water, which gives life and growth and refreshment, but because it has always been abundant, we treat it cheaply. We waste it; we pollute it, and doctor it. Later we blame the quality of the water because we have misused it."
- Quote by Katherine Paterson

7. "We are trying to communicate that which lies in our deepest heart, which has no words, which can only be hinted at through the means of a story. And somehow, miraculously, a story that comes from deep in my heart calls from a reader that which is deepest in his or her heart, and together from our secret hidden selves we create a story that neither of us could have told alone."
- Quote by Katherine Paterson

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

9. "...those of us who write for children are called, not to do something to a child, but be someone for a child."
- Quote by Katherine Paterson

10. "The challenge for those of us who care about our faith and about a hurting world is to tell stories which will carry the words of grace and hope in their bones and sinews and not wear them like fancy dress."
- Quote by Katherine Paterson

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