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My heart broke all over again. I wanted my life back, my mama, but I knew I would never have that. The child I had been was gone with the child she had been. We were new people, and we didn't know each other anymore. I shook my head desperately.
tags: children people heart child gone
— Dorothy Allison
The only magic we have is what we make in ourselves, the muscles we build up on the inside, the sense of belief we create from nothing.
tags: belief magic
— Dorothy Allison
People don't do right because of the fear of God or love of him. You do right because the world doesn't make sense if you don't.
tags: fear people world right god
— Dorothy Allison
she got a reputation for an easy smile and a sharp tongue, and using one to balance the other, she seemed friendly but distant
tags: smile balance
— Dorothy Allison
Fiction is a piece of truth that turns lies to meaning.
tags: truth meaning lies fiction
— Dorothy Allison
Write to your fear.
tags: fear write
— Dorothy Allison
Piece by piece, my mother is being stolen from me.
tags: mother
— Dorothy Allison
Behind my carefully buttoned collar is my nakedness, the struggle to find clean clothes, food, meaning, and money. Behind sex is rage, behind anger is love, behind this moment is silence, years of silence.
tags: food meaning anger silence moment struggle sex money year
— Dorothy Allison
Everything that comes to us is a blessing or a test. That's all you need to know in this life"¦just the certainty that God's got His eye on you, that He knows what you are made of, what you need to grow on. Why,questioning's a sin, it's pointless. He will show you your path in His own good time. And long as I remember that, I'm fine.
tags: time blessing eyes god sin path
— Dorothy Allison
Change, when it comes, cracks everything open.
— Dorothy Allison
Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.
tags: lies
— Dorothy Allison
One of the strengths I derive from my class background is that I am accustomed to contempt.
tags: strength
— Dorothy Allison
I have a terrible memory.
tags: memory
— Dorothy Allison
I can't write what I don't believe in.
tags: believe write
— Dorothy Allison
And while it is true that I got the best woman in the world, I don't think love saves you.
tags: women world true
— Dorothy Allison
My sisters, we didn't like each other as kids. We were scared of each other, I think, but we've grown to love each other. It was fun to write about these sisters who were supposed to hate each other but really don't.
tags: hate fun write kids
— Dorothy Allison
I tell my students you have an absolute right to write about people you know and love. You do. But the kicker is you have a responsibility to make the characters large enough that you will not have sinned against them.
tags: character people responsibility right write
— Dorothy Allison
Writing is the only way I know to demand justice from an uncaring universe.
tags: justice writing universe
— Dorothy Allison
Watch out, or I'm liable to put you in a story.
tags: stories
— Dorothy Allison
I'm still very blunt: If you want to be a writer, get a day job. The fact that I have actually been able to make a living at it is astonishing.
tags: living job facts
— Dorothy Allison
I think I would have died if there hadn't been the women's movement. It gave me a vision that I could do something different, and it gave me an understanding that I wasn't a monster, or sport, or a betrayer of my family.
tags: understanding vision
— Dorothy Allison
Class, race, sexuality, gender and all other categories by which we categorize and dismiss each other need to be excavated from the inside.
tags: sexuality gender race
— Dorothy Allison
My assumption when I began writing was that you were never going to make any money. And you were never going to reach everyone. Therefore you had to do as much as you could in the service of something you genuinely believed in. And if you do that and people get upset, well, there you go.
tags: people service writing money
— Dorothy Allison
It's important to set challenges that you're not sure you're equal to.
tags: challenge
— Dorothy Allison
If you write a book that's as powerful and successful as 'Bastard,' there's a strong desire to prove there's something else.
tags: desires powerful successful strong book write
— Dorothy Allison
My son, Wolf, was born when I was past 40 and the author of a best-selling novel. That means he has grown up a middle-class child - one who sometimes asks me for stories of my childhood but knows nothing of what it means to grow up poor and afraid. I have worked to make sure of that.
tags: children past child poor novel stories author son childhood afraid
— Dorothy Allison
I'll tell you the secret. When you begin with a character, you want to begin by creating a villain.
tags: character secret
— Dorothy Allison
Gravy is the simplest, tastiest, most memory-laden dish I know how to make: a little flour, salt and pepper, crispy bits of whatever meat anchored the meal, a couple of cups of water or milk and slow stirring to break up lumps.
tags: water
— Dorothy Allison
When I was growing up, I always read horror books, while my sister read romance novels. My sister became unmarried and pregnant during high school, and she kept saying, 'This wasn't supposed to happen! Why is this happening to me?' Someone should have given her another book to read.
tags: horror saying school novel book read romance
— Dorothy Allison
It's fun to tease people about where fiction and life intersect.
tags: people fun fiction
— Dorothy Allison
I think it's wonderful that people in pickup trucks are buying two flats of dog food and a copy of 'Bastard.' I want my view of the world to be right up there next to gallon boxes of Tide.
tags: people world food right dog
— Dorothy Allison
The hardest thing to teach young writers is that it's wonderful to tell your truth. And that's what you should do. But it damn well better be beautiful.
tags: truth young beautiful
— Dorothy Allison
If somebody gave you several thousand dollars and nothin' to do but write, would you be a writer then? Would you tell your stories, your family's stories, then?
tags: stories write
— Dorothy Allison
Every kid I meet who's a reader has got something like that, their fantasy world. And science fiction is the best, especially for girls because it's the one place where you can do the forbidden.
tags: fantasy world girls fiction kids forbidden
— Dorothy Allison
The bottom line is I'm writing to save the dead. I'm writing to save the people I have lost, some of whose bodies are still walking around.
tags: people body lost writing
— Dorothy Allison
Teenagers are free verse walking around on two legs.
tags: teenager
— Dorothy Allison
Behind the story I tell is the one I don't… Behind the story you hear is the one I wish I could make you hear.
tags: wishes stories
— Dorothy Allison
Two or three things I know, two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is that to go on living I have to tell stories, that stories are the one sure way I know to touch the heart and change the world
tags: heart living world stories
— Dorothy Allison
The horror of class stratification, racism, and prejudice is that some people begin to believe that the security of their families and communities depends on the oppression of others, that for some to have good lives there must be others whose lives are truncated and brutal.
tags: people live horror believe community prejudice oppression racism
— Dorothy Allison
I have wanted everything as a writer and a woman, but most of all a world changed utterly by my revelations.
tags: women world
— Dorothy Allison
dorothy allison
Birth    : April 11, 1949
Occupation  : Writer