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    She was beautiful in a way that only wild things can be beautiful.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: beautiful  wild 
     
    You can take the man out of the woods, but you can't take the woods out of the man.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: men 
     
    I sail, run dogs, ride horses, play professional poker and tell stories about the stuff I've been through. And I'm still a romantic; I still want Bambi to make it out of the fire.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: fire  dog  stories 
     
    Adults are locked into car payments and divorces and work. They haven't got time to think fresh.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: time  work  adult  divorce 
     
    And the last thought he had that morning as he closed his eyes was: I hope the tornado hit the moose.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: thoughts  eyes  hope 
     
    The essence of war is insanity. Destruction, death, women widowed, children orphaned, lands plundered, property destroyed, lives decimated - it's all bad.
    — Gary Paulsen
    I spent uncounted hours sitting at the bow looking at the water and the sky, studying each wave, different from the last, seeing how it caught the light, the air, the wind; watching patterns, the sweep of it all, and letting it take me. The sea.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: seeing  sky  water 
     
    I read like a wolf eats. I read myself to sleep every night.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: sleep  night  read 
     
    School didn't work for me. I hated it.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: work  school 
     
    It was as though I had been dying of thirst and the librarian had handed me a five gallon bucket of water. I drank and drank. The only reason I am here and not in prison is because of that woman. I was a loser, but she showed me the power of reading.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: women  power  dying  prison  water  reading 
     
    I tried to contain myself... but I escaped!
    — Gary Paulsen
    Name the book that made the biggest impression on you. I bet you read it before you hit puberty. In the time I've got left, I intend to write artistic books - for kids - because they're still open to new ideas.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: time  book  write  read  ideas  kids 
     
    Things seemed to go back and forth between reality and imagination--except that it was all reality.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: reality 
     
    Read like a wolf eats.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: read 
     
    Personal inspection at zero altitude. The stories come from my life - if not my own experiences, then about topics and subjects that interest me.
    — Gary Paulsen
    He did not know how long it took, but later he looked back on this time of crying in the corner of the dark cave and thought of it as when he learned the most important rule of survival, which was that feeling sorry for yourself didn't work. It wasn't just that it was wrong to do, or that it was considered incorrect. It was more than that--it didn't work.
    — Gary Paulsen
    Books make me feel safe. Books make me feel normal.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: book 
     
    We make a mistake in thinking we own pets - the animals open their lives up and make us a part of them.
    — Gary Paulsen
    A book is a friend. You can never have too many.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: friends  book 
     
    Do what you can as you can. Trouble, problems, will come no matter what you do , and you must respond as they come.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: problem 
     
    Patience, he thought. So much of this was patience - waiting, and thinking and doing things right. So much of all this, so much of all living was patience and thinking.
    — Gary Paulsen
    If books could have more, give more, be more, show more, they would still need readers who bring to them sound and smell and light and all the rest that can't be in books. The book needs you.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: book 
     
    I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: book 
     
    ...this beginning motion, this first time when a sail truly filled and the boat took life and knifed across the lake under perfect control, this was so beautiful it stopped my breath...
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: time  beautiful  control 
     
    Running with dogs is like dancing with winter
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: winter  running  dog 
     
    Initially, he worried that he might be going crazy. But then he decided if you felt you were crazy you weren't really crazy because he had heard somewhere that crazy people didn't know they were insane.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: people  crazy 
     
    I can't rightly say where deciding to write about the American Revolution came from; I had bits and pieces of information about the war and about the country at that time that I'd collected over the years and, of course, I'm comfortable in the woods, so, finally, it just all feel into place.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: time  revolution  war  write  american  year 
     
    That's all it took to solve problems - just sense.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: problem 
     
    When he sat alone in the darkness and cried and was done, all done with it, nothing had changed. His leg still hurt, it was still dark, he was still alone and the self-pity had accomplished nothing.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: hurt  darkness  dark  alone 
     
    Stories are like a river that flows - you dip a bucket in it
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: stories 
     
    He could not play the game without hope; could not play the game without a dream. They had taken it all away from him now, they had turned away from him and there was nothing for him now...He was alone and there was nothing for him.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: alone  dreams  games 
     
    He had to keep thinking of them because if he forgot them and did not think of them they might forget about him. And he had to keep hoping.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: thinking 
     
    The person who reads can bail, but the person who doesn't fails.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: people  read  fail 
     
    This is going to be murder," Fransic whispered to Mr. Trimes. "Pure murder." "I'm glad to see your confidence returning, Mr. Tucket. Just a few minutes ago you were ready to give up. Now you're talking about killing him." "I meant it the other way." "Oh.
    — Gary Paulsen
    tags: confidence 
     
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    gary paulsen
    Birth    : May 17, 1939
    Occupation  : Writer