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    Write, write, and write some more. Think of writing as a muscle that needs lots of exercise.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: writing  write  exercise 
     
    The tales of Elfland do not stand or fall on their actuality but on their truthfulness, their speaking to the human condition, the longings we all have for the Faerie Other.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: human  longing 
     
    Touch magic. Pass it on.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: magic 
     
    We all have such stories. It is a brutal arithmetic. But I - I am alive. You are alive. As long as we breathe, we can see and hear. As long as we can remember, all those gone before are alive inside us.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: gone  stories 
     
    The thing I want to know is, if you tell your brain not to do stuff... and it keeps doing it anyway, does that mean your mind has a mind of its own? And if it does, then who's in charge here, anyway?
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: brain  mind 
     
    You can only chase a butterfly for so long.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: butterfly 
     
    You know how it is: as soon as you decide to forget something, your brain comes to the conclusion that it's the most fascinating thing in the world.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: world  brain  fascinating 
     
    Language helps develp life as surely as it reflects life. It is a most important part of our human condition.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: language  human  help 
     
    What makes a good book? Scholars and critics have been debating that question for decades. I like books that touch my head and my heart at the same time.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: time  heart  questions  book 
     
    Stories," he'd said, his voice low and almost husky, "we are made up of stories. And even the one's that seem the most like lies can be our deepest hidden truths.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: truth  lies  stories 
     
    The magical story is not a microscope but a mirror, not a drop of water but a well. It is not simply one thing or two, but a multitude. It is at once both lucid and opaque, it accepts both dark and light, speaks to youth and old age.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: youth  dark  age  water  stories 
     
    If you want to write, you write. Talent is simply not enough.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: talent  write 
     
    Get up from your desk and wander outside occasionally. To be a good writer one needs to be a good observer, and there isn't a lot to be observed at desk level.
    — Jane Yolen
    Ideas are the cheapest part of the writing. They are free. The hard part is what you do with ideas you've gathered.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: writing  ideas 
     
    Take a step, breathe in the world, give it out again in story, poem, song, art.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: world  song  stories  poem 
     
    All writers write about themselves, just as the old storytellers chose to tell stories that spoke to and about themselves. They call it the world, but it is themselves they portray. The world of which they write is like a mirror that reflects the inside of their hearts, often more truly than they know.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: heart  world  stories  write 
     
    Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing... the rest will follow.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: writing 
     
    It's never perfect when I write it down the first time, or the second time, or the fifth time. But it always gets better as I go over it and over it.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: time  write 
     
    A book is a wonderful present. Though it may grow worn, it will never grow old.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: present  book 
     
    Childrens books change lives. Stories pour into the hearts of children and help make them what they become.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: children  heart  live  help  child  stories  book 
     
    Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
    — Jane Yolen
    Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.
    — Jane Yolen
    What is a vow... but the mouth repeating what the heart has already promised?
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: heart 
     
    They [Fairy Tales] are talking about real emotions, telling true stories, through the medium of metaphor. People used to understand metaphor better than I think we do now. But these stories are so potent, they refuse to die.
    — Jane Yolen
    Aren't hidden doors the most alluring? The old stories point that out surely. Even the greatest heroes and heroines fall under the spell of a locked door.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: hero  stories 
     
    How often is the passing of one storm only a prelude to another.
    — Jane Yolen
    Fiction cannot recite the numbing numbers, but it can be that witness, that memory. A storyteller can attempt to tell the human tale, can make a galaxy out of the chaos, can point to the fact that some people survived even as most people died. And can remind us that the swallows still sing around the smokestacks.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: people  memory  human  chaos  facts  fiction 
     
    It is the last thing we learn, / listening to the creature world...
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: world  listening  learn 
     
    The main plot line is simple: Getting your character to the foot of the tree, getting him up the tree, and then figuring out how to get him down again.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: character 
     
    Readers re-create any story to suit their own needs. They re-clothe the story in their own shirts. Put simply: just as we write the story we need to write, they read the story they need to read.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: stories  write  read 
     
    Well,' the Goddess said, 'your heart didn't heal straight the last time it broke. So we'll break it again and reset it so it heals straight this time.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: time  heart 
     
    Sometimes living takes more courage than dying.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: living  dying  courage 
     
    Storytelling is our oldest form of remembering the promises we have made to one another and to our various gods, and the promises given in return; it is a way of recording our human emotions and desires and taboos.
    — Jane Yolen
    Growth in the ability to write comes in spurts.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: growth  write 
     
    Fish are not the best authority on water.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: authority  water 
     
    Wood may remain twenty years in the water, but it is still not a fish.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: water  year 
     
    Time may heal all wounds, but it does not erase the scars.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: time 
     
    If you love a waist, you waste a love.
    — Jane Yolen
    A child who can love the oddities of a fantasy book cannot possibly be xenophobic as an adult. What is a different color, a different culture, a different tongue for a child who has already mastered Elvish, respected Puddleglums, or fallen under the spell of dark-skinned Ged?
    — Jane Yolen
    Folklore is the perfect second skin. From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world.
    — Jane Yolen
    tags: world 
     
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