"The act of writing... is the act of trying to understand why my opinion is what it is. And ultimately, I think that's the same experience the reader has when they pick up one of my books."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Jodi Picoult on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Jodi Picoult on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Jodi Picoult on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Jodi Picoult on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Jodi Picoult on Mark Twain
"I started writing when I had three kids under the age of 4. I used to write every ten minutes I got to sit in front of a computer. Now, when I have more time, I function the same way: if it's writing time, I write."
"I know that books I have written will still resonate in 50 years - particularly 'My Sister's Keeper.' It has sold three million copies in the States alone. I strongly feel that, as a novelist, you have a platform and the ability to change people's minds."
"I have several writer friends, but I don't involve them in my work process. I'm more likely to talk about the business of publishing with them."
"Instead of plotting the demise of the traditional family, as some politicians and religious leaders would have you believe, gay people mow their lawns and watch 'American Idol' and video their children's concerts and have the same hopes and dreams that their straight counterparts do."
"I woke up one morning thinking about wolves and realized that wolf packs function as families. Everyone has a role, and if you act within the parameters of your role, the whole pack succeeds, and when that falls apart, so does the pack."
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