"But what I hope for from a book - either one that I write or one that I read - is transparency. I want the story to shine through. I don't want to think of the writer."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."Anne Tyler on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Anne Tyler on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Anne Tyler on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."Anne Tyler on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."Anne Tyler on Dalai Lama
"Time, in general, has always been a central obsession of mine - what it does to people, how it can constitute a plot all on its own. So naturally, I am interested in old age."
"Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!"
"For my own family, I would always choose the makeshift, surrogate family formed by various characters unrelated by blood."
"My family can always tell when I'm well into a novel because the meals get very crummy."
"The Amateur Marriage grew out of the reflection that of all the opportunities to show differences in character, surely an unhappy marriage must be the richest."