"But romantic vision can also lead one away from certain very hard, ugly truths about life that are important to know."
"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."Donna Tartt on William Shakespeare
"Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance."Donna Tartt on Oscar Wilde
"The word 'romance,' according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime."Donna Tartt on Billy Graham
"A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure."Donna Tartt on Charlie Chaplin
"Romantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw."Donna Tartt on Fran Lebowitz
"To really be centered and to really work well and to think about the kinds of things that I need to think about, I need to spend large amounts of time alone."
"I believe, in a funny way, the job of the novelist is to be out there on the fringes and speaking for an experience that has not really been spoken for."
"The novel is about five students of classics who are studying with a classics professor, and they take the ideas of the things that they're learning from him a bit too seriously, with terrible consequences."
"Everything takes me longer than I expect. It's the sad truth about life."