"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."
"A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man."Donna Tartt on Lana Turner
"I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party."Donna Tartt on Ron White
"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."Donna Tartt on Bill Cosby
"Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes."Donna Tartt on Jim Carrey
"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."Donna Tartt on Elbert Hubbard
"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."
"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."
"But romantic vision can also lead one away from certain very hard, ugly truths about life that are important to know."
"Everything takes me longer than I expect. It's the sad truth about life."