"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."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."Donna Tartt on Maya Angelou
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."Donna Tartt on Albert Einstein
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."Donna Tartt on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."Donna Tartt on Mahatma Gandhi
"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."Donna Tartt on Earl Nightingale
"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."
"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."