"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."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."Donna Tartt on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."Donna Tartt on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."Donna Tartt on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."Donna Tartt on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."Donna Tartt on Marilyn Monroe
"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."
"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."