Judith Viorst Quotes

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A normal adolescent isn't a normal adolescent if he acts normal.

adolescence

Brevity may be the soul of wit, but not when someone's saying, "I love you."
— Judith Viorst

communication love

Many of us are done with adolescence before we are done with adolescent love.

adolescence

The lives we lead are determined, for better and worse, by our loss experiences.

loss

Losing is the price we pay for living. It is also the source of much of our growth and gain.

loss

Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational—but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?

superstitions

Our mother gives us our earliest lessons in love—and its partner, hate.  Our father—our "second other"—elaborates on them.

love and hate

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands—and then eat just one of the pieces.

chocolate

One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again.

marriage

We begin life with loss.  We are cast from the womb without an apartment, a charge plate, a job or a car.  We are sucking, sobbing, clinging, helpless babies.

loss

Lust is what makes you keep wanting to do it, even when you have no desire to be with each other.  Love is what makes you keep wanting to be with each other, even when you have no desire to do it.

love lust

Not listening is probably the commonest unkindness of married life, and one that creates — more devastatingly than an eternity of forgotten birthdays and misguided Christmas gifts — an atmosphere of not loving and not caring.

listening

When we think of loss we think of the loss, through death, of people we love.  But loss is a far more encompassing theme in our life.  For we lose not only through death, but also by leaving and being left, by changing and letting go and moving on.

loss

When you're writing stories, you take pieces of reality and pieces of imagination and you put them all in a container like a kaleidoscope and you shake them up, and then you turn the bottom the way you do in a kaleidoscope until its the pattern that you want.

stories

It is true that the present is powerfully shaped by the past. But it is also true that circumstances of every stage of development can shake up and revise the old arrangements. And it's true that insight at any age keeps us from singing the same sad songs again.

insight

Infatuation is when you think he's as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Henry Kissinger, as noble as Ralph Nader, as funny as Woody Allen, and as athletic as Jimmy Conners. Love is when you realize that he's as sexy as Woody Allen, as smart as Jimmy Connors, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissinger and nothing like Robert Redford - but you'll take him anyway.
— Judith Viorst
Infatuation is when you think he's as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Henry Kissinger, as noble as Ralph Nader, as funny as Woody Allen, and as athletic as Jimmy Connors. Love is when you realize that he's as sexy as Woody Allen, as smart as Jimmy Connors, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissinger and nothing like Robert Redford – but you'll take him anyway.
— Judith Viorst
Infatuation is when you think he's as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Henry Kissinger, as noble as Ralph Nader, as funny as Woody Allen, and as athletic as Jimmy Connors. Love is when you realize that he's as sexy as Woody Allen, as smart as Jimmy Connors, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissinger and nothing like Robert Redford - but you'll take him anyway.
— Judith Viorst

love