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What people tell me they take away from my books is that they can shape their lives, they can achieve their own dreams. And certainly that's what I want them to take away.


Tamora Pierce

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I imbue this place with my essence, every stone and every drop. My visit will do wonders for the flo...
TAMORA PIERCE
They are sparkly,” Nawat said. “The griffins shed them. I thought if I brought you a present tha...
TAMORA PIERCE
My dear, why send Aly to wait on us?” he wanted to know. “I know you were busy with your domesti...
TAMORA PIERCE
A crow may put on human shape or crow shape, but we remain crows,” he replied firmly. “Hawks, to...
TAMORA PIERCE
Marriage is for noblewomen with nothing else to do.
TAMORA PIERCE
I'm about to commence four years of obeying the cause of a bruiser on a horse. I refuse to put down ...
TAMORA PIERCE
Didn't they realize that the only way to change things was to act?
TAMORA PIERCE
Oh! I'm stupid as well as insane.
TAMORA PIERCE
Sarra looked at her daughter and said reproachfully, "Speaking of war, I never raised you to be alwa...
TAMORA PIERCE
What has that to do with the price of peas in Persopolis?
TAMORA PIERCE
I distrust any advice that contains the words 'ought' or 'should'.
TAMORA PIERCE
When people say a knight's job is all glory, I laugh and laugh and laugh. Often I can stop laughing ...
TAMORA PIERCE
I think it's fair rude to make him a tree and not know what kind he is.
TAMORA PIERCE
Inside I am a beautiful woman,' Okha said... 'The Trickster tapped me in my mother's womb and placed...
TAMORA PIERCE
The god touched me once, Beka. I'd soon not get his attention again.
TAMORA PIERCE
She's all over us like maggots on garbage, just because I interfered with one pickpocket yesterday.
TAMORA PIERCE
I forgot my purse of laughter when I dressed this mornin'," she told me. "Have you not bought anythi...
TAMORA PIERCE
Wenna followed us out. "You've done him some good, Clary, I have to say! He's got color in his cheek...
TAMORA PIERCE
Curse him for being all tight muscle, with ivory skin and a mouth as soft as rose petals. Curse him ...
TAMORA PIERCE
Dale: "No, no--curse it, Beka, you're the prickliest woman I've ever met!"
Goodwin: "No, I am....
TAMORA PIERCE
If you look hard and long, you can find us. If you listen hard and long, you can hear any of us, cal...
TAMORA PIERCE
Tris: "I was reading."
Sandry: "You're always reading. The only way people can ever talk to yo...
TAMORA PIERCE
When in doubt, shoot the wizard.
TAMORA PIERCE
I met the oddest little fellow today, Alan of Trebond.
TAMORA PIERCE
We're men, and men aren't born to stand alone.
TAMORA PIERCE
The only thing I know is that I jump when I'm told to and I have no free time.
TAMORA PIERCE
Your place in life you can always change, whether you have the gift or not. But you cannot change wh...
TAMORA PIERCE
Excuse me," she said politely. "But you can't have him. Not yet. He's going to come back with me.
TAMORA PIERCE
Ah," Gary said dreamily. " 'Free time.' I've heard about that. Don't fool yourself, Fire-Top. What w...
TAMORA PIERCE
I said I fell down.
Ah. The ground bloodied your nose, split yer lip, and punched ye in th' ey...
TAMORA PIERCE
I believe in deeds, not words.
TAMORA PIERCE
I truly love our Code of Chivalry. We are taught that noblemen must take everything and say nothing....
TAMORA PIERCE
Frostpine made a face. Lifting the cup, he dumped its contents down his throat. “Auugghh!” he ye...
TAMORA PIERCE
It's not just children who need heroes.
TAMORA PIERCE
I will tell the stork-man.
TAMORA PIERCE
You aren't a bit romantic, are you?" he asked, amused.

She sat back and stared at him. Sh...
TAMORA PIERCE
When I say I want time to think, I want time to think!"
Jonathan sighed wearily. "All right, yo...
TAMORA PIERCE (AUTHOR)
Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion
PIERCE
I know what it's like to be famous. It's good money and it's great fun. A real kick in t...
PIERCE BROSNAN
The idea that America elected a black man to be its president forty years after it declined to allow...
CHARLIE PIERCE
A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The histories of all popular governments show absu...
FRANKLIN PIERCE
At the beginning of the season, I set my goal to see if I can lead the league in scoring, because I ...
PAUL PIERCE
I worked at a hospital for a week. And at a golf course when I was in college at Kansas for about a ...
PAUL PIERCE
I'm a competitive person. I love the game of basketball. I'm a gym rat.
PAUL PIERCE
Cancer is a very sad thing, but you can always take something from every experience.
PIERCE BROSNAN
Oh, humiliation is poisonous. It's one of the deepest pains of being human.
PIERCE BROSNAN
I worked at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, lived there for three years, and liv...
WENDELL PIERCE
I played trumpet for about two weeks. Sixth grade. And I didn't practice. Maybe a little longer ...
WENDELL PIERCE
What thoughts are to the individual, art is to the community as a whole. That's where you reflec...
WENDELL PIERCE
The role of culture is that it's the form through which we as a society reflect on who we are, w...
WENDELL PIERCE
Be your true self. Because if you're not, there are consequences to be paid.
WENDELL PIERCE
Movies are somewhat diminished by blockbusters, which are great, but there's not enough choice.
PIERCE BROSNAN
The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government of a confederacy so vast as ou...
FRANKLIN PIERCE
Its super to play with Martina, and she has huge amounts of talent. We have a lot of fun.
MARY PIERCE
She will not come back, but her beauty, her voice, will echo until the end of time. She believed in ...
PIERCE BROWN
Acting allows me to explore new worlds, to discover characters by delving into their lives, and ulti...
PIERCE BROSNAN
There's nothing left . . . but to get drunk.
FRANKLIN PIERCE
Words are a weapon stronger than he knows. And songs are even greater. The words wake the mind. The ...
PIERCE BROWN
Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it.
PIERCE BROWN
We played those guys as tough as anybody at their place. We put ourselves in a position to win, and ...
ANTONIO PIERCE