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81 Ellen Hopkins Quotes on Love & Life (AUTHOR)

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“I hate this feeling. Like I’m here, but I’m not. Like someone cares. But they don’t. Like I belong somewhere else, anywhere but here, and escape lies just past that snowy window, cool and crisp as the February air.”

Ellen Hopkins
Sometimes the little things in life mean the most.
Sometimes the little things in life mean the most.
I hide hurt behind a fake smile. I wear it all the time. Everyone says how I always look so cheerful. Shows what they know I guess.
I hide hurt behind a fake smile. I wear it all the time. Everyone says how I always look so cheerful. Shows what they know I guess.

“How do you define a word without concrete meaning? To each his own, the saying goes so why pus to attain an ideal state of being that no two random people will agree is where you want to be? Faultless. Finished. Incomparable. People can never be these, and anyway, when did creating a flawless façade become a more vital goal than learning to love the person who lives inside your skin? The outside belongs to others. Only you should decide for you – what is perfect.”

Ellen Hopkins
She is madness, sanity. She is hell, and paradise.
She is madness, sanity. She is hell, and paradise.
The problem with resolutions is they're only as solid as the person making them.
The problem with resolutions is they’re only as solid as the person making them.

Life is all about change. If it were static, think about how boring it would be. You can’t be afraid of it, and you can’t worry that you’ll mess things up. You deserve good things, and I want to be one of them.

Ellen Hopkins
I wanted to meet the monster. Why go down if you can go up
I wanted to meet the monster. Why go down if you can go up?
Now that I have opened that bottle of memories they're pouring out like wine, crimson and bittersweet.
Now that I have opened that bottle of memories they’re pouring out like wine, crimson and bittersweet.
Forever has no meaning when you're living in the moment. I wasn't ready for that moment to end.
Forever has no meaning when you’re living in the moment. I wasn’t ready for that moment to end.

15 Thought-Provoking Ellen Hopkins Quotes About Life

“Have you ever had so much to say that your mouth closed up tight struggling to harness the nuclear force coalescing within your words? Have you ever had so many thoughts churning inside you that you didn’t dare let them escape in case they blew you wide open? Have you ever been so angry that you couldn’t look in the mirror for fear of finding the face of evil glaring back at you?”

Ellen Hopkins
When you've only got one little shimmer of sunshine, you capture it best you can.
When you’ve only got one little shimmer of sunshine, you capture it best you can.
The only thing about myself I know for sure is that I don’t know anything.
The only thing about myself I know for sure is that I don’t know anything.

“In control. Out of control. Sometimes they’re the same thing. The trick is knowing that, realizing it’s okay to feel out of control once in a while, as long as you’re sure you can regain the upper hand when you absolutely need to.”

Ellen Hopkins
Imperfections create character.
Imperfections create character.
Only by confronting your demons can you ever hope to conquer them.
Only by confronting your demons can you ever hope to conquer them.

“Wish you could turn off the questions, turn off the voices, turn off all sound. Yearn to close out the ugliness, close out the filthiness, close out all light. Long to cast away yesterday, cast away memory, cast away all jeopardy. Pray you could somehow stop uncertainty, somehow stop the loathing, somehow stop the pain. Act on your impulse, swallow the bottle, cut a little deeper, put the gun to your chest.”

Ellen Hopkins
Funny how when your life is mostly bullshit, you turn off feeling. Sometimes it's hard to turn it back on again.
Funny how when your life is mostly bullshit, you turn off feeling. Sometimes it’s hard to turn it back on again.
Forgiveness is easy. Trust is much more difficult, and should never be given lightly.
Forgiveness is easy. Trust is much more difficult, and should never be given lightly.

“I hate this feeling. Like I’m here, but I’m not. Like someone cares. But they don’t. Like I belong somewhere else, anywhere but here, and escape lies just past that snowy window, cool and crisp as the February air.”

Ellen Hopkins
When all choice is taken from you, life becomes a game of survival.
When all choice is taken from you, life becomes a game of survival.
Life is full of choices. We don’t always make good ones.
Life is full of choices. We don’t always make good ones.

“Too many people believe they can control their drug of choice. But the drug is almost always in control. If an addict truly wants help, it is available, but it is a rocky path. The monster always calls. Never give an addict money. Clothe them. Feed them. But enabling them is the quickest path to watching them fade away completely. This may seem harsh. But I’ve watched my own child relapse, after six years sober. I love her. Always. But I can’t help her die.”

Ellen Hopkins
Words have power. The power to soothe. The power to skewer someone through the heart. The power to render someone speechless.
Words have power. The power to soothe. The power to skewer someone through the heart. The power to render someone speechless.
I know I can't stay here forever.
I know I can’t stay here forever.

14 Wise Ellen Hopkins Quotes

“I felt angry, frustrated. I felt I didn’t belong, not in my church, not in my home, not in my skin. Amidst the chaos, i felt alone, in need of a friend instead of a sister, someone detached from my world. The “woman’s role” theory disgusted me. I would soon be a woman, and I knew I could never perform as expected. I was tired of my mom’s submission to her religion, to her husband’s sick quest for an heir, to his abuse. I was sick of my dad, of reaching for him as he fell farther away from us and into the arms of Johnnie WB.”

Ellen Hopkins
Life was good before I met the monster. After, life was great At least for a little while.
Life was good before I met the monster. After, life was great At least for a little while.
I don't need more pain in my life. Why did I invite it in Do I have to feel pain to believe I feel anything at all
I don’t need more pain in my life. Why did I invite it in? Do I have to feel pain to believe I feel anything at all?

“Me? Beautiful? I’m plain as cardboard. That may be how you see yourself, but the rest of the world would be hard to agree. You shine brighter than the Milky Way. Now there are those who might try to take that from you, but you don’t have to give it away. Keep on shining Pattyn. And when the right young man comes along, he’ll love you all the more for giftin’ this sad planet with your light.”

Ellen Hopkins
So you try to think of someone else you're mad at, and the unavoidable answer pops into your little warped brain everyone.
So you try to think of someone else you’re mad at, and the unavoidable answer pops into your little warped brain: everyone.
Have you ever once in your life reached out to touch infinity
Have you ever once in your life reached out to touch infinity?

“Light That’s how I feel- like the winter-fringed breeze might scoop me up into its wings, fly away with me trapped in its feathered embrace. I am a snowflake. A wisp of eiderdown, liberated from gravity. My body is light. Ephemeral. My head is light. I want to sway beneath the weight of air, dizzy with thought. Light filters through my closed eyelids. The sun, chasing shadows, tells me I’m not afloat in dreams.”

Ellen Hopkins
One foot in front of the other, counting tiles on the floor so I don't have to focus the blur of painted smiles, fake faces.
One foot in front of the other, counting tiles on the floor so I don’t have to focus the blur of painted smiles, fake faces.
Too much to take in, too much to purge. Why must every memory, once sweet, dead end in such ugliness
Too much to take in, too much to purge. Why must every memory, once sweet, dead end in such ugliness?

“Learning by example is valid, but when you have the information to know that turning in a certain direction can lead you to a very wrong place, most of the “blame” is on the individual.”

Ellen Hopkins
You believe this is a game, and you may be right. But if you think you can play it better than me, think again.
You believe this is a game, and you may be right. But if you think you can play it better than me, think again.
The wind kicks in stronger, branches clatter. Or maybe skeletons. Bones of abandonment. Ghosts that will never be.
The wind kicks in stronger, branches clatter. Or maybe skeletons. Bones of abandonment. Ghosts that will never be.

“I think parents should know what their children are reading, and if they truly object, they should tell their kids why, rather than summarily removing a book from their possession.”

Ellen Hopkins

“Eventually, it becomes a matter of scale. When the good outweighs the bad, you stay. When the bad is the only thing you notice anymore, you think about your future, or what’s left of it, consider options.”

Ellen Hopkins

12 Ellen Hopkins Quotes About Love

“When you love someone, you don’t want to hurt them, even if they deserve to be hurt. When you love someone, you want to hurt them, even when they don’t deserve to be hurt.”

Ellen Hopkins
Love means holding on to someone just as hard as you can because if you don't, one blink and they might disappear… forever.
Love means holding on to someone just as hard as you can because if you don’t, one blink and they might disappear… forever.
The first time I kissed you. One kiss, and I was totally hooked. Addicted to you. I could never love anyone the way I love you. I'd follow you across the universe.
The first time I kissed you. One kiss, and I was totally hooked. Addicted to you. I could never love anyone the way I love you. I’d follow you across the universe.

“You have to realize there is nothing more you can do to convince someone you love to turn their life around. You simply have to say, “Look. I love you, but I cannot stand by and watch you kill yourself slowly. When you want help I’m here. Until then, goodbye.” That may sound cruel, but self-preservation is paramount to helping someone else. If you’re a wreck, you’re useless to them, anyway. And if they refuse help, despite knowing the likely outcome, they will head down that path anyway.”

Ellen Hopkins
Her smile is like summer moonlight-beautiful and magical, with a fire that could melt the night.
Her smile is like summer moonlight-beautiful and magical, with a fire that could melt the night.
Funny thing about the monster. The worse he treats you, the more you love him.
Funny thing about the monster. The worse he treats you, the more you love him.

“You can’t walk away from someone you love, leave them drowning in your desertion. If love has no more meaning than that, you can keep it. I don’t want it now or ever again. Don’t want to hear the word or wear its scars.”

Ellen Hopkins
This time when we kiss, I feel it in the pit of my stomach, I feel it in my heart. And I realize love isn't about sex. It's about connection.
This time when we kiss, I feel it in the pit of my stomach, I feel it in my heart. And I realize love isn’t about sex. It’s about connection.
Grandma once told me it's easy to overthink love, to dissect it and question it until it is no more.
Grandma once told me it’s easy to overthink love, to dissect it and question it until it is no more.

“You were a summer gift, one I’ll always treasure. You were a dream I never wanted to wake up from. You opened my eyes to things I’ll never really see. You’re the best thing that will ever happen to me.”

Ellen Hopkins
Your life doesn't belong to you, it belongs to the people that love you.
Your life doesn’t belong to you, it belongs to the people that love you.
Love without trust is nothing more than infatuation.
Love without trust is nothing more than infatuation.

3 Ellen Hopkins Quotes About Taking Chances

Living means taking chances. Risks. Playing safe all the time is being dead inside, even if you happen to still be breathing.
Living means taking chances. Risks. Playing safe all the time is being dead inside, even if you happen to still be breathing.
Taking no chances means wasting your dreams.
Taking no chances means wasting your dreams.
Life is all about chances. You might be safer not taking any. But playing it totally safe means you're only existing. Not living. I want to live.
Life is all about chances. You might be safer not taking any. But playing it totally safe means you’re only existing. Not living. I want to live.

2 Ellen Hopkins Quotes About Happiness

“HAPPY EVER AFTER is a concept I’ll never believe in. I would be content to sample some little taste of happiness today, tonight, right now. Though I know without a doubt that tomorrow will come saturated with pain. Life is like that. At least my life. And honestly, I cant think of anyone whose life is any different. The price tag for joy is misery.”

Ellen Hopkins

Happiness, you see, its just an illusion of Fate, a heavenly sleight of hand designed to make you believe in fairy tales. But there’s no happily ever after. You’ll only find happy endings in books. Some books.”

Ellen Hopkins

3 Ellen Hopkins Quotes About Addiction

“It’s probably weird to think about an addiction like it’s a sentient being, but that’s how it feels. Like it’s something living inside you. Something you can’t get rid of because killing it means killing you.”

Ellen Hopkins
Addiction is rarely conquered alone.
Addiction is rarely conquered alone.

“I carry a strong anti-drug message, and it’s important young people especially hear a “real” story about addiction and how it affects not only the addict but also the people who love him/her, rather than “just say no.”

Ellen Hopkins

2 Ellen Hopkins Quotes About Anger

Anger is a valid emotion. It's only bad when it takes control and makes you do things you don't want to do.
Anger is a valid emotion. It’s only bad when it takes control and makes you do things you don’t want to do.
Anger is easier than forgiveness.
Anger is easier than forgiveness.

2 Ellen Hopkins Quotes About Death

It [death] chokes you, gags you, but you have to pretend that you're doing just fine, not trembling with this fear because the end is close.
It [death] chokes you, gags you, but you have to pretend that you’re doing just fine, not trembling with this fear because the end is close.
Death is only the easy way out if you are the one who dies.
Death is only the easy way out if you are the one who dies.

13 Ellen Hopkins Quotes on Writing

“For short term relaxation, I take a hot tub. It’s my best way to unblock writers’ block, too. For a bit longer relaxation, I enjoy camping. Just being in the wilderness, with no phones or computers or anything I have to do really refreshes my spirit.”

Ellen Hopkins
I'm in love. And I like how that feels. And I hate how that feels. Because love is an invention of fiction writers.
I’m in love. And I like how that feels. And I hate how that feels. Because love is an invention of fiction writers.
Without poetry, stories would be told in sepia.
Without poetry, stories would be told in sepia.

“Authors have to write for their characters, for who they are, that’s the strength of books. Don’t worry about censors. Just write the story you need to tell and the rewards will come.”

Ellen Hopkins
Nonfiction speaks to the head. Fiction speaks to the heart. Poetry speaks to the soul. It's the essence of beauty. The essence of pain. It pleases the eye and the ear.
Nonfiction speaks to the head. Fiction speaks to the heart. Poetry speaks to the soul. It’s the essence of beauty. The essence of pain. It pleases the eye and the ear.
Believe it or not, I sold my first novel, 'Crank,' with only seventy-five pages complete. It was in verse then, and it was hard-hitting then.
Believe it or not, I sold my first novel, ‘Crank,’ with only seventy-five pages complete. It was in verse then, and it was hard-hitting then.

“I have a really good idea of who my readers are and always write with a sensitivity to my audience. I use the F word when necessary, but there are words I won’t use, mainly because I don’t like them. I don’t write about body parts when I write about sex. It’s not about the physiological, it’s more important for teens to read about the emotional aspects. I do think there are times when self-censorship is important.”

Ellen Hopkins
There are people who think it's easier to write books in verse, and it's definitely not.
There are people who think it’s easier to write books in verse, and it’s definitely not.
I write poetry anyway and have for years and years. For me, putting fiction and poetry together is like the best of both worlds.
I write poetry anyway and have for years and years. For me, putting fiction and poetry together is like the best of both worlds.

“In my books my characters experience things as they are. My books allow youth an honest look at important issues affecting them. As adults we want to believe things like sex abuse or drug use are not happening anymore, or happening less and less, but that’s not the case and we need to acknowledge that. We can’t make life prettier for youth, but we can arm them.”

Ellen Hopkins
I never actually plan sequels. They demand to be done.
I never actually plan sequels. They demand to be done.

“Many readers share their stories with me and if one speaks to me (or if the same theme keeps coming at me), I will research it and decide if it would make a good book. But, straight down to it, people inspire me.”

Ellen Hopkins

“I write books for young adults because I truly connect with them on some very deep level. They are our hope, our future, and inspiring them to be the best they can be is very important to me.”

Ellen Hopkins

5 Ellen Hopkins Quotes That Will Make You Think

Christmas is far and away my favorite holiday. I love everything about it, from the event that inspired it, hoping for a white one, to wrapping presents. But mostly I love having family and friends gathered, and sharing traditions.”

Ellen Hopkins
He sucked the nectar from her heart like a famished butterfly.
He sucked the nectar from her heart like a famished butterfly.
It is hard to believe that something that seems so permanent was once so different. Change. I guess that really is one thing you can count on.
It is hard to believe that something that seems so permanent was once so different. Change. I guess that really is one thing you can count on.
What’s the point of being a hero when everyone thinks you’re a villain?
What’s the point of being a hero when everyone thinks you’re a villain?
Torch every book. Burn every page. Char every word to ash. Ideas are incombustible. And therein lies your real fear.
Torch every book. Burn every page. Char every word to ash. Ideas are incombustible. And therein lies your real fear.

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