Dorothy Allison Quotes

The hardest thing to teach young writers is that it's wonderful to tell your truth. And that's what you should do. But it damn well better be beautiful.

Truth Quotes, Wonder Quotes, Writers Quotes

I think it's wonderful that people in pickup trucks are buying two flats of dog food and a copy of 'Bastard.' I want my view of the world to be right up there next to gallon boxes of Tide.

Food Quotes, Wonder Quotes

I think I would have died if there hadn't been the women's movement.

Women Quotes


I think I would have died if there hadn't been the women's movement. It gave me a vision that I could do something different, and it gave me an understanding that I wasn't a monster, or sport, or a betrayer of my family.

Understanding Quotes, Women Quotes, Vision Quotes

My assumption when I began writing was that you were never going to make any money. And you were never going to reach everyone. Therefore you had to do as much as you could in the service of something you genuinely believed in. And if you do that and people get upset, well, there you go.

Vice Quotes, Money Quotes

If you write a book that's as powerful and successful as 'Bastard,' there's a strong desire to prove there's something else.

Success Quotes, Desire Quotes, Power Quotes

Every kid I meet who's a reader has got something like that, their fantasy world. And science fiction is the best, especially for girls because it's the one place where you can do the forbidden.

Science Quotes

Gravy is the simplest, tastiest, most memory-laden dish I know how to make: a little flour, salt and pepper, crispy bits of whatever meat anchored the meal, a couple of cups of water or milk and slow stirring to break up lumps.

Memories Quotes

I have a terrible memory.

Memories Quotes

And while it is true that I got the best woman in the world, I don't think love saves you.

Love Quotes

My sisters, we didn't like each other as kids. We were scared of each other, I think, but we've grown to love each other. It was fun to write about these sisters who were supposed to hate each other but really don't.

Love Quotes, Fun Quotes

I tell my students you have an absolute right to write about people you know and love. You do. But the kicker is you have a responsibility to make the characters large enough that you will not have sinned against them.

Love Quotes, Responsibility Quotes, Character Quotes

It's fun to tease people about where fiction and life intersect.

Life Quotes, Fun Quotes

I was born in 1949, and by the time I was 10, I figured out that my hope chest was not aimed in the same direction everybody else's was. And that life was going to be very, very complicated. And that I could either be provocative and declamatory, or shy, retiring and scared.

Life Quotes, Time Quotes, Aim Quotes, Hope Quotes

Where story comes from, I don't know. I know that I become obsessed with something. An idea, an image, a person, the way a person talks. And then something starts happening that I can't explain, and it has a lot to do with language.

Language Quotes

Writing is the only way I know to demand justice from an uncaring universe.

Justice Quotes

I'll tell you the secret. When you begin with a character, you want to begin by creating a villain.

Character Quotes

My son, Wolf, was born when I was past 40 and the author of a best-selling novel. That means he has grown up a middle-class child - one who sometimes asks me for stories of my childhood but knows nothing of what it means to grow up poor and afraid. I have worked to make sure of that.

Selling Quotes, Work Quotes

Fiction is a piece of truth that turns lies to meaning.

Truth Quotes

One of the strengths I derive from my class background is that I am accustomed to contempt.

Strength Quotes

It's important to set challenges that you're not sure you're equal to.

Challenge Quotes, Important Quotes

Change, when it comes, cracks everything open.

Change Quotes