50 Best Alice Hoffman Quotes (Practical Magic Author)

Best Alice Hoffman Quotes

1- “Do you ever just put your arms out and just spin and spin and spin? Well, that’s what love is like; everything inside of you tells you to stop before you fall, but for some reason you just keep going.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Do you ever just put your arms out and just spin and spin and spin? Well, that's what love is like; everything inside of you tells you to stop before you fall, but for some reason you just keep going

2- “Do what you want, do what you will, do what you have to, do what you think you cannot.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Do what you want, do what you will, do what you have to, do what you think you cannot

3- “The weak are cruel. The strong have no need to be.” ~ Alice Hoffman

The weak are cruel. The strong have no need to be

4- “Never look at other people’s bad fortune,’ my mother said. ‘If you do, it will come back to find you instead of its rightful owner.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Never look at other people's bad fortune,' my mother said. 'If you do, it will come back to find you instead of its rightful owner

5- “Once you know some things, you can’t unknow them. It’s a burden that can never be given away.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Once you know some things, you can't unknow them. It's a burden that can never be given away

6- “Some things, however, are true no matter how hard you might try to block them out,
and a lie is always a lie, no matter how prettily told. Some doors, once they’re opened,
can never be closed again, just as some trust, once it’s been lost, can never be won back.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Some things, however, are true no matter how hard you might try to block them out,
and a lie is always a lie, no matter how prettily told. Some doors, once they're opened,
can never be closed again, just as some trust, once it's been lost, can never be won back

7- “You have to choose the voice you are going to trust. You can’t listen to everyone.” ~ Alice Hoffman

You have to choose the voice you are going to trust. You can't listen to everyone

8- “Books may well be the only true magic.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Books may well be the only true magic

9- “My theory is that everyone at one time or another has been at the fringe of society in some way: an outcast in high school, a stranger in a foreign country, the best at something, the worst at something, the one who’s different. Being an outsider is the one thing we all have in common.” ~ Alice Hoffman

My theory is that everyone at one time or another has been at the fringe of society in some way: an outcast in high school, a stranger in a foreign country, the best at something, the worst at something, the one who's different. Being an outsider is the one thing we all have in common

10- “Every problem has a solution, although it may not be the outcome that was originally hoped for or expected.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Every problem has a solution, although it may not be the outcome that was originally hoped for or expected

11- “This was what it meant to be human, to know that time moved and all things changed.” ~ Alice Hoffman

This was what it meant to be human, to know that time moved and all things changed

12- “Some people say, ‘Save yourself and you save your ways.’ I say, ‘Be yourself and you save your soul.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Some people say, 'Save yourself and you save your ways.' I say, 'Be yourself and you save your soul

13- “No one knows you like a person with whom you’ve shared a childhood. No one will ever understand you in quite the same way.” ~ Alice Hoffman

No one knows you like a person with whom you've shared a childhood. No one will ever understand you in quite the same way

14- “Sometimes, running away means you’re headed in the exact right direction.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Sometimes, running away means you're headed in the exact right direction

15- “Sometimes the right thing feels all wrong until it is over and done with.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Sometimes the right thing feels all wrong until it is over and done with

16- “My grandmother told me once that when you lose somebody you think you’ve lost the whole world as well, but that’s not the way things turn out in the end. Eventually, you pick yourself up and look out the window, and once you do you see everything that was there before the world ended is out there still. There are the same apple trees and the same songbirds, and over our heads, the very same sky that shines like heaven, so far above us we can never hope to reach such heights.” ~ Alice Hoffman

My grandmother told me once that when you lose somebody you think you've lost the whole world as well, but that's not the way things turn out in the end. Eventually, you pick yourself up and look out the window, and once you do you see everything that was there before the world ended is out there still. There are the same apple trees and the same songbirds, and over our heads, the very same sky that shines like heaven, so far above us we can never hope to reach such heights

17- “I have crossed over to a place where I never thought I’d be. I am someone I would have never imagined. A secret. A dream. I am this, body and soul. Burn me. Drown me. Tell me lies. I will still be who I am.” ~ Alice Hoffman

I have crossed over to a place where I never thought I’d be. I am someone I would have never imagined. A secret. A dream. I am this, body and soul. Burn me. Drown me. Tell me lies. I will still be who I am

18- “I’m at the point where going forward is easier than going back.” ~ Alice Hoffman

I'm at the point where going forward is easier than going back

19- “My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage.” – Aunt Frances” ~ Alice Hoffman

My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage

20- “Just because something is unspoken doesn’t mean that it disappears.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Just because something is unspoken doesn't mean that it disappears

21- “When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure.” ~ Alice Hoffman

When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure

22- “When I walk, I walk with you. Where I go, you’re with me always.” ~ Alice Hoffman

When I walk, I walk with you. Where I go, you're with me always

23- “All the characters in my books are imagined, but all have a bit of who I am in them – much like the characters in your dreams are all formed by who you are” ~ Alice Hoffman

All the characters in my books are imagined, but all have a bit of who I am in them - much like the characters in your dreams are all formed by who you are

24- “I feel as if when you love a book it becomes a part of you whether you have it on your shelves or not.” ~ Alice Hoffman

I feel as if when you love a book it becomes a part of you whether you have it on your shelves or not

25- “Perhaps it is possible to discover more in silence than in speech. Or perhaps it is only that those who are silent among us learn to listen.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Perhaps it is possible to discover more in silence than in speech. Or perhaps it is only that those who are silent among us learn to listen

26- “When you start writing the magic comes when the characters seem to take on a life of their own and write the words for themselves.” ~ Alice Hoffman

When you start writing the magic comes when the characters seem to take on a life of their own and write the words for themselves

27- “When the cold comes to New England it arrives in sheets of sleet and ice. In December, the wind wraps itself around bare trees and twists in between husbands and wives asleep in their beds. It shakes the shingles from the roofs and sifts through cracks in the plaster. The only green things left are the holly bushes and the old boxwood hedges in the village, and these are often painted white with snow. Chipmunks and weasels come to nest in basements and barns; owls find their way into attics. At night,the dark is blue and bluer still, as sapphire of night.” ~ Alice Hoffman

When the cold comes to New England it arrives in sheets of sleet and ice. In December, the wind wraps itself around bare trees and twists in between husbands and wives asleep in their beds. It shakes the shingles from the roofs and sifts through cracks in the plaster. The only green things left are the holly bushes and the old boxwood hedges in the village, and these are often painted white with snow. Chipmunks and weasels come to nest in basements and barns; owls find their way into attics. At night,the dark is blue and bluer still, as sapphire of night

28- “There was the blue sky above her and all those many roses, the ones that gave off the scent of cloves in the rain and the ones that left a trace of lemon on your fingers, the ones that were the color of blood, and those that were as white as clouds. Each one was sweeter than the next and as red as gemstones.” ~ Alice Hoffman

There was the blue sky above her and all those many roses, the ones that gave off the scent of cloves in the rain and the ones that left a trace of lemon on your fingers, the ones that were the color of blood, and those that were as white as clouds. Each one was sweeter than the next and as red as gemstones

29- “Be careful what you wish for. I know that for a fact. Wishes are brutal, unforgiving things. They burn your tongue the moment they’re spoken and you can never take them back.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Be careful what you wish for. I know that for a fact. Wishes are brutal, unforgiving things. They burn your tongue the moment they're spoken and you can never take them back

30- “Feel lucky for what you have when you have it. Isn’t that the point? Happily ever after doesn’t mean happy forever.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Feel lucky for what you have when you have it. Isn't that the point? Happily ever after doesn't mean happy forever

31- “It’s not the lie that’s the problem; it’s the distance the lie forges between you.” ~ Alice Hoffman

It's not the lie that's the problem; it's the distance the lie forges between you

32- “Another world must surely exist somewhere one where she would be known in some deep way that was far beyond words.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Another world must surely exist somewhere one where she would be known in some deep way that was far beyond words

33- “Still anyone who trusts a serpent deserves its bite. The wise see a creature for what it is, not what it says it may be.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Still anyone who trusts a serpent deserves its bite. The wise see a creature for what it is, not what it says it may be

34- “Fairytales were maps formed of blood and hair and bones; they were the knots of the sub-conscious unwound. Every word in every tale was real and as true as apples and stones. They all led to the story inside the story.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Fairytales were maps formed of blood and hair and bones; they were the knots of the sub-conscious unwound. Every word in every tale was real and as true as apples and stones. They all led to the story inside the story

35- “I thought that love was a river, endless and deep. I thought it merely happened, washing over you like water. It was nothing to search for, nothing to force. I didn’t understand that even when we can’t control our fate, we alone have the last say in matters of the heart. We can give it freely, even in the worst of times, even when it isn’t returned.” ~ Alice Hoffman

I thought that love was a river, endless and deep. I thought it merely happened, washing over you like water. It was nothing to search for, nothing to force. I didn't understand that even when we can't control our fate, we alone have the last say in matters of the heart. We can give it freely, even in the worst of times, even when it isn't returned

36- “I wrote to find beauty and purpose, to know that love is possible and lasting and real…. Once I got to my desk, once I started writing, I still believed anything was possible.” ~ Alice Hoffman

I wrote to find beauty and purpose, to know that love is possible and lasting and real…. Once I got to my desk, once I started writing, I still believed anything was possible

37- “I always felt and still feel that fairy tales have an emotional truth that is so deep that there are few things that really rival them” ~ Alice Hoffman

I always felt and still feel that fairy tales have an emotional truth that is so deep that there are few things that really rival them

38- “There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.” ~ Alice Hoffman

There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can

39- “Some things, when they change, never do return to the way they once were. Butterflies for instance, and women who’ve been in love with the wrong man too often.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Some things, when they change, never do return to the way they once were. Butterflies for instance, and women who've been in love with the wrong man too often

40- “I wasn’t quite as certain that I knew her soul. When it came right down to it, I wasn’t sure she knew me either.” ~ Alice Hoffman

I wasn't quite as certain that I knew her soul. When it came right down to it, I wasn't sure she knew me either

41- “She didn’t like being twelve. It felt like someplace between who she’d been and who she was about to be. It felt like no place at all.” ~ Alice Hoffman

She didn't like being twelve. It felt like someplace between who she'd been and who she was about to be. It felt like no place at all

42- “Every time I finish a book, I forget everything I learned writing it – the information just disappears out of my head” ~ Alice Hoffman

Every time I finish a book, I forget everything I learned writing it - the information just disappears out of my head

43- “I knew what it was to yearn for a life so distant it seemed that it had never been anything more than a dream.” ~ Alice Hoffman

I knew what it was to yearn for a life so distant it seemed that it had never been anything more than a dream

44- “They were written on cheap blue notebooks bought by poor women. I’m interested in folk tales in the way that medicine and magic in women’s stories are all kind of combined.” ~ Alice Hoffman

They were written on cheap blue notebooks bought by poor women. I'm interested in folk tales in the way that medicine and magic in women's stories are all kind of combined

45- “Here is the riddle of love: Everything it gives to you, it takes away.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Here is the riddle of love: Everything it gives to you, it takes away

46- “This day is going to be awful. It’s the sort of day you wouldn’t mind losing completely, even if it meant your life would be twenty-four hours shorter.” ~ Alice Hoffman

This day is going to be awful. It's the sort of day you wouldn't mind losing completely, even if it meant your life would be twenty-four hours shorter

47- “You can be betrayed in your sleep. The whole world can tilt while you’re dreaming of butterflies.” ~ Alice Hoffman

You can be betrayed in your sleep. The whole world can tilt while you're dreaming of butterflies

48- “No one knows how to write a novel until it’s been written” ~ Alice Hoffman

No one knows how to write a novel until it's been written

49- “Mothers always find ways to fit in the work – but then when you’re working, you feel that you should be spending time with your children and then when you’re with your children, you’re thinking about working.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Mothers always find ways to fit in the work - but then when you're working, you feel that you should be spending time with your children and then when you're with your children, you're thinking about working

50- “Do people choose the art that inspires them — do they think it over, decide they might prefer the fabulous to the real? For me, it was those early readings of fairy tales that made me who I was as a reader and, later on, as a storyteller.” ~ Alice Hoffman

Do people choose the art that inspires them — do they think it over, decide they might prefer the fabulous to the real? For me, it was those early readings of fairy tales that made me who I was as a reader and, later on, as a storyteller