78 Alice Hoffman Quotes from Famous American Novelist

Born in 1952 in New York City, Alice Hoffman is an American novelist famous for exploring women’s identity quests, blending realism and the supernatural.

Educated at Adelphi and Stanford Universities, she began her writing career with short stories before publishing her debut novel, “Property Of” in 1977.

Hoffman’s extensive oeuvre includes novels like “Practical Magic,” the inception of a popular series and other acclaimed works, exploring themes like complex relationships, challenges and mystical elements.

Alice Hoffman

She also authored children’s and teen books and shared her breast cancer battle in “Survival Lessons” (2013).

Hoffman contributed significantly to breast cancer treatment funding and awareness.

Below is a top list of the quotes from Alice Hoffman.

Best Alice Hoffman Quotes


Unrequited love is so boring. Weeping under a blue-black sky is for suckers or maniacs. ~ Alice Hoffman.


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


I never plot out my novels in terms of the tone of the book. Hopefully, once a story is begun it reveals itself. ~ Alice Hoffman.


Our rest is formed by our waking life and our waking life is formed by our sorrows. ~ Alice Hoffman.


I think love is a huge factor in fiction and in real life. Is there a risk? Always. In fiction and in life. ~ Alice Hoffman.


The evening had turned sweet and blue. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Unfinished business always comes back to haunt you, and a man who swears he’ll love you forever isn’t finished with you until he’s done. ~ Alice Hoffman.


That is the joy of reading fiction: when all is said and done, the novel belongs to the reader and his or her imagination. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Real love was dangerous, it got you from inside and held on tight, and if you didn’t let go fast enough you might be willing to do anything for its sake. ~ Alice Hoffman.

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


The weak are cruel. The strong have no need to be. ~ Alice Hoffman.

It’s not finding what’s lost, it’s understanding what you’ve found. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Famous Alice Hoffman Quotes

Avoid men who call you Baby, and women who have no friends, and dogs that scratch at their bellies and refuse to lie down at your feet. Wear dark glasses; bathe with lavender oil and cool fresh water. Seek shelter from the sun at noon. ~ 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. ~ 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. ~ 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. ~ Alice Hoffman.

She was disappearing a little more each day, so thin, so frail, a wisp of smoke. One day she would surely vanish altogether, and there was no way to stop her. ~ Alice Hoffman.


There’s one factor she forgot to figure into her anxiety equation, and that’s jealousy. ~ Alice Hoffman.

I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there’s a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us. ~ Alice Hoffman.

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

Certain things need not be said, and there’s nothing, not a whisper, prayer, not a sacrifice, not a payment of any price, that would change what’s about to happen. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Top Alice Hoffman Quotes


After a while, the characters I’m writing begin to feel real to me. That’s when I know I’m heading in the right direction. ~ Alice Hoffman.

It doesn’t matter what people tell you. It doesn’t matter what they might say. Sometimes you have to leave home. Sometimes, running away means you’re headed in the exact right direction. ~ Alice Hoffman.

The frightened walk away when love is difficult. I know that now. You have to be willing to give everything away. You have to be willing to end up with nothing. Only then will your heart be whole. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Hawthorne has given us a tradition that some people refer to as Yankee Magic Realism, and I do think there is a certain quality to the landscape that definitely leads into the dark woods. ~ 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. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Trouble is just like love, after all; it comes in unannounced and takes over before you’ve had a chance to reconsider, or even to think. ~ Alice Hoffman.


Burn me. Drown me. Tell me lies. I will still be who I am. ~ Alice Hoffman.

The sky is already purple; the first few stars have appeared, suddenly, as if someone had thrown a handful of silver across the edge of the world. ~ Alice Hoffman.

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

Popular Alice Hoffman Quotes

People hide their truest nature. I understood that; I even applauded it. What sort of world would it be if people bled all over the sidewalks, if they wept under trees, smacked whomever they despised, kissed strangers, revealed themselves? ~ Alice Hoffman.

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

The moon is always jealous of the heat of the day, just as the sun always longs for something dark and deep. ~ Alice Hoffman.

I’m much faster now. When you only have a certain amount of time to write, after a while you learn to use your time well or you stop writing. ~ Alice Hoffman.


Even in times when it’s difficult to figure out, how do you go forward, art—and books—always help. ~ Alice Hoffman.

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

Every fairy tale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws. ~ Alice Hoffman.

In losing a friend, she is reminded of all she has lost and all she stands to lose again. There is nothing to be done to make it any easier. We all grieve alone. ~ Alice Hoffman.

I can hurt myself more than anyone else can, she told her sister. I can do it with my eyes closed. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Inspiring Alice Hoffman Quotes

Sometimes the most dangerous thing of all in matters of love was to be granted your heart’s desire. ~ Alice Hoffman.


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

Young people believe that regret is something you will never feel if you simply do as you please, but sometimes it is a matter of degree. ~ Alice Hoffman.

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

I heard a sigh, as though the books were breathing. I felt that this was where I belonged. This was where I lived. ~ Alice Hoffman.

I really feel like the gift is also the curse. It’s always half-and-half. Whatever brings you the most joy will also probably bring you the most pain. Always a price to pay. ~ Alice Hoffman.

How could I have been so stupid to ignore everything I’d had in my life? The color red alone was worth kingdoms. ~ 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. ~ Alice Hoffman.


If a woman is in trouble, she should always wear blue for protection. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Love was like that, like a dream you didn’t quite understand, one in which you didn’t necessarily know what you were looking at until it was right in front of you. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Great Alice Hoffman Quotes

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.

No one knows how to write a novel until it’s been written. ~ Alice Hoffman.

We stood and watched as God abandoned us, and then we did the best we could. ~ Alice Hoffman.

People want to ignore what they can’t understand. They’re looking for logic at any cost. ~ Alice Hoffman.


I dream of a love that even time will lie down and be still for. ~ 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. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Pride is a funny thing; it can make what is truly worthless appear to be a treasure. ~ Alice Hoffman.

You build your world around someone, and then what happens when he disappears? Where do you go-into pieces, into atoms, into the arms of another man? You go shopping, you cook dinner, you work odd hours, you make love to someone else on June nights. But you’re not really there. ~ Alice Hoffman.

I’m a huge believer in revision. The more times you write it, the more it becomes alive. ~ Alice Hoffman.

It was the sort of beauty you feel so deeply it becomes contagious and somehow makes you feel beautiful too. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Wise Alice Hoffman Quotes

You are only worthy of what you prove yourself to be. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Here’s the thing about luck…you don’t know if it’s good or bad until you have some perspective. ~ Alice Hoffman.

She liked to disappear, even when she was in the same room as other people. It was a talent, as it was a curse. ~ Alice Hoffman.

The voice that arises out of the silence is something no one can imagine until it is heard. It roars when it speaks, it lies to you and convinces you, it steals from you and leaves you without a single word of comfort. ~ Alice Hoffman.


Some fates are guaranteed, no matter who tries to intervene. ~ Alice Hoffman.

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

They weren’t true stories; they were better than that. ~ Alice Hoffman.

What people read revealed so much about them that she considered our card catalog a treasure house of privileged secrets; each card contained the map of an individual’s soul. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Some things you cannot wish away or think away. They become part of you when you remember them. ~ Alice Hoffman.

My mother’s blood that would last forever after. The blood of my brother, my grandfather, my father. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Powerful Alice Hoffman Quotes

Love ambushed you, it lay in wait, dormant for days or years. It was the red thread, the peach stone, the kiss, the forgiveness. It came after you, it escaped you, it was invisible, it was everything. ~ Alice Hoffman.

It was a great escape for me and it was a way to take a break from what was going on in my own world, to go into another world. ~ Alice Hoffman.


Books may well be the only true magic. ~ Alice Hoffman.

Are people drawn to each other because of the stories they carry inside? ~ Alice Hoffman.

I wasn’t good company, that was true, and people avoided me, but that was all right. I was too busy dreaming. ~ Alice Hoffman.

I thought of the bowl of water my mother taught me to look into. It was true, everything a person ever needed to know was right there in a single bowl small enough to fit in the palm of one hand. ~ Alice Hoffman.

What you dream, you can grow. Someone told me that, but I didn’t believe it. I said I had nothing and that people with nothing are unable to dream. But I was wrong. ~ Alice Hoffman.

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