Sara Zarr Famous Quotes & Sayings

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Sara Zarr Sayings: Can it really be love if we don't talk that much, don't see each other? Can it really be love if we don't talk that much, don't see each other? Isn't love something that happens between people who spend time together and know each other's faults and take care of each other? ... In the end, I decide that the mark we've left on each other is the color and shape of love.
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Sara Zarr Sayings: Life was mostly made up of things you couldn't control, full of surprises, and they Life was mostly made up of things you couldn't control, full of surprises, and they weren't always good. Life wasn't what you made it. You were what life made you.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Life doesn't have to be only anxiety about what's gone wrong, and complaints about the Life doesn't have to be only anxiety about what's gone wrong, and complaints about the world around you.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I played the clarinet, and my sister played the violin ... If we'd had the I played the clarinet, and my sister played the violin ... If we'd had the discipline and the passion, maybe we could have been good.
Sara Zarr Sayings: In a way, "failure" is just another word for "the journey," for not being there In a way, "failure" is just another word for "the journey," for not being there yet but on the way. It's the road we walk on to get wherever it is we're trying to go.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I remember being in high school and listening to Vivaldi's 'Winter' and being so overwhelmed I remember being in high school and listening to Vivaldi's 'Winter' and being so overwhelmed with emotion.
Sara Zarr Sayings: This was why Mom had told me to keep an eye on her. As tough This was why Mom had told me to keep an eye on her. As tough as Dixie was, when it came to Dad she was a regular girl who wanted her father to love her. So
Sara Zarr Sayings: I have no desire to go back to San Francisco. I have no desire to go back to San Francisco.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Was it only because he happened to be the one who came along when he Was it only because he happened to be the one who came along when he did? Could it have been anyone? Or was there something about him, that I liked and cared at?
Sara Zarr Sayings: You didn't call me last night.""Was I supposed to?"He looked down. "Just figured now that You didn't call me last night."
"Was I supposed to?"
He looked down. "Just figured now that you had my number ... Kept my phone on all night, just in case." He laughed. "I started to worry that it didn't work. Actually went out to a pay phone to test it."
"You could have called me. That way you left me after lunch on Saturday, I figured ... " I ended there and shrugged, not wanting to be mad at him or get into any kind of argument. "Anyway, after auditions I went to the gym with Steph, and I'm so behind in my homework it's not even funny." Of course I'd punched in his number about eighteen times without actually ever calling him. I wasn't sure what I'd say, and worried about how I'd feel if he didn't answer.
"I shouldn't have left like that on Saturday."
"Yeah, well." I waved my hands. "Don't worry about it. I have to finish getting ready. There's cereal and stuff ... just make yourself at home.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Everyone has an identity crisis when they are 16 or 17 years old. Everyone has an identity crisis when they are 16 or 17 years old.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Because love, love is never finished. It circles and circles, the memories out of order Because love, love is never finished. It circles and circles, the memories out of order and not always complete.
Sara Zarr Sayings: It's not words, so much, just my mind going blank and thoughts reaching up up It's not words, so much, just my mind going blank and thoughts reaching up up up, me wishing I could climb through the ceiling and over the stars until I can find God, really see God, and know once and for all that everything I've believed my whole life is true, and real. Or, not even everything. Not even half. Just the part about someone or something bigger than us who doesn't lose track. I want to believe the stories, that there really is someone who would search the whole mountainside just to find that one lost thing that he loves, and bring it home.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Forgetting isn't enough. You can paddle away from the memories and think they are gone. Forgetting isn't enough. You can paddle away from the memories and think they are gone. But they will keep floating back, again and again and agian. They circle you, like sharks. Until, unless, something, someone? Can do more than just cover the wound.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I don't want to pretend like I'm some intellectual person who understands Flannery O'Connor. I don't want to pretend like I'm some intellectual person who understands Flannery O'Connor.
Sara Zarr Sayings: The past only had whatever power you gave it; life was what you made it The past only had whatever power you gave it; life was what you made it and if you wanted something different from what you had, it was up to you to make it happen.
Sara Zarr Sayings: My books usually end where they began. I try to bring characters back to a My books usually end where they began. I try to bring characters back to a point that is familiar but different because of the growth that they have gone through.
Sara Zarr Sayings: It makes me think of Lazarus. He must have had those shadows after his miracle. It makes me think of Lazarus. He must have had those shadows after his miracle. You don't spend time in the tomb without it changing you, and everyone who was waiting for you to come out.
Sara Zarr Sayings: When the remembering was done, the forgetting could begin. When the remembering was done, the forgetting could begin.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I wonder how you're supposed to know the exact moment when there's no more hope. I wonder how you're supposed to know the exact moment when there's no more hope.
Sara Zarr Sayings: don't mistake a new place for a new you. don't mistake a new place for a new you.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I do have a little bit more confidence in - or at least familiarity with I do have a little bit more confidence in - or at least familiarity with - my process. For example, when it feels like it's going badly or that I'm lost, I know I'll eventually find my way because I've been through it before. But writing itself is still hard.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I'm not really a plot writer - I'm more interested in the characters and sort I'm not really a plot writer - I'm more interested in the characters and sort of small events that propel the story forward.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I'm talking about the ones who, for whatever reason, are as much a part of I'm talking about the ones who, for whatever reason, are as much a part of you as your own soul. Their place in your heart is tender; a bruise of longing, a pulse of unfinished business.
Just hearing their names pushes and pulls at you in a hundred ways, and when you try to define those hundred ways, describe them even to yourself, words are useless. If you had a lifetime to talk, there would still be things left unsaid.
Sara Zarr Sayings: It's hard to say when my interest in writing began, or how. My mother read It's hard to say when my interest in writing began, or how. My mother read to my sister and me every night, and we always loved playing make-believe games. I had a well-primed imagination. I didn't start thinking about writing as a serious pursuit, a career I could have, until after college.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I was a 'learn by doing' writer - I never took any formal writing classes. I was a 'learn by doing' writer - I never took any formal writing classes. So it took a long time to figure things out and find my voice.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Love is just a word we use to describe what boils down to a selfish Love is just a word we use to describe what boils down to a selfish and temporary state of happiness.
Sara Zarr Sayings: counted because things in my life had a way of disappearing on me, and I'd counted because things in my life had a way of disappearing on me, and I'd learned not to trust what I thought was there. What
Sara Zarr Sayings: Sometimes you should have something you don't need but that you want. Sometimes you should have something you don't need but that you want.
Sara Zarr Sayings: It's like a Venn diagram of tragedy. It's like a Venn diagram of tragedy.
Sara Zarr Sayings: He felt it too, the air between us, the invisible lines that something or someone He felt it too, the air between us, the invisible lines that something or someone had drawn to connect us. That's the way I remember it.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I never had a connection like that to anyone, where every day you think about I never had a connection like that to anyone, where every day you think about what you'll tell them and you wonder what they're doing, and you know they're wondering what you're doing.
Sara Zarr Sayings: He said I didn't need to save him.""But you want to.""Yeah. But I can't. Right?""Probably He said I didn't need to save him."
"But you want to."
"Yeah. But I can't. Right?"
"Probably not. Usually not.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I'm going to check on you in the night," he said. "At random intervals of I'm going to check on you in the night," he said. "At random intervals of my choosing."
"I figured.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I'm always in a place that is sincere but conflicted about different things that come I'm always in a place that is sincere but conflicted about different things that come with being a Christian and being an active, churchgoing Christian.
Sara Zarr Sayings: One of my favorite authors is Robert Cormier. He was a devout Catholic and a One of my favorite authors is Robert Cormier. He was a devout Catholic and a very nice man, which might not be the impression you get from reading his books.
Sara Zarr Sayings: The kind of life I want is to be a person who would get a The kind of life I want is to be a person who would get a personal note every day.
Sara Zarr Sayings: It came down to the smallest things, really, that a person could do to say It came down to the smallest things, really, that a person could do to say I'm sorry, to say it's okay, to say I forgive you. The tiniest of declarations that built, one on top of the other, until there was something solid beneath your feet. And then ... and then. Who knew?
Sara Zarr Sayings: You are beautiful, Lucy. Inside and out. And that hurts, too. It hurts more specifically. You are beautiful, Lucy. Inside and out. And that hurts, too. It hurts more specifically. More personally.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Because love, love never finishes. Because love, love never finishes.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I had them all fooled into believing I was normal and well-adjusted, a rock of I had them all fooled into believing I was normal and well-adjusted, a rock of sensibility who could always be counted on to have a positive attitude.
Sara Zarr Sayings: This was a memory I wanted to keep, whole, and recall again and again. When This was a memory I wanted to keep, whole, and recall again and again. When I was fifty years old I wanted to remember this moment on the porch, holding hands with Cameron while he shared himself with me. I didn't want it to be something on the fringes of my memory like so many other things about Cameron and myself.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I get a message from my dad. In the mood I'm in, I tear up I get a message from my dad. In the mood I'm in, I tear up to see his name in my inbox, and imagine him down the hall in bed, propped on pillows, emailing me.
"Hon,
Enjoyed our gelato date the other night. I just want to say I'm proud of you for a lot of reasons. Also, I've attached a picture of my foot."
He's such a weirdo goofball. I love him.
Sara Zarr Sayings: We write in ways that, we generally hope, reflect real life, or at least look We write in ways that, we generally hope, reflect real life, or at least look familiar to humans. And in life, recurring themes are a recurring theme. We never quite conquer a pet vice or a relationship pattern or a communication habit. We're haunted by our particular demons.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I lived too much in my head instead of the real world. I lived too much in my head instead of the real world.
Sara Zarr Sayings: That's how life feels to me. Everyone is doing it; everyone knows how. To live That's how life feels to me. Everyone is doing it; everyone knows how. To live and be who they are and find a place, find a moment. I'm still waiting.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Live in the present. Take care of the relationships in front of you now. Most Live in the present. Take care of the relationships in front of you now. Most friendships have a natural life, and when they've lived that out, you'll know.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I understand that you can never have the whole picture; inevitably, there's stuff you don't I understand that you can never have the whole picture; inevitably, there's stuff you don't know, can't know. But when it comes to Cameron I always want more than I have, would like to be able to take hold of at least one or two more pieces, if only because I'm convinced there are parts of myself inside them.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Don't ask me how I am,' I blurt. 'Please.' I want to keep feeling good. Don't ask me how I am,' I blurt. 'Please.' I want to keep feeling good. Just because the lights are on doesn't mean I have to look.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I don't yell back at my mother. When I'm angry or scared or upset, I I don't yell back at my mother. When I'm angry or scared or upset, I don't yell. I stay quiet. I've seen how she is, how she would get with Kent and with me and with other people, life if someone at the pharmacy got in the wrong line or asked too long a question, or if someone on the bus accidentally bumped her. I've watched her my whole life, the way people react to her. It doesn't actually help you get what you want, yelling and being like that. It only makes people think bad of you.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Your greatest creation is your creative life. It's all in your hands. Rejection can't take Your greatest creation is your creative life. It's all in your hands. Rejection can't take it away; reviews can't take it away. The life you create for yourself as an artist, may be the only thing that's really yours. Create a life you can center yourself in calmly as you wait for your work to grow.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I can be human to strangers and coworkers, just not to the people who actually I can be human to strangers and coworkers, just not to the people who actually care about me.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I should have shouted and wave my hands in case the driver looked back, but I should have shouted and wave my hands in case the driver looked back, but mostly in life I don't protest things. I go along, or at least I make people believe I'm going along. Sometimes it's better if people think you're dumb or don't care.
Sara Zarr Sayings: The mark we've left on each other is the color and shape of love. That's The mark we've left on each other is the color and shape of love. That's the unfinished business between us. because love, love is never finished.
Sara Zarr Sayings: And I don't just mean that they change you. A lot of people can change And I don't just mean that they change you. A lot of people can change you - the first kid who called you a name, the first teacher who said you were smart, the first person who crowned you best friend. It's the change you remember, the firsts and what they meant, not really the people.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I didn't say it didn't feel good..." They never tell you this part in sex I didn't say it didn't feel good..." They never tell you this part in sex ed, how to talk about what you did and why you did it and what you thought about it, before, during, and after.
Sara Zarr Sayings: That's what music did. It made you feel. ...Music, her grandfather always told her, was That's what music did. It made you feel.
...
Music, her grandfather always told her, was language. A special language, a gift from the Muses, something all people are born understanding but few people can thoroughly translate.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Readers want a story, not a pattern. It's the specifics of a story that make Readers want a story, not a pattern. It's the specifics of a story that make it really ping our various reader radars.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I'm still going to love you, always. And in the rock-paper-scissors of life, love is I'm still going to love you, always. And in the rock-paper-scissors of life, love is rock. fear, anger, everthing else ... no contest.
Sara Zarr Sayings: My books have been translated into various languages and sold in other countries, but I My books have been translated into various languages and sold in other countries, but I never have any contact with the foreign publishers and am so disconnected from that process that it seems almost imaginary. With 'How to Save a Life', I worked closely with Usborne editors and have been involved in the publicity.
Sara Zarr Sayings: The importance of our connection, what it meant to find each other again, the way The importance of our connection, what it meant to find each other again, the way it made what happened to us and between us not be a waste, not be for nothing. He would know, he had to know, that not saying good-bye would be the worst end of all.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Sometimes trust isn't something you can just choose to do even if it makes sense. Sometimes trust isn't something you can just choose to do even if it makes sense. All my life the only reliable person, the one I could count on, the one who hasn't abandoned me, is me.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I tried his cell over and over but he never answered. Then I'd call just I tried his cell over and over but he never answered. Then I'd call just to hear his voice on the outgoing message, until eventually that was gone too.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Life needed a fast forward button. Because there were days you just don't want to Life needed a fast forward button. Because there were days you just don't want to live through, not again, but they kept coming around and you were powerless to stop time or speed it up or do anything to keep from having to face it.
Sara Zarr Sayings: No one measures a life in weeks and days. You measure life in years and No one measures a life in weeks and days. You measure life in years and by the things that happen to you.
Sara Zarr Sayings: You were never what I wanted to forget. You were never what I wanted to forget.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Making lists of favorite things is, for me, a task ridden with anxiety. What if Making lists of favorite things is, for me, a task ridden with anxiety. What if I've accidentally excluded something I love? What if I discover something new tomorrow that I love even more?
Sara Zarr Sayings: Okay, then, what was he like? Just give me something to go on so that Okay, then, what was he like? Just give me something to go on so that I have a shot at him!'
'A shot at him? Are you on an elk hunt?
Sara Zarr Sayings: When my characters are questioning things, it's not me leading up to an answer; it's When my characters are questioning things, it's not me leading up to an answer; it's me asking those same questions and letting the characters' lives unfold and seeing where it takes them.
Sara Zarr Sayings: It's as if once you hit high school, you're programmed, like a robot, to be It's as if once you hit high school, you're programmed, like a robot, to be an asshole to your parents.
Sara Zarr Sayings: My dad died, I write. almost a year ago. Car accident. My hand is shaking; My dad died, I write. almost a year ago. Car accident. My hand is shaking; my eyes sting and fill. I add Not his fault before pushing the notebook and pen back across the table, wiping a hand across my cheeks.
As he reads, my impulse is to reach out, grab the notebook, run outside, dump it in the trash, bury it in the snow, throw it under the wheels of a passing car - something, something, so I can go back fifteen seconds when this part ofme was still shut away and private. Then I look at Ravi's face again, and the normally white white whites of his eyes are pink. This causes major disruption to my ability to control the flow of my own tears. I see myself when I look at him right now: he's reflecting my sadness, my broken heart, back to me.
He takes the pe, writes, and slides it over. You'd think it's something epic from the way it levels my heart. It isn't.
I'm really sorry, Jill.
Four little words.
Sara Zarr Sayings: What did it feel like, I wondered, to be kissed like that right out in What did it feel like, I wondered, to be kissed like that right out in public? Not like some passionate tongue-wrestling thing, just a kiss to declare: We are each other's. I'd never been kissed like that, not by him or anyone else. No one had declared me his, not for the whole world to see, anyway.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Ethan and I are done," I said finally. "I'm sorry." "He was my first boyfriend." Ethan and I are done," I said finally. "I'm sorry." "He was my first boyfriend." "I know." "The only real boyfriend I've had. I'm a senior in high school and he was my only real boyfriend." "I know." "And I won't find another one at Jones Hall. That is guaranteed." "Okay." "This is all very sad and tragic," I said. Alan unwrapped a sleeve of Smarties. "Yet, oddly, you don't seem that upset." "I know.
Sara Zarr Sayings: It's a jagged thing in my throat, how much I miss her. It's a jagged thing in my throat, how much I miss her.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I'm remembering how this works. How life doesn't have to be only anxiety about what's I'm remembering how this works. How life doesn't have to be only anxiety about what's gone wrong or could go worng, and complaints about the world around you. How a person you're excited about can remind you there's stuff going on beyond ... routine oil changes and homework. Stuff that matters. Stuff to look forward to.
Sara Zarr Sayings: We had each other. I never needed anyone else. That's the difference between you and We had each other. I never needed anyone else. That's the difference between you and me. You need all these people around you. Your friends, your boyfriend, everyone. Every single person has to like you. I only ever needed one person. Only ever needed you.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Ethan couldn't possibly understand it, what Cameron and I meant to each other and how Ethan couldn't possibly understand it, what Cameron and I meant to each other and how different it was from anything like a romance or a crush.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I don't like to do too much psychological research because it might turn a character I don't like to do too much psychological research because it might turn a character into a patchwork.
Sara Zarr Sayings: There were about ten years of trying, failing, trying again, suffering rejection, etc. My first There were about ten years of trying, failing, trying again, suffering rejection, etc. My first published book, 'Story of a Girl', was the fourth book I wrote.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I didn't 'decide' to write YA, per se. But every time I thought of a I didn't 'decide' to write YA, per se. But every time I thought of a story, it featured characters 15, 16, 17.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Katy skipped over, her low-rise jeans threatening to fall off her skinny hips. With some Katy skipped over, her low-rise jeans threatening to fall off her skinny hips. With some girls, that was a sexy look. With Katy, it made you nervous.
Sara Zarr Sayings: It's just so out of control. Life, I mean. The way it flies off in It's just so out of control. Life, I mean. The way it flies off in all these different directions without your permission.
Sara Zarr Sayings: *Story of a Girl By:Sara Zarr*Lexile:760 SRC:12 pts.*Personal Issues*Choice of getting a job to move *Story of a Girl By:Sara Zarr
*Lexile:760 SRC:12 pts.
*Personal Issues
*Choice of getting a job to move out
*Major Choice
*In Process of making it happen
*It effects her bother his girlfriend and their baby, because they will move out with her too.
*Sometimes we need to take choices that will make your life easier and also others.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I tend to describe recurring themes as being part of a writer's DNA - something I tend to describe recurring themes as being part of a writer's DNA - something so deeply embedded in us that even we don't notice it until we've written three or four books.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Family or love or romance, whatever it is, is not restricted to perfect people. If Family or love or romance, whatever it is, is not restricted to perfect people. If it were, it wouldn't exist. All of that comes out in my work in some way.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Sometimes rescue comes to you. It just shows up, and you do nothing. Maybe you Sometimes rescue comes to you. It just shows up, and you do nothing. Maybe you deserve it, maybe you don't. But be ready, when it comes, to decide if you will take the outstretched hand and let it pull you ashore.
Sara Zarr Sayings: What brings two people together anyway? What brings two people together anyway?
Sara Zarr Sayings: The one reader I'm trying to please as I write is me, and I'm pretty The one reader I'm trying to please as I write is me, and I'm pretty difficult to please.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Is it good, bad, or neutral to recognize thematic patterns in your own work? When Is it good, bad, or neutral to recognize thematic patterns in your own work? When it comes to recurring themes, I'm of the mind that knowledge is probably not power, at least in terms of the work.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Love.That was the piece that had been missing, way before Prague. That was that piece Love.
That was the piece that had been missing, way before Prague. That was that piece that had been missing in her life until Will came and made her feel it, for their work together and for the beauty and also for him, though it was hard sometimes to separate those things. Maybe she didn't love Will like she thought. Or couldn't in this moment.
But what they'd done together, what had been open by becoming so close, she could still love that. She could love their conversations and their hours at the piano and the results of their work. She could even love the way it hurt right now, because when was the last time she gave her whole heart to something?
That, all of it, belonged to her. She didn't have to let Will take it away, the way she'd let her grandfather, the business, herself, take her love for music.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Remember that no matter where I am or what I'm doing I've got a special Remember that no matter where I am or what I'm doing I've got a special place inside me that's all for you. It's been there since the day we met.
Sara Zarr Sayings: You don't get anything without giving up something. You don't get anything without giving up something.
Sara Zarr Sayings: His voice just shot through me. It's amazing, the things your body will do just His voice just shot through me. It's amazing, the things your body will do just when you don't want them to: heart speeding up, fingers aching. I'd always liked his voice, low and laid-back, the kind of voice that made you listen, a voice that still caused me to teeter when I heard it saying my old nickname.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I wanted to be free to write the way I wanted to write, and my I wanted to be free to write the way I wanted to write, and my impression of Christian publishing, at least in fiction, was that there wasn't room for what I wanted to write.
Sara Zarr Sayings: Sitting and waiting for something to happen was the worst kind of torture. Sitting and waiting for something to happen was the worst kind of torture.
Sara Zarr Sayings: When a young reader tells you that they'd never finished a book outside of school When a young reader tells you that they'd never finished a book outside of school until they read yours, or that they really needed to hear something that one of your characters says or thinks ... that's just rewarding and humbling.
Sara Zarr Sayings: I grew up in San Francisco in the 1970s. We were part of a church I grew up in San Francisco in the 1970s. We were part of a church that belonged to the California Jesus movement.
Sara Zarr Sayings: We'd walk home together in the foggy summer night and I'd tell her about sex; We'd walk home together in the foggy summer night and I'd tell her about sex; the good stuff, like how it could be warm and exciting
it took you away
and the not-so-good things, like how once you showed someone that part of yourself, you had to trust them one thousand percent and anything could happen. Someone you thought you knew could change and suddenly not want you, suddenly decide you made a better story than a girlfriend. Or how sometimes you might think you wanted to do it and then halfway through or afterward realize no, you just wanted the company, really; you wanted someone to choose you, and the sex part itself was like a trade-off, something you felt like you had to give to get the other part. I'd tell her that and help her decide. I'd be a friend.
Sara Zarr Sayings: We'd need a miracle," he says. "A real one. Do you think those happen anymore? We'd need a miracle," he says. "A real one. Do you think those happen anymore?
Sara Zarr Sayings: I know I shouldn't say this - I know it as surely as I know I know I shouldn't say this - I know it as surely as I know the earth is round and beats are evil - and yet here it comes: It's not too late to change your mind.