Sharon M. Draper Famous Quotes & Sayings

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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: All the salve in the world can't cure what gets broken in somebody's soul -Mama All the salve in the world can't cure what gets broken in somebody's soul -Mama
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Twenty minutes later, just as Stella thought she was going to collapse with worry and Twenty minutes later, just as Stella thought she was going to collapse with worry and anticipation, her father, the pastor, and Mr. Spencer emerged from the polling station, smiles lighting their faces. And now she saw what she'd expected to see earlier in Mr. Spencer's eyes. They were on fire.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Everybody uses words to express themselves. Except me. And I bet most people don't realize Everybody uses words to express themselves. Except me. And I bet most people don't realize the real power of words. But I do. Thoughts
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Sometimes I just get tired of bowin' down and givin' up, you know?" It Sometimes I just get tired of bowin' down and givin' up, you know?" It
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I felt like a real girl. I felt like a real girl.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Nobody rides trains anymore! Nobody rides trains anymore!
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I love the smell of my mother's hair after she washes it.I love the feel I love the smell of my mother's hair after she washes it.
I love the feel of the scratchy stubble on my father's face before he shaves.
But I've never been able to tell them.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I believe in me. And my family does. And Mrs. V. It's the rest of I believe in me. And my family does. And Mrs. V.
It's the rest of the world I'm not so sure of.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Ashes don't necessarily signify an end Ashes don't necessarily signify an end
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: One series of notes, high and delicate, sang of a sweet moonlight kiss gone sour; One series of notes, high and delicate, sang of a sweet moonlight kiss gone sour; another line of music rippled with regret over opportunities forever lost.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Stella's father hesitated. "Georgia supports me, but she was a mite trembly this morning. I Stella's father hesitated. "Georgia supports me, but she was a mite trembly this morning. I brought Stella though."He squeezed her shoulders affectionately. "I don't want to just tell her about bravery--I want to show her what it looks like.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Earthquake report: This is the big one. Earthquake report: This is the big one.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Her mother gave her a piece of warm biscuit and a hug before they left. Her mother gave her a piece of warm biscuit and a hug before they left. "Stones don't cry, child. Remember that," was all she said.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: My parents have always blanketed me with conversation. My parents have always blanketed me with conversation.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Trust me. The older you get, the scarier the world gets to be. Trust me. The older you get, the scarier the world gets to be.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: She's, like, really, really beautiful, but I don't think she sees that when she looks She's, like, really, really beautiful, but I don't think she sees that when she looks in the mirror.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Stella wondered how silence could be so loud. Stella wondered how silence could be so loud.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Look at that amazing display of sparkle! And feel that wind? It's trying to tickle Look at that amazing display of sparkle! And feel that wind? It's trying to tickle your toes,
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Bad writers don't practice, Stella. It's the good ones who care enough to try, who Bad writers don't practice, Stella. It's the good ones who care enough to try, who worry about getting the words just right. You are probably better than you think -Papa
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: If Maria is our hugger, Gloria is our rocker. She rocks for hours in the If Maria is our hugger, Gloria is our rocker. She rocks for hours in the corner under one of the dumb smiling flowers.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Freedom is a delicate flower, like a pretty leaf in the air: It's hard to Freedom is a delicate flower, like a pretty leaf in the air: It's hard to catch and may not be what you thought when you get it, she observed quietly.- Polly from Copper Sun
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the new president. He won in a landslide. Landslide makes me Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the new president. He won in a landslide. Landslide makes me think of rocks and dirt falling down a mountain. Not sure what that has to do with an election. But maybe it does. My papa voted. He is a pebble. Lots of pebbles make a landslide, right? His vote counted.

Roosevelt will move into the White House and will have a fine supper to celebrate, I guess. Papa had cornbread and buttermilk and beans with his friends at my house. I bet papa enjoyed his celebration more.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: A couple of weeks later my dad and I were in the car and we A couple of weeks later my dad and I were in the car and we passed by a McDonald's. I screeched and kicked and pointed like Godzilla was coming down the street. Dad must have thought I was nuts. Finally, he said, "Would you like to stop and get a Big Mac and a shake for dinner tonight as a treat?
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I like how a book feels when I turn the pages, and how the ink I like how a book feels when I turn the pages, and how the ink smells - almost like something good to eat.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: But Penny was born perfect and copper-bright, just like her name. From the minute she But Penny was born perfect and copper-bright, just like her name. From the minute she came home from the hospital, she was a really happy baby. Mom truly did carry a little bundle of joy into the house. But
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I have learned to be patient with people. Once again I point to Rose's computer I have learned to be patient with people. Once again I point to Rose's computer and then to the words me too.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Earthquake report: Expect big aftershocks - nothing like this has ever been seen before. Earthquake report: Expect big aftershocks - nothing like this has ever been seen before.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Teachers must be celebrated for moving civilization from ignorance to enlightenment, from apathy to responsibility. Teachers must be celebrated for moving civilization from ignorance to enlightenment, from apathy to responsibility.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and The Giver by Lois Lowry. And by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and The Giver by Lois Lowry. And
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Dad loves cheese. It doesn't agree with his digestive system very well, though. Dad also Dad loves cheese. It doesn't agree with his digestive system very well, though. Dad also has the loudest, stinkiest farts in creation. I don't know how he manages to control them at work, or even if he does, but when he'd get home, he'd let them loose. They'd start as he walked up the stairs. Step, fart. Step, fart. Step, fart. I'd be laughing by the time he got to my room, and he'd lean over my bed and kiss me. His breath always smelled like peppermints. When
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I can't talk. I can't walk. I can't feed myself or take myself to the I can't talk. I can't walk. I can't feed myself or take myself to the bathroom. Big bummer.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: But I'll always love you, and I'll always miss you and I'll never forget that But I'll always love you, and I'll always miss you and I'll never forget that It's okay to put dragons in the jungle and tears on a tiger
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: We've got to think positive thoughts. We've got to think positive thoughts.
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Sharon M. Draper Sayings: By the way, there is nothing cute about a pink wheelchair. Pink doesn't change a By the way, there is nothing cute about a pink wheelchair. Pink doesn't change a thing.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: (Don't take life as a ADVANTAGE take it SERIOUSLY because it's not a game) (Don't take life as a ADVANTAGE take it SERIOUSLY because it's not a game)
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: What would you do if you could fly?" Mrs. V asks as she glances from What would you do if you could fly?" Mrs. V asks as she glances from the bird to me.
"Is that on the quiz?" I ask, grinning as I type.
"I think we've studied just about everything else." Mrs. V chuckles.
"I'd be scared to let go," I type.
"Afraid you'd fall?" she asks.
"No. Afraid it would feel so good, I'd just fly away.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: What's right isn't always popular, and whats popular isn't always right. What's right isn't always popular, and whats popular isn't always right.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Finally he said, "Bad writers don't practice, Stella. It's the good ones who care enough Finally he said, "Bad writers don't practice, Stella. It's the good ones who care enough to try, who worry about getting the words just right. You are probably better than you think.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I'm always amazed at how adults assume I can't hear. They talk about me as I'm always amazed at how adults assume I can't hear. They talk about me as if I'm invisible, figuring I'm too retarded to understand their conversation. I learn quite a bit this way.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Stella expected to see fire in Mr. Spencer's eyes, fire like the flames that had Stella expected to see fire in Mr. Spencer's eyes, fire like the flames that had made tinder of his house. Instead his eyes were soft, gentle, and brown like the earth. "I have to show them they didn't destroy me," he said simply.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Who Am I? I'm a creator, a visionary, a poet. I approach the world with Who Am I?
I'm a creator, a visionary, a poet. I approach the world with the eyes of an artist, the ears of a musician, and the soul of a writer. I see rainbows where others see only rain, and possibilities when others see only problems. I love spring flowers, summer's heat on my body, and the beauty of the dying leaves in the fall. Classical music, art museums, and ballet are sources of inspiration, as well as blues music and dim cafes. I love to write; words flow easily from my fingertips, and my heart beats rapidly with excitement as an idea becomes a reality on the paper in front of me. I smile often, laugh easily, and I weep at pain and cruelty. I'm a learner and a seeker of knowledge, and I try to take my readers along on my journey. I am passionate about what I do. I learned to dream through reading, learned to create dreams through writing, and learned to develop dreamers through teaching. I shall always be a dreamer. Come dream with me.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Down to the 23rd page of double dutch! Down to the 23rd page of double dutch!
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Thoughts need words. Words need a voice. Thoughts need words. Words need a voice.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: The class laughed. I can tell the difference between people making fun of us and The class laughed. I can tell the difference between people making fun of us and people being nice to us.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: What's the sense of living if you're ashamed of yourself? Stella's father said almost to What's the sense of living if you're ashamed of yourself? Stella's father said almost to himself.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: As another stack of two-by-fours landed by her porch, Stella couldn't help but think about As another stack of two-by-fours landed by her porch, Stella couldn't help but think about how folks had come together when Spoon Man showed up. This time, however, they managed to do a cook-up for a whole house! Nobody had everything, but everybody had something to offer.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: It's like I've always had a painted musical sound track playing background to my life. It's like I've always had a painted musical sound track playing background to my life. I can almost hear colors and smell images when music is played.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I know people will say that it's because of the accident that I came back I know people will say that it's because of the accident that I came back to church-well, they're right. I'm not too proud to know when a problem is bigger than I am.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Dad also has the loudest, stinkiest farts in creation. I don't know how he manages Dad also has the loudest, stinkiest farts in creation. I don't know how he manages to control them at work, or even if he does, but when he'd get home, he'd let them loose. They'd start as he walked up the stairs.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: There is an unseen river of communication that forever flows dark and powerful. There is an unseen river of communication that forever flows
dark and powerful.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: A library filled with thousands of books waiting for a thirsty kid like me to A library filled with thousands of books waiting for a thirsty kid like me to gulp them down.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Delete, delete, delete. No way am I letting their negativity mess me up. I have Delete, delete, delete. No way am I letting their negativity mess me up. I have enough to worry about.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Then let us pray," Pastor Patton said firmly. Stella noticed a few townspeople slowing down Then let us pray," Pastor Patton said firmly. Stella noticed a few townspeople slowing down as they passed by; none of the faces looked pleasant. She closed her eyes. "Dear Lord," said the pastor, we bow down before you as we stand up for dignity. Be with us and protect us both morning, noon and night. Amen.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: [A] person is so much more than the name of a diagnosis on a chart. [A] person is so much more than the name of a diagnosis on a chart.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: She talked to me like I was just like any other student, not a kid She talked to me like I was just like any other student, not a kid in a wheelchair.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: And the machine speaks the words I've never been able to say. I love you. And the machine speaks the words I've never been able to say. I love you.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Long as you remember, ain't nothin' really gone. Long as you remember, ain't nothin' really gone.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Do not let anyone stop you from succeding Do not let anyone stop you from succeding
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Step, fart. Step, fart. Step, fart. Step, fart. Step, fart. Step, fart.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Ingredients 2 packages blueberry gelatin 1 small clean glass fishbowl ½ cup blueberries ½ cup Ingredients 2 packages blueberry gelatin 1 small clean glass fishbowl ½ cup blueberries ½ cup grapes 1 package gummy fish 1 package gummy sharks 1 package gummy flowers 1 package gummy worms 1 thick pretzel rod 1 package red string licorice Directions 1. In a bowl, prepare gelatin according to directions on package. 2. Refrigerate for one hour. 3. While the Jell-O is gelling, add blueberries and grapes to bottom of fishbowl; these are the rocks on the bottom. 4. While it is still soft, spoon the gelatin over the fruit; this is the water. 5. Push the gummy fish, sharks, and flowers into the gelatin. 6. Place in refrigerator; serve cold. 7. To make a fishing pole, tie some red string licorice to a gummy worm, place a pretzel rod on top of the fishbowl, and attach the red string licorice to it.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I just sit there. The morning started out like crystal, but the day has turned I just sit there. The morning started out like crystal, but the day has turned to broken glass.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: There's an unseen river of communication that forever flows - dark and powerful. Tonight was There's an unseen river of communication that forever flows - dark and powerful. Tonight was about food and laughter, yes. But it was also about navigatin' that river." A
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I learned to dream through reading, learned to create dreams through writing, and learned to I learned to dream through reading, learned to create dreams through writing, and learned to develop dreamers through teaching. I shall always be a dreamer.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I was just thinking about me having children. Or being a grandma!" She giggled. "Think I was just thinking about me having children. Or being a grandma!" She giggled. "Think I'll be fat and have gray hair?"

"I sure hope so," her father said, laughing himself.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: What's Mr. Dimming's first name?" "Wallace!" We all cracked up at that. What's Mr. Dimming's first name?" "Wallace!" We all cracked up at that.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Earthquake report: Walls are tumbling everywhere! Earthquake report: Walls are tumbling everywhere!
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: They make computers for the special eddies?" "It talks? Mine doesn't do that." "You don't They make computers for the special eddies?" "It talks? Mine doesn't do that." "You don't need yours to talk!" "It sounds weird." "So do you.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Fifth grade is probably pretty rocky for lots of kids. Homework. Never being quite sure Fifth grade is probably pretty rocky for lots of kids. Homework. Never being quite sure if you're cool enough. Clothes. Parents. Wanting to play with toys and wanting to be grown up all at the same time. Underarm odor. I guess I have all that, plus about a million different layers of other stuff to deal with. Making people understand what I want. Worrying about what I look like. Fitting in. Will a boy ever like me? Maybe I'm not so different from everyone else after all.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Don't aim for riches, child. Aim for happiness. -Mrs. Mills Don't aim for riches, child. Aim for happiness. -Mrs. Mills
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I don't think they get paid very much, because they never stay very long. But I don't think they get paid very much, because they never stay very long. But they should get a million dollars. What they do is really hard, and I don't think most folks get that. It
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: What your body looks like has nothing to do with how well your brain works! What your body looks like has nothing to do with how well your brain works!
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Mom I can' read and the school might be open in three weaks Mom I can' read and the school might be open in three weaks
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Each grabbing one silver-wrapped chocolate from Mrs. Cooper's basket, it struck Stella that everyone got Each grabbing one silver-wrapped chocolate from Mrs. Cooper's basket, it struck Stella that everyone got the same thing, no matter which school they went to.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: You know, children, quilts, like stories, are part of our heritage, part of our culture. You know, children, quilts, like stories, are part of our heritage, part of our culture. Some quilts even tell stories. Our past is a patchwork of memories and tales. You all keep that forever tucked in your pockets, you hear?
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Without the local library in my neighborhood, I don't think I would have grown up Without the local library in my neighborhood, I don't think I would have grown up to be a writer or a teacher.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Words fall out of the sky like leaves, girl. Grab a couple and write 'em Words fall out of the sky like leaves, girl. Grab a couple and write 'em down.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Maybe I'm not so different from everyone else after all. It's like somebody gave me Maybe I'm not so different from everyone else after all. It's like somebody gave me a puzzle, but I don't have the box with the picture on it. So I don't know what the final thing is supposed to look like. I'm not even sure if I have all the pieces.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: It's hard to imagine you and Daddy as ever being young and foolish. I figured It's hard to imagine you and Daddy as ever being young and foolish. I figured you just appeared one day, fully grown and knowing all the answers, she teased.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: She read it over one last time, not really satisfied, but it was the truth. She read it over one last time, not really satisfied, but it was the truth. Even if it still had some scratch-outs.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I tried so hard, I farted! Mrs. I tried so hard, I farted! Mrs.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I don't want it!" I finally type. Then, turning the volume as loud as it I don't want it!" I finally type. Then, turning the volume as loud as it will go, I add, "You deserve it!"
Still laughing, I click on the power to my chair, do a smooth turn, and roll myself out of the classroom.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Music is powerful, my young friends," she said. "It can connect us to memories. It Music is powerful, my young friends," she said. "It can connect us to memories. It can influence our mood and our responses to problems we might face.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Earthquake report: Call the paramedics. A girl in fifth grade is about to explode. Earthquake report: Call the paramedics. A girl in fifth grade is about to explode.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Ain't gonna let nobody turn me round, Turn me round, turn me round. Ain't gonna Ain't gonna let nobody turn me round, Turn me round, turn me round. Ain't gonna let nobody turn me round. Gonna keep on walkin', keep on talkin' Marching up to freedom land.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Teenage girls today need strong, positive role models that can show them how to be Teenage girls today need strong, positive role models that can show them how to be independent thinkers and confident decision-makers. Dana is proud and self-confident, which is good, but she does not always make wise decisions. Rather than make her a super woman, I balanced her with difficult situations that could have been handled better. Her strength, however, shines through. This way, a young woman can read the book, discuss Dana's actions, and reflect on the decision-making in her own life.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Words have always swirled around me like snowflakes-each one delicate and different, each one melting Words have always swirled around me like snowflakes-each one delicate and different, each one melting untouched in my hands.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: I hate that word, by the way. Retarded. I I hate that word, by the way. Retarded. I
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Go ahead and cry, Andy. Don't be afraid of those tears. Sometimes they help to Go ahead and cry, Andy. Don't be afraid of those tears. Sometimes they help to wash the soul clean.
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Do you know what courage is? I guess you don't. Do you know that the Do you know what courage is? I guess you don't. Do you know that the courage it took at that moment - to actually blow yourself away - was more than enough courage to keep on living?
Sharon M. Draper Sayings: Ingredients 1 large bottle white grape juice 4 drops red food color (or blue food Ingredients 1 large bottle white grape juice 4 drops red food color (or blue food color for the blue soda) 1 two-liter bottle of 7-Up (or similar product) 2 cups strawberry sherbet (or blueberry sherbet for the blue soda) Directions 1. Add food coloring to the white grape juice. 2. Pour the juice and the soda into a large pitcher. 3. Add sherbet and serve.