11 Inspiring Judy Blume Quotes to Celebrate Her Birthday

As the winner of over 90 literary awards, Judy Blume has significantly contributed to children’s and young adult literature by being one of the first authors to write about mature topics such as sexuality and puberty in books aimed towards the younger generation. Her work, which includes well-known titles such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Tiger Eyes, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, has gone on to sell over 82 million copies so far. In celebration of Judy Blume’s eighty-third birthday, here are 11 of her most inspiring and thought-provoking quotes.

1. “each of us must confront our own fear, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. TO experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”


2. “Librarians save lives: by handing the right book, at the right time, to a kid in need.”



3. “The best books come from someplace deep inside… Become emotionally involved. if you don’t care about your characters, your readers won’t either.”


4. “Determination and hard work are as important as talent.”


5. “Our fingerprints don’t fad from the lives we touch.”



6. “Not everything has to have a point. Some things just are.”


7. “Believe in yourself and you can achieve greatness in your life.”

8. “You can’t deny they ever happened. You can’t deny you ever loved them, love them still, even if loving them causes you pain.”



9. “A person without curiosity may as well be dead.”


10. “Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.”

11. “Life is a series of unlikely events, isn’t it? Hers certainly is. One unlikely event after another, adding up to a rich, complicated whole. And who knows what’s still to come.”

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