7 Shirley Jackson Quotes to Keep in Mind for the New Year

Born on December 14th in 1916, Shirley Jackson, now recognized as a great American novelist, created chilling works with The Lottery and The Haunting of Hill House. She’s also left behind some pretty profound quotes to help regain some perspective in the new year. Recognizing that the new year means change for a lot of people and change can be pretty scary, here are seven Shirley Jackson quotes that will help remind you that change, and fear, isn’t always a bad thing.



“So long as you write it away regularly nothing can really hurt you.”


“Fear is the relinquishment of logic, the willing relinquishing of reasonable patterns. We yield to it or we fight it, but we cannot meet it halfway.”




“I delight in what I fear”


“Wear your boots if you wander today.”




“I have always loved to use fear, to take it and comprehend it and make it work and consolidate a situation where I was afraid and take it whole and work from there.”



“You never know what you are going to want until you see it clearly.”


“When shall we live if not now?”


Fear is inevitable, but these quotes from Shirley Jackson show us that there is a way to embrace it. A lesson that can truly help shape the new year to come.


Happy Birthday, Shirley Jackson!



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