Book Quotes by Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt is an American writer, the author of the novels The Secret History, The Little Friend, and The Goldfinch. Tartt won the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend in 2003 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Goldfinch in 2014.

The best Book Quotes

Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.

- Donna Tartt in The Secret HistoryBeauty

We don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are.

- Donna Tartt in The GoldfinchHeart, Character

It is is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially.

- Donna Tartt in The Secret HistoryBooks

There is nothing wrong with the love of Beauty. But Beauty - unless she is wed to something more meaningful - is always superficial.

- Donna Tartt in The Secret HistoryBeauty

When you feel homesick, just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go.

- Donna Tartt in The Secret HistoryHome

Stay away from the ones you love too much. Those are the ones who will kill you.

- Donna Tartt in The Goldfinch

I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.

- Donna Tartt in The Goldfinch

Beauty is rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming.

- Donna Tartt in The Secret History

Sometimes we want what we want even if we know it’s going to kill us.

- Donna Tartt in The Goldfinch

That life - whatever else it is - is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random. That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it. That maybe even if we’re not always so glad to be here, it’s our task to immerse ourselves anyway: wade straight through it, right through the cesspool, while keeping eyes and hearts open. And in the midst of our dying, as we rise from the organic and sink back ignominiously into the organic, it is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn’t touch.

- Donna Tartt in The Goldfinch