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Who is Gary Paulsen? He’s an American writer, best known for his young adult fiction. But he’s so much more than that. He’s also an accomplished dog sledder, trapper, fur trader, and riverboat captain. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the life and work of this remarkable man.

Discover the most known Life quotes from Gary Paulsen, and much more.


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About Gary Paulsen

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May 17, 1939

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Young Adult Fiction, Adventure Novels, Nonfiction

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Notable Works:
Hatchet, The River, Dogsong, Woodsong, Winterdance, The Winter Room And More.

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Notable Awards:
Margaret Edwards Award 1997


Reading is not daily its a life style for all readers. — Gary Paulsen

But I’m your brother.’ Daniel sounded genuinely wounded. ‘You,’ she announced, ‘are a turd in the punch bowl of life. — Gary Paulsen

Personal inspection at zero altitude. The stories come from my life–if not my own experiences, then about topics and subjects that interest me. — Gary Paulsen

Humans are the big thing that cause damage in life–in war or whatever–and if I can get away from that and into a wilderness situation, I’m OK. You can more or less live on your own merit. — Gary Paulsen

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The essence of war is insanity. Destruction, death, women widowed, children orphaned, lands plundered, property destroyed, lives decimated–it’s all bad. — Gary Paulsen

Inspiring Phrases From Gary Paulsen

Most important rule of survival, which was that feeling sorry for yourself didn’t work. — Gary Paulsen

I have a pickup truck. And I prefer to be with dogs or on my sailboat than in a car–actually, more than any other place on Earth. — Gary Paulsen

I sail, run dogs, ride horses, play professional poker and tell stories about the stuff I’ve been through. And I’m still a romantic; I still want Bambi to make it out of the fire. — Gary Paulsen

I tried to contain myself… but I escaped! — Gary Paulsen

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I think that what computers have done is just disastrous to the language. — Gary Paulsen

Adults are locked into car payments and divorces and work. They haven’t got time to think fresh. — Gary Paulsen

Do what you can as you can. Trouble, problems, will come no matter what you do , and you must respond as they come. — Gary Paulsen

Various Statements From Gary Paulsen

Discoveries happened because they needed to happen. He — Gary Paulsen

I was raised on farms by people who didn’t have Wal–Mart. They had to make their own sleds, harnesses, clothing, etc. — Gary Paulsen

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Change is good, but sometimes leaving things the way they’ve always been is better. — Gary Paulsen

Moose was a moose. There — Gary Paulsen

Things seemed to go back and forth between reality and imagination––except that it was all reality. — Gary Paulsen

You want to stay hungry…to learn. You get full, you get sleepy, lazy; you get lazy, you don’t learn. — Gary Paulsen

The most important rule of survival, which was that feeling sorry for yourself didn’t work. — Gary Paulsen

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More Phrases From Gary Paulsen

The maximum expression of running dogs is the Iditarod. You enter a state of primitive exaltation, and you never return. You’re never normal again. — Gary Paulsen

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School didn’t work for me. I hated it. — Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen–’If you work on something hard and get some success. You can get some nice rewards. — Gary Paulsen

If you look at it from the right point of view, lying is just good manners. — Gary Paulsen

And he’s never met anyone like Harris, his unruly daredevil of a cousin. — Gary Paulsen

school didn t work for me i hated it Gary Paulsen quote

Maybe it was always that way, discoveries happened because they needed to happen. — Gary Paulsen

Years ago, when I was writing westerns, other writers who were friends of mine wanted me to collaborate with them. And it just didn’t work. — Gary Paulsen

Deeper Quotes From Gary Paulsen

I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books. — Gary Paulsen

The memory was like a knife cutting into him. Slicing deep into him with hate. — Gary Paulsen

If his mother hadn’t begun to see him and forced the divorce, Brian wouldn’t be here now. He — Gary Paulsen

i owe everything i am and everything i will ever be to books Gary Paulsen quote

That’s all it took to solve problems–just sense. — Gary Paulsen

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