The Best Jodi Picoult quotes

Jodi Picoult quotes thumbnail

These days, it seems like every other book on the bestseller list is written by Jodi Picoult. But what most people don’t know is that Picoult’s journey to becoming a bestselling author was far from easy. This blog post will take a closer look at Picoult’s life and career, and offer some inspiration to entrepreneurs who are starting out their own businesses.

Here are the most known Believing, World, Feelings, Time, Life, Heart quotes from Jodi Picoult, and much more.


About Jodi Picoult

birth of the author

May 19, 1966

occupation of the author


country of the author


date of the author



My whole life was about her, what if her whole life wasn’t all about me? — Jodi Picoult

It doesn’t take a whole long life to realize that what we deserve to have, we rarely get. — Jodi Picoult

Every life has a soundtrack. — Jodi Picoult

Life isn’t nearly as stable as we want it to be. — Jodi Picoult

my whole life was about her what if her whole life wasn t all about me Jodi Picoult quote

If i’m going to fuck up my life, does it really matter which way i do it?. — Jodi Picoult

Life was what happened when all the what–ifs didn’t. — Jodi Picoult

Life is not a plot; it’s in the details. — Jodi Picoult

That’s what happens to dreams, life gets in the way. — Jodi Picoult

If there’s something as good as [him] in my life, I’m going to pay for it. — Jodi Picoult

it doesn t take a whole long life to realize that what we deserve to have we rarely get Jodi Picoult quote

Believe me, Being gay is not a choice. Noone would choose to make life harder than it has to be. — Jodi Picoult

I have come to believe that this life I’m wearing will never really fit. — Jodi Picoult

I think there are crossroads in our lives when we make grand, sweeping decisions without even realizing it. — Jodi Picoult

Life sometimes gets so bogged down in the details, you forget you are living it. — Jodi Picoult

In the wild, an elephant mother and daughter stay in close proximity their whole lives; I hope I am that lucky. — Jodi Picoult

every life has a soundtrack Jodi Picoult quote

What being home–schooled has taught me, more than anything, is what a waste of a life high school is. — Jodi Picoult

There were some people who hit your life so hard, they left a stain on your future. — Jodi Picoult

If you spent your life concentrating on what everyone else thought of you, would you forget who you really were? — Jodi Picoult

Being a parent wasn’t just about bearing a child. It was about bearing witness to its life. — Jodi Picoult

Sometimes I think my whole life has been about holding on to you. — Jodi Picoult

life isn t nearly as stable as we want it to be Jodi Picoult quote


I didn’t want to see her because it would make me feel better. I came because without her, it’s hard to remember who I am… — Jodi Picoult

You know how I get angry sometimes? That’s because it’s the only way I can still feel. And I need to test myself, to make sure I’m really here. — Jodi Picoult

Doing the right thing for someone else occasionally means doing something that feels wrong to you. — Jodi Picoult

But there’s a part of me that wonders what it would be like to be the most important person to someone else, to always feel like you were missing a piece of yourself when he wasn’t near you. — Jodi Picoult

You have to understand what you’re missing before you can really feel a loss. — Jodi Picoult

you have to understand what you re missing before you can really feel a loss Jodi Picoult quote

They’re fake bullets, so why do I feel like Im bleeding out? — Jodi Picoult

Close a door, and you’d still feel a breeze through the window. — Jodi Picoult

You don’t need water to feel like you’re drowning, do you? — Jodi Picoult

I know what it’s like when the things you believe make you feel like you’re on the outside looking in. — Jodi Picoult

The world just feels different for those of us who come alive after dark. It’s more fragile and unreal, a replica of the one everyone else inhabits. — Jodi Picoult

they re fake bullets so why do i feel like im bleeding out Jodi Picoult quote

I wonder if other mothers feel a tug at their insides, watching their children grow up into the people they themselves wanted so badly to be. — Jodi Picoult

Pick ten strangers and stick them in a room, and ask them which of us they feel sorrier for–you or me–and we all know who they’ll choose. — Jodi Picoult

I wanted him to feel what I felt when I was with him: that incredible combination of comfort, decadence, and wonder; the knowledge that, with just a single taste of him, I was addicted. — Jodi Picoult

You can be strapped to the most stable chair and still feel the world give way beneath you. — Jodi Picoult

Did you ever walk through a room that’s packed with people, and feel so lonely you can hardly take the next step? — Jodi Picoult

close a door and you d still feel a breeze through the window Jodi Picoult quote

Dark matter has a gravitation effect on other objects. You can’t see it, you can’t feel it, but you can watch something being pulled in its direction. — Jodi Picoult

When she smiles, it feels like the first warm day of March––after an eternity of snow, when you suddenly remember how summer feels on the backs of your bare calves & in the part of your hair. — Jodi Picoult


There are some nights when you just want to know there’s someone else besides you in this wide world. — Jodi Picoult

A world that was crowded with people could still be a very lonely place. — Jodi Picoult

It is so easy to think that the world revolves around you, but all you have to do is stare up at the sky to realize it isn’t that way at all. — Jodi Picoult

a world that was crowded with people could still be a very lonely place Jodi Picoult quote

Suddenly, I don’t want to be this person anymore. I don’t want to pretend I’m fooling the world when I’m not. I want someone else to have a plan for me, because I’m not doing a very good job myself. — Jodi Picoult

Me, I was already jaded and tarnished, skeptical that a fantasy world could keep reality at bay. — Jodi Picoult

You can’t exist in this world without leaving a piece of yourself behind. — Jodi Picoult

The world is a place where the extraordinary can sit just beside the ordinary with the thinnest of boundaries; that even in environments inhospitable to man, all sort of entities might thrive. — Jodi Picoult

It is so easy to presume that while your own world has ground to an absolute halt, so has everyone else’s. — Jodi Picoult

you can t exist in this world without leaving a piece of yourself behind Jodi Picoult quote

Imagine a world that seemed so much bigger than you. Imagine waking up one morning and finding a piece of yourself you didn’t even know existed. — Jodi Picoult

How do you tell an adult that maybe everything wrong in the world stems from the fact that she’s stopped believing the impossible can happen? — Jodi Picoult

She understood how a world jammed with phones, email, and faxes could still leave you feeling utterly alone. — Jodi Picoult

Once the world was pulled out from beneath your feet, did you ever get to stand on firm ground again? — Jodi Picoult

I’m gonna miss you,’ Brianna says. ‘I’m gonna miss you too, baby,’ Angelo murmurs. For Pete’s sake. It’s not like she’s leaving on a trip around the world. She’s only headed to homeroom. — Jodi Picoult

the saddest day in the world will be the one when she stops pretending Jodi Picoult quote

The saddest day in the world will be the one when she stops pretending. — Jodi Picoult

I can give or take elephants; I never can find the cheetah–but the zebras captivate me. They’d be one of the few things that would fit if we were lucky enough to live in a world that’s black or white. — Jodi Picoult

But still, it looked completely natural, as if we had been kissing at the ends of sentences for ages, while the rest of the world was still hung up on punctuation. — Jodi Picoult

Redundant Thematics

In Jodi Picoult Statements


People in the real world would kill for a happily ever after, and you’re willing to just throw it away ?’ I look away from her. ‘It’s hardly a happily ever after when you wind up right at the beginning. — Jodi Picoult


People ask all the time how I’m doing, but the truth is, they don’t really want to know. — Jodi Picoult

people ask all the time how i m doing but the truth is they don t really want to know Jodi Picoult quote

And I think, not for the first time, that what is immoral is not always wrong. — Jodi Picoult

Life was all about being in a certain place, at a certain time. — Jodi Picoult

I think people do things all the time in the name of love that they shouldn’t be doing–such is the nature of us. — Jodi Picoult

Not everyone understands how you can spin two lassos at the same time, one of hope and one of grief. — Jodi Picoult

It was the first time she’d discovered something she really didn’t want to find, and she didn’t know what to do once she’d found it. — Jodi Picoult

and i think not for the first time that what is immoral is not always wrong Jodi Picoult quote

I’d like to say that this time I’d kill myself too..but I’ve never had that kind of courage. — Jodi Picoult

Writer’s block is for people who have the luxury of time. — Jodi Picoult

Take it from me: love has all the lasting permanence of a rainbow–beautiful while it’s there, and just as likely to have disappeared by the time you blink. — Jodi Picoult

We’re [parents]) always bluffing, pretending we know best, when most of the time we’re just praying we won’t screw up too badly. — Jodi Picoult

People are always afraid of the unknown–and banding together against the Thing That Is Different From Us is a time–honoured tradition for rallying the masses. — Jodi Picoult

If you want to know someone’s story, they have to tell it aloud. But every time, the telling is a little but different. It’s new, even to me. — Jodi Picoult

I’d much rather pretend I’m somewhere else, and any time I open the pages of a book, that happens. — Jodi Picoult

You can have the best intentions, but the moment there’s a hairline crack, it is only a matter of time before you go to pieces. — Jodi Picoult

The Inuit say that the stars are holes in heaven. And every time we see the people we loved shining through, we know they’re happy. — Jodi Picoult

As Lacy waited for her turn to speak on Peter’s behalf, she thought back to the first time she realized she could hate her own child. — Jodi Picoult

You know, the mind is a remarkable thing. Just because you can’t see the wound doesn’t mean it isn’t hurting. It scars all the time, but it heals. — Jodi Picoult

The wolves knew when it was time to stop looking for what they’d lost, to focus instead on what was yet to come. — Jodi Picoult


Perhaps he d always known that the truth of a person lies in the heart. — Jodi Picoult

Pride is an evil dragon; it sleeps underneath your heart and then roars when you need silence. — Jodi Picoult

If you think of a relationship as a living entity, I guess it’s one thing If the missing two percent is, like, a fingernail. But when it’s the heart, that’s a whole dIfferent ball of wax. — Jodi Picoult

perhaps he d always known that the truth of a person lies in the heart Jodi Picoult quote

How could you go about choosing something that would hold the half of your heart you had to bury? — Jodi Picoult

Bleeding heart, he’d called her. Well. He should know. He’d been the first to rip it to pieces. — Jodi Picoult

I had the heart of the relationship, and no body to grow it in… It broke. — Jodi Picoult

And he suddenly knew that if she killed herself, he would die. Maybe not immediately, maybe not with the same blinding rush of pain, but it would happen. You couldn’t live for very long without a heart. — Jodi Picoult

It’s like picking up an unfamiliar piece of sheet music & starting to stumble through it, only to realize it is a melody you’d once learned by heart, one you can play without even trying. — Jodi Picoult

i had the heart of the relationship and no body to grow it in it broke Jodi Picoult quote

As it turns out, you can function while your heart is being torn to shreds. — Jodi Picoult

Things that break–be they bones, hearts, or promises–can be put back together but will never really be whole. — Jodi Picoult

If you gave someone your heart and they died, did they take it with them? Did you spend the rest of forever with a hole inside you that couldn’t be filled? — Jodi Picoult


People believed what they wanted to believe, no matter what was right in front of their eyes. — Jodi Picoult

We believe what we want to, what we need to. The corollary is that we choose not to see what we’d rather pretend doesn’t exist. — Jodi Picoult

you can believe something really hard faith says and still be wrong Jodi Picoult quote

You can believe something really hard,’ Faith says, ‘and still be wrong. — Jodi Picoult

Whether or not you believe in Fate comes down to one thing: who do you blame when something goes wrong. — Jodi Picoult

We dont have to accept each others beliefs..but we do have to accept each others right to believe them. — Jodi Picoult

Beliefs are the roads we take to our dreams. Believe you can do something–or believe you can’t–and you’ll be right everytime. — Jodi Picoult

The human capacity for burden is like bamboo–far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance. — Jodi Picoult

I believe that having something to hope for–even if it’s just a better tomorrow–is the most powerful drug on this planet. — Jodi Picoult

This is what it always comes down to, I realized. There are the ones who believe, and the ones who don’t, and caught in the space between them are guns. — Jodi Picoult

If you want something to be true badly enough, you can rewrite it that way, in your head. You can even start to believe it. — Jodi Picoult

Maybe I was naïve to think that silence was implicit complacence, instead of a festering question. Maybe I was silly to believe that friends owed each other anything. — Jodi Picoult

I believe in Hell…but it’s here on earth.’ He shakes his head. ‘Good people and bad people. As if it were this easy. Everyone is both of these at once. — Jodi Picoult

There’s no way to convince her that just because you put half. planet between you and someone else, you can’t drive that person out of your thoughts. Believe me. I’ve tried. — Jodi Picoult

JODI PICOULT Quotes Take Away

Jodi Picoult is a master of words, and her quotes on writing are both insightful and inspiring. If you’re feeling stuck in your writing process, or need some motivation to keep pushing forward, these quotes will help get you moving again. And if you want to learn more about how to become a better writer, be sure to check out our courses. With over 20 different classes available on everything from grammar to structure to plotting, we can help take your writing skills to the next level.


Quit Your Digital Bad Habits

The ultimate digital detox to cure your digital addiction and rewire to what matters.  

Ask ChatGPT
Set ChatGPT API key
Find your Secret API key in your ChatGPT User settings and paste it here to connect ChatGPT with your Tutor LMS website.