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Jeanette Winterson Quotes

Academics love to make theories about a body of work, but each book consumes the writer and is the sum of his or her world.

Always in my books, I like to throw that rogue element into a stable situation and then see what happens.

Anything outside marriage seems like freedom and excitement.

Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence.

Confidence and superiority: It's the usual fundamentalist stuff: I've got the truth, and you haven't.

Creative work is incredibly difficult, and that is where the tests lie.

Everything in writing begins with language. Language begins with listening.

However it is debased or misinterpreted, love is a redemptive feature. To focus on one individual so that their desires become superior to yours is a very cleansing experience.

I am a writer who happens to love women. I am not a lesbian who happens to write.

I am not interested in genres. I am interested in doing the best work I can in whatever medium.

I believe in communication; books communicate ideas and make bridges between people.

I didn't mind being unpopular at school, because everyone else was a heathen.

I don't believe in happy endings.

I don't read reviews because by then it's too late - whatever anyone says, the book won't change. It is written.

I don't understand why people talk of art as a luxury when it's a mind-altering possibility.

I don't write for any group. I write to bring about a change in consciousness.

I had relationships with men as well as women. I wasn't choosing; I didn't think I had to.

I hate the word lesbian; it tells you nothing; its only purpose is to inflame.

I hated historical novels with fluttering cloaks.

I like to look at how people work together when they are put into stressful situations, when life stops being cozy.