David Baldacci quote

"It's the hardest thing in the world to put yourself in someone else's place, try to really feel what they feel, figure out why they do the things they do. Especially when it's easier to stick a label on something. Or someone."

David Baldacci

Born: August 5, 1960

Occupation: Novelist

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I can write with a crying child on my lap. I have. Often.

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Confidence is inspiring. Yet so often misplaced. (Robert Thornhill)

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Confidence is one thing, disrespect is quite another. (Justice Elizabeth Knight)

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The real worth of a person came from how he acted during the bad times. (John Fiske)

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When a poor man gives something, that is a sacrifice indeed. When a rich man gives something, it hardly rises to the same level.

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Today might not be so good. But tomorrow, you got another chance to get it right.

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The human spirit was the strongest medicine on earth. And sometimes all it needed was a little encouragement to pull off a miracle.

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People who have expertise just love to share it. That's human nature.

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Why waste time trying to discover the truth, when you can so easily create it?

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Libraries rock! Not a sermon, just a fact. As a kid I was a library rat and books changed my life. They can change yours.

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Passion is a rare commodity. When you find it, treasure it and never give it up!

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Anyone who's lived has lost somebody.

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Why can't people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?

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You haven't yet seen me be rude. When I am it's unmistakable. - Michelle Maxwell.

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It's hard, Cotton. To let yourself love something you know you may never have.

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