95+ Best Jojo Moyes Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Pauline Sara Jo Moyes, known professionally as Jojo Moyes, is an English journalist and, since 2002, a romance novelist and screenwriter. She is one of only a few authors to have twice won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Profoundly inspirational Jojo Moyes quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Jojo Moyes Quotes

What love is depends on where you are in relation to it. Secure in it, it can feel as mundane and necessary as air – you exist within it, almost unnoticing. Deprived of it, it can feel like an obsession; all consuming – a physical pain. – Jojo Moyes

Love is the driver for all great stories: not just romantic love, but the love of parent for child, for family, for country. – Jojo Moyes

If I don’t cry while writing a key emotional scene, my gut feeling is it’s failed. – Jojo Moyes

You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible. – Jojo Moyes

But don’t blame me for the food. My wife knows a hundred and one ways to incinerate a cow, and as far as I can tell she’s still experimenting. – Jojo Moyes

I told him I loved him,” she said, her voice dropping to a whisper. “And he just said it wasn’t enough.” Her eyes were wide and bleak . “How am I supposed to live with that? – Jojo Moyes

I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted. It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went. – Jojo Moyes

I realized I was afraid of living without him. How is it you have the right to destroy my life, I wanted to demand of him, but I’m not allowed a say in yours? But I had promised. – Jojo Moyes

Cheap as chips, cheap as chips, it’s a British expression. There’s no couture in their darling. – Jojo Moyes

Push yourself. Don’t settle. Wear those stripy legs with pride. And if you insist on settling down with some ridiculous bloke, make sure some of this is squirreled away somewhere. Knowing you still have possibilities is a luxury. Knowing I might have given them to you has alleviated something for me. – Jojo Moyes

And then, just like that, my heart broke. My face crumpled, my composure went and I held him tightly and I stopped caring that he could feel the shudder of my sobbing body because grief swamped me. It overwhelmed me and tore at my heart and my stomach and my head and it pulled me under, and I couldn’t bear it. I honestly thought I couldn’t bear it. – Jojo Moyes

It’s complicated.’ ‘So’s quantitative easing. But I still get that it means printing money. – Jojo Moyes

I know this isn’t a conventional love story. I know there are all sorts of reasons I shouldn’t even be saying what I am. But I love you. I do. I knew it when I left Patrick. And I think you might even love me a little bit. – Jojo Moyes

I could hear her babbling away beside me, but I wasn’t really paying attention. I could barely focus on anything. My nerve endings seemed to have come alive; they almost jangled with anticipation I was going to see Will. Whatever else, I had that. I could almost feel the miles between us shrinking, as if we were at two ends of some invisible elastic thread. – Jojo Moyes

Only you, Will Traynor, could tell a woman how to wear a bloody dress. – Jojo Moyes

Astonishingly, not all girls get dressed just to please men. – Jojo Moyes

I worked out what would make me happy, and I worked out what I wanted to do, and I trained myself to do the job that would make those two things happen – Jojo Moyes

How is it possible to exist with so much pain? – Jojo Moyes

Know that you hold my heart, my hopes, in your hands. – Jojo Moyes

That evening she glowed. She gave off a vibration of energy that he suspected only he could detect. Do I do this to you? He wondered, as he watched her eat. Or is this just the relief of being out from under the forbidden eye of that husband of yours? – Jojo Moyes

Nobody fights you like your own sister; nobody else knows the most vulnerable parts of you and will aim for them without mercy. – Jojo Moyes

There are normal hours, and then there are invalid hours, where time stalls and slips, where life—real life—seems to exist at one remove. – Jojo Moyes

I chose to believe that God, a benign God, would understand our sufferings and forgive us our trespasses. – Jojo Moyes

Real friends were the kind where you pick up where you’d left off, whether it be a week since you’d seen each other or two years. – Jojo Moyes

I held him close and said nothing, all the while telling him silently that he was loved. Oh, but he was loved. – Jojo Moyes

How could you live each day knowing that you were simply whiling away the days until your own death? – Jojo Moyes

I thought, briefly, that I would never feel as intensely connected to the world, to another human being, as I did at that moment. – Jojo Moyes

I am conscious that knowing me has caused you pain, and grief, and I hope that one day when you are less angry with me and less upset you will see not just that I could only have done the thing that I did, but also that this will help you live a really good life, a better life, than if you hadn’t met me. – Jojo Moyes

Sometimes, Clark, you are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning. – Jojo Moyes

I just… want to be a man who has been to a concert with a girl in a red dress. Just for a few minutes more. – Jojo Moyes

You can only actually help someone who wants to be helped. – Jojo Moyes

If you’d bothered to ask me, Clark, if you’d bothered to consult me just once about this so-called fun outing of ours, I could have told you. I hate horses, and horse racing. Always have. But you didn’t bother to ask me. You decided what you thought you’d like me to do, and you went ahead and did it. You did what everyone else does. You decided for me. – Jojo Moyes

Sometimes when you get hammered till the small hours you feel pretty good in the morning, but really it’s just because you’re still a bit drunk. That old hangover is just toying with you, working out when to bite. – Jojo Moyes

If all we are allowed is hours, minutes, I want to be able to etch each of them on to my memory with exquisite clarity so that I can recall them at moments like this, when my very soul feels blackened. – Jojo Moyes

She went kind of pink and laughed, the kind of laugh you do when you know yo shouldn’t be laughing. The kind of laugh that spoke of a conspiracy. – Jojo Moyes

All that counts is the truth. Without it you’re basically just juggling people’s daft ideas. – Jojo Moyes

So this is it. You are scored on my heart, Clark. You were from the first day you walked in, with your ridiculous clothes and your bad jokes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you felt. – Jojo Moyes

Try to write at least 500 words a day. You may ditch 499 of them tomorrow, but you will still be moving forward. – Jojo Moyes

Everything takes time… and that’s something that your generation find it a lot harder to adjust to. You have all grown up expecting things to go your way almost instantaneously. You all expect to live the lives you chose. Especially a successful young man like yourself. But it takes time. – Jojo Moyes

I was once told by someone wise that writing is perilous as you cannot always guarantee your words will be read in the spirit in which they were written. – Jojo Moyes

Somewhere in this world is a man who loves you, who understands how precious and clever and kind you are. A man who has always loved you and, to his detriment, suspects he always will. – Jojo Moyes

I kissed him, trying to bring him back. I kissed him and let my lips rest against his so that our breath mingled and the tears from my eyes became salt on his skin, and I told myself that, somewhere, tiny particles of him would become tiny particles of me, ingested, swallowed, alive, perpetual. I wanted to press every bit of me against him. I wanted to will something into him. I wanted to give him every bit of life I felt and force him to live. – Jojo Moyes

You know, you spend your whole life feeling like you don’t quite fit in anywhere. And then you walk into a room one day, whether it’s at university or an office or some kind of club, and you just go, ‘Ah. There they are.’ And suddenly you feel at home. – Jojo Moyes

I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to. – Jojo Moyes

I let him know a hurt had been mended in a way that he couldn’t have known, and for that alone there would always be a piece of me indebted to him. – Jojo Moyes

Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen. – Jojo Moyes

Because even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you still had your mother or father at your back, you’d be okay. – Jojo Moyes

You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone. – Jojo Moyes

There is a hunger in you. A fearlessness. You just buried it, like most people do. – Jojo Moyes

And it was suddenly very simple: There was no choice. – Jojo Moyes

There is a whole lot more to life than winning. – Jojo Moyes

We are all part of some great cycle, some pattern that it was only God’s purpose to understand. – Jojo Moyes

She does not want to feel even the faintest temptation to call his mobile number, as she had done obsessively for the first year after his death so she could hear his voice on the answering service. Most days now his loss is a part of her, an awkward weight she carries around, invisible to everyone else, subtly altering the way she moves through the day. But today, the Anniversary of the day he died, is a day when all bets are off. – Jojo Moyes

He smelt of the sun, as if it had seeped deep into his skin, and I found myself inhaling silently, as if he were something delicious. – Jojo Moyes

But just as nature abhors a vacuum — so does the human heart. – Jojo Moyes

All I can say is that you make me… you make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you – even the you that you seem to think is diminished – than with anyone else in the world. – Jojo Moyes

When you put someone down all the time, eventually they stop listening to the sensible stuff. – Jojo Moyes

The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life–or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window–is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are. Or how you might seem to other people. – Jojo Moyes

Do you know how hard it is to say nothing? When every atom of you strains to do the opposite? I had practiced not saying anything the whole way from the airport, and it was still nearly killing me. – Jojo Moyes

Just live well. Just live – Jojo Moyes

The only thing Jess really cared about were those two children and letting them know they were okay. Because even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you had your mother at your back, you’d be okay. Some deep-rooted part of you would know you were loved. That you deserved to be loved. – Jojo Moyes

I frowned at the list. “So… I’ll go back and tell the Traynors that I’m going to get their suicidal quadriplegic son drunk, spend their money on strippers and lap dancers, and then trundle him off to the Disability Olympics— – Jojo Moyes

Sometimes life is a series of obstacles, a matter of putting one foot in front of the other. Sometimes, she realizes suddenly, it is simply a matter of blind faith. – Jojo Moyes

My go-to winter recipe is beef and butternut squash stew, cooked in the slow oven all day. – Jojo Moyes

I have always written. I was one of those kids who would always fill exercise books with girls and telepathic ponies. – Jojo Moyes

I find my best writing time is actually 6 A.M., before the detritus of the day – the fish fingers and the school uniform and dogs and bills – have had a chance to clog up my brain. I can usually get 500 words done before 7 A.M. But it is difficult, and the Internet, and social networking, are terrible timesucks. – Jojo Moyes

If chick-lit really is taking a commercial battering; I’d suggest it’s because the marketing has been done to death. Covering everything in girlie pink and putting chocolate in the title may once have been a clever Pavlovian device but now makes readers feel a bit sick. – Jojo Moyes

If the characters are compelling, readers will follow anywhere. – Jojo Moyes

I always say that in any roomful of people, I could hive a novel out of any one person’s family or life story. – Jojo Moyes

I always imagined a writer was someone who lived in an attic in Paris, but my mum instilled in me a belief that I could do anything – so I ended up writing my first novel while working nights as a news reporter. – Jojo Moyes

I wrote three books before I got one published. Most writers do. Have faith, and know that with each work you are getting better. – Jojo Moyes

I think there is an awful lot of technology for technology’s sake. I have yet to be convinced by my husband that persuading our mobiles to talk to our computers is going to be quicker and more straightforward than scribbling a note in our kitchen diary. – Jojo Moyes

Rejection is part of the process, so you can’t let it crush you. My first three novels never made it into publication, but my fourth, ‘Sheltering Rain,’ was translated into 11 languages. – Jojo Moyes

My writing life has included the struggle to bring up three children. What I do three or four times a year is take myself off to a hotel room to unblock a problem. – Jojo Moyes

My Writers Guild of America card is one of my proudest possessions. I was given it after being invited to write the script for a film of my last novel, ‘Me Before You,’ which is being made by MGM. Whenever I look at it, I think, ‘I’m a Hollywood writer!’ – Jojo Moyes

Marriage is a decades-long experiment, conducted mostly in private; a test of will in the face of unexpected obstacles. – Jojo Moyes

I write in all sorts of places; it’s a legacy of my time as a journalist, where I could turn out copy in a hotel corridor. But I have a little office that I rent in my local town, and that’s my ideal place. – Jojo Moyes

My characters make incomprehensible decisions until you stand in their shoes. Then it makes more sense. Life is very rarely black and white, and most people are trying to do their best. I try not to judge. – Jojo Moyes

Unless you sell millions, I think it’s very hard as a writer not to feel anxious about what you put out. I always feel I could do better. – Jojo Moyes

We seem to live in an age where we are quietly appalled by the idea of appetites, whether they be for sex, food or diamonds. – Jojo Moyes

Writers divide fairly cleanly into those who only work through what they hear and those who are more visual. I am the latter, where I lie down on my office floor and play scenes through my head to – cinematically, several times with different elements – to see what works. I can’t write a scene until I can see it. – Jojo Moyes

You have to write the story that’s at the front of your head. There is no point in trying to write for the market; it won’t ring true. – Jojo Moyes

We want a macho high-earner – with the sensitivity of Gok Wan. We want a man with Brad Pitt’s six-pack – but one who’s prepared to overlook our own muffin top. No wonder most men don’t know if they’re coming or going. – Jojo Moyes

Don’t set pen to paper until you know your main characters inside out. Create files detailing their appearances, likes, dislikes, and personal background. You may not use all the information, but it is a crucial step in planning your story. – Jojo Moyes

I started writing novels by not thinking about actually writing a whole novel – that felt altogether too daunting. I thought out a rough idea, then wrote chapter by chapter, and then by the time I’d hit 40,000 words, it was a challenge just to see if I could get to the end. – Jojo Moyes

I’ve always been a focused person who knows how to get what I want. – Jojo Moyes

Novelists seem to fall into two distinct categories – those that plan and those that just see where it takes them. I am very much the former category. – Jojo Moyes

A stylish person, for me, is one who draws your eye without necessarily being showy; they wear clothes that are beautifully cut, flatter the wearer, and show that they are not impervious to fashion, but not a slave to it either. – Jojo Moyes

For every book that I write… I develop a history for each person and make sure they are well rounded and flawed. You have to know everything about them from their shoe size, to where they went to school, to what their first pet was, to what they like to eat, to what they want out of life. – Jojo Moyes

I try to read writers who are better than me because it inspires me to be better. – Jojo Moyes

I love ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ – it seems to offer up new layers every time you read it. I also love Kate Atkinson’s ‘Behind The Scenes At The Museum’ – that’s the book that started me writing. – Jojo Moyes

In ‘Me Before You,’ the two characters popped into my head fully formed, which is really strange and unusual. Other books, I sit on them for two or three months. I have a whole routine: I buy a nice book; I hand-write all their characteristics. I put them through little tests just to see how they would react to things. – Jojo Moyes

I have read books that are so cliched and lazy, my eyes have bled. But I also have read books marketed under the chick-lit umbrella that are so honest, clever and gritty that I’ve wanted to give up writing and paint walls instead. – Jojo Moyes

Chick-lit may be staggering on its heels, but women’s fiction is alive and kicking. – Jojo Moyes

You cut yourself off from all sorts of experiences because you tell yourself you are ‘not that sort of person’” “But, I’m not.” “How do you know? You’ve done nothing, been nowhere. How do you have the faintest idea what kind of person you are? – Jojo Moyes

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