72+ 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hey Clark, he said. Tell me something good. I stared out of the window at the bright blue Swiss sky and I told him a story of two people. Two people who shouldn’t have met, and who didn’t like each other much when they did, but who found they were the only two people in the world who could possibly have understood each other. And I told him of the adventures they had, the places they had gone, and the things I had seen that I had never expected to. I conjured for him electric skies and iridescent seas and evenings full of laughter and silly jokes. I drew a world for him, a world far from a Swiss industrial estate, a world in which he was still somehow the person he had wanted to be. I drew the world he had created for me, full of wonder and possibility. 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 can only actually help someone who wants to be helped. 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

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

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

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

You are scored on my heart,Clark. You were from the first day you walked in,with your ridiculous clothes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you felt. 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

I told him a story of two people. Two people who shouldn’t have met, and who didn’t like each other much when they did, but who found they were the only two people in the world who could possibly have understood each other. 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

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

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 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

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

I placed my face so close to his that his features became indistict, and I began to lose myself in them. I stroked his hair, his skin, his brow, with my fingertips, tears sliding unchecked down my cheeks, my nose against his, and all the time he watched me silently, studying me intently as if he were storing each molecule of me away. He was already retreating withdrawing to somewhere I couldn’t reach him.

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 life. I held him, Will Traynor ex City whiz kid, ex stunt diver, sportsman, traveller, lover. I held him close and said nothing, all the while telling him silently that he was loved. Oh, but he was loved. Jojo Moyes

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

You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you. 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

Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. 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

I can’t do this because I can’t. I can’t be the man I want to be with you. And that means that this this just becomes another reminder of what I am not. 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

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

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

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

The fragrance I always wear is Coco by Chanel. I’ve worn it for 20 years. It suits me, it’s classic, and I like the simplicity of only ever wearing one fragrance. 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

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

I loved a man who had opened up a world to me but hadn’t loved me enough to stay in it. 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And I don’t want to look at you every day, to see you naked,to watch you wandering around the annexe in your crazy dresses and not not be able to do what I want with you. Oh, Clark,if you had any idea what I want to do to you right now.And I i can’t live with that knowledge. I can’t. It’s Not who I am. I can’t be the kind of man who just accepts. 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

The only way to avoid being left behind was to start moving. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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