Happy Birthday, Judy Blume! 13 Of Her Greatest Quotes

To Judy Blume, the woman who taught generations of girls about racism, menstruation, divorce, bullying, masturbation, sex and love through her books, we wish a very happy 77th birthday.

With 90 literary awards, sales of 80 million and translations in 32 languages, it's more than fair to call Judy Blume a truly prolific and powerful writer. Never dumbing down "taboo" topics for her readers, Blume's writing is open, honest, compassionate and, most important, real. Happy birthday, Judy!

"Not everything has to have a point. Some things just are. " — Summer Sisters

"Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it." — Tiger Eyes

"Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear."

"We are friends for life. When we're together the years fall away. Isn't that what matters? To have someone who can remember with you? To have someone who remembers how far you've come?" — Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

"A person without curiosity may as well be dead." — Summer Sisters

"Determination and hard work are as important as talent… Don't let anyone discourage you! Yes, rejection and criticism hurt. Get used to it… There is no writer who hasn't suffered."

"I can't let safety and security become the focus of my life." — Tiger Eyes

"What's the point of thinking about how it's going to end when it's just the beginning?" — Summer Sisters

"I never thought about writing. I was married young, I was still in college, as we did then, and I had two babies before I was 25, and I loved them, and I loved taking care of them, but I was a little bit cuckoo, staying at home and not having a creative outlet."

"Some changes happen deep down inside of you. And the truth is, only you know about them. Maybe that's the way it's supposed to be." — Tiger Eyes

"It's strange, but when it comes right down to it I never do fall apart — even when I'm sure I will." — Forever

"You can't deny they ever happened. You can't deny you ever loved them – love them still – even if loving them causes you pain" — Summer Sisters

"If you don't have dreams, what do you have?" — Tiger Eyes

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