Quotes

Terry Pratchett:

“The three rules of the Librarians of Time and Space are: 1) Silence; 2) Books must be returned by no later than the date shown; and 3) Do not interfere with the nature of causality.” (Guards! Guards!)

“Give a man a fire and he’s warm for the day. But set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.” (Jingo)

“Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.” (Hogfather)

“Nanny Ogg looked under her bed in case there was a man there. Well, you never knew your luck.” (Lords and Ladies)

“Coffee is a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your older self.” (Thud!)

Angela Carter:

“The tiger will never lie down with the lamb; he acknowledges no pact that is not reciprocal. The lamb must learn to run with the tigers.”

“Reading a book is like rewriting it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.”

“Those are the voices of my brothers, darling; I love the company of wolves.”

Chuck Palahniuk:

“The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”

“The future you have tomorrow, won’t be the same future you had yesterday.” (Rant)

“But a child who relinquishes the illusions of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, that child may come away with the most important skill set. That child may recognize the strength of his own imagination and faith.” (Rant)

“Find good in what the world says is evil.” (Invisible Monsters)

Douglas Adams:

“In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe)

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” (Mostly Harmless)

“I’d far rather be happy than right any day.” (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

“Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.”

H. P. Lovecraft:

“From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.”

“I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and his dreams.”

“I couldn’t live a week without a private library – indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.”

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.” (“Call of Cthulhu”)

Robert E. Howard:

“Let me live deep while I live; let me know the rich juices of red meat and stinging wine on my palate, the hot embrace of white arms, the mad exultation of battle when the blue blades flame and crimson, and I am content. Let teachers and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content.”

“What do I know of cultured ways, the gilt, the craft and the lie?
I, who was born in a naked land and bred in the open sky.
The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the broadswords sing;
Rush in and die, dogs—I was a man before I was a king.”

Leonard Cohen:

“The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.”

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

Nora Roberts:

“I do not feel obliged in my reading. I read to be entertained and to relax, and to go into another world, not because it’s good for me.”

“Every time I hear writers talk about ‘the muse,’ I just want to bitch-slap them. It’s a job. Do your job.”

“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars?”

P. G. Wodehouse:

“I’m not absolutely certain of my facts, but I rather fancy it’s Shakespeare — or, if not, it’s some equally brainy bird — who says that it’s always just when a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with the bit of lead piping.” (Carry On, Jeeves)

“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, ‘Do trousers matter?'”
“The mood will pass, sir.” (Code of the Woosters)

“It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.”

Rainer Maria Rilke:

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”

“I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.”

“Think… of the world you carry within you.”

“I am the rest between two notes which are somehow always in discord.”

“I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.”

“Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final”

Stephen King:

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

“Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.”

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”

“Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.”

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