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“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.”
Lloyd Alexander
“Child, child, do you not see? For each of us comes a time when we must be more than what we are.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron
“Keep reading. It's one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.”
Lloyd Alexander
“We don't need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They're always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.”
Lloyd Alexander
“Most of us are called on to perform tasks far beyond what we can do. Our capabilities seldom match our aspirations, and we are often woefully unprepared. To this extent, we are all Assistant Pig-Keepers at heart.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Book of Three
“Neither refuse to give help when it is needed,... nor refuse to accept it when it is offered.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Book of Three
“Books can truly change our lives: the lives of those who read them, the lives of those who write them. Readers and writers alike discover things they never knew about the world and about themselves.”
Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat
“In some cases we learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Book of Three
“The journey is the treasure.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio
“Long ago I yearned to be a hero without knowing, in truth, what a hero was. Now, perhaps, I understand it a little better. A grower of turnips or a shaper of clay, a Commot farmer or a king--every man is a hero if he strives more for others than for himself alone.
Once you told me that the seeking counts more than the finding. So, too, must the striving count more than the gain.”
Lloyd Alexander, The High King
“Indeed, the more we find to love, the more we add to the measure of our hearts.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron
“All that writers can do is keep trying to say what is deepest in their hearts. ”
Lloyd Alexander
“Thinking is a bit uncomfortable, but you'll get used to it. A matter of time and practice.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Iron Ring
“You must know nothing before you can learn something, and be empty before you can be filled. Is not the emptiness of the bowl what makes it useful? As for laws, a parrot can repeat them word for word. Their spirit is something else again. As for governing, one must first be lowest before being highest.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen
“I intend to follow the path of virtue. It will not be overcrowded.”
Lloyd Alexander, Westmark
“Is there worse evil than that which goes in the mask of good?”
Lloyd Alexander, The High King
tags: evil, good
“Life's a forge! Yes, and hammer and anvil, too! You'll be roasted, smelted, and pounded, and you'll scarce know what's happening to you. But stand boldly to it! Metal's worthless till it's shaped and tempered! More labor than luck. Face the pounding, don't fear the proving; and you'll stand well against any hammer and anvil.”
Lloyd Alexander, Taran Wanderer
“I only suggest to you: Will you dwell on killing this man? You wish for revenge? If you do, he has already killed you by slow poison. So, let it go. Why waste your time? His life will see to his death.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio
“I think imagination is at the heart of everything we do. Scientific discoveries couldn't have happened without imagination. Art, music, and literature couldn't exist without imagination. And so anything that strengthens imagination, and reading certainly does that, can help us for the rest of our lives.”
Lloyd Alexander
“Dealing with the impossible, fantasy can show us what may be really possible. If there is grief, there is the possibility of consolation; if hurt, the possibility of healing; and above all, the curative power of hope. If fantasy speaks to us as we are, it also speaks to us as we might be”
Lloyd Alexander
“...alas, raising a young lady is a mystery even beyond an enchanter's skill.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Castle of Llyr
“Evil conquered?' said Gwydion. 'You have learned much, but learn this last and hardest of lessons. You have conquered only the enchantments of evil. That was the easiest of your tasks, only a beginning, not an ending. Do you believe evil itself to be so quickly overcome? Not so long as men still hate and slay each other, when greed and anger goad them. Against these even a flaming sword cannot prevail, but only that portion of good in all men's hearts whose flame can never be quenched.”
Lloyd Alexander, The High King
“For the deeds of a man, not the words of a prophecy, are what shape his destiny.”
Lloyd Alexander, The High King
“-"He loved her...It was noble of him. It was beautiful."

-"It was stupid.”
Lloyd Alexander, Westmark
“The only thing a cat worries about is what's happening right now. As we tell the kittens, you can only wash one paw at a time.”
Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat
“Just because you've seen something doesn't mean you'll stop looking. There's always something you didn't see before.”
Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat
“What seems to be love beyond any question is usually a simple case of indigestion.”
Lloyd Alexander
“Seize the day, whatever's in it to seize, before something comes along and seizes you.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Arkadians
“Morgant?" Taran asked, turning a puzzled glance to Gwydion. "How can there be honor for such a man?"
"It is easy to judge evil unmixed," replied Gwydion. "But, alas, in most of us good and bad are closely woven as the threads on a loom; greater wisdom than mine is needed for the judging.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron
“By all means," cried the bard, his eyes lighting up. "A Fflam to the rescue! Storm the castle! Carry it by assault! Batter down the gates!"
"There's not much of it left to storm," said Eilonwy.
"Oh?" said Fflewddur, with disappointment. "Very well, we shall do the best we can.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Book of Three

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