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  • #1
    Megan Whalen Turner
    “Safety is an illusion, Costis. A Thief might fall at any time, and eventually the day must come when the god will let him. Whether I am on a rafter three stories up or on a staircase three steps up, I am in my god's hands. He will keep me safe, or he will not, here or on the stairs.”
    Megan Whalen Turner, The King of Attolia

  • #2
    Peter S. Beagle
    “The true secret in being a hero lies in knowing the order of things. The swineherd cannot already be wed to the princess when he embarks on his adventures, nor can the boy knock on the witch's door when she is already away on vacation. The wicked uncle cannot be found out and foiled before he does something wicked. Things must happen when it is time for them to happen. Quests may not simply be abandoned; prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit; unicorns may go unrescued for a very long time, but not forever. The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.”
    Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

  • #3
    C.S. Lewis
    “One word, Ma'am," he said, coming back from the fire; limping, because of the pain. "One word. All you've been saying is quite right, I shouldn't wonder. I'm a chap who always liked to know the worst and then put the best face I can on it. So I won't deny any of what you said. But there's one more thing to be said, even so. Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things-trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that's a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We're just babies making up a game, if you're right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That's why I'm going to stand by the play world. I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia. So, thanking you kindly for our supper, if these two gentlemen and the young lady are ready, we're leaving your court at once and setting out in the dark to spend our lives looking for Overland. Not that our lives will be very long, I should think; but that's a small loss if the world's as dull a place as you say.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

  • #4
    Vince Vawter
    “Remember, my young Messenger, that intelligence doesn't always equate to moral actions”
    Vince Vawter, Paperboy

  • #5
    Brandon Sanderson
    “Well, Vin says that there's something behind all this, right? Some evil force of doom or whatever? Well, if I were said force of doom, then I certainly wouldn't have used my powers to turn the land black. It just lacks flair. Red. Now, that would be an interesting color. Think of the possibilities--if the ash were red, the rivers would run like blood. Black is so monotonous that you can forget about it, but red--you'd always be thinking, 'Why, look at that. That hill is red. That evil force of doom trying to destroy me certainly has style.”
    Brandon Sanderson, The Hero of Ages

  • #6
    Maya Angelou
    “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.

    (Popular misquote of "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.")”
    Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

  • #8
    E.E. Cummings
    “pity this busy monster, manunkind'
    pity this busy monster, manunkind,

    not. Progress is a comfortable disease:
    your victim (death and life safely beyond)

    plays with the bigness of his littleness
    --- electrons deify one razorblade
    into a mountainrange; lenses extend
    unwish through curving wherewhen till unwish
    returns on its unself.
    A world of made
    is not a world of born --- pity poor flesh

    and trees, poor stars and stones, but never this
    fine specimen of hypermagical

    ultraomnipotence. We doctors know

    a hopeless case if --- listen: there's a hell
    of a good universe next door; let's go”
    E.E. Cummings

  • #9
    Robert Jordan
    “Surprising what you can dig out of books if you read long enough, isn't it?”
    Robert Jordan

  • #10
    Brandon Sanderson
    “By now, it is probably very late at night, and you have stayed up to read this book when you should have gone to sleep. If this is the case, then I commend you for falling into my trap. It is a writer's greatest pleasure to hear that someone was kept up until the unholy hours of the morning reading one of his books. It goes back to authors being terrible people who delight in the suffering of others. Plus, we get a kickback from the caffeine industry...”
    Brandon Sanderson, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

  • #11
    A.C.H. Smith
    “Sarah took a deep breath and set off along the passageway again.
    A clump of lichen on the gatepost opened its eyes and watched her go.
    The eyes, on tendrils, had an anxious look, and when she had gone some
    distance away the clump, swiveling its eyes toward each other,
    commenced to gossip among itself. Most of it disapproved of the
    direction she had taken. You could tell that from the way the eyes
    looked meaningfully into each other. Lichen knows about directions. ”
    A.C.H. Smith, Labyrinth: A Novel Based on the Jim Henson Film

  • #12
    Simon: You're in a dangerous line of work, Jayne. Odds are you'll be under my
    “Simon: You're in a dangerous line of work, Jayne. Odds are you'll be under my knife again, often. So I want you to understand one thing very clearly: No matter what you do or say or plot, no matter how you come down on us, I will never, ever harm you. You're on this table, you're safe... 'cause I'm your medic. And however little we may like or trust each other, we're on the same crew. Got the same troubles, same enemies, and more than enough of both. Now, we could circle each other and growl, sleep with one eye open, but that thought wearies me. I don't care what you've done, I don't know what you're planning on doing, but I'm trusting you. I think you should do the same. 'Cause I don't see this working any other way.
    River: Also, I can kill you with my brain.”
    Ben Edlund

  • #13
    Brandon Sanderson
    “My dear, did you just try to prove the existence of God through the use of your cleavage?”
    Brandon Sanderson, Warbreaker

  • #14
    Brandon Sanderson
    “This is going to take a while. I'm a fantasy author. We have trouble with the concept of brevity.”
    Brandon Sanderson

  • #15
    Ray Bradbury
    “You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
    Ray Bradbury

  • #16
    Jean Webster
    “I think that the most necessary quality for any person to have is imagination. It makes people able to put themselves in other people's places. It makes them kind and sympathetic and understanding.”
    Jean Webster, Daddy-Long-Legs

  • #17
    L.M. Montgomery
    “I wouldn't want to marry anybody who was wicked, but I think I'd like it if he could be wicked and wouldn't.”
    L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

  • #18
    William Shakespeare
    “A miracle. Here's our own hands against our hearts. Come, I will have thee, but by this light I take thee for pity.

    Beatrice: I would not deny you, but by this good day, I yield upon great persuasion, and partly to save your life, for I was told you were in a consumption.

    Benedick: Peace. I will stop your mouth.”
    William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

  • #19
    William Shakespeare
    “I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.”
    William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

  • #20
    Kate Douglas Wiggin
    “It is very funny, but you do not always have to see people to love them. Just think about it, and tell me if it isn't so.”
    Kate Douglas Wiggin, The Bird's Christmas Carol

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