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  • #1
    Terry Pratchett
    “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
    Terry Pratchett, Diggers

  • #2
    Terry Pratchett
    “If there was anything that depressed him more than his own cynicism, it was that quite often it still wasn't as cynical as real life.”
    Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

  • #3
    Terry Pratchett
    “Chaos is found in greatest abundance wherever order is being sought. It always defeats order, because it is better organized.”
    Terry Pratchett, Interesting Times: The Play

  • #4
    Terry Pratchett
    “The disc, being flat, has no real horizon. Any adventurous sailor who got funny ideas from staring at eggs and oranges for too long and set out for the antipodes soon learned that the reason why distant ships sometimes looked as though they were disappearing over the edge of the world was that they were disappearing over the edge of the world.”
    Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic

  • #5
    Terry Pratchett
    “We've strayed into a zone with a high magical index,' he said. 'Don't ask me how. Once upon a time a really powerful magic field must have been generated here, and we're feeling the after-effects.'

    Precisely,' said a passing bush.”
    Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic
    tags: magic

  • #6
    Terry Pratchett
    “Once you gave a thing a name, you gave it life.”
    Terry Pratchett

  • #7
    Terry Pratchett
    “Some pirates achieved immortality by great deeds of cruelty or derring-do. Some achieved immortality by amassing great wealth. But the captain had long ago decided that he would, on the whole, prefer to achieve immortality by not dying.”
    Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

  • #8
    Terry Pratchett
    “The intelligence of that creature known as a crowd is the square root of the number of people in it.”
    Terry Pratchett, Jingo

  • #9
    George R.R. Martin
    “... a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

  • #10
    George R.R. Martin
    “The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real ... for a moment at least ... that long magic moment before we wake.

    Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

    We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

    They can keep their heaven. When I die, I'd sooner go to middle Earth.”
    George R.R. Martin

  • #11
    George R.R. Martin
    “They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to Middle Earth. ”
    George R.R. Martin

  • #12
    George R.R. Martin
    “Give me honorable enemies rather than ambitious ones, and I'll sleep more easily by night.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

  • #13
    William Shakespeare
    “All that glisters is not gold;
    Often have you heard that told:
    Many a man his life hath sold
    But my outside to behold:
    Gilded tombs do worms enfold.”
    William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

  • #14
    When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European,
    “When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #15
    Jean Cocteau
    “Living is a horizontal fall.”
    Jean Cocteau, Opium: The Diary of His Cure

  • #16
    Martin Amis
    “Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black.”
    Martin Amis, The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11

  • #17
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #18
    Ray Bradbury
    “I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”
    Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

  • #19
    H.P. Lovecraft
    “From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.”
    H.P. Lovecraft, Tales of H.P. Lovecraft

  • #20
    Ogden Nash
    “A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.”
    Ogden Nash, Private Dining-room and Other New Verses
    tags: dog, door

  • #21
    Pablo Neruda
    “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
    in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”
    Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

  • #22
    William Goldman
    “Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
    William Goldman, William Goldman: Four Screenplays

  • #23
    Pablo Picasso
    “Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.”
    Pablo Picasso

  • #24
    J.K. Rowling
    “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • #25
    Frank McCourt
    “You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”
    Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes

  • #26
    Jennifer Donnelly
    “Together in our house, in the firelight, we are the world made small.”
    Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

  • #27
    John Scalzi
    “Here's a quick rule of thumb: Don't annoy science fiction writers. These are people who destroy entire planets before lunch. Think of what they'll do to you.”
    John Scalzi

  • #28
    John Scalzi
    “If you want me to treat your ideas with more respect, get some better ideas.”
    John Scalzi, Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008

  • #29
    John Scalzi
    “I am not responsible for actions of the imaginary version of me you have inside your head.”
    John Scalzi



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