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“Give me a funeral over a wedding any day,.' said Uncle Montague with a sigh. 'The conversation is almost always superior.”
Chris Priestley, Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror
“Does something amuse you?' asked Uncle Montague.
'I was merely reminding myself, Uncle, that I am getting too old to be so easily frightened by stories.'
'Really?' said Uncle Montague with a worrying degree of doubt in his voice. 'You think there is an age at which you might become immune to fear?”
Chris Priestley, Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror
“From the plough to paper, from the wheel to house, from tool handles to sailing ships. Man would have been nothing without trees.”
Chris Priestley, Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror
“Just because something is told as a story and that story is part legend or myth, or feat of imagination, does not mean there is no truth in it.”
Chris Priestley , Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth
“But she was no guardian angel. She was not trying to help me at all. She had been trying to claim me as she had claimed the lives of my fellow passengers.
She was the thing that remained forever unseen in my visions of her tales. She lurked near the bodies of those whose whose lives were so cruelly taken. She was there always, waiting.”
Chris Priestley, Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth
tags: robert
“I stood a little self-consciously. I was of an age when I was still unsure of myself in such formal matters as greetings and partings.”
Chris Priestley, Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror
“She had the the most extraordinary capacity for falling asleep at a moments notice. Any kind of pause in the routine was an excuse for a nap. I swear she was more cat than human.”
Chris Priestley, Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth
“In my confused state I wondered if I had not died and gone to hell. And if this was the case, I wished that I had been allowed more opportunities to sin, for this seemed a rather excessive judgement on what had been a frankly dull and blameless life. But I was not dead. I could see that now.”
Chris Priestley, Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth
tags: robert
“But I am English and have spent my life at one of the finest schools in the country. I could take a beating.”
Chris Priestley, Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror
“Because soldiers aren't really brave, they follow orders. Soldiers do as they told. They're not heroes. There are no real heroes, son. It depends on whose telling the story.”
Chris Priestley, Anything That Isn't This
“Writers were a strange sort; I knew that much from the newspapers.”
Chris Priestley, Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth
“After all, it was only a story,' I said, determined to prove her wrong. 'All manner of terrible things may happen in a story. They may be startling at the time, but it passes. One gets caught up in the narrative, but the dangers aren't real, are they? Things happen in any way the storyteller chooses. It is all just made up.”
Chris Priestley, Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth
“For nothing is deader than a body that once had life and has it no more.”
Chris Priestley, The Last of the Spirits
“Is this her death I'm looking at? Or her life? And which is worse?”
Chris Priestley, The Last of the Spirits
“Sam's world grew and grew with each book he finished.”
Chris Priestley, The Last of the Spirits
“I don't want to be rich. I'm not interested in money. Well, not money for the sake of it. I just want more life than Mother and Father want. Don't you ever want more? - Frank”
Chris Priestley
“Why is it childish to want something better? asked Frank sulkily. It's like pretending to be content is the same as actually being content. I'm not going to pre tent. - Frank”
Chris Priestley, Anything That Isn't This
“What's the point of hope if the hope you have is a lie? said Frank. Better to have no hope at all than false hope.”
Chris Priestley
“Because they wanted the thrill, said his grandfather. They wanted to feel terror. Fear makes you alive.”
Chris Priestley, Anything That Isn't This
“The school reports say you don't concentrate. But you don't concentrate because you are thinking. They don't understand that. They think intelligence is all about soaking up knowledge. But true intelligence- the intelligence that really counts- is the ability to interpret facts to make them you own.”
Chris Priestley, Anything That Isn't This
“Sometimes the rational is no defense against the irrational.”
Chris Priestley, Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth
“Some people give off a scent of danger that the wise know and avoid and that the foolish are drawn to.”
Chris Priestley, Tales of Terror from the Black Ship
“And where should mankind be without trees?”
Chris Priestley, Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror
“They were streetwalkers, women who sold themselves for money to men- good, God-fearing men who went to church with their wives the following Sunday without a care.”
Chris Priestley, The Last of the Spirits
“You should try never to be sure of things.”
Chris Priestley, Tales of Terror from the Black Ship
“Age has more to do with experience than the number of years you may have walked the earth.”
Chris Priestley, Tales of Terror from the Black Ship
“Pah!' said Sam. 'What good is there in feeling happy one day if you go back to how you were the next?'
'What harm is there?' said the giant.”
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“There are no fearless men in a battle. Only a liar would say different.”
Chris Priestley, Tales of Terror from the Black Ship
“I went to sea to forget her, but the sea is no place to forget. A man has so much to remember.”
Chris Priestley, Tales of Terror from the Black Ship
“There are many kinds of bravery. It takes as much courage to bring a child into the world as it does to cross swords or sail into the teeth of a storm - more, maybe.”
Chris Priestley, Tales of Terror from the Black Ship

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