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  • #1
    Neil Gaiman
    “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
    Neil Gaiman, Coraline

  • #2
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
    Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

  • #3
    Jasper Fforde
    “Good. Item seven. The had had and that that problem. Lady Cavendish, weren’t you working on this?’

    Lady Cavendish stood up and gathered her thoughts. ‘Indeed. The uses of had had and that that have to be strictly controlled; they can interrupt the imaginotransference quite dramatically, causing readers to go back over the sentence in confusion, something we try to avoid.’

    ‘Go on.’

    ‘It’s mostly an unlicensed-usage problem. At the last count David Copperfield alone had had had had sixty three times, all but ten unapproved. Pilgrim’s Progress may also be a problem due to its had had/that that ratio.’

    ‘So what’s the problem in Progress?’

    ‘That that had that that ten times but had had had had only thrice. Increased had had usage had had to be overlooked, but not if the number exceeds that that that usage.’

    ‘Hmm,’ said the Bellman, ‘I thought had had had had TGC’s approval for use in Dickens? What’s the problem?’

    ‘Take the first had had and that that in the book by way of example,’ said Lady Cavendish. ‘You would have thought that that first had had had had good occasion to be seen as had, had you not? Had had had approval but had had had not; equally it is true to say that that that that had had approval but that that other that that had not.’

    ‘So the problem with that other that that was that…?’

    ‘That that other-other that that had had approval.’

    ‘Okay’ said the Bellman, whose head was in danger of falling apart like a chocolate orange, ‘let me get this straight: David Copperfield, unlike Pilgrim’s Progress, had had had, had had had had. Had had had had TGC’s approval?’

    There was a very long pause. ‘Right,’ said the Bellman with a sigh, ‘that’s it for the moment. I’ll be giving out assignments in ten minutes. Session’s over – and let’s be careful out there.”
    Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots

  • #5
    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

  • #5
    Neil Gaiman
    “Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones

  • #6
    Jasper Fforde
    “Her majesty is one verb short of a sentence.”
    Jasper Fforde, Lost in a Good Book

  • #7
    Jasper Fforde
    “I would so hate to be a first-person character! Always on your guard, always having people read your thoughts!”
    Jasper Fforde, Lost in a Good Book

  • #8
    Jasper Fforde
    “Religion isn't the cause of wars, it's the excuse.”
    Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair

  • #9
    Terry Pratchett
    “Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the paint wouldn't even have time to dry.”
    Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

  • #10
    Terry Pratchett
    “Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”
    Terry Pratchett

  • #11
    Terry Pratchett
    “Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.”
    Terry Pratchett, Jingo

  • #12
    Albert Einstein
    “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #13
    Samuel Beckett
    “We are all born mad. Some remain so.”
    Samuel Beckett

  • #14
    William Shakespeare
    “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
    William Shakespeare, As You Like It

  • #15
    William Shakespeare
    “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
    William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well

  • #16
    William Shakespeare
    “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
    And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
    William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • #17
    George R.R. Martin
    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

  • #18
    Walter Cronkite
    “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”
    Walter Cronkite

  • #19
    May Sarton
    “We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”
    May Sarton

  • #20
    Anne Sexton
    “As it has been said:
    Love and a cough
    cannot be concealed.
    Even a small cough.
    Even a small love.”
    Anne Sexton

  • #21
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    “Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

  • #22
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Never laugh at live dragons.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien

  • #23
    Jasper Fforde
    “After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer's breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer - perhaps more.”
    Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots

  • #24
    Jimi Hendrix
    “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens”
    Jimi Hendrix

  • #25
    Jimi Hendrix
    “The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye...until we meet again”
    Jimi Hendrix

  • #26
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

  • #27
    J.K. Rowling
    “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • #28
    Philip Pullman
    “We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.”
    Philip Pullman

  • #29
    Philip Pullman
    “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
    Philip Pullman

  • #30
    Philip K. Dick
    “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.”
    Philip K. Dick, I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon



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