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  • #1
    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

  • #2
    Richelle Mead
    “Things die. But they don't always stay dead. Believe me, I know.”
    Richelle Mead, Frostbite

  • #3
    Stephenie Meyer
    “Surely it was a good way to die, in the place of someone else, someone I loved.”
    Stephenie Meyer, Twilight

  • #4
    Alice Sebold
    “Nothing is ever certain.”
    Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

  • #5
    Joseph Stalin
    “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”
    Joseph Stalin

  • #6
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “In the end, it wasn't death that surprised her but the stubbornness of life.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

  • #7
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “Basically what we have here is a dreamer. Somebody out of touch with reality. When she jumped, she probably thought she'd fly”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

  • #8
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “It didn't matter in the end how old they had been, or that they were girls, but only that we had loved them, and that they hadn't heard us calling, still do not hear us, up here in the tree house, with our thinning hair and soft bellies, calling them out of those rooms where they went to be alone for all time, alone in suicide, which is deeper than death, and where we will never find the pieces to put them back together.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

  • #9
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “We couldn't imagine the emptiness of a creature who put a razor to her wrists and opened her veins, the emptiness and the calm.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

  • #10
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “I don’t know what you’re feeling. I won’t even pretend.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

  • #11
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “The girls took into their own hands decisions better left to God. They became too powerful to live among us, too self-concerned, too visionary, too blind.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

  • #12
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “We knew, finally, that the girls were really women in disguise, that they understood love and even death, and that our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

  • #13
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “The seeds of death get lost in the mess that God made us.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

  • #14
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “and she had succeeded, on the second try, in hurling herself out of the world.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

  • #15
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “We knew that Cecilia had killed herself because she was a misfit, because the beyond called to her, and we knew that her sisters, once abandoned, felt her calling from that place, too. ”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

  • #16
    Norman Cousins
    “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”
    Norman Cousins

  • #17
    Alyson Noel
    “You can’t go back, Ever. You can’t change the past. It just is. . . . This is our destiny. Not yours.”
    Alyson Noel, Blue Moon

  • #18
    Terry Pratchett
    “I DON'T HOLD WITH CRUELTY TO CATS.”
    Terry Pratchett, The Last Hero

  • #19
    Suzanne Collins
    “But I don't know what to him about the aftermath of killing a person. About how they never leave you.”
    Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

  • #20
    Charles Bukowski
    “Finally there is nothing here for death to take away.”
    Charles Bukowski, What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire

  • #21
    Olive Ann Burns
    “But to mourn, that's different. To mourn is to be eaten alive with homesickness for the person.”
    Olive Ann Burns, Cold Sassy Tree

  • #22
    T.S. Eliot
    “There is one who remembers the way to your door: Life you may evade, but Death you shall not.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #23
    Clive Barker
    “Here is a list of terrible things,
    The jaws of sharks, a vultures wings
    The rabid bite of the dogs of war,
    The voice of one who went before,
    But most of all the mirror's gaze,
    Which counts us out our numbered days.”
    Clive Barker, Days of Magic, Nights of War

  • #24
    Jim Carroll
    “Conscience is no more than the dead speaking to us.”
    Jim Carroll

  • #25
    Simon Van Booy
    “You were unsure which pain is worse -- the shock of what happened or the ache for what never will.”
    Simon Van Booy, Everything Beautiful Began After
    tags: pain

  • #26
    Kristin Cast
    “Pain was good. If I hurt, it meant I wasn't dead.”
    Kristin Cast, Hunted

  • #27
    Anderson Cooper
    “Each child’s story is worthy of telling. There shouldn’t be a sliding scale of death. The weight of it is crushing.”
    Anderson Cooper, Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival

  • #28
    Roger Zelazny
    “I know, too, that death is the only god who comes when you call.”
    Roger Zelazny, Frost & Fire

  • #29
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
    “Listen, children:
    Your father is dead.
    From his old coats
    I'll make you little jackets;
    I'll make you little trousers
    From his old pants.
    There'll be in his pockets
    Things he used to put there,
    Keys and pennies
    Covered with tobacco;
    Dan shall have the pennies
    To save in his bank;
    Anne shall have the keys
    To make a pretty noise with.
    Life must go on,
    Though good men die;
    Anne, eat your breakfast;
    Dan, take your medicine;
    Life must go on;
    I forget just why.”
    Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • #30
    William S. Burroughs
    “when I become death. Death is the seed from which I grow.”
    William S. Burroughs



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