Make Believe Quotes

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Shel Silverstein
“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If youre a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in!
Come in!”
Shel Silverstein

Frida Kahlo
“What I wanted to express very clearly and intensely was that the reason these people had to invent or imagine heroes and gods is pure fear. Fear of life and fear of death.”
Frida Kahlo

Erik Pevernagie
“If reshaping a life style boils down to pretending and dwindling into a world of make-believe, living may turn into a schizophrenic merry-go-round and the real self might be crunched and munched on, piece by piece. (“He did not know that she knew”)”
Erik Pevernagie

Michael Connelly
“The setting sun burned the sky pink and orange in the same bright hues as surfers' bathing suits. It was beautiful deception, Bosch thought, as he drove north on the Hollywood Freeway to home. Sunsets did that here. Made you forget it was the smog that made their colors so brilliant, that behind every pretty picture there could be an ugly story.”
Michael Connelly, The Black Echo

Richelle E. Goodrich
“There are things
that make no sense,
that seem unreal,
that can’t be grasped
or understood
or explained,
that maybe don’t even exist…
And still, somehow, those wonderful things touch and change our lives.
Isn’t it strange?”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Secrets of a Noble Key Keeper

Sigmund Freud
“It would be very nice if there were a God who created the world and was a benevolent providence, and if there were a moral order in the universe and an after-life; but it is a very striking fact that all this is exactly as we are bound to wish it to be.”
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

Shannon L. Alder
“When you don’t have honesty in love then there is no communication. Honesty is improvisation of the heart; anything less is a well thought out and rehearsed script.”
Shannon L. Alder

Maurice Sendak
“He’s just a boy, pretending to be a wolf, pretending to be king”
Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Arundhati Roy
“They visited him in saris, clumping gracelessly through red mud and long grass ... and introduced themselves as Mrs. Pillai, Mrs. Eapen and Mrs. Rajagopalan. Velutha introduced himself and his paralyzed brother Kuttappen (although he was fast asleep). He greeted them with the utmost courtesy. He addressed them all as Kochamma [an honorific title for a woman] and gave them fresh coconut water to drink. He chatted to them about the weather. The river. The fact that in his opinion coconut trees were getting shorter by the year. As were the ladies in Ayemenem. He introduced them to his surly hen. He showed them his carpentry tools, and whittled them each a little wooden spoon.

It is only now, these years later, that Rahel with adult hindsight recognized the sweetness of that gesture. A grown man entertaining three raccoons, treating them like real ladies. Instinctively colluding in the conspiracy of their fiction, taking care not to decimate it with adult carelessness. Or affection. [emphasis mine]

It is after all so easy to shatter a story. To break a chain of thought. To ruin a fragment of a dream being carried around carefully like a piece of porcelain.

To let it be, to travel with it, as Velutha did, is much the harder thing to do.”
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

J.M. Barrie
“This meal happened to be a make-believe tea, and they sat 'round the board guzzling in their greed; and really, what with their chatter and recriminations, the noise, as Wendy said, was postiviely deafening.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Enock Maregesi
“Tunapenda kuamini kwa sababu kuamini hurahisisha mambo… Usiamini. Jua.”
Enock Maregesi

“Witchcraft is fun. It offers us a chance to play, to act silly, to let the inner child come out. Out of foolishness and play, creativity is born.”
Starhawk, The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess

“Pretending is one of our greatest pleasures. But you have to know you're pretending.”
Marty Rubin

Helen Oyeyemi
“This girl had been looking on with her hair hanging over her face, only partly hiding a cruel-looking scar; her eyes shone with hatred. Not necessarily hatred of your father or of puppets or the other children, but a hatred of make-believe, which did not heal, but was only useful to the people who didn't need it.”
Helen Oyeyemi, What is Not Yours is Not Yours

Suzy  Davies
“So Big Bear dined with the Princess,
"Did you see him? You'd never have guessed!"
His party hat was like her crown,
and they talked until the sun went down.
From the winter poem, The Fairytale Princess”
Suzy Davies, Celebrate The Seasons

Anthony Ryan
“Divinity retains the appearance of insight, when in reality it celebrates ignorance. Its tenets are so much clay, and when the clay sets, it becomes dogma.”
Anthony Ryan, Tower Lord

“We all live partially in reality and partially in a world of make-believe.”
Marty Rubin

A.S. Neill
“Small boys often produce their own plays; but usually the parts are not written out. They hardly need to be, for the main line of each character is always "Stick 'em up!" In these plays the curtain is always rung down on a set of corpses, for small boys are by nature through and uncompromising.”
A.S. Neill, Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Most of our waking life is make believe. If there was a way to record every dream that crosses our minds, the true nature of humans would be laid bare”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“The problem with being an adult most of your life is not having been a child long enough.

Wyatt Pringle

Jasper Fforde
“when my mind was young and the barrier between reality and make-believe had not yet hardened into the shell that cocoons us in adult life.”
Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair

K.M. Mayville
“Maybe by making up his own history, he could make the tragedy of it all make sense. Maybe he could write reason into it.”
K.M. Mayville, Vertus State

A.S. Neill
“Summerhill children are allowed to go through their gangster period, and consequentially more furniture is destroyed.”
A.S. Neill, Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing

Amber McRee Turner
“And then I did the best thing I knew to do with the strange concoction of sadness and hope brewing inside me. I prayed. I prayed for the people whose initials were on those slivers. Not just for those people, but for the cave people before them and the robot people after them. For real orphans. For all the people who have lost shoes in the road. For kids whose parents play war. For Toodie Bleu Skies and Toodi Bleu Nordenhauer, for M. B. McClean and Douglas Nordenhauer. And all the people who need to find the magic in Make Believe. That, I figured, just about covered the whole world.”
Amber McRee Turner, Sway

Sara Baume
“Did it do me any good, early in life, to believe so many things which were not true? Or did it damage me? Pouring a foundation of disappointment, of uncertainty.”
Sara Baume, A Line Made by Walking

Zøe Haslie
“You're not as tough as you make people believe you are.”
Zøe Haslie

David Levithan
“Knit me a sweater out of your best stories. Not the day’s petty injustices. Not the glimmer of a seven-eighths-forgotten moment from your past. Not something that somebody said to somebody, who then told it to you. No, I want a yarn. It doesn’t have to be true.
“Okay,” you say. “Do you want to know how I met you?”
I nod.
“It was on the carousel. You were on the pink horse, I was on the yellow. You were two horses ahead of me, and from the moment you got in the saddle, I wanted to draw up right next to you and say hello.
"Around and around we went, and I kept waiting for my horse to pull ahead. I sensed it would know when I was ready, and it was waiting for that moment. You rose and you fell, and I followed, and I followed. I thought my chance would never come. But then, like magic, all the power in the entire city went out at once. It was darkness, utter darkness. The music stopped, and there were only heartbeats to be heard. Heartbeats. I couldn’t see you, and worried that you’d left. But right at that moment, the moon came out from behind the clouds. And there you were. I stepped off my horse just as you stepped off yours. I turned right and you turned left. We met in the middle.”
“And what did you say?”
“Don’t you remember? I said, ‘What a lovely evening this is.’ And you said, ‘I was just thinking the same thing.’”
As long as we can conjure, who needs anything else? As long as we can agree on the magical lie and be happy, what more is there to ask for?
“I loved you from that moment on,” I say.
“I loved you from that moment on,” you agree.”
David Levithan, The Lover's Dictionary

Micah Genest
“Into a land of fantasy
With haste we cast them all aside
No tearing if you cannot see
That is what we all make-believe”
Micah Genest, The Land of Ick and Eck: Harlot's Encounters

Alan Cohen
“Making believe you know will get you farther than making believe you don't know.”
Alan Cohen

Stephen King
“Did you know that could happen? Did you know that you could sit in front of a screen or a pad of paper and change the world? It doesn't last, the world always comes back, but before it does, it's awesome. It's everything. Because you can have things the way you want and I want you to still be alive and in the story you are and always will be.”
Stephen King, Billy Summers

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