Wisdom In Fiction Quotes

Quotes tagged as "wisdom-in-fiction" (showing 1-30 of 42)
Leif Enger
“Real miracles bother people, like strange sudden pains unknown in medical literature. It's true: They rebut every rule all we good citizens take comfort in. Lazarus obeying orders and climbing up out of the grave - now there's a miracle, and you can bet it upset a lot of folks who were standing around at the time. When a person dies, the earth is generally unwilling to cough him back up. A miracle contradicts the will of the earth.”
Leif Enger, Peace Like a River

P.C. Cast
“I waited for my thighs and butt to uncramp. Of course, they didn't know the loosening rule. They were screaming things like *Are you crazy? Do you know we're thirty-five years old? Sit down and feed us a Twinkie!”
P.C. Cast, Divine By Mistake

C. JoyBell C.
“‎They are angry with me, because I know what I am." Said the little eagle. "How do you know that they are angry with you?" "Because, they despise me for wanting to soar, they only want me to peck at the dirt, looking for ants, with them. But I can't do that. I don't have chicken feet, I have eagle wings." "And what is so wrong with having eagle wings and no chicken feet?" Asked the old owl. "I'm not sure, that's what I'm trying to find out." "They hate you because you know that you are an eagle and they want you to think you are a chicken so that you will peck at the ground looking for ants and worms, so that you will never know that you are an eagle and always think yourself a chicken. Let them hate you, they will always be chickens, and you will always be an eagle. You must fly. You must soar." Said the old owl.”
C. JoyBell C.

Jane Austen
“There is one thing, Emma, which a man can always do if he chooses, and that is his duty; not by manoeuvring and finessing, but by vigour and resolution. - Mr. Knightley”
Jane Austen, Emma

Joseph Heller
“He was one of those people with lots of intelligence but no brains”
Joseph Heller

Charlaine Harris
“You think that it’s not magic that keeps you alive? Just ‘cause you understand the mechanics of how something works, doesn’t make it any less of a miracle. Which is just another word for magic. We’re all kept alive by magic, Sookie. My magic’s just a little different from yours, that’s all.”
Charlaine Harris

Peter Høeg
“Some thoughts have glue on them.----Smilla”
Peter Høeg, Smilla's Sense of Snow

Missy Welsh
“It's crazy what you can talk yourself out of when you're scared and into when you're not.”
Missy Welsh, My Summer of Wes

Sergei Lukyanenko
“That's the way it goes sometimes: in order to help your friends, first you have to help your enemy. Better get used to it.”
Sergei Lukyanenko, Day Watch

T.K. Naliaka
“Use all this life to make yourself a great writer, thoughtful and kind, slowly, surely over the years.”
T.K. Naliaka

Donald Goines
“Pimping is an art, Whoreson. There are very few pimps in this world who can really take the title of being a pimp. Just because a man gets his money from a whore, that don't make him no true pimp. Real pimps are really rare.”
Donald Goines, Whoreson

Hermann Hesse
“Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sound foolish.”
Hermann Hesse

Leif Enger
“Listening to Dad's guitar, halting yet lovely in the search for phrasing, I thought: Fair is whatever God wants to do.”
Leif Enger

Satin Russell
“Who knows? Maybe you both live happily ever after, or maybe three months from now you end the relationship because he doesn't squeeze the toothpaste from the bottom...nothing is guaranteed." - Olivia Harper, Secret Need”
Satin Russell, Secret Need

M. Chandler
“Gut instinct," Jeremy wheezed.

"Your gut's been shot," Mike pointed out, but he looked uncertain.”
M. Chandler, The Morning Star

Graham Clews
“Ifs are nothing but wishes.”
Graham Clews

J. Devau
“I was not alone in my success, only in my failure.”
J. Devau, Theory of the Atheist

“Щастие. Просто като чаша шоколад или сложно като сърцето. Тръпчиво. Сладко. Живо”
Джоан Харис, Chocolat

Bram Stoker
“Ah,it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not,then it says there is nothing to explain. But yet we see around us every day the growth of new beliefs,which think themselves new; and which are yet but old,which pretend to be young like fine ladys at the opera.”
Bram Stoker, Dracula

Michael D. O'Brien
“Men are accustomed to making objective assessments of devastating situations, as long as they are not immersed in them. Rare is he who maintains objectivity in the midst of personal affliction.”
Michael D. O'Brien, The Fool of New York City

E.M. Swift-Hook
“No one is ever too old for stories.” ~ Durban Chola”
E.M. Swift-Hook, Times of Change

C.S. Janey
“One specific, profound moment isn’t what you are supposed to spend your life looking for Ellie. Your life should include a billion different instances; ones that include all the people who matter most to you and only you.”
He took a deep breath before continuing as a tear fell and slid down one of my cheeks.
“Those moments should be the ones you etch into your mind and think about - not the ones where things were bad or didn’t go the way you thought they should. The only moments that matter are those that you give importance too.”
C.S. Janey, Surrender to You

Sabrina York
“I know it's not always easy making the smart choice. Giving up things you want to do in exchange for prudence. Or to protect people you care about from worry and fear. But it is something a wise young lady does...I'm verra proud of you for making the wise choice, Isobel." Alexander Lochlannach from Susana and the Scot p. 205 by Sabrina York”
Sabrina York, Susana and the Scot

Iain M. Banks
“Nice people who are beginning to live to a great age - as it were - react with such revulsion to the burgeoning horrors that confront them, they generally prefer suicide. It's only us slightly malevolent types who are able to survive that realisation and find a kind of pleasure - or at least satisfaction - in watching how the latest generation or most recently evolved species can re-discover and beat out afresh the paths to disaster, ignominy and shame we had naively assumed might have become hopelessly over-grown.”
Iain M. Banks, The Hydrogen Sonata

“Goodness is funny because it draws you to it while curiously possessing you with the untrammelled desire to turn it into something bad.”
Sophie Villalobos

Kateryna Kei
“Use your strength, but always remember that any strength
may become a weakness.”
Kateryna Kei, Raven Boy

Nupur Tustin
“All good storytellers are of necessity good writers - even if they may be poorly edited ones. Unfortunately, not all good writers are good storytellers.”
Nupur Tustin

Peter St. John
“It 'appens to be true. An' if'n yew want ter stay moi friend, yew'd best 'old yer turpitudinous twaddle of a tongue an' listen fer once.”
Peter St. John, Gang Loyalty

“Yes, I am your enemy, as I was in my other incarnations, but that is my nature, and it is something I cannot escape. As I am defeated today, I tell you to believe what you will. Just as you believe in yourself, your worst enemies believe in themselves”

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