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Philip Pullman Quote: “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Stories are the most important thing in the world. Without stories, we wouldn’t be human beings at all.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Iorek Byrnison: Can is not the same as must. Lyra Silvertongue: But if you must and you can, then there’s no excuse.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “We have to build the Republic of Heaven where we are, because for us, there is no elsewhere.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Everything has a meaning, if only we could read it.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “People are too complicated to have simple labels.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Tell them stories.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “It takes long practice, yes. You have to work. Did you think you could snap your fingers, and have it as a gift? What is worth having is worth working for.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “We don’t need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do’s and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Every little increase in human freedom has been fought over ferociously between those who want us to know more and be wiser and stronger, and those who want us to obey and be humble and submit.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “True education flowers at the point when delight falls in love with responsibility.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “What is worth having is worth working for.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “We have to learn everything we do.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “The book is second only to the wheel as the best piece of technology human beings have ever invented. A book symbolises the whole intellectual history of mankind; it’s the greatest weapon ever devised in the war against stupidity.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “You speak of destiny as if it was fixed.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Make this the golden rule, the equivalent of the Hippocratic oath: Everything we ask a child to do should be worth doing.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Everything means something.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Human beings can’t see anything without wanting to destroy it. That’s original sin. And I’m going to destroy it. Death is going to die.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “You’ll drift apart, it’s true, but you’ll be out in the open, part of everything alive again.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “If you want something you can have it, but only if you want everything that goes with it, including all the hard work and the despair, and only if you’re willing to risk failure.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Children are not less intelligent than adults; what they are is less informed.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “A professional writer is someone who writes just as well when they’re not inspired as when they are.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Imagination is a form of seeing.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “We are all subject to the fates. But we must act as if we are not, or die of despair.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Tell them stories. They need the truth you must tell them true stories, and everything will be well, just tell them stories.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Tolkien seems to me reactionary, conservative, fearful of a modern world. Fearful of anything that isn’t sanctioned by the passage of long eons of time. I think what I’m doing in His Dark Materials is politically the reverse of that.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “It’s like having to make a choice: a blessing or a curse. The one thing you can’t do is choose neither.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Just sort of relax your mind and say yes, it does hurt, I know. Don’t try and shut it out.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “I thought physics could be done to the glory of God, till I saw there wasn’t any God at all and that physics was more interesting anyway. The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that’s all.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “I’m for open-mindedness and tolerance. I’m against any form of fanaticism, fundamentalism or zealotry, and this certainty of ‘We have the truth.’ The truth is far too large and complex. Nobody has the truth.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “It’s only through honesty and courage that science can work at all. The Ptolemaic understanding of the solar system was undermined and corrected by the constant pressure of more and more honest reporting.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “You don’t win races by wishing, you win them by running faster than everyone else does.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “There is another consequence of any belief in a single god, and that is that it is a very good excuse for people to behave very badly.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “And think what worrying does: has anyone ever added a single hour to the length of his life by worrying about it?”
Philip Pullman Quote: “If you can’t think of what to write, tough luck; write anyway.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Maybe sometimes we don’t do the right thing because the wrong thing looks more dangerous, and we don’t want to look scared, so we go and do the wrong thing just because it’s dangerous. We’re more concerned with not looking scared than with judging right.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “I don’t know where my ideas come from, but I know where they come to. They come to my desk, and if I’m not there, they go away again.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Once upon a time lasts forever.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “From what we are, spirit; from what we do, matter. Matter and spirit are one.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Lonely? I don’t know. They tell me this is cold. I don’t know what cold is, because I don’t freeze. So I don’t know what lonely means either. Bears are made to be solitary.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “I stopped believing there was a power of good and a power of evil that were outside us. And I came to believe that good and evil are names for what people do, not for what they are.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “All the history of human life has been a struggle between wisdom and stupidity.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Men and women are moved by tides much fiercer than you can imagine, and they sweep us all up into the current.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Thou Shalt Not is soon forgotten, but Once Upon a Time is forever.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “My books are about killing God.”
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