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Philip Pullman Quote: “My books are about killing God.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations. Destroying intellectual freedom is always evil, but only religion makes doing evil feel quite so good.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Argue with anything else, but don’t argue with your own nature.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “When it comes to telling children stories, they don’t need simple language. They need beautiful language.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “The justice of it seems to children correct and right – I mean, we laugh at it! We underestimate children’s ability to know what is a story and what isn’t.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Sticks and stones, I’ll break yer bones, but names ain’t worth a quarrel.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “I have stolen ideas from every book I have ever read.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Do not lie to the Scholar.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Because the great thing about fairy tales and folk tales is that there is no authentic text. It’s not like the text of Paradise Lost or James Joyce’s Ulysses, and you have to adhere to that exact text.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “She was riding a bear! And the Aurora was swaying above them in golden arcs and loops, and all around was the bitter Arctic cold and the immense silence of the North.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “If there is a war to be fought, we don’t consider cost one of the factors in deciding whether or not to fight.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “We need to ensure that children are not forced to waste their time on barren rubbish.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “There’s a hunger for stories in all of us, adults too. We need stories so much that we’re even willing to read bad books to get them, if the good books won’t supply them.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Tell him, we are not devils but we have friends who are.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Teachers often make the mistake of thinking they’re the boss of the class; they’re not. The boss of the class is sitting down there somewhere.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “But I know that all the things I do know are very small compared with the things that I don’t know.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “When you choose one way out of many, all the ways you don’t take are snuffed out like candles, as if they’d never existed.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Then she was pressing her little proud broken self against his face, as close as she could get, and then they died.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “When he’d sworn at her and been sworn at in return, they became great friends.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “As Jane Austen might have put it: It is a truth universally acknowledged that young protagonists in search of adventure must ditch their parents.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “It does not make sense. It cannot exist. It’s impossible, and if it isn’t impossible, it’s irrelevant, and if it isn’t either of those things, it’s embarrassing.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “He dared to do what men and women don’t even dare to think. And look what he’s done already: he’s torn open the sky, he’s opened the way to another world. Who else has ever done that? Who else could think of it?”
Philip Pullman Quote: “All good things pass away.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Long before writing, people were telling each other stories and the audiobook goes all the way back to that tradition.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “I write almost always in the third person, and I don’t think the narrator is male or female anyway. They’re both, and young and old, and wise and silly, and sceptical and credulous, and innocent and experienced, all at once. Narrators are not even human – they’re sprites.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “And I came to believe that good and evil are names for what people do, not for what they are. All we can say is that this is a good deed, because it helps someone or that’s an evil one because it hurts them. People are too complicated to have simple labels.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “All stories teach, whether the storyteller intends them to or not. They teach the world we create. They teach the morality we live by. They teach it much more effectively than moral precepts and instructions.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “No,? he said, ’memory’s a poor thing to have. It’s your own real hair and mouth and arms and eyes and hands I want. I didn’t know I could ever love anything so much...”
Philip Pullman Quote: “The idea hovered and shimmered delicately, like a soap bubble, and she dared not even look at it directly in case it burst. But she was familiar with the way of ideas, and she let it shimmer, looking away, thinking about something else.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “She longed for cutlasses, pistols, and brandy; she had to make do with coffee, and pencils, and verbs.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Being a practiced liar doesn’t mean you have a powerful imagination. Many good liars have no imagination at all; it’s that which gives their lies such wide-eyed conviction.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “All things from the north are devilish.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “The fairy tale is in a perpetual state of becoming and alteration. To keep to one version or one translation alone is to put robin redbreast in a cage.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “That’s the duty of the old, to be anxious on behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “I was born in Norwich in 1946, and educated in England, Zimbabwe, and Australia, before my family settled in North Wales.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Men pass in front of our eyes like butterflies, creatures of a brief season. We love them; they are brave, proud, beautiful, and clever.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “What I couldn’t help noticing was that I learned more about the novel in a morning by trying to write a page of one than I’d learned in seven years or so of trying to write criticism.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “For every once upon a time there must be a story to follow, because if a story doesn’t, something else will, and it might not be as harmless as a story.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “I’m superstitious about the paper that I use, for example. I’ve written all my novels on a paper of a particular size with lines of a particular distance apart and with two holes in the paper for the folder clip.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “There’s been terrible things we seen, en’t there? And more a coming, more’n likely. So I think I’d rather not know what’s in the future. I’ll stick to the present.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “One moment several things are possible, the next moment only one happens, and the rest don’t exist. Except that other worlds have sprung into being, on which the did happen.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “I had passed through the entire British education system studying literature, culminating in three years of reading English at Oxford, and they’d never told me about something as basic as the importance of point of view in fiction!”
Philip Pullman Quote: “A lot of modernism does seem to come out of a fear of being thought an ordinary storyteller. So they tell it backwards and they tell it in the present tense and they cut loose the pages and shuffle them around – all that kind of stuff.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “A murderer was a worthy companion.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “For a long time I thought I was a poet, but that’s a high title to claim.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “You don’t read it in the sense of reading a message; it doesn’t work like that. What’s happening is that the Shadows are responding to the attention you pay them.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Lee was too cool by nature to rage at fate; his manner was to raise an eyebrow and greet it laconically.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Well, I have an idea, usually a visual image of some sort. A setting. A particular, I don’t know, urban scene, a particular time of day. Something that grips my imagination for some reason.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Shame to die with one bullet left, though.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “What I do say is that I can write verse, and that the writing of verse in strict form is the best possible training for writing good prose.”
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