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Philip Pullman Quote: “I wanted the chance to look again at very famous stories and see what made them work well, whether there were any ways in which they could be improved. Because the great thing about fairy tales and folk tales is that there is no authentic text.”
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: “This is the value for me of writing books that children read. Children aren’t interested in your appalling self-consciousness. They want to know what happens next. They force you to tell a story.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “No one has the right to live without being shocked.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “There will be days when the stuff is not flowing freely. What you do then is MAKE IT UP!”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Around them there was nothing but silence, as if all the world were holding its breath.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “The evening sky was awash with peach, apricot, cream: tender little ice-cream clouds in a wide orange sky.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “You’re in a world full of color and you want to see it in black and white.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Was there only one world after all which spent its time dreaming of others?”
Philip Pullman Quote: “When you live for many hundreds of years, you know that every opportunity will come again.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Your death taps you on the shoulder, or takes your hand, and says, ‘Come along o’ me, it’s time.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Knowledge is like water: it always finds gaps to leak through. There are too many people, too many journals, too many places of learning, who already know something about it.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Asriel was a tall man with powerful shoulders, a fierce dark face, and eyes that seemed to flash and glitter with savage laughter. It was a face to be dominated by, or to fight: never a face to patronize or pity. All his movements were large and perfectly balanced, like those of a wild animal, and when he appeared in a room like this, he seemed a wild animal held in a cage too small for it.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “A human being with no daemon was like someone without a face, or with their ribs laid open and their heart torn out; something unnatural and uncanny that belonged to the world of nightghasts, not the waking world of sense.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Why do they do these things to children, Pan? Do they all hate children so much, that they want to tear them apart like this? Why do they do it?”
Philip Pullman Quote: “We can control the future, my boy, just as we wind up the mechanism in a clock. Say to yourself: I will win that race – I will come first – and you wind up the future like clockwork. The world has no choice but to obey! Can the hands of that old clock in the corner decide to stop? Can the spring in your watch decide to wind itself up and run backward? No! They have no choice. And nor has the future, once you have wound it up.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “As for what it’s against – the story is against those who pervert and misuse religion, or any other kind of doctrine with a holy book and a priesthood and an apparatus of power that wields unchallengeable authority, in order to dominate and suppress human freedoms.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “It was nothing more than what it was.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “The Dust pouring down from the stars had found a living home again, and these children-no-longer-children, saturated with love, were the cause of it all.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “You won’t understand anything about the imagination until you realise that it’s not about making things up, it’s about perception.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “I am a strong believer in the tyranny, the dictatorship, the absolute authority of the writer.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “All the atoms that were them, they’ve gone into the air and the wind and the trees and the earth and all the living things. They’ll never vanish. They’re just part of everything.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Take the anchor, there. The first meaning of that is hope, because hope holds you fast like an anchor so you don’t give way.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “If a coin comes down heads, that means that the possibility of its coming down tails has collapsed. Until that moment the two possibilities were equal. But on another world, it does come down tails. And when that happens, the two worlds split apart.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Literary modernism kind of grew out of a sense that, “Oh my god! I’m telling a story! Oh, that can’t be the case, because I’m a clever person. I’m a literary person! What am I going to do to distinguish myself? I know! I’ll write Ulysses.””
Philip Pullman Quote: “Life is hard, Mr. Scoresby, but we cling to it all the same.” “And this journey we’re on? Is that folly or wisdom?” “The greatest wisdom I know.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Thou shalt not might’ reach the head but it takes ‘Once upon a time’ to reach the heart. Also: We need stories so much that we’re even willing to read bad books to get them.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Human beings can’t see anything without wanting to destroy it, Lyra. That’s original sin.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “But think of Adam and Eve like an imaginary number, like the square root of minus one: you can never see any concrete proof that it exists, but if you include it in your equations, you can calculate all manner of things that couldn’t be imagined without it.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “And among academicians, and among spirits. I found folly everywhere, but there were grains of wisdom in every stream of it. No doubt there was much more wisdom that I failed to recognize. Life is hard, Mr. Scoresby, but we cling to it all the same.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “He was never the creator. He was an angel like ourselves – the first angel, true, the most powerful, but he was formed of Dust as we are, and Dust is only a name for what happens when matter begins to understand itself. Matter loves matter. It seeks to know more about itself, and Dust is formed.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “I am a story teller. If I wanted to send a message I would have written a sermon.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “The other side’s got an energy that our side en’t got. Comes from their certainty about being right. If you got that certainty, you’ll be willing to do anything to bring about the end you want. It’s the oldest human problem, Lyra, an’ it’s the difference between good and evil. Evil can be unscrupulous, and good can’t. Evil has nothing to stop it doing what it wants, while good has one hand tied behind its back. To do the things it needs to do to win, it’d have to become evil to do ’em.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Dust is only a name for what happens when matter begins to understand itself.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Corruption and envy and lust for power. Cruelty and coldness. A vicious probing curiousity. Pure, poisonous, toxic malice. You have never from your earliest years shown a shred of compassion for sympathy or kindness without calculating how it would return to your advantage. You have tortured and killed without regret or hesitation; you have betrayed and intrigued and gloried in your treachery. You are a cess-pit of moral filth.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Lyra’s heart, revulsion struggled with compassion, and compassion won. She put her arms around the skinny little form to hold him safe.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “It’s the oldest human problem, Lyra, an’ it’s the difference between good and evil. Evil can be unscrupulous, and good can’t. Evil has nothing to stop it doing what it wants, while good has one hand tied behind its back. To do the things it needs to do to win, it’d have to become evil to do ’em.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “The powers of this world are very strong. Men and women are moved by tides much fiercer than you can imagine, and they sweep us all up into the current. Go well, Lyra; bless you, child, bless you. Keep your own counsel.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Hope holds you fast like an anchor so you don’t give way.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “You might not have more courage, but you should be ashamed to show less.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “I am a religious person, although I am not a believer.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “If you can’t think of what to write, tough luck; write anyway. If you can think of lots more when you’ve finished the three pages, don’t write it; it’ll be that much easier to get going next day.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Stories aren’t made of language: they’re made of something else. A little earlier I said that stories were about life; perhaps they’re made of life.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “There is time, and there is beyond time. History belongs to time, but truth belongs to what is beyond time. In writing of things as they should have been, you are letting truth into history. You are the word of God.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “I see the Master as a man having terrible choices to make; whatever he chooses will do harm, but maybe if he does the right thing, a little less harm will come about than if he chooses wrong. God preserve me from having to make that sort of choice.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “If Mrs. Coulter saw his reaction, she didn’t show it. She went on: “Look, Will, I don’t know how you came to meet my daughter, and I don’t know what you know already, and I certainly don’t know if I can trust you; but equally, I’m tired of having to lie. So here it is: the truth.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “In some lights they were hardly there at all, just visible as a drifting quality in the light, a rhythmic evanescence, like veils of transparency turning before a mirror.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Keep away from the literal-minded folk, and ignore the scoffers.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “I’m perfectly happy about being superstitious and atheistic.”
Philip Pullman Quote: “Everything means something,” Lyra said severely. “We just have to find out how to read it.”
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