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Philip Pullman Quotes: "You cannot change what you are, only what you do."

You cannot change what you are, only what you do.




Philip Pullman Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "One curious thing about growing up is that you don't only move forward in time; you move backwards as well, as pieces of your parents' and grandparents' lives come to you."

One curious thing about growing up is that you don't only move forward in time; you move backwards as well, as pieces of your parents' and grandparents' lives come to you.




Philip Pullman Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Just finished 'Secrecy' - truly enthralling both as a love story and as a tale of suspense - but much more than both."

Just finished 'Secrecy' - truly enthralling both as a love story and as a tale of suspense - but much more than both.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "Read like a butterfly, write like a bee."

Read like a butterfly, write like a bee.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "Once upon a time' lasts forever."

Once upon a time' lasts forever.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "Men pass in front of our eyes like butterflies, creatures of a brief season. We love them; they are brave, proud, beautiful, and clever."

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 Quotes: "Argue with anything else, but don't argue with your own nature."

Argue with anything else, but don't argue with your own nature.




Philip Pullman Quotes: "Imagination is a form of seeing"

Imagination is a form of seeing



Philip Pullman Quotes: "Being in love was like China: you knew it was there, and no doubt it was very interesting, and some people went there, but I never would."

Being in love was like China: you knew it was there, and no doubt it was very interesting, and some people went there, but I never would.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "We are all subject to the fates. But we must act as if we are not, or die of despair."

We are all subject to the fates. But we must act as if we are not, or die of despair.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "A story, to me, has a particular sprite, like the angel of the spirit of that story - and it's my job to attend to what it wants to do."

A story, to me, has a particular sprite, like the angel of the spirit of that story - and it's my job to attend to what it wants to do.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "For a human being, nothing comes naturally,' said Grumman. 'We have to learn everything we do."

For a human being, nothing comes naturally,' said Grumman. 'We have to learn everything we do.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "For a long time I thought I was a poet, but that's a high title to claim."

For a long time I thought I was a poet, but that's a high title to claim.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "If you can't think of what to write, tough luck; write anyway."

If you can't think of what to write, tough luck; write anyway.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children's book."

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 Quotes: "Thou Shalt Not is soon forgotten, but Once Upon a Time is forever."

Thou Shalt Not is soon forgotten, but Once Upon a Time is forever.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "And then what?" said her daemon sleepily. "Build what?" "The Republic of Heaven," said Lyra."

And then what?" said her daemon sleepily. "Build what?" "The Republic of Heaven," said Lyra.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "My only real claim to anyone's attention lies in my writing"

My only real claim to anyone's attention lies in my writing



Philip Pullman Quotes: "No one has the right to live without being shocked."

No one has the right to live without being shocked.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "We have to build the Republic of Heaven where we are, because for us there is no elsewhere."

We have to build the Republic of Heaven where we are, because for us there is no elsewhere.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "Everything has a meaning, if only we could read it."

Everything has a meaning, if only we could read it.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "You don't win races by wishing, you win them by running faster than everyone else does."

You don't win races by wishing, you win them by running faster than everyone else does.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "I am a strong believer in the tyranny, the dictatorship, the absolute authority of the writer."

I am a strong believer in the tyranny, the dictatorship, the absolute authority of the writer.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "I have stolen ideas from every book I have ever read."

I have stolen ideas from every book I have ever read.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "People are too complicated to have simple labels."

People are too complicated to have simple labels.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Stories are the most important thing in the world. Without stories, we wouldn't be human beings at all."

Stories are the most important thing in the world. Without stories, we wouldn't be human beings at all.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "...because where we are is always the most important place."

...because where we are is always the most important place.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Long before writing, people were telling each other stories and the audiobook goes all the way back to that tradition."

Long before writing, people were telling each other stories and the audiobook goes all the way back to that tradition.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "As Jane Austen might have put it: It is a truth universally acknowledged that young protagonists in search of adventure must ditch their parents."

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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"

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "You going to be a scientist when you grow up?” That sort of question deserved a blank stare, which it got."

You going to be a scientist when you grow up?” That sort of question deserved a blank stare, which it got.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "If there is a war to be fought, we don’t consider cost one of the factors in deciding whether or not to fight."

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 Quotes: "We shouldn't live as if [other worlds] mattered more than this life in this world, because where we are is always the most important place."

We shouldn't live as if [other worlds] mattered more than this life in this world, because where we are is always the most important place.



Philip Pullman Quotes: "All good things pass away."

All good things pass away.