Literary Quotes

“Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.”
G.K. Chesterton

“The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.”
Terry Pratchett
Moving Pictures

“And can a magician kill a man by magic?” the Duke had asked. And he had answered, “A magician might, but a gentleman never could.”
Susanna ClarkeJonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

“First of all, we are all time travelers. The vast majority of us manage only one day per day. Now if we accelerate ourselves like so-”
Jasper FfordeLost in a Good Book

“For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a)mate with, (b)eat, (c)run away from, and (d)rocks.”
Terry PratchettEqual Rites

“It shows something, though: if you’re going to be soulless, you should at least consider outsourcing your conscience to someone else.”
Josh BazellBeat the Reaper

“I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.” 
J. D. Salinger
Raise High the Roof Beams, Carpenters

“Night flying over charted country by the aid of instruments and radio can still be a lonely business, but to fly in an unbroken darkness without even the cold companionship of a pair of ear-phones or the knowledge that somewhere ahead are lights and life and a well-marked airport is something more than just lonely.”
Beryl Markham, West with the Night

“…it was even more disconcerting to examine your charts before a proposed flight only to find that in many cases the bulk of the terrain over which you had to fly was bluntly marked: ‘UNSURVEYED.’ It was as if the mapmakers had said, ‘We are aware that between this spot and that one, there are several hundred thousands of acres, but until you make a forced landing there, we won’t know whether it is mud, desert, or jungle – and the chances are we won’t know then!’
Beryl Markham, West with the Night

“It would be a hard fate to go down in the memory of one’s friends as having been tripped up by a wandering zebra. ‘Tried to take off and hit a zebra!’ It lacks even the dignity of crashing into an anthill.
Beryl Markham, West with the Night