“All good children's stories are the same: young creature breaks rules, has incredible adventure, then returns home with the knowledge that aforementioned rules are there for a reason.
Of course, the actual message to the careful reader is: break rules as often as you can, because who the hell doesn't want to have an adventure?”
“Some parents let their young kids win at games, but mine never did.
I don't think it was because they were particularly competitive, they just wanted to teach me a valuable lesson.
Life is mostly just learning how to lose.”
“But nothing warps time quite like childhood”
“There are only three forms of high art: the symphony, the illustrated children's book and the board game.”
“There's always money in conflict."
"Says the diehard peacenik?"
"Oh, I abhor real violence, but fake violence is fucking brilliant.”
“Younger writers are always looking for "blurbs," one of the few words that sounds exactly as awful as the crime it's describing.”
“After years of pitched battles, my father was ready for a significantly less stressful career. Unfortunately, he decided to try raising a girl.”
“The advice to "kill your darlings" has been attributed to various authors across the various galaxies... and Mister Heist hated them all.
Why teach young writers to edit out whatever it is they feel most passionate about?
Better to kill everything in their writing they DON'T love as much.
Until only the darlings remain.”
“Here's the thing, everybody loves babies . . . but only in very, VERY small doses.”
“How? How did you know...?
What, that my wife can do anything? Isn't it obvious?”
“It would be a very long time before we saw any of our original pursuers again. At least, it seemed kinda long. But nothing warps time quite like childhood. I remember visits to faraway worlds that lasted only a few days but felt like entire lifetimes. And then there were the endless journeys between destinations that somehow went by in the blink of an eye. You know how it goes.”
“The multistrand plot is clearly a much more simultaneous form of storytelling, emphasizing the group, or the minisociety, and how the characters compare.”
“There are always two people involved in cruelty, aren't there? One to be vicious and someone to suffer! And what's the use of getting rid of - of wickedness, say - in the outside world if you let it creep back into things from inside you?”
“Jesus said, ‘What God has joined together let no man separate.”
“Do you know, André, I sometimes think that you have no heart.'
'Presumably because I sometimes betray intelligence.”
“All wickedness comes from weakness. The child is wicked only because he is weak. Make him strong; he will be good. He who could do everything would never do harm.”
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