30+ quotes from The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Quotes from The Magicians

Lev Grossman ·  402 pages

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“If there's a single lesson that life teaches us, it's that wishing doesn't make it so.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“I got my heart's desire, and there my troubles began.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“[F]or just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is. Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there's nothing else. It's here, and you'd better decide to enjoy it or you're going to be miserable wherever you go, for the rest of your life, forever.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“I have a little theory that I'd like to air here, if I may. What is it that you think makes you magicians?" More silence. Fogg was well into rhetorical-question territory now anyway. He spoke more softly. "Is it because you are intelligent? Is it because you are brave and good? Is is because you're special?

Maybe. Who knows. But I'll tell you something: I think you're magicians because you're unhappy. A magician is strong because he feels pain. He feels the difference between what the world is and what he would make of it. Or what did you think that stuff in your chest was? A magician is strong because he hurts more than others. His wound is his strength.

Most people carry that pain around inside them their whole lives, until they kill the pain by other means, or until it kills them. But you, my friends, you found another way: a way to use the pain. To burn it as fuel, for light and warmth. You have learned to break the world that has tried to break you.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“In a way fighting was just like using magic. You said the words, and they altered the universe. By merely speaking you could create damage and pain, cause tears to fall, drive people away, make yourself feel better, make your life worse.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“Are you kidding? That guy was a mystery wrapped in an enigma and crudely stapled to a ticking fucking time bomb. He was either going to hit somebody or start a blog.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“It's time to live with what we have and mourn what we lost. ”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“The truth doesn't always make a good story, does it? ”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“The process of learning is a nonstop orgy of wonderment.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“Most people are blind to magic. They move through a blank and empty world. They’re bored with their lives, and there’s nothing they can do about it. They’re eaten alive by longing, and they’re dead before they die.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“A magician is strong because he feels pain. He feels the difference between what the world is and what he would make of it. Or what did you think that stuff in your chest was? A magician is strong because he hurts more than others. His wound is his strength. ”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“The problem with growing up is that once you're grown up, the people who aren't grown up aren't fun anymore.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“The life I should be living had been mislaid through some clerical error by the cosmic bureaucracy.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“He wasn't surprised. He was used to this anticlimactic feeling, where by the time you've done all the work to get something you don't even want it anymore.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“There is really no end to life's little humiliations.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“You can’t just decide to be happy.”

“No, you can’t. But you can sure as hell decide to be miserable. Is that what you want?”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there's nothing else.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“His crush went from exciting to depressing, as if he'd gone from the first blush of infatuation to the terminal nostalgia of a former lover without even the temporary relief of an actual relationship in between.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“The danger would be going back, or staying still. The only way out was through. The past was ruins, but the present was still in play.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“His whole personality was like an elaborate joke that he never stopped telling.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“Being brave was easy when you would rather die than give up.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“You can't just decide to be happy."

"No, you can't. But you can sure as hell decide to be miserable. Is that what you want? Do you want to be the asshole who went to Fillory and was miserable there? Even in Fillory? Because that's who you are right now."

There was something true about what Alice was saying. But he couldn't grasp it. It was too complex, or too simple. Too something...It was strange: he's thought that doing magic was the hardest thing he would ever do, but the rest of it was so much harder. It turned out that magic was the easy part.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“It was so much easier to be angry. Being angry made him feel strong, even though-- and this contradiction did nothing to diminish his anger-- he was angry only because his position was so weak.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“She tortured everybody around her, but only because she was more tortured than anyone.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“Wasn't there a spell for making yourself happy? Somebody must have invented one. How could he have missed it? Why didn't they teach it? Was it in the library, a flying book fluttering just out of reach, beating its wings against some high window?”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“Look, who's the talking bear here?” Quentin snapped. “Is it you? Are you the talking fucking bear? All right. So shut the fuck up.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“Now he had answers, but they weren't doing what answers were supposed to do: they weren't making things simpler or easier. They weren't helping.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“Josh speculated about the hypothetical contents of an imaginary porn magazine for intelligent trees that would be entitled Enthouse.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“We have reached the point where ignorance and neglect are the best we can hope for in a ruler.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


“The real problem with being around James was that he was always the hero. And what did that make you? Either the sidekick or the villain.”
― Lev Grossman, quote from The Magicians


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Lev Grossman
Born place: in Lexington, MA, The United States
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