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Philip Pullman Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

 

True education flowers at the point when delight falls
in love with responsibility.
- Philip Pullman

My only real claim to anyone's attention lies in my writing.
- Philip Pullman

I have maintained a passionate interest in education,
which leads me occasionally to make foolish and ill-considered
remarks alleging that not everything is well in our schools.
- Philip Pullman

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What I do say is that I can write verse,
and that the writing of verse in strict form is the
best possible training for writing good prose.
- Philip Pullman

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

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

For that reason you can't write with music playing,
and anyone who says he can is either writing badly,
or not listening to the music, or lying.
You need to hear what you're writing,
and for that you need silence.
- Philip Pullman

Adam and Eve are like imaginary numbers,
like the square root of minus one...
If you include it in your equation, you can calculate all manners of things,
which cannot be imagined without it.
- Philip Pullman

I had passed through the entire British education system studying literature,
culminating in three years of reading English at Oxford,
and they'd never told me about something as basic as
the importance of point of view in fiction!
- Philip Pullman

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

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

Men pass in front of our eyes like butterflies,
creatures of a brief season.
We love them; they are brave, proud,
beautiful,
clever; and they die almost at once.
They die so soon that our hearts are continually racked with pain.
- Philip Pullman

And before I'd got to the end of the first paragraph,
I'd come up slap bang against a fundamental problem
that still troubles me today whenever I begin a story,
and it's this: where am I telling it from?
- Philip Pullman

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.
I'd spend all my life without ever going to China,
but it wouldn't matter, because there was all the rest of the world to visit.
- Philip Pullman

I argue thee that love is life.
And life hath immortality.
- Emily Dickinson

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours.
- Richard Bach

When you argue with reality,
you lose - but only always.
- Byron Katie

Make sure you never, never argue at night.
You just lose a good night's sleep,
and you can't settle anything until morning anyway.
- Rose Kennedy

Each of us holds a different image of God.
There are as many perspectives on
the nature of God as there are people.
However much any of us may choose to argue,
or to fight and kill, for our point of view,
the nature of God is an unanswerable question.
Perhaps there is a specific answer,
that we will never learn - in this lifetime.
Perhaps the nature of God is so complex and multifaceted
that each view of God describes an aspect of the complex whole.
Or perhaps the nature of God is actually defined by our beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry
always gets the best of the argument.
- Voltaire

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.
- Pierre Beaumarchais

Never argue with your characters; they know themselves better than you do.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

Wise men argue causes; fools decide them.
- Anacharsis

I don't think it's useful for somebody to argue with reviews.
- Bob Woodward

I don't want to argue with my wife about her car -
or my driving.
- Dale Earnhardt

I'm not altogether certain that a fundamentalism of
necessity has to argue that it is the only reading
of the human experience in order to stay alive.
- Chaim Potok

We did this film in 13 days, mind you.
And 13 days is not very long for a feature film.
Nobody in their right mind would argue that.
Nobody in their right mind would do that.
- Kurtwood Smith

The trouble with women umpires is that I couldn't argue with one.
I'd put my arms around her and give her a little kiss.
- Casey Stengel

It's good to have a leader, otherwise we argue too much.
- Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink.
I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right.
We're more popular than Jesus now;
I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity.
- John Lennon

I shall argue that strong men, conversely,
know when to compromise and that all principles can
be compromised to serve a greater principle.
- Andrew Carnegie

How you first meet the public is how the industry sees you.
You can't argue with them.
That's their perception.
- Meryl Streep

The girls are a complete joy and I love their passion.
They argue with me like mad and I love that too.
- Bob Geldof

Scholars will argue with each other about everything.
- Peter Jennings

I argue in this paper that we are on the edge of change
comparable to the rise of human life on Earth.
- Vernor Vinge

It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens,
to argue with the belly, since it has no ears.
- Marcus Porcius Cato

Never argue with your wife about hostility when she's a certified Freudian.
- William Goldman

It's sad - it's sad for us old enough to remember when directors ruled,
and films were substantially better than they are today.
But it's hard to argue with those kinds of grosses.
- Mark Rydell

Composers dialogue - and obsessively,
bitterly argue - with other composers,
often over the span of several centuries.
- Brian Ferneyhough

Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself
in order that others may admire your wisdom,
they will discover your ignorance.
- Saadi

No one would argue against the fact that L.A.
leads the country in opportunities for being hip and pretentious.
- Merrill Markoe

People here argue about religion interminably,
but it appears that they are competing at the same
time to see who can be the least devout.
- Charles de Secondat

Some people argue that we should limit choice in favour of good local services.
My response is simple: why should we assume those two
concepts are mutually exclusive?
- John Hutton

I still find it hard to understand that anyone could
argue that you can't have machines that exhibit consciousness.
- Iain Banks

When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them.
- Evelyn Waugh

So I can't show you how, exactly, health care is a basic human right.
But what I can argue is that no one should have to
die of a disease that is treatable.
- Paul Farmer

I detest life-insurance agents: they always argue that I shall some day die,
which is not so.
- Stephen Leacock

You argue with the umpire because there is nothing
else you can do about it.
- Leo Durocher

Pianists don't argue too much generally because we
have such a hard time just getting things right;
arguing is for string players.
- Emanuel Ax

The enemies of freedom do not argue;
they shout and they shoot.
- William Ralph Inge

When you argue with your inferiors, you convince them of only one thing:
they are as clever as you.
- Irving Layton

People often argue about this.
Obviously one of the skills in performance is acting,
and you can't expect every Romeo to really be in love with their Juliet!
- Deborah Bull

The most important thing for a good marriage is to
learn how to argue peaceably.
- Anita Ekberg

Those objecting to the concept of race argue that the
taxonomic definitions are arbitrary and subjective.
- J. Philippe Rushton

The situation of the Old Left was the theory of Socialist Realism,
etc.
It seemed pointless to argue.
We stayed carefully away from people who wrote for the New Masses.
- George Oppen

I think we could have done a lot more great music,
so I was disappointed that we didn't continue making records and touring,
but it's hard to argue with 10 good years.
- Jerry Harrison

Me and Matt love to argue, but in general our sense
of humor is pretty much alike.
- Trey Parker

Those who invalidate reason ought seriously to consider
whether they argue against reason with or without reason.
- Ethan Allen

I will argue that in the literal sense the programmed
computer understands what the car and the adding machine understand,
namely, exactly nothing.
- John Searle

Why argue about things you can't prove?
- William Ruckelshaus

When you have the facts on your side,
argue the facts.
When you have the law on your side, argue the law.
When you have neither, holler.
- Al Gore

If there's ever a place where you can't argue that
you can put the facts over here and the text over there and see if they fit,
it is surely in anthropology.
- Clifford Geertz

It is better to discuss things, to argue and engage
in polemics than make perfidious plans of mutual destruction.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

Libertarians typically argue that particular obligations,
at least under normal circumstances,
must be created by consent; they cannot be unilaterally imposed by others.
- Tom G. Palmer

What I argue is that if I'm going to be held accountable
for my actions that I should be allowed to record...
my actions.
Especially if somebody else is keeping a record of my actions.
- Steve Mann

Colonial governors and senior civil servants are not
easy people to argue with,
and I was not popular because of my criticism of the
colonial service in Kenya.
- Louis Leakey

I had hoped you would protest, but please don't argue.
- Lotte Lehmann


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