24 January, 2014

Quotable Friday (21)


 Rather than one quotation this week, I've plumped for a small collection. Ever since coming across one of my favourite CS Lewis quotations (of which there are many!), I've loved finding new quotations that deal with what stories actually mean to us as humans. Here is my favourite and some of my latest finds...





"Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage." CS Lewis

"Stories were wild, wild animals and went off in directions you couldn't expect." ... "Stories are important... They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth." Patrick Ness (both quotations from, A Monster Calls)

And finally, a quotation from a book that isn't even published yet. An exclusive for you! Eren, by Simon P Clark, is a children's book due for publication by Constable and Robinson later this year. Ever since I heard it was a story about a monster who eats stories, I've wanted to read it, so I'm glad Simon has allowed me to reproduce a line or two from it here.

"‘Why do we tell stories?’ he asks.
It’s not a test, but he wants me to give him the answer. No. He wants me to give him his answer. But I don’t know. He shakes his head and smiles his devil smile at me.
‘We tell stories,’ he says, ‘because we know no other ways to fly.’"

9 comments:

  1. I like this one from David Almond's My Name Is Mina:

    “Writing will be like a journey, every word a footstep that takes me further into undiscovered land.”

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    1. I looked at a lot of David Almond quotations and couldn't choose one! The man has a way with words!

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  2. Aww I do love that Lewis quote!

    Oh I see you're reading a Handmaid's tale - great book!

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    1. It took me a little while to get into it - as with all futuristic stories for me - but now I am, I love it. Bit weird reading it while pregnant though! I've only read one of her other ones and I adored that too so she might be my new favourite author.

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    2. I read it when I was in sixth form (a while ago now). It would be TOTALLY weird to read it when pregnant. O_O
      I wasn't keen on Cat's Eye. I need to read a few more of hers to see.

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    3. Finished it last night then dreamed about it all night! Nightmare book - but wonderful.

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  3. Oh, I love that Clark quote!

    Thanks for your comment on my latest post. I appreciate the prayers.

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    1. Glad you liked it, Dana! Always encouraging to hear. The book's out in September, and I cannot wait.

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