In some cases we learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.
King Arthur was one of my heroes - I played with a trash can lid for a knightly shield and my uncle's cane for the sword Excalibur.
All that writers can do is keep trying to say what is deepest in their hearts.
Evil cannot be conquered by wishing.
She had no particular breed in mind, no unusual requirements. Except the special sense of mutual recognition that tells dog and human they have both come to the right place.
Child, child, do you not see? For each of us comes a time when we must be more than what we are.
If the pull of the outside world is strong, there is also a pull towards the human. The cat may disappear on its own errands, but sooner or later, it returns once again for a little while, to greet us with its own type of love.
Seize the day, whatever's in it to seize, before something comes along and seizes you.
Neither refuse to give help when it is needed,... nor refuse to accept it when it is offered.
I think imagination is at the heart of everything we do. Scientific discoveries couldn't have happened without imagination. Art, music, and literature couldn't exist without imagination. And so anything that strengthens imagination, and reading certainly does that, can help us for the rest of our lives.
We don't need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They're always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.
Thinking is a bit uncomfortable, but you'll get used to it. A matter of time and practice.
I decided that adventure was the best way to learn about writing.
We hold each other's lives in our open hands, not in clenched fists.
The journey is the treasure.
Two cats can live as cheaply as one, and their owner has twice as much fun
I only suggest to you: Will you dwell on killing this man? You wish for revenge? If you do, he has already killed you by slow poison. So, let it go. Why waste your time? His life will see to his death.
Long ago I yearned to be a hero without knowing, in truth, what a hero was. Now, perhaps, I understand it a little better. A grower of turnips or a shaper of clay, a Commot farmer or a king-every man is a hero if he strives more for others than for himself alone. Once you told me that the seeking counts more than the finding. So, too, must the striving count more than the gain.
You have a point," said Fronto, "and even a poet must occasionally bow to logic.
...Writings can be stolen, or changed, or used for evil purposes. But isn't the risk worth taking? The more people who share knowledge, the greater safeguard for it. Isn't there more danger in ignorance than knowledge?
Is there worse evil than that which goes in the mask of good?
If you want truth you should begin by giving it.
Keep reading. It's one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.
Using the device of an imaginary world allows me in some strange way to go to the central issues - it's one of many ways to express feelings about real people, about real human relationships.
Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.
We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.
And so they lived many happy years, and the promised tasks were accomplished. Yet long afterward, when all had passed away into distant memory, there were many who wondered whether King Taran, Queen Eilonwy, and their companions had indeed walked the earth, or whether they had been no more than dreams in a tale set down to beguile children. And, in time, only the bards knew the truth of it.
The destinies of men are woven one with the other, and you can turn aside from them no more than you can turn aside from your own.
Draw Dyrnwyn, only thou of noble worth, to rule with justice, to strike down evil. Who wields it in good cause shall slay even the Lord of Death.
A crown is a pitiless master, harsher than the staff of a pig-keeper; while a staff bears up, a crown weighs down, beyond the strength of any man to wear it lightly.
This much have I learned: A man's life weighs more than glory, and a price paid in blood is a heavy reckoning.
There is truth in all things, if you understand them well.
My concern is how we learn to be genuine human beings.
Once you have courage to look upon evil, seeing it for what it is and naming it by its true name, it is powerless against you, and you can destroy it.
The dear girl, I fear, may be contemplating some alarming, disruptive perhaps dangerous project. In which case, I would naturally do all in my power to keep her from any such rash or foolhardy enterprise " unless she wished me to accompany her.
He [the cat] liked to peep into the refrigerator and risk having his head shut in by the closing door. He also climbed to the top of the stove, discontinuing the practice after he singed his tail.
Shakespeare, Dickens, Mark Twain, and so many others were my dearest friends and greatest teachers.
My parents were horrified when I told them I wanted to be an author.
Every man is a hero if he strives more for others than for himself alone.
A crown is more discomfort than adornment. If you have learned that, you have already learned much.