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    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
    tags: adam 
     
    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
    Every little increase in human freedom has been fought over ferociously between those who want us to know more and be wiser and stronger, and those who want us to obey and be humble and submit.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: freedom  human 
     
    It takes long practice, yes. You have to work. Did you think you could snap your fingers, and have it as a gift? What is worth having is worth working for.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: work  worth 
     
    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
    tags: people  world  doubt 
     
    If we all gave all our goods to the poor, the church would fall apart. If we all hated our father and mother, as Jesus told us to, there'd be an end of the church's emphasis on the family as being the one important thing holding the whole society together. There are all sorts of ways in which the church's teachings contradict directly what Jesus says in the Gospel.
    — Philip Pullman
    I have stolen ideas from every book I have ever read.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: book  read  ideas 
     
    Just finished 'Secrecy' - truly enthralling both as a love story and as a tale of suspense - but much more than both.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: suspense  stories 
     
    I don't see any sign of God in this world, in the place where we live and things we know. It can all be explained to my mind perfectly satisfactorily without God. But in the great darkness beyond this little spark of light where I live, of course there may be all kinds of things. There may be a god. So I'm really an agnostic.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: live  world  darkness  god  mind 
     
    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. My main concern is that an over-emphasis on testing and league tables has led to a lack of time and freedom for a true, imaginative and humane engagement with literature.
    — Philip Pullman
    This is the value for me of writing books that children read. Children aren't interested in your appalling self-consciousness. They want to know what happens next. They force you to tell a story.
    — Philip Pullman
    All stories teach, whether the storyteller intends them to or not. They teach the world we create. They teach the morality we live by. They teach it much more effectively than moral precepts and instructions.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: live  world  morality  morals  stories 
     
    The way you speak of the characters in your story shows what you think of the values of conservatives"š or evolution, for example. It shows where your moral center is. So you are in the message business whether you like it or not.
    — 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
    The best way to get kids to read a book is to say: 'This book is not appropriate for your age, and it has all sorts of horrible things in it like sex and death and some really big and complicated ideas, and you're better off not touching it until you're all grown up. I'm going to put it on this shelf and leave the room for a while. Don't open it.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: death  age  sex  book  read  ideas  kids 
     
    If you want something you can have it, but only if you want everything that goes with it, including all the hard work and the despair, and only if you're willing to risk failure.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: failure  work  despair  risk 
     
    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
    tags: time  silence  forever  right  wrong  book 
     
    I stopped believing there was a power of good and a power of evil that were outside us. And I came to believe that good and evil are names for what people do, not for what they are.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: evil  people  power  believe 
     
    You cannot change what you are, only what you do.
    — 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
    tags: live  parent 
     
    We feel cold, but we don't mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn't feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It's worth being cold for that.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: star  music  mind  worth 
     
    True education flowers at the point when delight falls in love with responsibility.
    — Philip Pullman
    Maybe sometimes we don't do the right thing because the wrong thing looks more dangerous, and we don't want to look scared, so we go and do the wrong thing just because it's dangerous. We're more concerned with not looking scared than with judging right.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: right  wrong  dangerous 
     
    I don't know where my ideas come from, but I know where they come to. They come to my desk, and if I'm not there, they go away again.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: ideas 
     
    As Jane Austen might have put it: It is a truth universally acknowledged that young protagonists in search of adventure must ditch their parents.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: truth  young  adventure  parent 
     
    After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: world  stories 
     
    Well, I have an idea, usually a visual image of some sort. A setting. A particular, I don't know, urban scene, a particular time of day. Something that grips my imagination for some reason.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: time  urban  imagination  ideas 
     
    Even if it means oblivion, friends, I'll welcome it, because it won't be nothing. We'll be alive again in a thousand blades of grass, and a million leaves; we'll be falling in the raindrops and blowing in the fresh breeze; we'll be glittering in the dew under the stars and the moon out there in the physical world, which is our true home and always was.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: world  friends  star  true  moon 
     
    All writing is difficult. The most you can hope for is a day when it goes reasonably easily. Plumbers don't get plumber's block, and doctors don't get doctor's block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it?
    — Philip Pullman
    One of the ways in which writers most show their inventiveness is in the things they tell us about how they write. Generally speaking, I don't like to make a plan before I've written a story. I find it kills the story - deadens it, makes it uninteresting. Unless I'm surprised by something in a story, the reader's not going to be surprised either.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: stories  write 
     
    I'm for open-mindedness and tolerance. I'm against any form of fanaticism, fundamentalism or zealotry, and this certainty of 'We have the truth.' The truth is far too large and complex. Nobody has the truth.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: truth  tolerance  complex 
     
    If a coin comes down heads, that means that the possibility of its coming down tails has collapsed. Until that moment the two possibilities were equal. But on another world, it does come down tails. And when that happens, the two worlds split apart.
    — Philip Pullman
    The e-book revolution has made it very easy to pay writers a good deal less than what their work is worth. I do strongly believe that we writers ought to hold out for much better royalties.
    — Philip Pullman
    I write almost always in the third person, and I don't think the narrator is male or female anyway. They're both, and young and old, and wise and silly, and sceptical and credulous, and innocent and experienced, all at once. Narrators are not even human - they're sprites.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: people  young  human  wise  write 
     
    I am a strong believer in the tyranny, the dictatorship, the absolute authority of the writer.
    — Philip Pullman
    I think it's perfectly possible to explain how the universe came about without bringing God into it, but I don't know everything, and there may well be a God somewhere, hiding away. Actually, if he is keeping out of sight, it's because he's ashamed of his followers and all the cruelty and ignorance they're responsible for promoting in his name. If I were him, I'd want nothing to do with them.
    — Philip Pullman
    I'm superstitious about the paper that I use, for example. I've written all my novels on a paper of a particular size with lines of a particular distance apart and with two holes in the paper for the folder clip.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: novel  example 
     
    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
    tags: young  anxiety 
     
    You don't win races by wishing, you win them by running faster than everyone else does.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: running  race 
     
    The state of mind which I put myself when I tell a story is one in which superstition flourishes very easily. And I welcome that because it helps me.
    — Philip Pullman
    tags: help  mind  stories 
     
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    philip pullman
    Birth    : October 19, 1946
    Occupation  : Film writer