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Lev Grossman – The Magicians (2009)

“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.”

“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? … Because that’s who you are right now.”

On one hand, a satisfying quote. On the other, this is absolutely moronic. You don’t shame someone out of depression.

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Robin McKinley – Dragonhaven (2007)

And how I feel, here, in a cavern full of dragons, is that it’s all so interesting. Which maybe you’re thinking is an anticlimax, but in that case I feel sorry for you because that just means you don’t really know about interesting. Interesting is as good as it gets…

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Robin McKinley – Dragonhaven (2007)

If you wake up and find yourself chained to a wall in a dungeon and there are a lot of spiky-looking iron things hanging by the fire, you’re relieved there isn’t anyone looking at you thoughtfully while he’s holding the spikiest in the fire, but that you’re alone isn’t much comfort.

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Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 10 (1996)

“Why did you not want a tragedy? Something lofty, something dark, a tale of a noble hero with a tragic flaw?”

“I wanted a tale of graceful ends. I wanted a play about a King who drowns his books, and breaks his staff, and leaves his kingdom. About a magician who becomes a man. About a man who turns his back on magic.”

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Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 10 (1996)

Ben: So…tell me about your new play. Does it go well?

Will: Not really, no. I am writing a scene in which Miranda, our virginal and innocent heroine, sits and listens as her father Prospero, the exiled and deposed Duke of Milan, and a wise magician, laboriously explains the plot to her.
I trust they will finish soon, and allow me to get on to more interesting matters.