Tad Williams quotes

  • We tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Honesty #Fear #Lying

  • You are only a prisoner when you surrender.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Surrender #Prisoner

  • Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You'll find what you need to furnish it - memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Inspiring #Travel #Memories

  • After all, is it not the way we humans shape the universe, shape time itself? Do we not take the raw stuff of chaos and impose a beginning, middle, and end on it, like the simplest and most profound of folktales, to reflect the shapes of our own tiny lives? And if the physicists are right, that the physical world changes as it is observed, and we are its only known observers, then might we not be bending the entire chaotic universe, the eternal, ever-active Now, to fit that familiar form?
    -- Tad Williams

    #Profound #Bending #World

  • ...Coca-Cola and fries, the wafer and wine of the Western religion of commerce.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Wine #Coca Cola #Commerce

  • Ah? A small aversion to menial labor?" The doctor cocked an eyebrow. "Understandable, but misplaced. One should treasure those hum-drum tasks that keep the body occupied but leave the mind and heart unfettered.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Heart #Eyebrows #Doctors

  • A well-aimed spear is worth three.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Three #Spears #Wells

  • As for monkeys, I would have five, and they would be named: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, Do Pretty Much Whatever The Hell You Want, and Expensive Attorney.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Evil #Want #Monkeys

  • Sleep. To lie down and shut out the noise, the fear, the unceasing misery.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Lying #Sleep #Down And

  • Learn a lot about the world and finish things, even if it is just a short story. Finish it before you start something else. Finish it before you start rewriting it. That's really important. It's to find out if you're going to be a writer or not, because that's one of the most important lessons. Most, maybe 90% of people, will start writing and never finish what they started. If you want to be a writer that's the hardest and most important lesson: Finish it. Then go back to fix it.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Writing #People #Important

  • THE NAME OF THE WIND has everything fantasy readers like, magic and mysteries and ancient evil, but it's also humorous and terrifying and completely believable. As with all the very best books in our field, it's not the fantasy trappings (wonderful as they are) that make this novel so good, but what the author has to say about true, common things, about ambition and failure, art, love, and loss.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Art #Book #Humorous

  • The man who lives beside the water hole does not dream of thirst.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Dream #Men #Water

  • I must make a choice every time I speak a sentence in English. I try to choose the happier way of saying things, so that my own words will not weigh me down like stones.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Choices #Trying #Stones

  • People in science fiction flicks always seemed to know useful things about the places time travel took them. But what if the time traveler had been only an average history student? What then?
    -- Tad Williams

    #Average #People #What If

  • Wicked Tribe, Rooling Tribe! is the mejor hacker tribe. Too small, too fast, too scientific!
    -- Tad Williams

    #Wicked #Tribes #Hackers

  • The wisdom of our parents, grandparents, ancestors. In each individual life, it seems, we must first reject that wisdom, then later come to appreciate it.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Wisdom #Grandparent #Appreciate

  • You have to go down before you can come out — that’s how these things always work.
    -- Tad Williams

  • The world was all mud and wire. The war in the heavens was only a faint imitation of the horror men had learned to make.
    -- Tad Williams

    #War #Men #Heaven

  • Weak dogs become bones for other, stronger dogs.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Dog #Stronger #Weakness

  • Humans turn the places they live into great crowded piles of mud and stone, like the nests termites build--but what happens when in all the world there are termite hills left but no bush?
    -- Tad Williams

    #Cities #World #Nests

  • If God is all-powerful, then the Devil must be nothing more than a darkness in the mind of God. But if the Devil is something real and separate, than perfection is impossible, and there can be no God... except for the aspirations of fallen angels....
    -- Tad Williams

    #Religious #Powerful #Real

  • Every time we tell a lie, the thing we fear grows stronger.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Lying #Stronger #Grows

  • We are none of us promised anything but the last breath we take.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Lasts

  • He who is certain he knows the ending of things when he is only beginning them is either extremely wise or extremely foolish; no matter which is true, he is certainly an unhappy man, for he has put a knife in the heart of wonder.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Wise #Heart #Men

  • She had to find her own story, and she could make it whatever shape she thought best.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Stories #Shapes

  • He had once thought it was strange to have a friend you'd never met. Now it was even stranger, losing a friend you'd never really had
    -- Tad Williams

    #Losing Friends #Strange #Mets

  • Every man is the hero of his own song.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Song #Hero #Men

  • Never trust people that like to call things by initials, that's my philosophy.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Philosophy #People #Never Trust

  • So we face our final hours...and all that was once certain has become uncertain. Except for defeat. That, as always, is the end of all our stories.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Stories #Faces #Finals

  • Confident. Cocky. Lazy. Dead.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Cocky #Lazy

  • Has everyone gone mad?” “Everyone was mad already, my lady,” Cadrach said with a strange, sorrowful smile. “It is merely that the times have brought it out in them.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Mad #Gone #Strange

  • Not everyone can stand up and be a hero, Princess. Some prefer to surrender to the inevitable and salve their consciences with the gift of survival.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Hero #Princess #Survival

  • Remember that each light between sunrise and sunset is worth dying for at least once.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Sunset #Light #Sunrise

  • Whatever my ancestors did to you, none of them consulted me.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Ancestor

  • You show me what someone listens to, I’ll tell you everything you want to know about his soul. (For instance, a bunch of Nickelback albums would have indicated he never had a soul in the first place.)
    -- Tad Williams

    #Soul #Want #Firsts

  • Tangaloor, fire-bright Flame-foot, farthest walker Your hunter speaks In need he walks In need, but never in fear.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Flames #Feet #Fire

  • Honor is the only really good disguise for an occasional act of dishonor.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Honor #Dishonor #Occasional

  • Though talent is wonderful, dance is 80% work and 20% talent.
    -- Tad Williams

    #Dance #Talent #Wonderful