Ransom Riggs quotes

  • I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Dream #Home #Escaping

  • Sometimes it's better not to look back.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Looks #Sometimes

  • If I'd kept my heart better armored, where would I be now?
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Heart #My Heart

  • Sometimes you just need to go through a door.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Doors #Needs #Sometimes

  • Maybe it was better, now and then, to wonder.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Wonder #Now And Then

  • Laughing doesn't make bad things worse any more than crying makes them better. It doesn't mean you don't care, or that you've forgotten. It just means you're human.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Mean #Laughing #Care

  • What I believe when it comes to big things in life, there are no accidents. Everything happens for a reason. You are here for a reason - and it's not to fail and die.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Believe #Everything Happens For A Reason #Failing

  • Some truths are expressed best in the form of myth.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Form #Myth

  • If I never went home, what exactly would I be missing? I pictured my cold cavernous house, my friendless town full of bad memories, the utterly unremarkable life that had been mapped out for me. It had never once occurred to me, I realized, to refuse it.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Memories #Home #Missing

  • There was a girl who could fly, a boy who had bees living inside him, a brother and sister who could lift boulders over their heads.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Girl #Brother #Boys

  • I've never really been interested in the vintage photos people pay lots of money for -- civil war tintypes or old daguerrotypes of famous people. Nor do I have any interest in the really gross, dark stuff that some people pay top-dollar, like post-mortem photos of babies (yuck) or press photos of old murder scenes or whatever. I collect in these little niches most other people don't care about -- dark-and-weird-but-fun -- and photos that have been written on, which a lot of sellers think hurts their value. All of which is good news for me!
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Baby #Hurt #Fun

  • I never remember nice dreams; only the bad ones stick.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Dream #Nice #Sticks

  • I was here for a reason. There was something I was meant not simply to be, but to do- and it wasn't to run or hide or give up the minute things seemed terrifying and impossible.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Running #Giving Up #Impossible

  • I'm no expert on girls, but when one tries to pinch you four times, I'm pretty sure that's flirting
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Girl #Flirting #Trying

  • Do you ever find yourself climbing into an open grave during a bombing raid and wish you'd just stayed in bed?
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Climbing #Finding Yourself #Wish

  • I liked this idea: that peculiarness wasn't a deficiency, but an abundance; that it wasn't we who lacked something normals had, but they who lacked peculiarness. That we were more, not less.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Ideas #Abundance #Deficiency

  • If you must fail ... fail spectacularly!
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Failure #Failing

  • I own a few thousand snapshots, which is small by the standards of most collectors I know. I generally only buy photos I think I may actually be able to use in a book one day. I need that focus when buying, because without it I'd just buy everything and my house would be overrun with bucket loads of snapshots; there are just too many beautiful images in the world, and I'd need to own them all.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Beautiful #Book #Thinking

  • Whenever I try to map things out they inevitably change. Which doesn't mean I don't map them out — I just try to embrace the better ideas that come along as my fingers are flying around the keyboard mid-draft!
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Mean #Ideas #Flying

  • When someone won't let you in, eventually you stop knocking.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Knocking

  • We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Believe #Fairy Tale #Fairy

  • Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of these ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize that we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries - but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Life #Stars #Light

  • It's easy to say you don't care about money when you have plenty of it.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Care #Easy

  • Every snapshot collector has obsessions. Some only collect photos of cars. Others like World War II, or babies, or old-timey girls in old-timey swimsuits. I happen to collect the weird stuff: photos that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up a little. The uncanny.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Girl #Baby #War

  • I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen. The first of these came as a terrible shock and, like anything that changes you forever, split my life into halves: Before and After.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Forever #Would Be #Half

  • There was romance in the unknown, but once a place had been discovered and cataloged and mapped, it was diminished, just another dusty fact in a book, sapped of mystery. So maybe it was better to leave a few spots on the map blank. To let the world keep a little of its magic, rather than forcing it to divulge every last secret. Maybe it was better, now and then, to wonder.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Life #Book #Romance

  • Our debt was too great and the words thank you too small.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Life #Debt #Small Life

  • So one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn’t become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered. I’d been born in the wrong century, and I felt cheated.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Mother #One Day #World

  • I'd been born in the wrong century, and I felt cheated.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Born #Century #Cheated

  • Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Dream #Strange #Nightmare

  • I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Would Be #Ordinary #Accepting

  • But these weren't the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin, the kind a seven-year-old might be able to wrap his mind around-they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don't recognize them for what they are until it's too late.
    -- Ransom Riggs

    #Monday #Book #Years