Garth Nix quotes

  • Fear and realisation of ignorance, strong medicines against stupid pride.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Strong #Fear #Stupid

  • I think having an open mind about these things is probably the most important thing, because even though I've never had an experience of the supernatural, something I couldn't explain.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Thinking #Mind #Important

  • Sometimes it is easier to see the light when you stand partly in the darkness.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Light #Darkness #Sometimes

  • I certainly have had experiences of a sense of wonder at the world and a feeling that even though it could all be explained rationally, it still feels that there is more to it.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Feelings #World #Wonder

  • There is never one absolutely right thing to do. All you can do is honor what you believe, accept the consequences of your own actions, and make the best out of what happens.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Believe #Honor #Action

  • Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?
    -- Garth Nix

    #Destiny #Doe #Path

  • I love you," he whispered. "I hope you don't mind.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Love #Love You #Mind

  • Often, I get the feeling that the story is really happening somewhere and all I'm doing is trying to work out the best way to tell it.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Work Out #Feelings #Trying

  • Please," said Lirael..."I think I would like to work in this Library." "The Library," repeated Sanar, looking troubled. "That can be dangerous to a girl of fourteen. Or a woman of forty, for that matter.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Girl #Thinking #Library

  • May I say that I approve of a piece that tries to remake the entire puzzle?
    -- Garth Nix

    #Trying #Pieces #May

  • There were also very special or dangerous items that had to be fetched in person, or even by large parties of armed librarians.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Party #Special #Librarian

  • If an action must be taken that will benefit the majority at the cost of the minority, is it morally indefensible? If an action taken for the benefit of a majority occurs at the expense of a minority, is it moral action?
    -- Garth Nix

    #Taken #Majority #Minorities

  • There is always a choice, even if the alternatives don't appear to be equal.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Choices #Alternatives #Equal

  • For all my longer works (i.e. the novels) I write chapter outlines so I can have the pleasure of departing from them later on.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Writing #Pleasure #Chapters

  • ‎"It always seemed somehow less real here... a really detailed dream, but sort of washed out, like a thin watercolor. Softer, somehow, even with their electric light and engines and everything. I guess it was because there was hardly any magic.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Dream #Real #Light

  • Sam picked up his pack, but before he could put it on, Mogget leaped onto it and slid under the top flap. All that could be seen of him were his green eyes and one white-furred ear. "Remember I advised against this way," he instructed. "Wake me when whatever terrible thing is a about to happen happens, or if it appears I might get wet.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Eye #White #Ears

  • Time and death sleep side by side.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Sleep #Sides

  • I am Abhorsen..." He looked at the baby again and added, almost with a note of surprise, "Father of Sabriel
    -- Garth Nix

    #Baby #Father #Surprise

  • A hundred hundred heartbeats..." whispered Sabriel, tears falling down her face.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Fall #Tears #Faces

  • But we survived, didn’t we? That makes it an adventure. If you get killed it’s a tragedy.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Adventure #Tragedy

  • I’m not going,” he said. He held up the Third key like a weapon. Sensing his mood, it grew longer and sharper, till he was holding a trident as long as he was tall... “And anyone who tries to make me is going to suffer.” “Twice,” added the voice under the table.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Keys #Voice #Long

  • It's always better to be doing.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Mogget

  • Let this be my final lesson. Everyone and everything has a time to die.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Finals #Lessons

  • For everyone and everything, there is a time to die. Some do not know it, or would delay it, but its truth cannot be denied. Not when you look into the stars of the ninth gate.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Stars #Looks #Delay

  • So I'll do that, and I'll do my best and if my best isn't good enough, at least I will have done everything I could, everything that is in me. I don't have to try to be someone else, someone I could never be.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Trying #Done #Good Enough

  • Why, Yrael?” it said, as the last of the dark gave way to silver, and the shining sphere of metal sank slowly to the ground. “Why?” “Life,” said Yrael, who was more Mogget than it ever knew. “Fish and fowl, warm sun and shady trees, the field mice in the wheat, under the cool light of the moon.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Dark #Moon #Light

  • All of us recruits are equal in the eyes of the Army: low as you can go.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Eye #Army #Lows

  • Double, treble, quadruple bubble, watch the stock market get into trouble...
    -- Garth Nix

    #Watches #Trouble #Bubbles

  • So are you saying that somebody went to all the trouble to make you a crypt a thousand years ago on the off chance that you might turn up one day, walk in, and have a convenient heart attack?
    -- Garth Nix

    #Heart #Years #One Day

  • No mother, no father, no Sight.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Mother #Father #Sight

  • A year ago, I turned the final page of The Book of the Dead. I don't feel young any more.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Book #Years #Finals

  • Blood trickled down his chin as he was hauled up onto his knees, the golden rope securing his arms behind him and his ankles together. Arthur looked up and saw the fizzing sparkling crown coming down. I’m Arthur Penhaligon, he thought desperately... The crown was wedged tightly upon his head- and Arthur fell silently screaming into darkness.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Blood #Darkness #Together

  • The most important thing is to be true to yourself, however you feel, and not try to feel or behave differently because you think you should, or someone has told you how you must feel. But do think about it. Unexamined feelings lead to all kinds of trouble.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Life #Thinking #Feelings

  • More advice. Don't go near the Old One. Do go near the Old One. Don't stay past twelve. Trust the Will. Don't trust the Will. I wish someone would tell me something straightforward for once.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Past #Advice #Wish

  • Being published is not a necessary validation or a path everyone wants to take with their work. Writing—and finishing—a novel is a great thing in itself, whether or not the book is published, or becomes widely-read or not.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Book #Writing #Validation

  • I have never known what to tell anybody. Except that it is better to do something than nothing, even if the cost is great.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Cost

  • Fish and fowl, warm sun and shady trees, the field mice in the wheat, under the cool light of the moon.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Moon #Light #Tree

  • Yet when ancient forces stir, many things are woken.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Ancient #Force

  • Your father is angry with me because he thinks I almost got myself killed,' said Sabriel, with a slight grin. 'I don't understand it myself, since I think he should be glad that I didn't.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Father #Thinking #Should

  • I suppose you could call me...Soot," said the thing. "Yes...Soot. I have breathed it, lived in it, and eaten it for so long that it is a fitting name." "Eaten it?" asked Suzy. "Why eat soot?" "Boredom," said Soot.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Names #Long #Boredom

  • Unhand my tail!" squealed the Will.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Tails

  • I am not going to change who I am. I am human and I know how to love, and be kind, and be compassionate to those who are weaker than me. Just because I have power doesn't mean I have to use it!
    -- Garth Nix

    #Mean #Who I Am #Use

  • My parents are going to kill me!" "That seems rather harsh...
    -- Garth Nix

    #Parent #Paranoia #Harsh

  • As for you, Private, if you mention a word of this to anyone, I'll feed you to the cat thing here. Understand?" "Yum," said Mogget. "Yes, sir!" mumbled the telephone operator, his hands shaking as he tried to smother the burning wreckage of his switchboard with a fire blanket.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Cat #Fire #Hands

  • Maybe if I act well enough, I'll come to believe it myself.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Believe #Enough #Wells

  • Even now, she wished she could write a note, push it across the table, and go away to her room. But she was no longer a Second Assistant Librarian of the Great Library of the Clayr. Those days were gone, vanished with everything else that had defined her previous existence and identity.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Writing #Going Away #Library

  • But think of how much worse it would be to sit here, not knowing. Until the Dead choke the Ratterlin and Hedge walks across the dry bed of the river to batter down the door.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Fear #Thinking #Doors

  • The visions are fragmented and a dark cloud spreads like spilt ink across the pages of possible futures.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Fear #Dark #Clouds

  • Do not tarry, do not stop, no matter what happens.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Matter

  • Fine!" muttered Mogget. "Wet, cold, and full of holes. Another fun day on the river.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Fun #Rivers #Cold

  • Choosers will be beggars if the begging's not their choosing.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Begging #Beggar

  • Five Great Charters knit the land Together linked, hand in hand One in the people who wear the crown Two in the folk who keep the Dead down Three and Five became stone and mortar Four sees all in frozen water.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Hands #Land #Two

  • When the dead do walk seek water's run, for this the Dead will always shun. Swift river's best or broadest lake to ward the dead and have and make. If water fails thee, fire's thy friend, if neither guards it will be thy end.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Running #Fire #Lakes

  • Hear, hear," said the Dog, raising her head. "It's always better to be doing, Prince. Besides, you don't smell like a coward, so you can't be one.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Dog #Smell #Coward

  • Touchstone watched, suddenly conscious that he probably only had five seconds left to be alone with Sabriel, to say something, to say anything. Perhaps the last five seconds they ever would have alone together. I am not afraid, he said to himself. "I love you," he whispered. "I hope you don't mind.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Love You #Mind #Say Anything

  • Clearly the Old One had the capacity to kill - or easily deliver some sort of final ending that sounded remarkably like death.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Finals #Capacity

  • A Kiss," said Mogget sleepily. "Actually, just a breath would do. But you have to start kissing someone sometime, I suppose." "A breath?" she asked. She didn't want to kiss just any wooden man. He looked nice enough, but he might not be like his looks. A kiss seemed too forward.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Nice #Kissing #Men

  • VIDEO ARCHIVE- INTERVIEW 24768 . GOLD-EYE I like trees… grass… only birds in sky. People walking safe. Family No Creatures. Sleep all night safe. Walk under sun in own place. Grow plants. Build. Be father with mother. Have Children. A place like Petar told me. Home. After Change goes back… I want home.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Mother #Children #Father

  • He was obviously a very arrogant ragamuffin, and younger than she was, to boot. And he was wearing a necromancer's bells! Apart from that, he was quite handsome, which was another black mark as far as she was concerned.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Black #Bells #Handsome

  • Bee stings are very educational
    -- Garth Nix

    #Educational #Bees

  • If only Sam could have stayed just like the Dog, she thought. A comforting friend without the complication of romantic interest.There had to be something she could do to completely discourage him, short of throwing up, or making herself totally unattractive. "I'm thirty-five," she said at last.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Dog #Comforting #Unattractive

  • Be careful..you're all I've got left, to remind me who I really am.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Be Careful #Careful

  • I can see time," whispered Mogget, so softly that his words were lost.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Lost #Mogget

  • Nick shook his head and found to his surprise that he did have tears left after all. He wasn't surprised by a talking cat. The world was crumbling around him and anything could happen.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Cat #Talking #Tears

  • Ow do you knock out a Denizen?" asked Suzy. "I tried it myself once or twice, but just hitting them never works." "It is not the force of the blow, but the authority with which it is delivered," quoth the raven.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Blow #Ravens #Hitting

  • Since being a prisoner was a definite improvement over being dead, which was what she thought was going to happen when the Loundergs had attacked, Suzy was quite cheerful.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Cheerful #Improvement #Prisoner

  • I 'ad a toy when I was little,' said Suzy. She frowned for a moment, then added, 'Can't remember what it was. It moved and made me laugh...
    -- Garth Nix

    #Laughing #Littles #Toys

  • Knowledge, like all things, is best in moderation," intoned the Will. "Knowing everything means you don't need to think, and that is very dangerous.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Mean #Thinking #Knowing

  • It is taken care of. Nothing will not break into my Pit or the Far Reaches! I cannot speak for the other parts of the House, but we have Nothing well in hand here. I understand Nothing as no one else does! - Grim Tuesday
    -- Garth Nix

    #Taken #Hands #Tuesday

  • Death and what came after death was no great mystery to Sabriel. She just wished it was.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Mystery #After Death #Sabriel

  • Time plays tricks between here and home," said Mogget sepulchrally, frightening the life out of the telephone operator.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Home #Play #Telephones

  • Just like the Perimeter! It never rains but it pours," declared the Major.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Rain #Perimeter

  • Well met, Mistress Lirael. This ragamuffin, as your servant so aptly described him, is His Highness Prince Sameth, the Abhorsen-in-Waiting. Hence the bells. But on to more serious matters. Could you please rescue us? Prince Sameth's personal vessel is not quite what I'm used to, and he is eager to catch me a fish before my morning nap.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Morning #Naps #Waiting

  • Who or what are you? Besides insufferably rude?
    -- Garth Nix

    #Rude

  • Charity is a very labour-intensive virtue.
    -- Garth Nix

    #Charity #Virtue #Labour