Diana Wynne Jones quotes

  • I think we ought to live happily ever after.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Love #Thinking #Ever After

  • To love someone enough to let them go, you had to let them go forever or you did not love them that much.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Forever #Enough

  • Being a hero means ignoring how silly you feel.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Silly #Hero #Mean

  • I am a believer in free will. If my dog chooses to hate the whole human race except myself, it must be free to do so.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Dog #Hate #Race

  • Writing for adults, you have to keep reminding them of what is going on. The poor things have given up using their brains when they read. Children you only need to tell things to once.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Children #Writing #Brain

  • If you take myth and folklore, and these things that speak in symbols, they can be interpreted in so many ways that although the actual image is clear enough, the interpretation is infinitely blurred, a sort of enormous rainbow of every possible colour you could imagine.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Rainbow #Way #Speak

  • You've probably all had those kinds of dreams that are like usual life, except that a lot of things are not the same, and you seem to know the future in them. Well, this is because these other worlds where two things can happen spread out from our world like rainbows, and sort of flow into one another-
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Dream #Our World #Other Worlds

  • All she heard next of the strange conversation behind the sofa was Mrs. Pendragon saying something about sending Twinkle (or was his name Howl?) to bed without supper and Twinkle daring her to 'jutht TRY it.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Names #Trying #Bed

  • When have you looked?" said Sophie. "Oh, how your rears flap and your long nose twitches", Howl croaked.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Long #Noses #Sophie

  • Christopher discovered that you dealt with obnoxious masters and most older boys the way you dealt with governesses: you quite politely told them the truth in the way they wanted to hear it, so that they thought they had won and left you in peace.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Boys #Way #Masters

  • Goats," said Maxwell Hyde, "are a special case. Mad as hatters, all of them.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Mad #Special #Goats

  • What a strange family you are! Is your name Lettie too?
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Names #Strange #Howl

  • Yes, you are nosy. You're a dreadfully nosy, horribly bossy, appallingly clean old woman. Control yourself. You're victimizing us all.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Old Woman #Bossy

  • He scarcely saw his parents. When Christopher was small, he was terrified that he would meet Papa out walking in the Park one day and not recognize him.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Parent #One Day #Papa

  • I assure you, my friends, I am cone sold stober.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Cones #Drunkenness

  • Small Man can be a very funny or a very tiresome Tour Companion, depending on how this kind of thing grabs you. He gambles, he drinks too much and he always runs away. Since the Rules allow him to make Jokes, he will excuse his behaviour in a variety of comical ways. Physically he is stunted and not at all handsome, although he usually dresses flamboyantly. He tends to wear hats with feathers in. You will discover he is very vain. But, if you can avoid smacking him, you will come to tolerate if not love him. He will contrive, in some cowardly way, to play a major part in saving the world.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Running #Men #Play

  • Slender Youth. A tour companion who may be either a lost prince or a girl/princess in disguise. In the latter case it is tactful to pretend you think she is a boy. She/he will be ignorant, hasty and shy, and will need hauling out of trouble quite a lot. But she/he will grow up in the course of the Tour. In fact she/he will be the only Companion who will change in any way. Quite often, she/he will soon exhibit a very useful talent for magic and end up by hauling everyone else out of trouble. But this will not be until midway through your second brochure.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Girl #Growing Up #Princess

  • Hope is the forward-looking part of memory.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Hope #Memories

  • A fickle heart is the only constant in this world
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Heart #Fickle #World

  • Alas, poor Yorick!" he said. "She heard mermaids, so it follows that there is something rotten in the state of Denmark. I have caught an everlasting cold, but luckily I am terribly dishonest. I cling to that.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Mermaid #Rotten #Denmark

  • Then watch out. I warn you!" "That is very considerate of you," said Chrestomanci. "I like to be warned.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Watches #Said #Considerate

  • Oh! Polly thought. Why aren't all girls locked up by law the year they turn fifteen? They do such stupid things!
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Girl #Stupid #Years

  • I can't abide people who go soft over animals and then cheat every human they come across!
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Animal #People #Cheat

  • Nobody gets praised for the right reasons.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Reason

  • Can't you just keep your big mouth shut?" Brian said furiously to Nan. He pointed to Chrestomanci. "How do we know he's safe? For all we know, he could be the devil that you summoned up!" "Oh, you flatter me, Brian," Chrestomanci said.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Devil #Mouths #Safe

  • It is quite a risk to spank a wizard for getting hysterical about his hair.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Hair #Risk #Wizards

  • Look. Survey. Inspect. My hair is ruined! I look like a pan of bacon and eggs!
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Hair #Eggs #Looks

  • Sophie did not care to think how Howl might react if Fanny woke him by stabbing him with her parasol.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Thinking #Sophie #Care

  • She said 'Over my dead body!' so I took her at her word.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Body #Said

  • Go to bed, you fool," Calcifer said sleepily. "You're drunk." "Who, me?" said Howl. "I assure you, my friends, I am cone sold stober." He got up and stalked upstairs, feeling for the wall as if he thought it might escape him unless he kept in touch with it. His bedroom door did escape him.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Wall #Doors #Drunk

  • He picked up the skull and knocked an onion ring out of its eye socket. "I see Sophie has been busy again. Couldn't you have restrained her, my friend?" The skull yattered its teeth at him. Howl put it down rather hastily.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Eye #Skulls #Teeth

  • I think we ought to live happily ever after," and she thought he meant it. Sophie knew that living happily ever after with Howl would be a good deal more hair-raising than any storybook made it sound, though she was determined to try. "It should be hair-raising," added Howl. "And you'll exploit me," Sophie said. "And then you'll cut up all my suits to teach me.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Cutting #Thinking #Hair

  • This book will prove the following ten facts: 1. A Goon is a being who melts into the foreground and sticks there. 2. Pigs have wings, making them hard to catch. 3. All power corrupts, but we need electricity. 4. When an irresistible force meets an immovable object, the result is a family fight. 5. Music does not always sooth the troubled beast. 6. An Englishman's home is his castle. 7. The female of the species is more deadly than the male. 8. One black eye deserves another. 9. Space is the final frontier, and so is the sewage farm. 10. It pays to increase your word power.
    -- Diana Wynne Jones

    #Book #Eye #Home