Diana Wynne Jones Quotes

Diana Wynne Jones Quotes

I think we ought to live happily ever after.

You must admit I have a right to live in a pigsty if I want.

He held out his hand to Sophie, just like Mrs. Pentstemmon, but a little less royally. Sophie levered herself up, wondering if she was meant to kiss this hand or not. But since she felt more like raising her stick and beating the King over the head with it, she shook the King's hand and gave a creaking little curtsy.

To love someone enough to let them go, you had to let them go forever or you did not love them that much.

Really, these wizards! You'd think no one had ever had a cold before! Well, what is it?" she asked, hobbling through the bedroom door onto the filthy carpet.
"I'm dying of boredom," Howl said pathetically. "Or maybe just dying.

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.

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

So you were going to rescue the Prince! Why did you pretend to run away? To deceive the Witch?"

"Not likely! I'm a coward. Only way I can do something this frightening is to tell myself I'm not doing it!

Look. Survey. Inspect. My hair is ruined! I look like a pan of bacon and eggs!

My shining dishonesty will be the salvation of me.

What a strange family you are! Is your name Lettie too?

Wizard Howl," said Wizard Suliman. "I must apologize for trying to bite you so often. In the normal way, I wouldn't dream of setting teeth in a fellow countryman.

Nothing is safe from you. If I were to court a girl who lived on an iceberg in the middle of the ocean, sooner or later - probably sooner - I’d look up to see you swooping overhead on a broomstick. In fact, by now I’d be disappointed in you if I didn’t see you.”
“Are you off to the iceberg today?” Sophie retorted.

Annoyed?” said Sophie. “Why should I be annoyed? Someone only filled the castle with rotten aspic, and deafened everyone in Porthaven, and scared Calcifer to a cinder, and broke a few hundred hearts. Why should that annoy me?

Learn to drive?"
"Never," said Quentin. "My mission in life is to be a passenger.

Nobody gets praised for the right reasons.

The truth between two people always cuts two ways.

Tell me of this Wizard Howl of yours". Sophie's teeth chattered but she said proudly, "He's the best wizard in Ingary or anywhere else. If he'd only had time, he would have defeated that djinn. And he's sly and selfish and vain as a peacock and cowardly, and you can't pin him down to anything.

For a moment it seemed as if he was going to lose his temper too. His strange, pale eyes all but glared at Sophie. But he controlled himself and said, "Now trot along indoors, you overactive old thing, and find something else to play with before I get angry. I hate getting angry.

Beauty isn't made of sugar.

I only want to catch you,” Michael explained. “I won’t hurt you.”
“No! No!” the star crackled desperately. “That’s wrong! I’m supposed to die!”
“But I could save you if you’d let me catch you,” Michael told it gently.
“No!” cried the star. “I’d rather die!

...if the spell was off, I’d have my heart eaten before I could turn around.”
“Don’t you want your heart eaten?” asked the fire. [...]
“Naturally I don’t,” Sophie answered.

...and said grace in Welsh. It was all rolling, thundering language.

Jamal stared at the dog in his arms. "Why I am I holding a dog full of angels?

But I discovered that people like me - they do, you know, if you like them - and then it was all right.

Charles realized that if he were going to apologize to Chrestomanci, he had better do it at once. He turned around to say it. But the folds had already rippled flat and nothing was the same anymore....

Tantrums are seldom about the thing they appear to be about.

I'll show you how," Peter said. "Stop hiding behind your ignorance.

I feel ill," [Howl] announced. "I'm going to bed, where I may die.

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