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Hate isn't like love, it doesn't end. It goes on forever. You can never get to the bottom of it. And it's so pure, so unconditional! -- Lev Grossman
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Quentin went to work on a bitter single malt Scotch that tasted like it had been decanted through the stump of an oak tree that had been killed by lightning. -- Lev Grossman
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There's a special gut-check moment the first time you write a scene in which somebody casts a spell. -- Lev Grossman
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I love playing with the conventions of fantasy, and breaking rules, and crossing lines. -- Lev Grossman
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You're cramming a few chance data points into a story that has nothing to do with reality. You need to take a giant step back. Take a deep breath. You're way off the reservation." Nobody -- Lev Grossman
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Needless to say, that meant that the Braekbills student body was quite the psychological menagerie. Carrying that much onboard cognitive processing power had a way of distorting your personality. And to actually want to work that hard, you had to be at least a little bit screwed up. -- Lev Grossman
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June ripened into July, then burst and withered and dried and became August. -- Lev Grossman
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I killed the Google Alert I used to have on myself two years ago. I don't need any more information about myself. I get more than enough of that just by being me. -- Lev Grossman
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With the caveat that it is much more difficult and much more dangerous and much more interesting to be a magician than it is to be a carpenter. -- Lev Grossman
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Maybe when you give up your dreams, you find out that there's more to life than dreaming. -- Lev Grossman
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We hunt the White Stag, like Quentin did. We catch it or shoot it or whatever you do with it. We get three wishes. We wish Fillory would last forever and not die. Done. Mischief managed." Eliot -- Lev Grossman
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It was so much easier to be angry. Being angry made him feel strong, even though
and this contradiction did nothing to diminish his anger
he was angry only because his position was so weak. -- Lev Grossman
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sometimes God wants your son. sometimes He'll settle for a ram. PouncySilverkitten: -- Lev Grossman
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My ultimate goal is to drive people back to the books, when I think of an adaptation. -- Lev Grossman
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It was always buzzing and singing and glowing and sparking to no particular purpose. Magic was decidedly imperfect. But the really funny thing, she thought, was that if it were perfect, it wouldn't be so beautiful. On -- Lev Grossman
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That was magic for you, right? The thing about magic, the real kind: it didn't make excuses, and it was never funny. -- Lev Grossman
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Death was an existential catastrophe, a rip in the soft upholstery with which humanity padded over a hard uncaring universe, but it turned out there were an amazing number of people whose job it was to deal with it for you, and all they asked in return were huge quantities of time and money. -- Lev Grossman
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shake him up. Get him out of his comfort zone so he could stop sneering at everybody else who was out of theirs. Get him thinking about something besides his own neuroses for a change. -- Lev Grossman
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Language and reality are kept strictly apart - reality is tough, unyielding stuff, and it doesn't care what you think or feel or say about it. Or it shouldn't. -- Lev Grossman
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Growing up in the '70s and '80s, science fiction and especially fantasy had such a stigma attached to them. I felt so punished and exiled for being devoted to these things. -- Lev Grossman
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Kids are not physical creatures, and they're not stupid. They know all about violence and power and raw emotions. What's really scary is when adults pretend that such things don't exist."

(Grossman's review of The Hunger Games in "Time" magazine, Sept. 7, 2009) -- Lev Grossman
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Do you know, I had almost lost faith in the goddess? I almost stopped believing in Her. But I realized I had to become something. I had to take what was done to me and use it to make myself into what I wanted to be. And I wanted this. And when I called Her, the goddess came. -- Lev Grossman
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She started wearing black and listening to the Smiths and reading Camus -- Lev Grossman
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She become moody and depressed. She started wearing black and listening to the Smiths and reading Camus in the original whatever. Her eyes became interestingly pouchy and sunken. -- Lev Grossman
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I got my first whiff of what big-time adult literature was all about when I was in 8th grade. I got it from Mark Linn-Baker. You know - the guy from 'Perfect Strangers.' -- Lev Grossman
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Are you kidding? That guy was a mystery wrapped in an enigma and crudely stapled to a ticking fucking time bomb. He was either going to hit somebody or start a blog. -- Lev Grossman
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He wanted to stick his finger in it and see what happened. Some story, some quest, started here, and he wanted to go on it. It felt fresh and clean and unsafe, nothing like the heavy warm lard of palace life. The protective plastic wrap had been peeled off -- Lev Grossman
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I ought to at least be able to read literature in French. I went to an enlightened grade school that started us on French in fifth grade, which meant that by the time I graduated high school I had been at it for eight years. -- Lev Grossman
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Would have to find something else, he thought mazily. Something new. Couldn't stay here anymore. Couldn't go back. Only forward. -- Lev Grossman
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I'm not one of your knockabout, knuckle-scarred, Internet-controversy-courting book critics. Occasionally I stumble into controversy accidentally, but not because I enjoy it. It's probably just because I'm a weird person. -- Lev Grossman
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...being around him wasn't good for Quentin. He could feel himself regressing in the direction of an adolescent tantrum - it was like trying to talk to his parents. He lost all perspective on who he was and how far he'd come. -- Lev Grossman
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You think Candy Land is real?" Josh said. "'Cause I would ditch Fillory in a red-hot minute for that shit. Chocolate Swamp and all. And have you seen Princess Frostine?" "Maybe -- Lev Grossman
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Hey - Penny, is it?" Plum said. "That ought to pay for Quentin's library fines, don't you think? Or Alice could just punch you again, it's all good." But -- Lev Grossman
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The problem with growing up is that once you're grown up, the people who aren't grown up aren't fun anymore. -- Lev Grossman
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Her white fox fur was coarse and smooth at the same time, and she made little yipping snarls every time he pushed himself deeper inside her. He never wanted to stop. -- Lev Grossman
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It's wonderful to play around with fantasy, because there are an amazing number of as-yet-unbroken rules out there. -- Lev Grossman
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Genuinely social people never ceased to amaze him. Their brains seemed to generate an inexhaustible fund of things to say, naturally, with no effort, out of nothing at all. -- Lev Grossman
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Age is wasted on the young. Just like youth. -- Lev Grossman
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If my generation is remembered for anything, it will be as the last one that remembers the world before the Internet. -- Lev Grossman
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All of it just confirmed his belief that his real life, the life he should be living, had been mislaid through some clerical error by the cosmic bureaucracy. This couldn't be it. It had been diverted elsewhere, to somebody else, and he'd been issued this shitty substitute faux life instead -- Lev Grossman
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There was more to life than being fat and safe and warm in a clockwork luxury resort. Or maybe there wasn't more, but he was going to find out. And how did you find out? You had an adventure. That's how. You picked up a golden key. -- Lev Grossman
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He who completes a quest does not merely find something. He becomes something. -- Lev Grossman
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Its composure thoroughly disrupted, the little treelet, the picture of arboreal distress, let its branches droop a little, and its green birch leaves fluttered anxiously. -- Lev Grossman
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When he counted his change, he found only coins from the year he was born. -- Lev Grossman
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Who hadn't at some point in his life wanted to climb to the top of a sailing ship in full flight? -- Lev Grossman
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What makes you think what happened to you on Earth wasn't an adventure? -- Lev Grossman
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It would be like Prospero's island, but in a good way: not a country of exile, a model world, safe and peaceful and private. A magician's land. -- Lev Grossman
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One, your hair is stupid. And two, I don't know what it's like where you come from, but if you ever do anything that could get me sent back to Brooklyn again, I won't just break your nose. I will motherfucking kill you. -- Lev Grossman
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God, I hope we don't have to use that," was all he said out loud. "Oh, come on, Quentina. We're not looking for trouble. We just want to be ready if it comes." Josh could hardly contain himself. "Dungeons & Dragons, motherfucker! -- Lev Grossman
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But I'm sorry, where did you think you were, motherfucker? Connecticut? You're in a magic safe house in Bed-Stuy, borough of Brooklyn. There was a considerable Venn diagram overlap between people who lived in Bed-Stuy and people who had motherfucking guns. Fool. -- Lev Grossman
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Historical seen, said Alice, people have almost always have whrong when they have said that. -- Lev Grossman
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It's an engrossing look at the way the flow of information shapes history-as well as a rare glimpse into the soul of the hardcore geek -- Lev Grossman
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You don't want to move toward some utopian literary situation where everybody's free of all conventions. That's ridiculous! Conventions are what you need. You have nothing to break down if you don't have conventions. -- Lev Grossman
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Everything people forget about ends up there one day, they said. Toys, tables, whole houses. And people end up there too. They get forgotten as well. -- Lev Grossman
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Quentin was thin and tall, though he habitually hunched his shoulders in a vain attempt to brace himself against whatever blow was coming from the heavens, and which would logically hit the tall people first. -- Lev Grossman
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Even though I have spent literally years of my life trying to learn another language, any other language - and even though I have in the past claimed in several key professional contexts that I speak other languages - I am in fact still trapped inside the bubble of English. -- Lev Grossman
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His first two months at Brakebills spun by, and soon red and gold leaves were scattering across the Sea, as if they were being pushed by invisible brooms - which possibly they were? - and the flanks of the slow-moving topiary beasts in the Maze showed streaks of color. Quentin -- Lev Grossman
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But not even the end of the world was going to stop Janet from being a bitch. It was the principle of the thing. -- Lev Grossman
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Everything will be all right, She seemed to say, and whatever is not, we will mourn. -- Lev Grossman
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You're saying the gods don't have free will."
"The power to make mistakes," Penny said. "Only we have that. Mortals. -- Lev Grossman
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Though he found himself reluctant to be the direct cause of any actual killing. This wasn't Tolkien - these weren't orcs and trolls and giant spiders and whatever else, evil creatures that you were free to commit genocide on without any complicated moral ramifications. -- Lev Grossman
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He almost felt like he was betraying Julia. But what did he owe her? It's not like she even would have cared. And Professor Sunderland was here. He wanted somebody who was part of his new world. Julia had her chance. -- Lev Grossman
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There is something beyond freedom that people need: work, love, belief in something, commitment to something. Freedom is not enough.It's necessary but it'd not sufficient. It's what you do with freedom - what you give it up for - that matters -- Lev Grossman
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He knew for a fact that one of the girls had managed to take over the plenary session of the national model UN and push through a motion sanctioning the use of nuclear weapons to protect an endangered species of sea turtle. This while representing Lesotho. -- Lev Grossman
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We're wired to expect the world to be brighter and more meaningful and more obviously interesting than it actually is. And when we realize that it isn't, we start looking around for the real world. -- Lev Grossman
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I feel that's one of the central questions of fantasy. What did we lose when we entered the 20th and 21st century, and how can we mourn what we lost, and what can we replace it with? We're still asking those questions in an urgent way. -- Lev Grossman
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Funny how life had its little ways of surprising you. Little quirks of fate. -- Lev Grossman
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The library was still giving trouble: a few books in some of the more obscure corners of the stacks retained some autonomy, dating back to an infamous early experiment with flying books, and lately they'd begun to breed. Shocked undergraduates had stumbled on books in the very act. -- Lev Grossman
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He'd spent too long being disappointed by the world - he'd spent so many years pining for something like this, some proof that the real world wasn't the only world, and coping with the overwhelming evidence that it in fact was. -- Lev Grossman
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In any case, we do not and cannot understand what magic is, or where it comes from, any more than a carpenter understands why a tree grows. He doesn't have to. He works with what he has. -- Lev Grossman
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Look, who's the talking bear here?" Quentin snapped. "Is it you? Are you the talking fucking bear? All right. So shut the fuck up. -- Lev Grossman
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You just had to get some idea of what matters and what doesn't, and how much, and try not to be scared of the stuff that doesn't. Put it in perspective. -- Lev Grossman
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I've only read three books by Stephen King. When I was 10 I read 'The Long Walk,' one of his pseudonymous Bachman books. In my early 20s, while trapped on a family vacation, I read 'The Dark Half,' which taught me a word I have never forgotten: psychopomp. Now I have read '11/22/63.' -- Lev Grossman
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I went to college at Harvard, then did three years of graduate school at Yale. At both places I studied comparative literature. People find it odd that I went to both Harvard and Yale, and I guess it is odd, but that's just what people did where I grew up. -- Lev Grossman
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You sound just like my parents. That is just exactly what my ignorant Christian parents would say. Just, if it doesn't fit with your theory, well, that's just because, oh, it actually does, but God is mysterious, so we can't see it. Because we're so sinful. That's so fucking easy. -- Lev Grossman
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Whether or not he was in it, whether or not he could see or touch it, he'd thought there would always be a FIllory out there somewhere. He loved knowing it was there. It anchored his sense of happiness, the way a distant stockpile of gold might underwrite the value of a paper bill. -- Lev Grossman
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Wishes are for children," Jane Chatwin said. "I grew up. -- Lev Grossman
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That's it?" "That's it. And then you jump in. It's all just tradition. I mean, -- Lev Grossman
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He had a goatee that was maybe growing into something that was more than a goatee, which made him look like an angry barista at an indie coffee shop whose dreams of becoming a successful screenwriter were dwindling by the hour. -- Lev Grossman
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Fuck it, it was stupid. Theories about life were always bullshit. -- Lev Grossman
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The trick was just not wanting anything. That was power. That was courage: the courage not to love anyone or hope for anything. -- Lev Grossman
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trick was just not wanting anything. That was power. That was courage: the courage not to love anyone or hope for anything. The -- Lev Grossman
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You don't learn about yourself by being alone, you learn about yourself from other people. -- Lev Grossman
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And Quentin had never known how the Maze was redrawn over the summer, but apparently every year in June the groundskeeper goaded the topiary animals into such a feeding frenzy that they fell upon and devoured each other in a kind of ghastly slow-motion vegetarian holocaust. -- Lev Grossman
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The whole scene had a dreamlike quality, like a Chagall painting come to life. -- Lev Grossman
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Loyal prophets of an indifferent god" (on the topic of alcoholics, p.222) -- Lev Grossman
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By now he had learned enough to know that when he was getting annoyed at somebody else, it was usually because there was something that he himself should be doing, and he wasn't doing it. -- Lev Grossman
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The real world is horrible. -- Lev Grossman
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But being in the middle of it, it wasn't that obvious. -- Lev Grossman
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Everyone here was the cleverest little monkey in his or her particular tree. Except now we're all in one tree together. It can be a shock. Not enough coconuts to go round. You'll be dealing with your equals for the first time in your life, and your betters. You won't like it. -- Lev Grossman
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Loosening his tie with one hand, Quentin stepped out into the cold clear winter air and flew. -- Lev Grossman
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Janet was in charge of relations with foreign powers - Quentin called her Fillory Clinton. -- Lev Grossman
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A Fillory without a god. It was a radical notion. But he thought about it, and it didn't seem like a terrible one. They would be on their own this time - the kings, the queens, the people, the animals, the spirits, the monsters. They'd have to decide what was right and just and fair for themselves. -- Lev Grossman
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The year since then had been peaceful and prosperous, and in some ways the mood was lighter in the castle with Josh and Poppy installed as King and Queen in place of Quentin and Julia, Fillory's brooders-in-chief. -- Lev Grossman
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Earth or Fillory, did it even matter? What was the huge conundrum? Everywhere you looked there was so much richness, you could never exhaust it. -- Lev Grossman
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As soon as he seized happiness it dispersed and reappeared somewhere else. Like Fillory, like everything good, it never lasted. What a terrible thing to know. -- Lev Grossman
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Reading the Fillory books you would think that all one has to do is behave honorably and bravely and all will be well. What a lesson to teach young children. What a way to prepare them for the rest of their lives. -- Lev Grossman
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But it wasn't going to kill him. It wasn't sexy, but it was real, and that was what mattered now. No more fantasies - that was life after Fillory. -- Lev Grossman
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There's no getting away from yourself. Not even in Fillory. -- Lev Grossman
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I don't know how to phrase this exactly but what the fuck? -- Lev Grossman
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At the top end you had some fairies squeeing at supersonic pitches; fairies thought all this military stuff was pretty silly, but they went along with it for the same reason that fairies ever did anything, namely, for the lulz. -- Lev Grossman
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If being a hero is a matter of knowing your cues, like the fairy tale said, he'd missed his. -- Lev Grossman
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When it comes to true humility in the face of history, nothing beats complete silence. -- Lev Grossman
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Maybe this was one of those times when being a hero didn't involve looking particularly brave. It was just doing what you should. -- Lev Grossman
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With the traditional Australian's indifference to personal dryness and venomous underwater predators, she dived right in. -- Lev Grossman
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A lot of young-adult authors, great ones, have tried their hands at literary fiction, and not a lot of them have succeeded. Not even Roald Dahl could switch-hit, and not for lack of trying. -- Lev Grossman
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He'd been free his whole life, if only he'd known it. -- Lev Grossman
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What have people ever done for me? People don't want my help. People called me a faggot and threw me in a Dumpster at recess when I was in fifth grade because my pants were pressed." "Well, -- Lev Grossman
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It was hard not to envy her. A phantom toll-booth, or a chariot of fire, probably. Drawn by thestrals. -- Lev Grossman
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Happiness was a real, actual, achievable possibility. It came when you called. Or no, it never left you in the first place. They -- Lev Grossman
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I never went back to my room. I took the Fung Wah bus from South Station. -- Lev Grossman
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That was one thing about books: once you read them they couldn't be unread. -- Lev Grossman
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It turns out you can go home again, if you have to. -- Lev Grossman
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Maybe he was the anti-Santa, of the South Pole, and he was going to show them where the elves made lumps of coal for Anti-Christmas. -- Lev Grossman
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She hadn't even known they were volcanic, but now they were lobbing big seminal gobbets of lava all over their lower slopes, like a drunk prom queen puking on her dress. Shit was getting geological, yo. -- Lev Grossman
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was so easy to ignore people when you understood how little power they really had over you - he -- Lev Grossman
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Never risking anything meant never having or doing or being anything either. Life is risk, it turned out. -- Lev Grossman
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A big silvery janitor. Penny, this can't be how the universe works."

"In the Order we call it 'inverse profundity.' We've observed it in any number of cases. The deeper you go into the cosmic mysteries, the less interesting everything gets. -- Lev Grossman
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Everybody wanted to be the hero of their own story. Nobody wanted to be comic relief. -- Lev Grossman
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The end of the world is coming, and I should really be there for that." "Sure, -- Lev Grossman
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The beginning, the laying down of the fundamentals, was always the worst part, which he supposed was why so few people did it. -- Lev Grossman
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There must still be some last invisible unbroken strand connecting them, something deeper than mourning. The wound had healed but the scar wouldn't fade, not quite. -- Lev Grossman
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Apparently if you're enough of a power nerd, there is nothing that cannot be flowcharted. -- Lev Grossman
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The line between outside and inside is fuzzier in fantasy. Maybe that's something people are looking for. -- Lev Grossman
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It was strange to be naked in front of anybody. It was like that cold water out there in the bay: scary, you didn't think you could stand it, but then you plunged in and pretty soon you got used to it. There was enough hiding in life. Sometimes you just wanted to show somebody your tits. -- Lev Grossman
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That's how you roll when you're a secret teenage magician -- Lev Grossman
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He imagined another life for himself as one of these silent scholars, buried in his research like a guinea pig in its wood shavings, nibbling away steadily after some arcane piece of knowledge in the hope of making an addition, however imperceptible, to the collective pile. -- Lev Grossman
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The silver years of the Chatwins are long ago now, and the years since have been forged from baser metals. You -- Lev Grossman
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The Deeper Magic always seemed to come up when Ember didn't feel like doing something, or needed to close a plot hole. -- Lev Grossman
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Drinks were a lot like books, really: it didn't matter where you were, the contents of a vodka tonic were always more or less the same, and you could count on them to take you away to somewhere better or at least make your present arrangements seem more manageable. -- Lev Grossman
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With maaaaaaaaaagic! -- Lev Grossman
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They were where he went when he couldn't deal with the real world, which was a lot. -- Lev Grossman
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My book group has one rule: no books for adults. We read young adult fiction only. -- Lev Grossman
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Even on the first day we invaded Plover's house we sensed the conundrum that Americans are faced with in England: they're too frightened of English people to behave rudely to them, and too ignorant to know how to behave politely. -- Lev Grossman
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I read Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, which I think will subsequently be recognized as one of the first great novels of the 21st century. -- Lev Grossman
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You hate yourself so much, you'll hurt anybody who loves you. That's it, isn't it? Just to get even with them for loving you. -- Lev Grossman
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Labyrinths were old sorcery, and subtle: good for recharging one's magical resources when they were running low. -- Lev Grossman
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For a long time Eliot had had the theory that in Janet's mind everybody was as judgmental of her as she was of them, and if that was true then the world must be a pretty scary place for her. -- Lev Grossman
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It was a worrying trend. Everybody else was deep into their own stories, and all the stories were woven together just beneath the surface into a web that included Plum. But what was Plum's story? -- Lev Grossman
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He's so happy," Eliot said dryly. "It's like he cooked something and it came out looking like the picture in the cookbook. -- Lev Grossman
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Beer might help with that," Quentin said. He felt punchy. "This could be the next clue. If it's a talking beer, I mean a talking bear, we could, you know, talk to it. -- Lev Grossman
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Of course I'm not sure," he said. "That's why you go. To find out if it's enough. You just have to be sure you want to find out. -- Lev Grossman
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All of human literature could just be a user's guide to the multiverse! -- Lev Grossman
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Lots of people say they've talked to dragons, but it's very hard to verify. Supposedly the Thames dragon wrote most of Pink Floyd's stuff. At least after -- Lev Grossman
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If there's a single lesson that life teaches us, it's that wishing doesn't make it so. -- Lev Grossman
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More lies. But what could you do? That's how you roll when you're a teenage magician! -- Lev Grossman
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He would lose whatever he had to lose, if that's what it took to win. -- Lev Grossman
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You're all so obsessed with other worlds, you're so convinced that this one is crap and everywhere else is great, but you've never bothered to figure out what's going on here! -- Lev Grossman
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Plover's words were like dried flowers, stiff and crumbling, crushed flat between pages, when we'd had the living, blooming blossoms all around -- Lev Grossman
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It's a terrible thing for a book, when you feel like you're supposed to like it. -- Lev Grossman
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They spent the rest of that afternoon together. Maybe he felt guilty for giving Quentin the cigarette, or maybe Eliot had decided that the tedium of solitude was ever so slightly greater than the tedium of Quentin's company. Maybe he just needed a straight man. He -- Lev Grossman
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I got my heart's desire, and there my troubles began. -- Lev Grossman
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I'm a fantasy writer. I don't do SF. This is important to me. If you're not clear on what genre you're in, everything gets muddled, and it's hard to know which rules you're breaking. -- Lev Grossman
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Supposedly I've got traces of an English accent, though I can't hear it. I must have inherited it from my mother, who's English, and then I think it was exacerbated by the fact that I live with an Australian. -- Lev Grossman
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Escapism has value, even if I don't know what its value is, exactly. Maybe it's just part of some healthy way that we deal with the world. -- Lev Grossman
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And I need this. That's all I can tell you. -- Lev Grossman
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It's natural for a child to assume that his or her own childhood is unremarkable. -- Lev Grossman
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Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there's nothing else. -- Lev Grossman
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No one gets punished for anything. We do whatever we want, and that's all we do, and nobody stops us, and nobody cares. -- Lev Grossman
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Supposedly the Thames dragon wrote most of Pink Floyd's stuff. At least after Syd Barrett left. But there's no way to prove it. -- Lev Grossman
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It was the strangest thing, but he was looking forward to everything so much, he could hardly stand it. He never would have believed it. He never thought he would.
"You know what?" He took Alice's hand. "Let's fly. -- Lev Grossman
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What about Josh?" he croaked. "Go ask him." "He's got another project." Janet rolled her eyes. "He thinks he can use the Neitherlands to get to Middle-earth. He honestly believes he's going to bone an elf." "I -- Lev Grossman
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Sometimes I think I am fate's sword. She wields me cruelly." Quentin wondered what it was like to be so unselfconsciously melodramatic. Nice, probably. "Right. -- Lev Grossman
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The multiverse was his TGI Friday's. -- Lev Grossman
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Some people need their families to become who they're supposed to be. And there's nothing wrong with that. But there are other ways to do it. -- Lev Grossman
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Vile Father's brown nipples, on the ends of his pendulous man-cans, were like dried figs. -- Lev Grossman
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Guy lives in a fantasy world without junk food or cars or trans fats or TV and he's still fat. You had to admire his dedication to the cause. -- Lev Grossman
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What's the fastest migratory bird on Earth?" "An airplane. -- Lev Grossman
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Hating a book is not unlike hating a person; in fact it's tempting to just go ahead and hate the author personally, by proxy, qua human being, except that I know that would be a mistake. -- Lev Grossman
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Book tours are excellent things, and one is lucky to get to go on one, but they have a way of leeching away one's will to live. -- Lev Grossman
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It's not really possible to open 'The Casual Vacancy' without a lot of expectations both high and low crashing around in your brain and distorting your vision. There's no point pretending they're not there. -- Lev Grossman
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It's a great thing when you feel that you recognize yourself, deeply and movingly, in a work of literature. -- Lev Grossman
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When he graduated he'd thought life was going to be like a novel, starring him on his own personal hero's journey, and that the world would provide him with an endless series of evils to triumph over and life lessons to learn. It took him a while to figure out that wasn't how it worked. -- Lev Grossman
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Maybe there's a sense that technology isn't necessarily the answer to a lot of our problems. Fantasy offers readers a less radically alienated world - a world where desires and feelings that normally are trapped inside your mind are made real in the form of magic. -- Lev Grossman
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It's very important, at least to me as a writer, that there be some rules on the table when I'm writing. Rules come from genres. You're writing in a genre, there are rules, which is great because then you can break the rules. That's when really exciting things happen. -- Lev Grossman
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Quentin's conversations with his parents were so circular and self-defeating, they sounded like experimental theater. -- Lev Grossman
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The problem was that Julia was smart, and Julia was interested in the truth. She didn't like inconsistencies, and she didn't let go until they were resolved, ever. -- Lev Grossman
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I read a lot of literary theory when I was in graduate school, especially about novels, and the best book I ever read about endings was Peter Brooks' 'Reading for the Plot. ' -- Lev Grossman
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In a way fighting was just like using magic. You said the words, and they altered the universe. By merely speaking you could create damage and pain, cause tears to fall, drive people away, make yourself feel better, make your life worse. -- Lev Grossman
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That guy was a mystery wrapped in an enigma and crudely stapled to a ticking fucking time bomb. He was either going to hit somebody or start a blog. To tell you the truth I'm kind of glad he hit you. -- Lev Grossman
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That got some appreciative laughter, though he wasn't joking, and the bird didn't laugh. It didn't answer him either. Quentin couldn't read its face; like all birds, it had only one expression. -- Lev Grossman
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I used to write in a local coffee shop, but there was another guy, another writer, who kept sitting in my favorite seat. I would show up, and he would be there, and I would get exiled to a couch or something, and it would throw me off my game. -- Lev Grossman
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You. Killed. A. Hermit. You. Weird. Sweaty. Bastard! -- Lev Grossman
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She considered herself too smart to believe in things she had no evidence for, and that behaved in ways that violated every principle she'd ever observed or heard plausibly spoken about. And she considered herself too tough-minded to believe in things just because they made her feel better. -- Lev Grossman
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I'm not a Dickens guy. In grad school I had to take at least one course on the Victorians, so I took The Later Dickens, because that was what there was. -- Lev Grossman
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infinite corridor of panic that led nowhere. -- Lev Grossman
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She was too tired to feel anything more, she wanted a book to do to her what books did: take away the world, slide it aside for a little bit, and let her please, please just be somewhere and somebody else -- Lev Grossman
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She strode the earth clad in the invisible armor of their virtual companionship. -- Lev Grossman
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I've stayed in houses that were in the country, and in England, but I'm still not sure that I've stayed in an English country house. -- Lev Grossman
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The hero pays the price. -- Lev Grossman
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People - me included - want to get excited about books. Good books are a good thing. -- Lev Grossman
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Everybody's forgiven you but you. And you are so far behind us." "You might be surprised about that. -- Lev Grossman
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He was aware for the first time of how quiet the city had gotten. After dark the streets and canals seemed to empty out. As if Venice felt less of an obligation to pretend to be part of this millennium at night, and had reverted to its medieval self again. -- Lev Grossman
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Wasn't there a spell for making yourself happy? Somebody must have invented one. How could he have missed it? Why didn't they teach it? Was it in the library, a flying book fluttering just out of reach, beating its wings against some high window? -- Lev Grossman
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Maybe she was crazy, but she wasn't stupid. She'd seen Terminator 2. She wasn't going out like Sarah Connor. -- Lev Grossman
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Careful what you hunt, lest you catch it. -- Lev Grossman
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Most people are blind to magic. They move through a blank and empty world. They're bored with their lives, and there's nothing they can do about it. They're eaten alive by longing, and they're dead before they die. -- Lev Grossman
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Shit was getting geological, yo. -- Lev Grossman
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She knew she was obsessed, but it was turning out that she was the kind of person who needed to be obsessed with something, and she could have done a lot worse. -- Lev Grossman
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Becoming me was the greatest creative project of my life. -- Lev Grossman
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I'm happy to report that 'The New Press' is still in business to this day. But not thanks to me. I was a really bad publishing intern. -- Lev Grossman
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I think for a long time, I was paralyzed by some of my hopes and ideals for what my life was going to be like. I had this perfect vision of how my life should go, but it seemed - it was - impossible to realize, so I sat around for a long, long time doing almost nothing at all. -- Lev Grossman
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She had never expected anything special to just happen to her. Her plan for life was to get out there and make special things happen, which was a much more sensible plan from a probability point of view. -- Lev Grossman
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Magic: it was what happened when the mind met the world, and the mind won for a change. -- Lev Grossman
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Plum guessed it stood to reason that out of all these billions of books at least one of them had to be dragon porn. -- Lev Grossman
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There were things he'd been scared to face his whole life, and now that he was looking them in the eye they weren't quite as scary as he first thought. -- Lev Grossman
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In case of Ragnarok break glass and play an E flat. Where's -- Lev Grossman
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The life I should be living had been mislaid through some clerical error by the cosmic bureaucracy. -- Lev Grossman
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She tortured everybody around her, but only because she was more tortured than anyone. -- Lev Grossman
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Credulity that was being tested. A fat man with red -- Lev Grossman
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He felt like he was coming back to life too. Not that he'd been dead, just ... not quite alive. Something else. -- Lev Grossman
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Suppose it really was a school for magic. Was it any good? What if he'd stumbled into some third-tier magic college by accident? He had to think practically. He didn't want to be committing himself to some community college of sorcery when he could have Magic Harvard or whatever. "Don't -- Lev Grossman
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Every hangover feels like the worst hangover you've ever had, but this one was definitely a classic. One for the ages. He felt like all the water had been forcibly sucked out of his body, like an apricot in a dehydration chamber, and replaced with venom from an angry adder. -- Lev Grossman
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I find that if you're a good student, the teacher hardly matters. -- Lev Grossman
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He was experimenting cautiously with the idea of being happy, dipping an uncertain toe into those intoxicatingly carbonated waters. -- Lev Grossman
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The centaurs regarded Quentin with pity nicely tempered by a near-total lack of interest. Also, they seemed to be constantly afraid that he was going to tip over. None -- Lev Grossman
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Being a hero, the man had observed, is largely a matter of knowing one's cues. -- Lev Grossman
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He only had time to feel all the tenderness he had ever felt for her surge up in one infinitely concentrated instant - and to be surprised that it was all still there, moist and intact beneath the unsightly scorched layer of his anger... -- Lev Grossman
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he'd fantasized about having nothing to do except lie on his bed and sleep and stare into space, but now those empty hours were here, and they were getting old amazingly fast. -- Lev Grossman
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Facing up to the nightmare of the past is what gives you the power to build your future. -- Lev Grossman
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It didn't matter where you were, if you were in a room full of books you were at least halfway home. -- Lev Grossman
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Hello," he said, not missing a beat. "Glad you could make it. Alice, I understand you burned our door in half."
"Quentin helped. -- Lev Grossman
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When I left college I thought - based on a staggeringly inadequate understanding of how the world worked - that I might like to go into book publishing. -- Lev Grossman
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Nothing happened, then broke Poppys hand the smoth surface like the Lady in the lake, except thst the hand, instead of holding a magical sword, in this case only did a big, entusiastic thumb up-sign -- Lev Grossman
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I studied the cello for a long time, from when I was little up through college. -- Lev Grossman
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You need to do more than memorize, Quentin. You must learn the principles of magic with more than your head. You must learn them with your bones, with your blood, your liver, your heart, your deek. He grabbed his crotch through his dressing gown and gave it a shake. -- Lev Grossman
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I loved fantasy, but I particularly loved the stories in which somebody got out of where they were and into somewhere better - as in the 'Chronicles Of Narnia,' 'The Wizard Of Oz,' 'The Phantom Tollbooth,' the 'Dungeons & Dragons' cartoon on Saturday morning in the '80s. -- Lev Grossman
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Worst away team ever," Josh said, wading up onto land. "Not a single redshirt. -- Lev Grossman
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Sometimes she looked so beautiful he couldn't believe she had anything to do with him. He could barely believe she existed at all. "But -- Lev Grossman
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When he saw Julia, he searched himself for the old love he used to feel for her. It wasn't gone, but it was a dull, distant ache, still there but healed over
just the shrapnel they couldn't remove. -- Lev Grossman
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The process of learning is a nonstop orgy of wonderment. -- Lev Grossman
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To live out childhood fantasies as a grown-up was to court and wed and bed disaster. -- Lev Grossman
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I hope," she said, "that you don't think you're going to keep me here with bacon." "Not -- Lev Grossman
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Tomorrow I'll take you out to see the gold beetles. They're amazing: they eat dirt and poop out gold ore. -- Lev Grossman
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It was a shock to see them go, -- Lev Grossman
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He had painstakingly assembled all the ingredients of happiness. He had performed all the necessary rituals, spoken the words, lit the candles, made the sacrifices. But happiness, like a disobedient spirit, refused to come. He couldn't think what else to do. He -- Lev Grossman
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Once in a while an entire sub-sub-category that had long been thought safely dormant would take wing with an indescribable papery susurrus. -- Lev Grossman
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He was going to be a motherfucking Magician. -- Lev Grossman
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... and the rest of his life lay in front of him like a barren, meaningless postscript. -- Lev Grossman
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She was the most beautiful, terrible thing he'd ever seen, like an acetylene flame, an incandescent filament, a fallen star right in front of him. -- Lev Grossman
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Both their attention and their neglect were equally intolerable. His world had become complicated and interesting and magical. Theirs was mundane and domestic. They didn't understand that the world they could see wasn't the one that mattered, and they never would. -- Lev Grossman
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She was a person with her own hopes and feelings and history and nightmares. In her own way she was as lost as he was. -- Lev Grossman
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His crush went from exciting to depressing, as if he'd gone from the first blush of infatuation to the terminal nostalgia of a former lover without even the temporary relief of an actual relationship in between. -- Lev Grossman
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It's true," Eliot said. "Statistically, historically, and however else you want to look at it, you are almost never right. A monkey making life decisions based on its horoscope in USA Today would be right more often than you. But in this case, yes, you were right. Don't spoil it. -- Lev Grossman
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He wasn't in a safe little story where wrongs were automatically righted; he was still in the real world, where bad bitter things happened for no reason, and people paid for things that weren't their fault. -- Lev Grossman
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Magic is wild, dangerous stuff. You never realize how useful limitations are until it's much too late. -- Lev Grossman
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The paradox of the English country house is that its state of permanent decline, the fact that its heyday is always behind it, is part of the seduction, just as it is part of the seduction of books in general. -- Lev Grossman
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Awesome axes," Josh said. "Where did you - " "Your mom gave them to me," Janet said. "After I fucked her." "Why - " "Because she enjoyed it so much. -- Lev Grossman
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The danger would be going back, or staying still. The only way out was through. The past was ruins, but the present was still in play. -- Lev Grossman
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He wasn't surprised. He was used to this anticlimactic feeling, where by the time you've done all the work to get something you don't even want it anymore. -- Lev Grossman
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The gods were great, but what good was greatness if you didn't love? -- Lev Grossman
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Welcome to Facelessbook: an antisocial network. -- Lev Grossman
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The effect was of somebody reluctantly reading a prepared statement off a teleprompter, a statement prepared by somebody against whom she had a bitter and long-standing grudge. He considered the possibility that she might be clinically depressed. -- Lev Grossman
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I don't know if I've ever derived such an immediate sense of calm and well-being from any book as I did from 'Right Ho, Jeeves.' It was like I was Pac-Man and the book was a power-up. -- Lev Grossman
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Now he knew his way around a ward-and-shield or two. He could chuck a magic missile with the best of them. He was a damn one-man magic-missile crisis. -- Lev Grossman
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The smell of life." "The smell of farts. -- Lev Grossman
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And I'm not as young as I once was. At my age, I don't have time to be bored. -- Lev Grossman
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I came from an anxious, overly intense East Coast academic family. That was the way of our tribe. -- Lev Grossman
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He looked like a child who had been slightly misdelivered, with some subpar forceps handling by the attending. -- Lev Grossman
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I've drunk Amazon's free Diet Coke. Nothing makes more sense to me than a company trying to make bookselling into a profitable business. I'm not anti-Amazon, and I'm not pro-publishers either. I'm pro-books. -- Lev Grossman
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Nothing made you feel more like a fucking sorcerer than aviating under your own power. Yippee ki-yay, motherfuckers. -- Lev Grossman
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Young minds - young brains - need stories and ideas like the ones in those [censored and banned] books in order to grow. They need ideas that you disagree with. They need ideas that I disagree with. Or they'll never be able to figure out what ideas they believe in. -- Lev Grossman
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Some of the comments on YouTube make you weep for the future of humanity just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and the naked hatred. -- Lev Grossman
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We found some of them. It was always either a fight -- Lev Grossman
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Afterward she took the tree aside and conferred with it privately. -- Lev Grossman
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Don't take anyone's writing advice too seriously. -- Lev Grossman
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The thick plottens. -- Lev Grossman
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Wait a minute," Quentin said. "Who or what is the Thames dragon?" "The Thames dragon," Eliot said. "You know. The dragon who lives in the Thames. -- Lev Grossman
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Quentin hadn't planned on spending the rest of his afternoon - or morning, or whatever this was - taking a standardized test on an unknown subject, at an unknown educational institution, in some unknown alternate climatic zone where it was still summer. -- Lev Grossman
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He had an air of magnificent melancholy sophistication, as if his proper place were elsewhere, somewhere infinitely more compelling even than Brakebills, and he'd been confined to his present setting by a grotesque divine oversight, which he tolerated with as much good humor as could be expected. -- Lev Grossman
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Wands out, Harry. -- Lev Grossman
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If you please, Admiral, don't be a cock. I'll know it when I see it, and if, for some reason, I don't, you tell me, alright? Admiral Lacker inclined his head almost imperceptibly to indicate that they had a deal. He would endeavor to be as little of a cock as possible. -- Lev Grossman
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I mean, when you're tired of book reviews, you're tired of life. -- Lev Grossman
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The librarian had imagined he could summon a given book to perch on his hand just by shouting out its call number, but in actuality they were just too willful, and some were actively predatory. The -- Lev Grossman
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He had reached the outer limits of what Fun, capital F, could do for him. The cost was way too high, the returns pitifully inadequate. -- Lev Grossman
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Read everything. If you haven't read everything, you'll never be able to write anything. -- Lev Grossman
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I've read plenty of J.G. Ballard, but I'm not really a Ballardian. I've met Ballardians, and I know when I can't compete. I like Ballard in his relatively unchallenging apocalyptic mode: 'Vermilion Sands,' 'The Drowned World,' 'The Burning World,' 'The Crystal World.' -- Lev Grossman
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His bedroom was the gilded, diamond-studded, pearl-encrusted rococo lair of a god-king. -- Lev Grossman
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I have no doubt there are magician psychopaths, and magician serial killers. I doubt Brakebills admissions is very good at screening for those. -- Lev Grossman
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The situation wasn't ideal. But it was what she had to work with, so she would work with it. She was a tough one, -- Lev Grossman
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I was perfectly happy where I was, deliquescing, atom by atom, amid a riot of luxury. -- Lev Grossman
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The main advantage of being a reviewer is that you read a lot. A lot of books get sent to you, and you have an amazing vantage point from which to observe what's going on in contemporary fiction - not only genre stuff, the whole spectrum. -- Lev Grossman
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She'd been in math classes with Quentin since they were ten years old, and anything he could do she could do just as well, backward and in high heels if necessary. -- Lev Grossman
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Fatigue meant nothing when you actually wanted to suffer. -- Lev Grossman
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Sometimes you just have to do things, Quentin," Julia said, as he climbed on board after her. "You spend too much of your time waiting. -- Lev Grossman
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Until now, I've been a kind of binge-writer - I'll carve out five or six hours on a weekend day and make a large container of espresso and just bang out a lot of words. -- Lev Grossman
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I started thinking about the endings of novels not because I think endings are so important, but because I think they're actually not as important as they're sometimes given credit for. -- Lev Grossman
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The year after I graduated college I had a job in a library. When people underlined passages in the library books, or made notes in the margins, the books were sent to me. I erased the lines and the notes. Yes, that was my job. -- Lev Grossman
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If this was madness it was an entirely new kind of madness, as yet undocumented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. She had nerdophrenia. She was dorkotic. -- Lev Grossman
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Call the right axe Sorrow," she said. "You know what I call the left one?" "Happiness?" "Sorrow. I can't tell them apart. -- Lev Grossman
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A novel with a bad middle is a bad book. A bad ending is something I've just gotten in the habit of forgiving. -- Lev Grossman
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He hit terminal velocity and kept accelerating, -- Lev Grossman
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Josh speculated about the hypothetical contents of an imaginary porn magazine for intelligent trees that would be entitled Enthouse. -- Lev Grossman
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They were joined by Julia, who kept her sunglasses on and ate only marmite, straight from the jar, which if anything seemed like further proof of her declining humanity. -- Lev Grossman
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If you're too good too much of the time, people start to forget about you. You're not a problem, so people can strike you off their list of things to worry about. -- Lev Grossman
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It was funny how just when you thought you knew yourself through and through, you stumbled on a new kind of strength, a fresh reserve of power inside you that you never knew you had, and all at once you found yourself burning a little brighter and hotter than you ever had before. -- Lev Grossman
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The Order seemed to adhere to the principle of suckers walk, players ride. -- Lev Grossman
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Life was briskly and efficiently stripping Quentin of his last delusions about himself, one by one, shucking them off in firm hard jerks like wet clothes, leaving him naked and shivering. -- Lev Grossman
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It didn't feel like an exalted business - there was nothing grand about it. It hadn't felt noble and righteous, it felt rough and ugly and bloody and cruel. It was what was necessary, that was all. -- Lev Grossman
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The real problem with being around James was that he was always the hero. And what did that make you? Either the sidekick or the villain. -- Lev Grossman
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Never cook with a wine you wouldn't drink," he said. "Though I guess that presupposes that there is a wine I wouldn't drink. -- Lev Grossman
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Nothing a recovering addict likes more than a tale of how bad it had been in the old days, and how low a fellow addict had sunk. Let the one-downsmanship begin. -- Lev Grossman
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About as close you can get to the perfect cerebral thriller: searingly smart, ridiculously funny, and fast as hell ... I defy anybody to read the first page and not keep going to the last. -- Lev Grossman
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He was obviously one of those people who felt at home in the world-he was naturally buoyant, where Quentin felt like he had to dog-paddle constantly, exhaustingly,humiliatingly, just to get one sip of air. -- Lev Grossman
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I have a hard time believing that the history of the universe is being written by a talking rabbit," Eliot said. "Though that would explain a lot. -- Lev Grossman
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I think every fantasy reader secretly believes they know how magic works. -- Lev Grossman
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A magician is strong because he feels pain. He feels the difference between what the world is and what he would make of it. Or what did you think that stuff in your chest was? A magician is strong because he hurts more than others. His wound is his strength. -- Lev Grossman
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Now he had answers, but they weren't doing what answers were supposed to do: they weren't making things simpler or easier. They weren't helping. -- Lev Grossman
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I've got no other home to go to, not anymore. When I look at England now I see a dead place, Rupert. A wasteland. I won't live in a wasteland. I'd rather die in paradise. -- Lev Grossman
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How often have I met and disliked writers whose books I love; and conversely, hated the books and then wound up liking the writer? Too often. -- Lev Grossman
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Honk!" he yelled. "Honk honk honk honk honk honk honk!"
His classmates agreed. -- Lev Grossman
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he'd learned the secret of a richer, more powerful adult rage. "It isn't how it was! It never will be again! They changed the rules on us, so as far as I'm concerned all bets are off." He cinched his belt tight. "If They apologized, if They showed -- Lev Grossman
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We among all animals were cursed with a longing for somewhere better, somewhere that never existed and never would. -- Lev Grossman
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Free Trader Beowulf - you had to be at least forty and a recovering pen-and-paper role-playing-gamer to get the reference, but it was apt. Google it. -- Lev Grossman
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You do realize it's all right to have nice things sometimes, right? -- Lev Grossman
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Magic, Quentin discovered, wasn't romantic at all. It was grim and repetitive and deceptive. And he worked his ass off and became very good at it. -- Lev Grossman
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Personally, I think the "Potter" books have too many adverbs and not enough sex. -- Lev Grossman
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Though the funny thing about never being asked for anything is that after a while you start to feel like maybe you don't have anything worth giving. -- Lev Grossman
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Sometimes he wasn't sure if he was in love with Julia or just that he wanted to be in love with her, because it would be so comforting, such a relief, to be in love with her. It seemed like such a good idea. Was there really that big of a difference? -- Lev Grossman
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The quietness of it was weird: real fights happened without a sound track. -- Lev Grossman
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It never failed to astonish him, then or ever, how much of the world around him was mysterious and hidden from view. -- Lev Grossman
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He felt like a green-as-grass PFC from Dubuque, Iowa, trading banter with the hardened South Vietnamese regular attached to his unit. "So, -- Lev Grossman
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Sure, you can live out your dreams, but it'll only turn you into a monster. -- Lev Grossman
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You love and you hate and you grieve and you don't even feel it. -- Lev Grossman
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It was about damn time something happened. -- Lev Grossman
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Up through around twenty-five he'd never even thought about his back: it was a balanced, frictionless, self-regulating system. Now it felt like a busted gearbox into which somebody had chucked a handful of sand. -- Lev Grossman
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A gang of wild turkeys patrolled the edge of the forest, upright and alert, looking oddly saurian and menacing, like a lost squadron of velociraptors. -- Lev Grossman
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Do you promise to hate my parents as much as I do?"
"Oh, absolutely," Quentin said. "Maybe even more. -- Lev Grossman
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Blue screen of death: she'd crashed his system. Oh, well. Boys were so unstable that way, full of buggy, self-contradictory code, pathetically unoptimized. -- Lev Grossman
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You don't live in a castle full of spiral stairs without getting calves of adamantium. -- Lev Grossman
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We need to get some fauns up in this piece. -- Lev Grossman
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A key part of successfully being Julia, it seemed, was not giving a shit if you looked weird. -- Lev Grossman
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I think she was from Connecticut, but not fancy Connecticut, with the money and the Kennedy cousins and the Lyme disease. I think she was from New Haven, or Bridgeport. -- Lev Grossman
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I love rare books. Not that I own a lot of them, mind you. You couldn't quite call me a rare-book collector. But I did once work in a rare-books library, and I wrote a novel about a rare book. -- Lev Grossman
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It was ending too soon, the way everything did, everything except Ebola viruses and really bad people like psychopaths. Those things never ended. -- Lev Grossman
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But you couldn't mourn forever. Or you could, but as it turned out there were better things to do. -- Lev Grossman
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It's time to live with what we have and mourn what we lost. -- Lev Grossman
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We have reached the point where ignorance and neglect are the best we can hope for in a ruler. -- Lev Grossman
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When I got to college I simply decided that I could speak French, because I just could not spend any more time in French classes. I went ahead and took courses on French literature, some of them even taught in French. -- Lev Grossman
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His hair - cut your fucking hair already, you're not Alan Rickman - was lank. -- Lev Grossman
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What surprised me about 'The Casual Vacancy' was not just how good it was, but the particular way in which it was good. -- Lev Grossman
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Eliot, I love you like the brother I never had or wanted, -- Lev Grossman
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This whole world was a processed petroleum product. -- Lev Grossman
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But a book that did what books always promised to do and never actually quite did: get you out, really out, of where you were and into somewhere better. -- Lev Grossman
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Humbledrum farted mournfully, three distinct notes. -- Lev Grossman
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They had a choice to make: go on, or go home. -- Lev Grossman
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But the thing about monsters was, you couldn't talk to them about it, because they wouldn't admit they were monsters in the first place. -- Lev Grossman
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The others were conspicuously silent, or talked among themselves, elaborately play-acting that they were unaware of the fact that Quentin was conversing with a drunk magic bear. -- Lev Grossman
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It seems to me that the novel as a medium has a very low signal-to-noise ratio. By which I mean: there are a lot of novels published, but the vast majority of them don't represent major contributions to the medium. -- Lev Grossman
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Something must be going on deep in his subconscious, he thought, some kind of redecoration, refurbishment, reupholstering that required a lot of downtime - some shadowy application running in the background, performing unknown operations, consuming huge chunks of psychic ram. -- Lev Grossman
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Nothing made you look like more of a dick than standing there trying to find the end of your scabbard with the tip of your sword. -- Lev Grossman
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I'll break my staff, Bury it certain fathoms in the earth, And deeper than did ever plummet sound I'll drown my book. - William Shakespeare, The Tempest -- Lev Grossman
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In real life humans didn't slay giants, because it was impossible. It would be like killing an apartment building with your bare hands. -- Lev Grossman
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But it is easier to destroy than to create, and there are those whose nature it is to love destruction. -- Lev Grossman
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The study of magic is not a science, it is not an art, and it is not a religion. Magic is a craft. When we do magic, we do not wish and we do not pray. We rely upon our will and our knowledge and our skill to make a specific change to the world. -- Lev Grossman
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Give a nerd enough time and a door he can close and he can figure out pretty much anything. -- Lev Grossman
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Not that she was a know-it-all - it didn't seem to be an ego thing with her. She just assumed that everybody shared her desire for everybody to be clear on everything, and she'd expect you to do the same for her. -- Lev Grossman
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Magic doesn't come from talent, it comes from pain. -- Lev Grossman
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This was bad behavior, and she knew it. She did it because she was angry and because she disliked herself. The more she disliked herself, the more she took it out on other people, and the more she took it out on other people the more she disliked herself -- Lev Grossman
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The librarian thought the problem was just that the right books weren't breeding with each other and proposed a forced mating program. The library committee had an epic secret meeting about the ethics of literary eugenics which ended in a furious deadlock. -- Lev Grossman
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Whoever that hermit was, he obviously despised his fellow man, and that meant he was OK in Eliot's book. -- Lev Grossman
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It was summer again, and the summer nights smelled like murdered grass and sounded like crickets fucking. -- Lev Grossman
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What is written with a sword cannot be erased. -- Lev Grossman
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I never thought about doing a sequel when I was actually writing 'The Magicians.' I only ever considered it a standalone. -- Lev Grossman
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It wasn't time yet. You'll find it again, if you look hard enough. -- Lev Grossman
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I recognize that on paper, you can't really tell that I'm a fan or a nerd. -- Lev Grossman
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I got my heart's desire, he thought, and there my troubles began. -- Lev Grossman
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I just completed a long car trip on a Sunday in August with two small children, which believe me is enough to convince you that Samuel Beckett was right about everything. -- Lev Grossman
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Alone in his room, he smiled at his secret greatness. -- Lev Grossman
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The memories were safe, sealed forever in amber. -- Lev Grossman
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By the standards of magical society they'd fallen at the first hurdle: they hadn't had the basic good sense to keep their shit to themselves. -- Lev Grossman
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The flaming ruins of a five-alarm sunset smoldered in the window behind her, which was currently pointing west. "It -- Lev Grossman
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... And totaly ordinary speaking horses. -- Lev Grossman
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Being a writer can be isolating. It's good to be among readers and booksellers. -- Lev Grossman
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That was the thing about the world: it wasn't that things were harder than you thought they were going to be, it was that they were hard in ways that you didn't expect. -- Lev Grossman
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And why not do the easiest possible thing? Because isn't that always the best thing? -- Lev Grossman
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We had problems, but we could have fixed them. But that was too easy for you. It might actually have worked, and then where would you be? You would have been stuck with me forever, -- Lev Grossman
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But perfection is a nervy business, because the moment you spot the tiniest flaw it's ruined. -- Lev Grossman
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You didn't get the quest you wanted, you got the one you could do. -- Lev Grossman
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Until then he'd worked hard, but he got in his share of malingering like everybody else. -- Lev Grossman
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We have lived too long. The great days are past. -- Lev Grossman
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a bunch of depressed, overeducated shut-ins, but they seemed human to her. -- Lev Grossman
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He was in the right place. He was living his best life. How many other people in the multiverse could say that? -- Lev Grossman
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I have spent many, many hours reading J.K. Rowling's work. I am a known 'Harry Potter' fan. -- Lev Grossman
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If there was any magic in this world that was not magic, it was wine. -- Lev Grossman
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What is the point of magic if we can't fix real problems? -- Lev Grossman
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Use magic in anger, and you will harm yourself much more quickly than you will harm your adversary. -- Lev Grossman
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It was too easy, and he'd had enough of doing things the easy way. -- Lev Grossman
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The higher you get the more you realize how much bigger than you everything -- Lev Grossman
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In one huge leather-gloved fist Jollyby held up a large, madly kicking hare by its ears.
'Son of a bitch,' Dauntless said. 'He caught it.'
Dauntless was a talking horse. She just didn't talk much. -- Lev Grossman
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It was Italy after all. People probably hit each other all the time. -- Lev Grossman
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The novel is a highly corrupt medium, after all - in the end the vast majority of them simply aren't that great, and are destined to be forgotten. -- Lev Grossman
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Living in a castle is objectively romantic. -- Lev Grossman
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Oddly, the meanings of books are defined for me much more by their beginnings and middles than they are by their endings. -- Lev Grossman
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I guess I was raised in a household with a lot of reverence for the physical sanctity of books. You didn't destroy books. -- Lev Grossman
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quieter and more intense -- Lev Grossman
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When he watched TV, all he saw was an image of his own face, with a mysterious empty city in the background. -- Lev Grossman
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When she looked back the whole thing had a queer, unreal feeling to it, but then again you often get a queer, unreal feeling when you stay up till four and get up at seven. -- Lev Grossman
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Maybe this was the only way it could have gone. You didn't get the quest you wanted, you got the one you could do. That was the hard part, accepting that you didn't get to choose which way you went. -- Lev Grossman
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Becoming an author changes your attitude too. Once you see where books come from, and how they're made, they never seem quite as sacred again. -- Lev Grossman
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There is really no end to life's little humiliations. -- Lev Grossman
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In real life it was like they were playing some children's game. It was a little kid's idea of a magical object. Though what did you expect from a bunch of talking -- Lev Grossman
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She was smart enough to know whose problem that was, and it wasn't hers. -- Lev Grossman
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Being brave was easy when you would rather die than give up. -- Lev Grossman
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He wished he could tell him that none of it was going to turn out anything like the way he hoped, but that everything was going to be all right anyway. It was hard to explain, but he would see. -- Lev Grossman
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You cannot study magic. You cannot learn it. You must ingest it. Digest it. You must merge with it. And it with you. -- Lev Grossman
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The past was ruins, but the present was still in play. They would have to tie him down to keep him from going to Ember's Tomb. -- Lev Grossman
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His whole personality was like an elaborate joke that he never stopped telling. -- Lev Grossman
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The truth doesn't always make a good story, does it? -- Lev Grossman
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It wasn't nothing, but it wasn't everything either. -- Lev Grossman