Philip Pullman

11 Quotes of Infinite Wisdom from Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman has managed to captivate readers with his unique and immersive stories. Noted as the author of the famed His Dark Materials series as well as other renowned novels, the author has made a well-deserved name for himself. Among his many literary feats, Pullman even wrote the entire series with the same exact pen! That’s a lot of ink! So, in honor of his birthday today, here are eleven quotes about life, love, and much more from the beloved author.




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We don’t need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do’s and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.


True education flowers at the point when delight falls in love with responsibility.


If you can’t think of what to write, tough luck; write anyway. If you can think of lots more when you’ve finished the three pages, don’t write it; it’ll be that much easier to get going next day.


One curious thing about growing up is that you don’t only move forward in time; you move backwards as well, as pieces of your parents’ and grandparents’ lives come to you.


Argue with anything else, but don’t argue with your own nature.


Everything has a meaning, if only we could read it.


The function of a book or a poem or a story is to delight, to enchant, to beguile.


Authors are not a special case, deserving of more sympathy than many other groups. We are a particular case of a general degradation of the quality of life, and we are not going to stop pointing it out, because we speak for many other groups as well.


If a nation allows its literary culture to die, it’s a sign that it doesn’t fundamentally care.


The arts are beyond price; they’re beyond value. They’re of incalculable worth in what it means to be a human being.


The best sort of activity is one that combines mental effort with sensuous delight. That’s why I love drawing.




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