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Philip Pullman Quotes

30 of the best book quotes from Philip Pullman
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“Men and women are moved by tides much fiercer than you can imagine.”
Philip Pullman
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His Dark Materials
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Dr. Carne
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humankind
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“Was there only one world, after all, that spent its time dreaming of others?”
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“Put your foot through the hole in the seedpod where I was playing, and you will become wise.”
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“To rebel was right and just, when you considered what the agents of the Authority did in His name.”
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“Good and evil are names for what people do, not for what they are.”
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“All the history of human life has been a struggle between wisdom and stupidity.”
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“Dust is something bad, something wrong, something evil and wicked.”
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“It’s impossible, and if it isn’t impossible, it’s irrelevant, and if it isn’t either of those things, it’s embarrassing.”
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“All of us . . . are engaged in a war already, although not all of us know it.”
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“The universe is full of intentions, you know. Everything happens for a purpose.”
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“I’d rather not know what’s in the future. I’ll stick to the present.”
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“Dust is only a name for what happens when matter begins to understand itself.”
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“Human beings can’t see anything without wanting to destroy it, Lyra. That’s original sin.”
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“The place you fight cruelty is where you find it, and the place you give help is where you see it needed.”
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“That’s the duty of the old . . . to be anxious on behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old.”
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“The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that’s all.”
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“So she had passed her childhood, like a half-wild cat.”
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“We have to build the Republic of Heaven where we are.”
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“Being a practiced liar doesn’t mean you have a powerful imagination. Many good liars have no imagination at all.”
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“We are all subject to the fates. But we must all act as if we are not.”
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“Yes. Lyra has a part to play in all this, and a major one. The irony is that she must do it all without realizing what she’s doing. She can be helped, though, and if my plan with the Tokay had succeeded, she would have been safe for a little longer.”
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″‘And has she told you what happens to the children?’ ‘No, she hasn’t told me that. I only just know that it’s about Dust, and they’re like a kind of sacrifice.’ Again, that wasn’t exactly a lie, she thought; she had never said that Mrs. Coulter herself has told her. ‘Sacrifice is a rather dramatic way of putting it. What’s done is for their good as well as ours.‘”
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“Your parents, both strong in the world, both ambitious, and the Master of Jordan holding you in the balance between them.”
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“She knew one thing: she was not pleased or proud to be able to read the alethiometer – she was afraid. Whatever power was making that needle swing and stop, it knew things like an intelligent being.”
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“You see, your mother’s always been ambitious for power. At first she tried to get it in the normal way, through marriage, but that didn’t work, as I think you’ve heard. So she had to turn to the Church.”
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“As for what experimental theology was, Lyra had no more idea than the urchins. She had formed the notion that it was concerned with magic, with the movements of the stars and planets, with tiny particles of matter, but that was guesswork, really.”
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″‘Wren, you’re forgetting your place,’ said Lord Asriel. ‘Don’t question me; just do as I tell you.‘”
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“With every second that went past, with every sentence she spoke, she felt a little strength flowing back. And now that she was doing something difficult and familiar and never quite predictable, namely lying, she felt a sort of mastery again, the same sense of complexity and control that the alethiometer gave her.”
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“Somewhere out there is the origin of all the Dust, all the death, the sin, the misery, the destructiveness in the world. Human beings can’t see anything without wanting to destroy it, Lyra. That’s original sin. And I’m going to destroy it. Death is going to die.”
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“I see the Master as a man having terrible choices to make; whatever he chooses will do harm, but maybe if he does the right thing, a little less harm will come about than if he chooses wrong. God preserve me from having to make that sort of choice.”

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