Have you ever heard a blindfolded octopus unwrap a cellophane-covered bathtub?
("The Phantom Tollbooth")
More Quotes from Norton Juster:The only other thing which I think is important is: Don't write a book or start a book with the expectation of communicating a message in a very important way.
We never choose which words to use, for as long as they mean what they mean to mean, we don't care if they make sense or nonsense.
It was really written as most, I think, books are by writers - for themselves. There was something that just had to be written, in a way that it had to be written. If you know what I mean.
Expect everything so that nothing comes unexpected.
A slavish concern for the composition of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect. Be gone, odious wasp! You smell of decayed syllables.
Since you got here by not thinking, it seems reasonable to expect that, in order to get out, you must thinking.
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I used to say, 'There is a God-shaped hole in me.' For a long time I stressed the absence, the hole. Now I find it is the shape which has become more important.
For example, it's only about 20 years ago the people in that community would have got telephone lines, and it would be only about in the 1950s that electricity came to that part of the world. Television wouldn't have come till 1970.
I have never been able to grasp the meaning of time. I don't believe it exists. I've felt this again and again, when alone and out in nature. On such occasions, time does not exist. Nor does the future exist.