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  • As for what it's against - the story is against those who pervert and misuse religion, or any other kind of doctrine with a holy book and a priesthood and an apparatus of power that wields unchallengeable authority, in order to dominate and suppress human freedoms.
    (Philip Pullman, "His Dark Materials Trilogy")

  • Maybe sometimes we don't do the right thing because the wrong thing looks more dangerous, and we don't want to look scared, so we go and do the wrong thing just because it's dangerous. We're more concerned with not looking scared than with judging right.
    (Philip Pullman, "The Amber Spyglass")

  • We are all subject to the fates. But we must all act as if we are not, or die of despair...death will sweep through all the worlds; it will be the triumph of despair, forever. The universes will all become nothing more than interlocking machines, blind and empty of thought, feeling, life...
    (Philip Pullman, "The Golden Compass")

  • She felt a nausea of the soul, a hideous and sickening despair, a melancholy weariness so profound that she was going to die of it. Her last conscious thought was disgust at life; her senses had lied to her. The world was not made of energy and delight but of foulness, betrayal and lassitude. Living was hateful, and death was no better, and from end to end of the universe this was the first and last and only truth.
    (Philip Pullman, "His Dark Materials Trilogy")

  • Tell them stories. They need the truth you must tell them true stories, and everything will be well, just tell them stories.
    (Philip Pullman, "The Amber Spyglass")


  • When he'd sworn at her and been sworn at in return, they became great friends.
    (Philip Pullman, "The Golden Compass")

  • The intentions of a tool are what it does. A hammer intends to strike, a vise intends to hold fast, a lever intends to lift. They are what it is made for. But sometimes a tool may have other uses that you don't know. Sometimes in doing what you intend, you also do what the knife intends, without knowing.
    (Philip Pullman, "His Dark Materials Trilogy")

  • The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake.
    (Philip Pullman, "The Amber Spyglass")

  • When you live for many hundreds of years, you know that every opportunity will come again.
    (Philip Pullman, "The Golden Compass")

  • Without stories, we wouldn't be human beings at all
    (Philip Pullman, "His Dark Materials Trilogy")

  • The first ghost to leave the world of the dead was Roger. He took a step forward, and turned to look back at Lyra, and laughed in surprise as he found himself turning into the night, the starlight, the air. . .and then he was gone, leaving behind such a vivid little burst of happiness.
    (Philip Pullman, "The Amber Spyglass")

  • You cannot change what you are, only what you do.
    (Philip Pullman, "The Golden Compass")

  • All the history of human life has been a struggle between wisdom and stupidity.
    (Philip Pullman, "The Amber Spyglass")

  • We have to build the Republic of Heaven where we are, because for us, there is no elsewhere.
    (Philip Pullman, "The Amber Spyglass")

  • You don't read it in the sense of reading a message; it doesn't work like that. What's happening is that the Shadows are responding to the attention you pay them.
    (Philip Pullman, "The Golden Compass")


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