"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."
- Dr. Seuss
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."
- J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
- Groucho Marx
"It was a night of unusual gloom."
- Edgar Allen Poe, The Vissionary
"I never made a mistake in my life. I thought I did once, but I was wrong."
- Charles M. Schulz
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."
- Douglas Adams
"The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
- Bertrand Russell
“You're brave. You are the bravest person I know, and you are my friend. I don't care if you are imaginary.”
- Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
"From the very first, I knew that it would be so...I smiled to myself, and said, "That -- and none other."
- Daphne du Maurier, Frenchman's Creek
“How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With pleasure."
- Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“And I know I can do this because I went to London on my own, and because I solved the mystery…and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything.”
- Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
"We are such stuff as dreams are made of."
- William Shakespeare, The Tempest
"There is a furnace in our cells, and when we breathe we pass the world through our bodies, brew it lightly, and turn it loose again, gently altered for having known us."
-Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses
"In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night ... You -only you- will have stars that can laugh!"
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'" - Isaac Asimov
Calvin, after being asked to explain Newton's First Law of Motion in his own words: Yakka foob mog. Grug pubbawup zink wattoom gazork. Chumble spuzz.
- Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes There's Treasure Everywhere