Diana Wynne Jones Quotes

Wizard Howl " said Wizard Suliman. "I must apologize for trying to bite you so often. In the normal way I wouldn't dream of setting teeth in a fellow countryman.

But whoever heard of enchanted bacon anyway?

Tantrums are seldom about the thing they appear to be about.

A garden should be natural-seeming with wild sections including a large area of bluebells.

Theseus made unscrupulous use of Ariadne (whom he left on an island where Bacchus later found her-I always think that really meant she took to drink poor girl).

Jamal stared at the dog in his arms. "Why I am I holding a dog full of angels?

I feel ill " [Howl] announced. "I'm going to bed where I may die.

There is very seldom any true secret.

One person ought to treat another person properly even if the person's himself.

I can't abide people who go soft over animals and then cheat every human they come across!

Settle for what you can get but first ask for the World.

One does not want glory accepted as a matter of course. One wants to shock and astonish people with it.

I assure you my friends I am cone sold stober.

SAGE. A wise and Holy man who died a long time ago. No one modern qualifies.

I think we ought to live happily ever after.

Things we are accustomed to regard as myth or fairy story are very much present in people's lives. Nice people behave like wicked stepmothers. Every day.

In addition Master Twinkle seems convinced that someone is denying him a pair of stripey trousers.

You must admit I have a right to live in a pigsty if I want.

But most dragons seem to have interesting personalities--besides probably having quite good reasons for what they do if only one could understand them

The truth between two people always cuts two ways.

A heart's a heavy burden.

Nobody can buy a hat without gossiping.

Busy old fool unruly Sophie

Yes you are nosy. You're a dreadfully nosy horribly bossy appallingly clean old woman. Control yourself. You're victimizing us all.

Typical! I break my neck trying to get here and I find you peacefully tidying up!

All these things that crib and cab in your brain in your imagination are in fact things that might well in later life drive you insane.

I hope your bacon burns.

Look. Survey. Inspect. My hair is ruined! I look like a pan of bacon and eggs!

Then watch out. I warn you!" "That is very considerate of you " said Chrestomanci. "I like to be warned.

Do you mind not being so kind and obedient? It makes me nervous.

I am a believer in free will. If my dog chooses to hate the whole human race except myself it must be free to do so.

Beauty isn't made of sugar.

If you must know I-I had never in my life kissed a young lady and you are far too beautiful to me to want to get it wrong!

I'll show you how " Peter said. "Stop hiding behind your ignorance.

I've seen golems. They don't behave like a real person.

Being a hero means ignoring how silly you feel.

Iâ??m beginning to think Iâ??ve led a much too sheltered life.

Oh confound that gray-and-scarlet suit! Sophie saidI refuse to believe that I was the one that got caught with it!

Goats " said Maxwell Hyde "are a special case. Mad as hatters all of them.

You're wearing that hat? After all the magic I used to make your dress pretty?" ~Howl from the movie 'Howl's Moving Castle

She was remorseless but she lacked method.

You've no right to walk into people's castles and take their guitars.

Pray use both cats as sponges if it pleases you infatuated infantryman.

Oh confound that gray-and-scarlet suit!" Sophie said. "I refuse to believe that I was the one that got caught with it!

He scarcely saw his parents. When Christopher was small he was terrified that he would meet Papa out walking in the Park one day and not recognize him.

A fickle heart is the only constant in this world

Happiness isn't a thing. You can't go out and get it like a cup of tea. It's the way you feel about things.

I could cut a star out of paper and drop it.

Calcifer " Sophie said "I shall have to break your contract. Will it kill you?" "It would if anyone else broke it " Calcifer said hoarsely. "That's why I asked you to do it.

If I give you a hint and tell you it's a hint it will be information.

I'm delirious. Spots are crawling before my eyes." "Those are spiders.

Take it from me Fate doesn't care most of the time.

But I discovered that people like me -- they do you know if you like them -- and then it was all right.

My shining dishonesty will be the salvation of me.

Learn to drive?" "Never " said Quentin. "My mission in life is to be a passenger.

Every man in Ingary is scared stiff of her. You ought to know how that feels Sophie dear.

Only thin weak thinkers despise fairy stories. Each one has a true strange fact hidden in it you know which you can find if you look.

Mother Very Easily Made Jam Sandwiches Under No Protest

To love someone enough to let them go you had to let them go forever or you did not love them that much.

Hope is the forward-looking part of memory.

I've got a hangover." "No you hit your head on the floor." "I can't stay. I've got to rescue that fool Sophie.

A library is a place full of mouth-watering food for thought.

What a strange family you are! Is your name Lettie too?

Sophie did not care to think how Howl might react if Fanny woke him by stabbing him with her parasol.

That's why I love spiders. 'If at first you don't succeed try try try again.

When have you looked?" said Sophie. "Oh how your rears flap and your long nose twitches" Howl croaked.

Oh! Polly thought. Why aren't all girls locked up by law the year they turn fifteen? They do such stupid things!

Writing for adults you have to keep reminding them of what is going on. The poor things have given up using their brains when they read. Children you only need to tell things to once.

Nobody gets praised for the right reasons.

And it's a pity too that I've no right to open your letters. I hope you don't get many or my conscience will give me no peace.

I donâ??t think I will get married â? Polly said as she stood up. â??Iâ??m going to train to be a hero instead.

I'm going up to my room now where I may die.

Controller Borasus sighed with relief. Libraries were not places of danger. It had to be a hoax.

It is quite a risk to spank a wizard for getting hysterical about his hair.

Sorry I've had enough of running away Sophie. Now I've got something I want to protect. It's you.

Howlâ??s voice was presently heard shouting weakly â??Help me someone! Iâ??m dying from neglect up here!

Howl said to Sophie "I've been wondering all along if you would turn out to be that lovely girl I met on May Day. Why were you scared then?

It's amazing the way one can take a step ten and a half miles long and still always land in a cowpat.

You have no right to make jigsaws of people.

You cannot rob robbers with a kitten in your hat!

Interesting things did seem to happen but always to somebody else.

As often happened Charmain began to despair of getting her mother to understand. She's not stupid she just never lets her mind out she thought.

I seem to have excalibured this knife.

It's a lucky child that knows that they're a genius unaimed and all that.

...don't spoil my learning process!

Chrestomanci smiled and swept out of the room like a very long procession of one person.

She said 'Over my dead body!' so I took her at her word.

I've often noticed" Fiona said "that when people say 'This can't happen in this day and age' they say it because it is happening.

And indeed if you think you're a genius at something what you achieve is very much according to your expectations; if you think you're no good you're not going to get anywhere.

I think one of things is that all fantasy it seems to me works the way your brain basically works. This is perhaps a startling concept but I think it's true.

Things are going round and round in my head--or maybe my head is going round and round in things.

...and said grace in Welsh. It was all rolling thundering language.

...if the spell was off Iâ??d have my heart eaten before I could turn around.â? â??Donâ??t you want your heart eaten?â? asked the fire. [...] â??Naturally I donâ??t â? Sophie answered.

And you're too nice " he added above the lap-lap of the water and the patter of sand on the water-lily leaves. "I was relying on you being too jealous to let that demon near the place.