"Because what were magicians if not Romantics–dreamers who dreamed so passionately and urgently and brokenheartedly that reality itself couldn’t take it, and cracked under the strain like an old mirror?"
— Lev Grossman, The Girl in the Mirror, published in Dangerous Women (via fenrirsfangs)
"If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so."
— Lev Grossman, The Magicians (via quotes-shape-us)
"Being brave was easy when you would rather die than give up. Fatigue meant nothing when you actually wanted to suffer."
— The Magicians by Lev Grossman (via alinaandalion)
"Genuinely social people never ceased to amaze him. Their brains seemed to generate an inexhaustible fund of things to say, naturally, with no effort, out of nothing at all. It was a trick [he] had never figured out."
— Lev Grossman, The Magician King (via hoomanao)
"I think of children sort of like Voyager probes, except instead of sending them out into space you send them forward in time. They carry messages from your civilization inside them, on into the weirdness of the future."
— Lev Grossman, “Thoughts on Being a Writer and Having Children” (cf. Neil Postman)
"What happens when a reader loves a book isn’t actually a wondrous explosion of literary greatness, an inevitable consequence of that book’s inherent value, it’s a complicated combination of all sorts of circumstances: like who the reader is, where they are in their lives, what else they’ve read, what mood they’re in at the exact moment when they pick up the book, whether they’re drunk or sober, what sorts of bullshit they will or won’t put up with (and all novels contain a certain amount of bullshit), whether the author photo looks like their ex-girl/boyfriend, etc. etc."
— Lev Grossman, “I Hate This Book So Much: A Meditation” (via austinkleon)
"That was the thing about the world: it wasn’t that things were harder than you thought they were going to be, it was that they were hard in ways that you didn’t expect."
— Lev Grossman, The Magician King (via quoted-books)
"Most people carry that pain around inside them their whole lives, until they kill the pain by other means, or until it kills them. But you, my friends, you found another way: a way to use the pain. To burn it as fuel, for light and warmth. You have learned to break the world that has tried to break you."
— Lev Grossman (via quotes-shape-us)