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By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Moorcock

If the people at the top think that reaching for a gun will solve the problem, why shouldn't the people at the bottom think the same?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Moorcock

And you, Prince Elric? She attracted the albino's wandering attention. Do you know his story? Elric shook his head. I only know, he said, that he is a shape-changer and, that most cursed of souls, a person of rare goodness and sanity. Imagine such torment as is his!

By Anonym 20 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Why should their pain produce such marvelous beauty? he wonders. Or is all beauty created through pain? Is that the secret of great art, both human and Melnibonen?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Moorcock

But people may do great good accidentally, though with evil intentions - conversely people may do great evil though having the best of intentions.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Michael Moorcock

You Mabden seem to think that happiness must be bought with misery... It is not easy for Vadhagh to understand that. We believe -- believed -- that happiness was a natural condition of reasoning beings.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Michael Moorcock

We were all serious readers, sitting on wooden chairs at rows of lecterns, turning the pages, united in mutual love of isolation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Destiny's Champion, Fate's fool. Eternity's Soldier, Time's Tool.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Moorcock

It's History that's caused all the troubles in the past.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Moorcock

The book trade invented literary prizes to stimulate sales, not to reward merit.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Time is the enemy of identity

By Anonym 19 Sep

Michael Moorcock

The subtlest lie of all is the full truth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Doomed Lord's Passing. For the mind of man alone is free to explore the lofty vastness of the cosmic infinite, to transcend ordinary consciousness, to roam the secret corridors of the brain where past and future melt into one...And universe and individual are linked, the one mirrored in the other, and each contains the other.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Moorcock

When gods die, self-respect buds', murmured Orland Fank. 'Gods and their examples are not needed by those who respect themselves and, consequently, respect others. Gods are for children, for little, fearful people, for those who would have no responsibility to themselves or their fellows.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Moorcock

There was no more dangerous kind of madman than one who devoted a good brain and a courageous heart to unhealthy ambitions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Moorcock

The past is a script we are constantly rewriting.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Introduce your main characters and themes in the first third of your novel. If you are writing a plot-driven genre novel make sure all your major themes/plot elements are introduced in the first third, which you can call the introduction. Develop your themes and characters in your second third, the development. Resolve your themes, mysteries and so on in the final third, the resolution.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Tanelorn had taken many forms in her endless existence, but all those forms, save one, had been beautiful.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Our scientific advances will be merely obscene unless they help the large part of our world's population emerge from miserable uncertainty and debilitating terror.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Moorcock

At which Charion Pratt blushed girlishly, to her own furious embarrassment, yet the eye she cast upon the little coxcomb was not unlike that which a certain toad had once cast upon her: for there is never anything but apparent paradox in the choices made by lovers.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Moorcock

All Empires fall, All ages die, All strife shall be in vain. All Kings go down, All hope must fail, But Tanelorn remains Our Tanelorn remains.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Moorcock

And now, Elric had told three lies. The first concerned his cousin Yyrkoon. The second concerned the Black Sword. The third concerned Cymoril. And upon those three lies was Elric's destiny to be built, for it is only about things which concern us most profoundly that we lie clearly and with profound conviction.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Arthuriana has become a genre in itself, more like TV soap opera where people think they know the characters. All that's fair enough, but it does remove the mythic power of the feminine and masculine principles. So I prefer it in its original form, even if you have to wade through Mallory's 'Le Morte d'Arthur' - people smashing people for pages and pages! It still has the resonances of myth about it, which makes it work for me. I don't want to know if Mordred led an unhappy childhood or not.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Michael Moorcock

The albino found himself brooding upon the nature of all unholy bargains, of his own dependency upon the hellsword Stormbringer, of his willingness to summon supernatural aid without thought of any spiritual consequences to himself and, perhaps most significant, of his unwillingness to find a way to cure himself of the occult's seductive attraction; for there was a part of his strange brain that was curious to follow its own fate; to learn whatever disastrous conclusion lay in store for it—it needed to know the end of the saga: the value, perhaps, of its torment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Because I had sought to challenge Destiny, Destiny had taken vengeance.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Here, I thought, I had found the human race in its final stages of decadence perverse, insouciant, without ambition. And I could not blame them. After all, they had no future.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Michael Moorcock

For the mind of man alone is free to explore the lofty vastness of the cosmic infinite, to transcend ordinary consciousness, to roam the secret corridors of the brain where past and future melt into one... And universe and individual are linked, the one mirrored in the other, and each contains the other.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Man may trust man, Prince Elric, but perhaps we'll never have a truly sane world until men learn to trust mankind. That would mean the death of magic, I think.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Treasures are not won by care and forethought but by swift slaying and reckless attack.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Michael Moorcock

There was certainly much to be said for being at the mercy of the primeval elements, to be swept along by circumstances one could not in any way control, but it was good to return, to feel one's identity expand again, unchecked.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Therefore it seemed a dreadful injustice that these wise races should perish at the hands of creatures who were still little more than animals. It was as if vultures feasted on and squabbled over the paralyzed body of the youthful poet who could only stare at them with puzzled eyes as they slowly robbed him of an exquisite existence they would never appreciate, never know they were taking.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Moorcock

A moment later, the world's first all-purpose human being strode eastward, whistling. 'A tasty world,' it reflected cheerfully. 'A very tasty world.' 'You said it, Cornelius!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Legends are best left as legends and attempts to make them real are rarely successful

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Moorcock

It is almost impossible to have a baseless snobbish opinion of the General Theory of Relativity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Trapped. Sinking. Can't be myself. Made into what other people expect. Is that everyone's fate? Were the great individualists the products of their friends who wanted a great individualist as a friend?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Moorcock

The Lords of Chaos are the enemies of Logic, the jugglers of Truth, the molders of Beauty

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Elric knew that everything that existed had its opposite. In danger he might find peace. And yet, of course, in peace there was danger. Being an imperfect creature in an imperfect world he would always know paradox. And that was why in paradox there was always a kind of truth. That was why philosophers and soothsayers flourished. In a perfect world there would be no place for them. In an imperfect world the mysteries were always without solution and that was why there was always a great choice of solutions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Heroes betray us. By having them, in real life, we betray ourselves.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Michael Moorcock

The sentiment may perceive and love the universe, but the universe cannot perceive and love the sentiment. The universe sees no distinction between the multitude of creatures and elements which comprise it. All are equal. None is favoured. The universe, equipped with nothing but the materials and the power of creation, continues to create: something of this, something of that. It cannot control what it creates and it cannot, it seems, be controlled by its creations (though a few might deceive themselves otherwise). Those who curse the workings of the universe curse that which is deaf. Those who strike out at those workings fight that which is inviolate. Those who shake their fists, shake their fists at blind stars.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Ah, the world was ever so. How sad are heroes when their tasks are done...

By Anonym 18 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Remember!" she called, as she followed him up the narrow ladders towards the bridge. "It is only a matter of scale and experience. You are not a fraction of the whole. You are a version of the whole! Time will seem to eddy and stall. This is scale. Everything is sentient, but scale alters perception. The time of a tree is not your time." It was as if she shouted to him all she had meant to teach him before this moment. "To the snail the foot which comes from nowhere and crushes him is as natural a disaster as a hurricane; it cannot be appealed to and is impossible to anticipate. The time of a star is not our time. Equity is the natural condition of the multiverse. There are things to fear in the colour fields, but not the fields themselves! Remember, Sam, we are God in miniature!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Moorcock

I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I'd rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Americans need bullshit the way koala bears need eucalyptus leaves. They've become totally addicted to it. They get so much of it back home that they can't survive without it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Moorcock

What the local politicians actually meant was that they hoped to claim the land in the name of the public and then make the usual profits privatizing it. There was a principle at stake. They had to ensure their friends and not outsiders got the benefit.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Moorcock

Corum knew that he was mad, in Vadhagh terms. But he supposed that he was sane enough in Mabden terms. And this was, after all, now a Mabden world. He must learn to accept its peculiar disorders as normal, if he were going to survive.