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By Anonym 15 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Before, I suspected I might not amount to anything, and now I now I won't, so at least it takes away the wearisome burden of delusive hope

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Don't you own a dodo?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jasper Fforde

To a great extent, I still write for myself, write what amuses me. Fortunately, I have a quirky sort of strange sense of humor that appeals to other people and that's good. I still sort of write for myself though there are some areas of the book I feel I have to put in and I feel I have to deliver.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jasper Fforde

I'm beginning to think you're the sort of person who does a great deal with very little." He meant a liar.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Yes, and imagine a world where there were no hypothetical situations.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Vanity's contribution to Fiction in general was an abundance of cheap labour and the occasional blockbuster, which was accepted into Fiction with an apologetic 'gosh, don't know how that happened'.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jasper Fforde

And we kissed again. It was a warm, indescribably lovely feeling. But it was more than just physical. It was a dialogue between two young people with high ideals and a Big Plan. It was about belonging, secrets, partnership, commitment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Lesson one in time travel, Thursday. First of all, we are all time travellers. The vast majority of us manage only one day per day.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jasper Fforde

I got mixed up with some oddness in my youth, and the long and short of it is that I can't shuffle off this mortal coil until I have read the ten most boring classics.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jasper Fforde

I am by turns a petulant adolescent and a mature man, a melancholy loner and a wit telling actors their trade. I cannot decide whether I'm a philosopher or a moping teenager, a poet or a murderer, a procrastinator or a man of action. I might be truly mad or sane pretending to be mad or even mad pretending to be sane.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Literature is claimed to be a mirror of the world,” I said, “but the Outlanders are fooling themselves. The BookWorld is as orderly as people in the RealWorld *hope* their own world to be—it isn’t a mirror, it’s an aspiration.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jasper Fforde

There are two schools of thought about the resilience of time. The first is that time is highly volatile, with every small event altering the possible outcome of the earth's future. The other view is that time is rigid, and no matter how hard you try, it will always spring back toward a determined present. Myself, I do not worry about such trivialities. I simply sell ties to anyone who wants to buy one...

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Try to be pleasant to one another, get plenty of fresh air, read a good book now and then, depose your government when it suspends the free press, try to use the mechanism of the state to adjudicate fairly and employ diplomatic means wherever possible to avoid armed conflict.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jasper Fforde

The barriers between reality and fiction are softer than we think; a bit like a frozen lake. Hundreds of people can walk across it, but then one evening a thin spot develops and someone falls through; the hole is frozen over by the following morning.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jasper Fforde

…although her mouth uttered fond words, her eyes spoke only venom.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jasper Fforde

I have a very varied taste in music. Everything from rap to classical to Latino to Rat Pack to jazz.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jasper Fforde

It wasn’t going to be hard…it was going to be impossible. It wouldn’t deter me. I'd done impossible things several times in the past, and the prospect didn’t scare me as much as it used to.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Jasper Fforde

She had large, questioning eyes that seemed to draw me in and a sense of quiet outrage that simmered just beneath the surface. More than anything, within her features, there was a streak of wild quirkiness that made her dazzlingly attractive.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Anything devised by man has bureaucracy, corrpution and error hardwired at inception.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Those that can be troubled to muse upon the meaning of life are generally disappointed when they figure it out.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jasper Fforde

I work very much on the principle that anything created by mankind has mischief and error hardwired into its inception.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Whenever I'm giving talks, I always ask people to think of the most obscure questions because I enjoy those the most. I always get the same questions: Why does Pickwick say "plock" and will there be a movie? I like the really obscure questions because there's so much in the books. There are tons and tons of references and I like when people get the little ones and ask me about them. It's good for the audience [and also] they realize there's more there.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jasper Fforde

The safest course was actually the simplest-do nothing at all and hope everything turned out for the best. It wasn't a great plan, but it had the benefits of simplicity and a long tradition.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jasper Fforde

We were developing a machine that used egg white, heat and sugar to synthesize methanol when a power surge caused an implosion. Owens was meringued. By the time we chipped him out the poor chap had expired.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jasper Fforde

I didn't set out to discover a truth. I was actually sent to the Outer Fringes to conduct a chair census and learn some humility. But the truth inevitably found me, as important truths often do, like a lost thought in need of a mind.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jasper Fforde

What do I do?" Asked the princess. "You keep your head down." She looked at me petulantly. "Like hell I will. If we're going to die, I'm going down fighting, even if I'm terrible with a weapon." "Fair enough," I said, handing her a cutlass. She swished it around. "Pointy end toward the bad guy, right?" "Right.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Miltons were, on the whole, the most enthusiastic poet followers. A flick through the London telephone directory would yield about four thousand John Miltons, two thousand William Blakes, a thousand or so Samuel Colleridges, five hundred Percy Shelleys, the same of Wordsworth and Keats, and a handful of Drydens. Such mass name-changing could have problems in law enforcement. Following an incident in a pub where the assailant, victim, witness, landlord, arresting officer and judge had all been called Alfred Tennyson, a law had been passed compelling each namesake to carry a registration number tattooed behind the ear. It hadn't been well received--few really practical law-enforcement measures ever are.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Individual words, sounds, squiggles on paper with no meanings other than those with which our imagination can clothe them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jasper Fforde

In any regime there is always something that one should agree with, and in Shades there are quite a few notions that, on the face of it, seem like a good thing - the strict adherence to good manners, the fact that learning a musical instrument is compulsory, as is dancing, performing musicals and an hour's Useful Work every day in order to properly discharge your duty to society. But a cage is still a cage, irrespective of the nature of its bars.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jasper Fforde

After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer's breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer - perhaps more.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Jasper Fforde

You’ll also be pleased to know that no resident has been eaten in their sleep here for almost thirty-seven years.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Apart from the faint odor of ink that pervaded the scene, it might have been real.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Writing is not something you can do or you can't. It's not even something that 'other people do' or 'for smart people only' or even 'for people who finished school and went to University'. Nonsense. Anyone can do it. But no-one can do it straight off the bat. Like plastering, brain surgery or assembling truck engines, you have to do a bit of training - get your hands dirty - and make some mistakes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Cash is always the deciding factor in such matters of moral politics; nothing ever gets done unless motivated by commerce or greed.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jasper Fforde

We all make mistakes at some time in our lives, some more than others. It is only when the cost is counted in human lives that people really take notice.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Defiance through compliance.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jasper Fforde

The Special Operations Network was instigated to handle policing duties considered either too unusual or too specialized to be tackled by the regular force. There were thirty departments in all, starting at the more mundane Neighborly Disputes (SO-30) and going onto Literary Detectives (SO-27) and Art Crime (SO-24). Anything below SO-20 was restricted information, although it was common knowledge that the ChronoGuard was SO-12 and Antiterrorism SO-9. It is rumored that SO-1 was the department that polices the SpecOps themselves. Quite what the others do is anyone's guess. What is known is that the individual operatives themselves are mostly ex-military or ex-police and slightly unbalanced. 'If you want to be a SpecOp,' the saying goes, 'act kinda weird...

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Writing needs to be practiced; there is a limit to how much can be gleaned from a teacher or a manual. The true essence of writing is out there, in the world, and inside, within yourself. To write, you have to give.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Our notions of self-determination are, on the whole, something of a myth. We are governed almost exclusively by our own peculiar habits, which makes those who rail against them that much more remarkable.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Goodness me, no,’ he replied with perhaps not quite the tone of veracity in his voice he’d hoped for, ‘you can leave whenever you want.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Are you okay?" asked Finisterre. "Annoyed," I said, giving him my hand so he could heave me to my feet. "Yes, I should imagine being attacked by a nun might be annoying.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Truly competent Literary Detectives are as rare as truthful men, Mr. Tweed -- you can see her potential as clearly as I can. Frightened of someone stealing your thunder, perhaps?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Sometimes choice is a luxury that fate does not afford us.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jasper Fforde

You speak baby gibberish?' asked Jack. 'Fluently. The adult-education center ran a course, and I have a lot of time on my hands.' 'So what did he say?' 'I don't know.' 'I thought you said you spoke gibberish?' 'I do. But your baby doesn't. I think he's speaking either pre-toddler nonsense, a form of infact burble or an obscure dialect of gobbledygook. In any event, I can't understand a word he's saying.' 'Oh.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Don't move," said Sprockett."Mimes don't generally attack unless they are threatened.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jasper Fforde

Because there's someone else here in East Carmin. Someone hopelessly unsuitable. It's all a really bad idea and will lead to trouble of the worst sort. But no matter what, every minute in her presence makes my life a minute more complete.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jasper Fforde

They had just digested a recent meal of prepositions and were happily farting out apostrophes and ampersands; the air was heav'y with th'em&.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jasper Fforde

I would so hate to be a first-person character! Always on your guard, always having people read your thoughts!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jasper Fforde

People who read my books have an open mind when it comes to new, bizarre, interesting and exciting ideas.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jasper Fforde

I liked him, but since his particular field of interest was Remote Suggestion--the skill of projecting thoughts into people's heads from a distance--I didn't know whether I actually liked him or he was just suggesting I like him, which was both creepy and unethical. In fact, the whole Remote Suggestion or "seeding" idea had been banned once it was discovered to be the key ingredient in promoting talent less boy bands, which had until then been something of a mystery.