Writer’s Eye: He said it, Not me.

“If you can’t think of what to write, tough luck; write anyway. If you can think of lots more when you’ve finished the three pages, don’t write it; it’ll be that much easier to get going next day.”

“One curious thing about growing up is that you don’t only move forward in time; you move backwards as well, as pieces of your parents’ and grandparents’ lives come to you.”

“That’s the duty of the old, to be anxious on behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old.”

“True education flowers at the point when delight falls in love with responsibility.”

“Being in love was like China: you knew it was there, and no doubt it was very interesting, and some people went there, but I never would. I’d spend all my life without ever going to China, but it wouldn’t matter, because there was all the rest of the world to visit.”

“Adam and Eve are like imaginary numbers, like the square root of minus one… If you include it in your equation, you can calculate all manners of things, which cannot be imagined without it.”

“Argue with anything else, but don’t argue with your own nature.”

– Philip Pullman

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So, those are some quotes by Mr. Philip Pullman, a British author, atheist, school teacher, and generally honest man. Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy has surprisingly been one of the most lasting pieces of young adult fiction in my life; I find the topics discussed in that series to be absolutely universal in the experience of growing up..moreover, the way Pullman tackles the topic of religion from the point of someone who doesn’t believe, is equally fascinating. For Pullman’s story, God exists, but not at all in the way he survives in the “real world”.

I find that interesting, and yes, the book was great…the slight obsession he had with John Milton’s Paradise Lost also led me down some great avenues of further reading (in Milton’s case, even an entire class) and that is fun to consider as well. But Pullman’s most lasting legacy in my eyes is that first quote –> Pullman’s advice on writing is so simple: If you want to write, write. 3 pages a day. No matter what. No more, no less. Just condition yourself to put words down. And it works.