It’s time again to share some of our favorite (new or old) quotes from speculative fiction.

They can be deep, poignant, witty, hilarious, or otherwise memorable.

You can choose quotes from books you’ve read, or from interviews or blog posts from the authors who write those books. SFF films and shows are fine, too.

Give us the quote and the source (book or film title, link to interview or blog, etc).

Here are a few of the fantastic quotes that readers mentioned last time we did this. Click the book cover to read our review.

The Divine may have created many hells, but I think they pale beside what men create for themselves.


~City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay

Branching paths. The turning of days and seasons and years. Life offered you love sometimes, sorrow often. If you were very fortunate, true friendship. Sometimes war came.


You did what you could to shape your own peace, before you crossed over to the night and left the world behind, as all men did, to be forgotten or remembered, as time or love allowed.


~ Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay


Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

“I’m not a drug salesman. I’m a writer.”


“What makes you think a writer isn’t a drug salesman?”


“I’ll accept that. Guilty as charged.”


Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut


Jingo by Terry Pratchett

Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.


~ Jingo by Terry Pratchett


One random commenter wins a book from our stacks!

We look forward to reading your favorite quotes! We’re making this a regular annual column (we mean it this time!), so as you find new fantastic quotes, you can either leave them here, or save them up for next year.


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