John Christopher Quotes

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John Christopher Quotes

There are times when thinking about something is the worst possible policy.
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We had been friends. We could not become strangers. It left only one thing: we must be enemies.

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John Christopher Quotes: I was remembering the things we had done
I was remembering the things we had done together, the times we had had. It would have been pleasant to preserve that comradeship in the days that came after. Pleasant, but alas, impossible. That which had brought us together had gone, and now our paths diverged, according to our natures and needs. We would meet again, from time to time, but always a little more as strangers; until perhaps at last, as old men with only memories left, we could sit together and try to share them.

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Some people are oil and water.

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There is always something to lose. But maybe more to gain.

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The secret of success in battle lies often not so much in the use of one's own strength but in the exploitation of the other side's weaknesses.

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John Christopher Quotes: You would always beat me not so much
You would always beat me; not so much because you are a better fighter as because you will not accept defeat.

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Have a drink, and try to relax. All right, have another drink. There are times when getting drunk's not a bad idea.

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It is because they are so strong that she hides her feelings.

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And though I remember her name I cannot recall her face. All things pass.

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John Christopher Quotes: I think before i actand then think again
I think before I act
and then think again. I am not entirely a coward, but I do not lose myself in action as you do.

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What tricks the mind is what the mind is glad to be tricked by.

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People may be persuaded that the machine is doing good. In fact, good is only capable of being done on a small scale. Evil is more versatile. You can hate those you have never seen, all the vast multitudes of them, but you can only love those you know - and that with difficulty.

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John Christopher Quotes: What men do matters more than what they
What men do matters more than what they know.

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We all have to learn to live with our losses, and to use our regrets to spur us on in the future.

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Morality, for all the conditioning to which the human mind has been and is subjected, is always a personal choice in the last analysis.

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It is hard to be defensive toward a danger which you have never imagined existed.

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John Christopher Quotes: One enjoys friendship most when times
One enjoys friendship most when times are good, when the sun shines and the world is kind. But it is the sharing of adversity that knits men together.

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As Pa said, censorship encouraged people to believe nonsense.

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A long time ago. I came to the understanding that all men are friends by convenience and enemies by choice.

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His anger was as great as mine, but hot where mine was cold.

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John Christopher Quotes: Even if it is nonsense it is often
Even if it is nonsense, it is often useful to know what kind of nonsense men believe.

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Truth does not surround itself with lies.

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And a leader has to command confidence, and consent.

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John Christopher Quotes: In the realm of dream and imagination
In the realm of dream and imagination all men are equal.

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Everyone recognized she was without malice and therefore she provoked none.

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If one is seeking reasons for disloyalty, it is useful to find something one can resent.

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He said, speaking more to himself than to me: 'It was knowledge I sought. Knowledge which is clean and pure, far above the cheating and deceiving in which most men spend their lives.'
And do you not find it,' I asked, 'this knowledge which you prize?'
In part,' he said. 'I find other things, too. Things I do not desire but must accept. There is still cheating and deceiving.

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John Christopher Quotes: He was sometimes stern but more often
He was sometimes stern but more often kindly
just according to his lights, but he saw the world in simple shades of black and white, and found it hard to be patient with things that struck him as foolishness.

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A reader should know what he might reasonably expect under a particular label.

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John Christopher Quotes: The original version of the white
The original version of 'The White Mountains' was probably just about worth publishing.

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In the early stages of writing children's books, an experienced lady editor said that while girls read boys' books, the converse was not true, and I may have been influenced by that.

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The apple which tempts my characters is the one that will remove the knowledge of good and evil. I suppose it's something of a reversal of the conventional Eden story: Freedom of thought is perhaps the greatest good, and needs to be fought for and sacrificed for.

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There are disappointments in all men's lives, even those who have achieved their ambition, and there are compensations.

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John Christopher Quotes: What i was suddenly aware of was the
What I was suddenly aware of was the importance of their being whatever each of them was
cocky and contemptuous, or bothered and beaten
as long as it was something they'd come to in their own way: the importance of being human, in fact. The peace and harmony Uncle Ian and the others claimed to be handing out in fact was death, because without being yourself, an individual, you weren't really alive.

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A man faced death, but when death drew back forgot it until the next time.

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Fritz was melancholic by nature, and could tolerate his own gloom. I do not think this is so with you, who are sanguine and impatient. In your case, remorse and despondency could be crippling.

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A general does not use the same troops over and over again.

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Having achieved what I thought was an ultimate ambition, I found, as I think is often the case, that there remained something more.

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More and more I had come to see the Capped as lacking what seemed to me the essence of humanity, the vital spark of defiance against the rulers of the world.

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I wanted to ask which war
the Boer or the Crimean? It was amazing how old people could talk about The War, as though that meant something.

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