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  • If King Harold had had swans on his side, England would still be Saxon.

    Kings   Swans   Sides  
    Connie Willis (2009). “To Say Nothing of the Dog”, p.143, Bantam
  • Don't they know science doesn't work like that? You can't just order scientific breakthroughs. They happen when you are looking at something you've been working on for years and suddenly see a connection you never noticed before, or when you're looking for something else altogether. Sometimes they even happen by accident. Don't they know you can't get a scientific breakthrough just because you want one?

    Connie Willis (2010). “Bellwether”, p.80, Spectra
  • I have great faith in the future of books - no matter what form they may take - and of science fiction.

    Book   Fiction   May  
  • One has not lived until one has carried a sixty-pound dog down a sweeping flight of stairs at half-past V in the morning.

    Dog   Morning   Past  
    Connie Willis (2009). “To Say Nothing of the Dog”, p.210, Bantam
  • Shakespeare put no children in his plays for a reason," Sir Godfrey muttered, glaring at Alf and Binnie. "You're forgetting the Little Prince," Polly reminded him. "Who he had the good sense to kill off in the second act," snapped Sir Godfrey.

    Children   Play   Littles  
  • Why do only the awful things become fads? I thought. Eye-rolling and Barbie and bread pudding. Why never chocolate cheesecake or thinking for yourself?

    Connie Willis (2010). “Bellwether”, p.119, Spectra
  • No," I said finally. "Slowness in Answering," she said into the handheld. "When's the last time you slept?" "1940" I said promptly, which is the problem with Quickness in Answering.

    Lasts   Problem   Said  
    Connie Willis (2009). “To Say Nothing of the Dog”, p.18, Bantam
  • I hate sequels. They're never as good as the first book.

    Hate   Book   Firsts  
  • The reason Victorian society was so restricted and repressed was that it was impossible to move without knocking something over.

    Connie Willis (2009). “To Say Nothing of the Dog”, p.174, Bantam
  • The entire range of human experience is present in a church choir, including, but not restricted to jealousy, revenge, horror, pride, incompetence (the tenors have never been on the right note in the entire history of church choirs, and the basses have never been on the right page), wrath, lust and existential despair.

    Revenge   Pride   Wrath  
  • Fred Astaire is my hero. I love him because he was willing to kill himself to make his art look effortless. And because he proved it's possible to be an artist and a good person.

    Love   Art   Hero  
  • I was on a walking tour of Oxford colleges once with a group of bored and unimpressable tourists. They yawned at Balliol's quad, T.E. Lawrence's and Churchill's portraits, and the blackboard Einstein wrote his E=mc2 on. Then the tour guide said, 'And this is the Bridge of Sighs, where Lord Peter proposed (in Latin) to Harriet,' and everyone suddenly came to life and began snapping pictures. Such is the power of books.

    Latin   Book   College  
  • You'd help if you could, wouldn't you, boy?" I said. "It's no wonder they call you man's best friend. Faithful and loyal and true, you share in our sorrows and rejoice with us in our triumphs, the truest friend we ever have known, a better friend than we deserve. You have thrown in your lot with us, through thick and thin, on battlefield and hearthrug, refusing to leave your master even when death and destruction lie all around. Ah, noble dog, you are the furry mirror in which we see our better selves reflected, man as he could be, unstained by war or ambition, unspoilt by-

    Dog   War   Lying  
    Connie Willis (2009). “To Say Nothing of the Dog”, p.16, Bantam
  • One of the nastier trends in library management in recent years is the notion that libraries should be 'responsive to their patrons'.

    Years   Library   Trends  
    Connie Willis (2010). “Bellwether”, p.21, Spectra
  • And kissed her for a hundred and sixty-nine years.

    Years   Nine   Hundred  
    Connie Willis (2009). “To Say Nothing of the Dog”, p.449, Bantam
  • There are some things worth giving up anything for, even your freedom, and getting rid of your period is definitely one of them.

    Connie Willis (1993). “Impossible things”, Spectra
  • I learned everything I know about plot from Dame Agatha (Christie).

    Dames   Plot   Christie  
  • Writers are too neurotic to ever be happy.

    "Gratitude" by Abigail Bereola, therumpus.net. October 08, 2013.
  • I watched the entire O.J. Simpson trial, and he was guilty.

    Trials   Guilty  
  • It is not an easy thing to put on a wet sock.

    Easy   Sock   Easy Things  
    Connie Willis (2013). “To Say Nothing of the Dog”, p.210, Hachette UK
  • Science fiction is an amazing literature: plot elements that you would think would be completely worn out by now keep changing into surprising new forms.

  • He looked resigned, as though he knew that wretched door--to where? Home? Heaven? Peace?--would never open, and at the same time he seemed resolved, ready to do his bit even though he couldn't possibly know what sacrifices that would require. Had he been kept here, too--in a place he didn't belong, serving in a war in which he hadn't enlisted, to rescue sparrows and soldiers and shopgirls and Shakespeare? To tip the balance?

    War   Home   Sacrifice  
    Connie Willis (2010). “All Clear”, p.635, Spectra
  • I have never written anything in one draft, not even a grocery list, although I have heard from friends that this is actually possible.

    Lists   Groceries   Heard  
  • And every place and time an author writes about is imaginary, from Oz to Raymond Chandler's L.A. to Dickens's London.

  • It is my belief that everything you need to know about the world can be learned in a church choir.

  • People will buy anything at jumble sales,' I said. 'At the Evacuated Children Charity Fair a woman bought a tree branch that had fallen on the table.

    Children   People   Tree  
  • There are moments when rather than reforming the human race I'd like to abandon it altogether and go become, say, one of Dr. O'Reilly's macaques, which have to have more sense.

    Race   Drs   Moments  
    Connie Willis (1996). “Futures Imperfect”, Doubleday Books
  • A Grand Design we couldn't see because we were part of it. A Grand Design we only got occasional, fleeting glimpses of. A Grand Design involving the entire course of history and all of time and space that, for some unfathomable reason, chose to work out its designs with cats and croquet mallets and penwipers, to say nothing of the dog. And a hideous piece of Victorian artwork. And us.

    Dog   Cat   Space  
    Connie Willis (2009). “To Say Nothing of the Dog”, p.479, Bantam
  • TO ALL THE ambulance drivers firewatchers air-raid wardens nurses canteen workers airplane spotters rescue workers mathematicians vicars vergers shopgirls chorus girls librarians debutantes spinsters fishermen retired sailors servants evacuees Shakespearean actors and mystery novelists WHO WON THE WAR.

    Girl   War   Airplane  
  • When you're a writer, the question people always ask you is, "Where do you get your ideas?" Writers hate this question. It's like asking Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen, "Where do you get your leeches?" You don't get ideas. Ideas get you.

    Queens   Hate   Ideas  
    Connie Willis (2011). “Impossible Things”, p.89, Spectra
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