Quotes of David Mitchell

“ Travel far enough, you meet yourself. ”

- David Mitchell

“ Historically, unfortunately, race seems to be the major division that humanity has imposed on itself, a way of subdividing into smaller groups. ”

- David Mitchell

“ A halfread book is a halffinished love affair. ”

- David Mitchell

“ We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love. ”

- David Mitchell

“ I believe there is another world waiting for us. A better world. And I'll be waiting for you there. ”

- David Mitchell

“ Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies, an' tho' a cloud's shape nor hue nor size don't stay the same, it's still a cloud an' so is a soul. Who can say where the cloud's blowed from or who the soul'll be 'morrow? Only Sonmi the east an' the west an' the compass an' the atlas, yay, only the atlas o' clouds. ”

- David Mitchell

“ Me, I want to bloody kick this moronic bloody world in the bloody teeth over and over till it bloody understands that not hurting people is ten bloody thousand times more bloody important than being right. ”

- David Mitchell

“ Travel far enough, you meet yourself. ”

- David Mitchell

“ I believe there is another world waiting for us. A better world. And I'll be waiting for you there. ”

- David Mitchell

“ ...there ain't no journey what don't change you some. ”

- David Mitchell

“ Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the theory of relativity and principals of uncertainty. Phenomena that determine the course of our lives. Yesterday, my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Yesterday, I believe I would never have done what I did today. These forces that often remake time and space, that can shape and alter who we imagine ourselves to be, begin long before we are born and continue after we perish. Our lives and our choices, like quantum trajectories, are understood moment to moment. That each point of intersection, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction. Proposition, I have fallen in love with Luisa Rey. Is this possible? I just met her and yet, I feel like something important has happened to me. ”

- David Mitchell

“ Me, I want to bloody kick this moronic bloody world in the bloody teeth over and over till it bloody understands that not hurting people is ten bloody thousand times more bloody important than being right. ”

- David Mitchell

“ Dreams are shores where the ocean of spirit meets the land of matter. Dreams are beaches where the yettobe, the oncewere, the willneverbe may walk awhile with the still are. ”

- David Mitchell

“ The better organized the state, the duller its humanity. ”

- David Mitchell

“ The last of the cherry blossom. On the tree, it turns ever more perfect. And when it’s perfect, it falls. And then of course once it hits the ground it gets all mushed up. So it’s only absolutely perfect when it’s falling through the air, this way and that, for the briefest time!.!.!. ”

- David Mitchell

“ Go on, my dear," urges the snake. "Take one. Hear it? 'Pluck me,' it's saying. That big, shiny red one. 'Pluck me, pluck me now and pluck me hard.' You know you want to." "But God," quotes Eve, putting out feelers for an agent provacateur, clever girl, "expressly forbids us to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge." "Ah yessssss, God ... But God gave us life, did He not? And God gave us desire, did He not? And God gave us taste, did He not? And who else but God made the damned apples in the first place? So what else is life for but to tassste the fruit we desire?" Eve folds her arms schoolgirlishly. "God expressly forbade it. Adam said." The snake grins through his fangs, admiring Eve's playacting. "God is a nice enough chap in His way. I daresay He means well. But between you and The Tree of Knowledge, He is terribly insecure." "Insecure? He made the entire bloody universe! He's omnipotent." "Exactly! Almost neurotic, isn't it? All this worshiping, morning, noon, and night. It's 'Oh Praise Him, Oh Praise Him, Oh Praise the Everlassssting Lord.' I don't call that omnipotent. I call it pathetic. Most independent authorities agree that God has never sufficiently credited the work of virtual particles in the creation of the universssse. He raises you and Adam on this diet of myths while all the really interesting information is locked up in these juicy apples. Seven days? Give me a break. ”

- David Mitchell

“ I believe there is another world waiting for us. A better world. And I'll be waiting for you there. ”

- David Mitchell

“ Integrity is a bugger, it really is. Lying can get you into difficulties, but to really wind up in the crappers try telling nothing but the truth. ”

- David Mitchell

“ Strip back the beliefs pasted on by governesses, schools, and states, you find indelible truths at one's core. ”

- David Mitchell

“ How gleefully life shreds our well crafted plans. ”

- David Mitchell

“ Hey, metaphysics seminar is on the roof. Just take the elevator up and keep walking until you hit the sidewalk. Anything is true if enough people believe it. ”

- David Mitchell

“ Teachers're always using that "in your own words." I hate that. Authors knit their sentences tight. It's their job. Why make us unpick them, just to put it back together more shonkily? How're you s'posed to say Kapellmeister if you can't say Kapellmeister? ”

- David Mitchell

“ Our ancestors built temples for their gods. We build department stores. ”

- David Mitchell

“ There are different ways people make this place. Sweat, exercise and pain is one way. You can see them in the gyms, in the wellordered swimming pools. You can see them jogging in the small, worn parks. Another way to make your place is TV. A bright, brash place, always well lit, full of fun and jokes that tell you when to laugh so you never miss them. World news carefully edited so that it’s not too disturbing, but disturbing enough to make you glad that you weren’t born in a foreign country. News with music to tell you who to hate, who to feel sorry for, and who laugh at. ”

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“ People pontificate, "Suicide is selfishness." Career churchmen like Pater go a step further and call in a cowardly assault on the living. Oafs argue this specious line for varying reason: to evade fingers of blame, to impress one's audience with one's mental fiber, to vent anger, or just because one lacks the necessary suffering to sympathize. Cowardice is nothing to do with it suicide takes considerable courage. Japanese have the right idea. No, what's selfish is to demand another to endure an intolerable existence, just to spare families, friends, and enemies a bit of soulsearching. ”

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“ Three or four times only in my youth did I glimpse the Joyous Isles, before they were lost to fogs, depressions, cold fronts, ill winds, and contrary tides... I mistook them for adulthood. Assuming they were a fixed feature in my life's voyage, I neglected to record their latitude, their longitude, their approach. Young ruddy fool. What wouldn't I give now for a neverchanging map of the everconstant ineffable? To possess, as it were, an atlas of clouds. ”

- David Mitchell

“ I put my hand on the altar rail. 'What if ... what if Heaven is real, but only in moments? Like a glass of water on a hot day when you're dying of thirst, or when someone's nice to you for no reason, or ...' Mam's pancakes with Toblerone sauce; Dad dashing up from the bar just to tell me, 'Sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite'; or Jacko and Sharon singing 'For She's A Squishy Marshmallow' instead of 'For She's A Jolly Good Fellow' every single birthday and wetting themselves even though it's not at all funny; and Brendan giving his old record player to me instead of one of his mates. 'S'pose Heaven's not like a painting that's just hanging there for ever, but more like ... Like the best song anyone ever wrote, but a song you only catch in snatches, while you're alive, from passing cars, or ... upstairs windows when you're lost ... ”

- David Mitchell

“ If the affluent cannot afford hope, you cannot expect the destitute to pay for desperation. ”

- David Mitchell

“ Grief is an amputation, but hope is incurable haemophilia: you bleed and bleed and bleed. Like Schrödinger’s cat inside a box you can never ever open. ”

- David Mitchell

“ Faith, the least exclusive club on Earth, has the craftiest doorman. Every time I've stepped through its wideopen doorway, I find myself stepping out on the street again. ”

- David Mitchell
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