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Fantasy

  • The question is always the same with a dragon: will he talk with you or will he eat you?

  • Fantasy is true of course. It is not factual but it's true. Children know that. Adults know it, too, and that is precisely why many of them are afraid of fantasy. They know that its truth challenges, even threatens all that is false, all that is phony, unnecessary, and trivial in the life they have let themselves be forced into living. They are afraid of dragons, because they are afraid of freedom.

  • Dragons are more dangerous, and a good deal commoner, than bears. Fantasy is nearer to poetry, to mysticism, and to insanity than naturalistic fiction is. It is a real wilderness, and those who go there should not feel too safe.

  • Fantasy is a literature particularly useful for embodying and examining the real difference between good and evil. In an America where our reality may seem degraded to posturing patriotism and self-righteous brutality, imaginative literature continues to question what heroism is, to examine the roots of power, and to offer moral alternatives. Imagination is the instrument of ethics. There are many metaphors besides battle, many choices besides war, and most ways of doing good do not, in fact, involve killing anybody. Fanstasy is good at thinking about those other ways.

  • If you have enough fantasies, you're ready, in the event that something happens.

  • There are some people who can never see a little cloud of fantasy float across the horizon of their dreams without building a heavy castle in the air upon it, and bringing it to earth.

  • Here is Heimel's Law: Anything you fantasize about won't come true. So just cut it out.

  • ... fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.

  • The dream police will not let me have sexual fantasies.

  • Fantasy is the oldest form of literature and science fiction is just a new twist on it.

  • If one is lucky a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.

  • ... like all Americans they had a rich fund of dreams. Lacking real capital they had drawn heavily on their fantasy accounts.

  • There are fairies at the bottom of our garden! / They often have a dance on summer nights; / The butterflies and bees make a lovely little breeze, / And the rabbits stand about and hold the lights.

  • Cultivate night-blooming jasmine near your bedroom window, and dream of men you've always longed for.

  • The world of fantasy fills the gaps in people's knowledge.

  • We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality, we create it to be able to stay.

    • Lynda Barry,
    • in Susan E. Kirtley, Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass ()