TANITH LEE QUOTES

British author (1947- )

Tanith Lee quote

Whatever the hell I am, I am Me.

TANITH LEE, Wolf Queen

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When I write, I go to live inside the book. By which I mean, mentally I can experience everything I'm writing about. I can see it, hear its sounds, feel its heat or rain. The characters become better known to me than the closest family or friends. This makes the writing-down part very simple most of the time. I only need to describe what's already there in front of me. That said, it won't be a surprise if I add that the imagined worlds quickly become entangled with the so-called reality of this one. Since I write almost every day, and I think (and dream) constantly about my work, it occurs to me I must spend more time in all these places than here.

TANITH LEE, author's note, Wolf Tower

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We all have our dreams. May we find them, and God have mercy on us when we do.

TANITH LEE, The Book of the Dead

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Ecstasy and vulnerability belonged in the same dish. The fear the cup would be snatched away was what gave the wine its savor.

TANITH LEE, Death's Master

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I'm not very good at being alive. Sometimes I despair of ever mastering it, getting it right. When I'm old, perhaps.

TANITH LEE, The Silver Metal Lover

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Are not all loves secretly the same? A hundred flowers sprung from a single root.

TANITH LEE, Delirium's Mistress

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Genre categories are irrelevant. I dislike them, but I do not have the casting vote. Writing is writing and stories are stories. Perhaps the only true genres are fiction and non-fiction. And even there, who can be sure?

TANITH LEE, Tabula Rasa, October 1994

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For me, everyone I write of is real. I have little true say in what they want, what they do or end up as (or in). Their acts appall, enchant, disgust or astound me. Their ends fill me with retributive glee, or break my heart. I can only take credit (if I can even take credit for that) in reporting the scenario. This is not a disclaimer. Just a fact.

TANITH LEE, interview, Innsmouth Free Press, November 17, 2009

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Never be afraid of a cliché, if it expresses what you wish to say.

TANITH LEE, The Silver Metal Lover

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World's flying like birds; my car's in flight. The city lights are spattered on my windshield like the fragments of the night. And I'm in flight. The sky's a wheel, a merry-go-round of wings and snow and steel, and fire. We'll tread the sky, we'll ride the scarlet horses.

TANITH LEE, The Silver Metal Lover

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I like writing about women, weak and strong, pathetic and heroic. I like writing about men, ditto. And all the variants of men and women, beasts and demons.

TANITH LEE, Tabula Rasa, October 1994

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If you run away from trouble, it always follows.

TANITH LEE, Wolf Tower

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The bitterness of joy lies in the knowledge that it cannot last. Nor should joy last beyond a certain season, for, after that season, even joy would become merely habit.

TANITH LEE, Delusion's Master

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It was so useful to lie with the truth.

TANITH LEE, The Silver Metal Lover

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How massively the mountains stand, while low to the ground the sand blows. The sand blows on and on. And then there are no mountains, none at all, the sand has kissed and whispered them away. And still, the sand blows on.

TANITH LEE, Delirium's Mistress

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I hardly ever work from a synopsis -- I find they act like chains.

TANITH LEE, Realms of Fantasy, August 2009

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I am interested in most mythology. Celtic or Christian no more than anything else. I will admit to a pleasure and sense of hope in what I see as the basic teachings of Christ, stripped of the nonsense that has sometimes been accumulated about them and the embarrassing misunderstanding.

TANITH LEE, Tabula Rasa, October 1994

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I simply write what I want, wish, long to write.... The state of human life and the god or demon within. The constant internal war that being alive can conjure.

TANITH LEE, interview, Innsmouth Free Press, November 17, 2009

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The worst vulgarity is to avoid vulgarity solely on the grounds that it is vulgar.

TANITH LEE, The Silver Metal Lover

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Time is endless and ours. Love and Death are only the games we play in it.

TANITH LEE, Delirium's Mistress

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