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If you love books enough, books will love you back.

JO WALTON, Among Others

All farms are much alike everywhere, and all wild places have their own beauty.

JO WALTON, Tooth and Claw

If the purpose of literature is to illuminate human nature, the purpose of fantastic literature is to do that from a wider perspective. You can say different things about what it means to be human if you can contrast that to what it means to be a robot, or an alien, or an elf.

JO WALTON, Literatura Fantastico interview, Nov. 22, 2012

There is one law for rich and poor alike, which prevents them equally from stealing bread and sleeping under bridges.

JO WALTON, Farthing

Libraries really are wonderful. They're better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit in selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts.

JO WALTON, Among Others

I do everything they tell you not to. I go back and fix things as I go, otherwise I can't move forward. I don't write every day, I write in binges. I don't write drafts, what I write, fixed as I go, is pretty much what gets published. Everybody writes differently, and there are a lot of people who want everybody to write in the same way, people who have a lot invested in telling people to write a whole crappy first draft and then revise it, and so on. That absolutely doesn't work for me. I tell people there are things they can try, and things that might help, but there aren't any rules, except to do what works for you, what gets the story on the page.

JO WALTON, RT Book Reviews interview

I've always thought fairies are like mushrooms, you trip over them when you're not thinking about them, but they're hard to spot when you're searching for them.

JO WALTON, Among Others

What you can't pay back you pay forward.

JO WALTON, Farthing

You can always find chains of coincidence to disprove magic. That's because it doesn't happen the way it does in books. It makes those chains of coincidence. That's what it is. It's like if you snapped your fingers and produced a rose but it was because someone on an aeroplane dropped a rose at just the right time for it to land in your hand. There was a real person and a real aeroplane and a real rose, but that doesn't mean the reason you have the rose in your hand isn't because you did the magic.

JO WALTON, Among Others

Sometimes I think dressing to go out is the best part of the evening.

JO WALTON, Half a Crown

I think the thing about reading is to read a lot, so you open lots of different views on the world. I'd much rather they read six random books than just one brilliant one. And what you get out of a book as an adult isn't what you'd get out of it when you're fifteen and encountering ideas for the first time and they can blow your head off. Whenever I think of narrowing it down to just one I can't bear to exclude the others.

JO WALTON, RT Book Reviews interview

I care more for people in books than the people I see every day.

JO WALTON, Among Others


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