Writer’s Quote Wednesday – I Like Nonsense . . .

10 Feb

Hello everyone! It’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday! Last week I told you I was a huge fan of Horror and of course I am but I am also a big fan of Fantasy. This week I will feature several quotes from some of the brilliant minds of Fantasy fiction. I hope you enjoy.

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Illustration by George Miltiadis for ‘The Fall of Lilith

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”

~ Dr. Seuss

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

~ J.R.R. Tolkien

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”

~ Terry Pratchett

“Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.”

~ Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.

We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth.”

~ George R.R. Martin




Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer and posting it on your blog.

Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and Colleen have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to Colleen’s post. She will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up she does each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

Have a great day!

58 Responses to “Writer’s Quote Wednesday – I Like Nonsense . . .”

  1. coldhandboyack February 10, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Great ones today.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. February 10, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Vashti Quiroz-Vega with some great quotes on Fantasy from Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and Dr. Seuss

    Liked by 1 person

  3. olganm February 10, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    A great collection today, Vashti.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sarah Brentyn February 10, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

    Fantastic quotes! 💫

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Judy Martin February 10, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

    These were wonderful quotes Vashti 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Silver Threading February 10, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    Vashti! I LOVED these quotes. The video is one of the best I have seen. Great information here. I am reblogging your post! EXCELLENT! ❤

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  7. Silver Threading February 10, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    Reblogged this on Silver Threading and commented:
    I had to share Vashti’s post. These quotes are marvelous but there is a video included that ALL fantasy writers should watch! Well done! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Greg February 10, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

    Wonderful quotes again this week, Vashti. I was surprised, for some reason, when I read the first one was by Dr. Seuss (though it’s probably my favorite). After thinking about it, his statement makes sense in his writings, which is never thought of from that perspective.

    Have a blessed week 🙂

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 10, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

      He certainly has a unique and quirky way of telling a story. He was a brilliant man and you’d be surprised how many great quotes there are by him.
      Thank you, Greg! You have a great week too. 😀

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  9. Olga February 10, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

    Wonderful total package with this post, Vashti. I was impressed with the Dr. Seuss quote also, but George R. R. Martin’s words struck me; “We read fantasy to find the colors again…” I’m not a fantasy writer, but I have written a few short stories and I found that Dave Butler’s advice was perfect.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

      Hi Olga! These writers are so different from each other but they are both geniuses in the fantasy genre and they sure have a way with words. Yes, Dave was on point! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post. 😀

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  10. alberta February 10, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    great collection there and I agree with every word they uttered:) will certainly pass these along

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  11. Natalia Erehnah February 10, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    It is our duty to escape. Love that!

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  12. Let's CUT the Crap! February 10, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

    F.a.b.u.l.o.u.s. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Sunni Morris February 10, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

    I started out writing fantasy before moving onto mystery but I do still write some fantasy today. You could definitely say my dreams take place in the fantasy realm. My husband tells me daily I’m not grounded at all and live in a fantasy world. So be it then. I can always see the magic and beauty in things, even the day isn’t going well. I hope that never changes.

    Enjoyed your post and the nice quotes. Have a great week!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 10, 2016 at 10:06 pm #

      Hi Sunni! It’s a beautiful thing to always see the magic and beauty in things, so I also hope that never changes. I’m so happy you enjoyed the post. Thank you! Have an awesome rest of the week. ❤️


  14. stacilys February 10, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

    Great quotes Vashti. They have “Vashti” written all over them.

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  15. 10000hoursleft February 10, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

    I love the quotes you’ve chosen Vashti! The Pratchett quote has me thinking- is that why I have avoided fantasy? And is it the reason I struggle with incorporating the ‘magic’ into the magic realism I’m trying to write in my novel? Hmmm…

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 10, 2016 at 10:23 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed the quotes. Which of the Pratchett quotes are you referring to? It’s always good to reflect on your work. I’m curious to know more of what you’re referring to though.🤔

      Liked by 1 person

      • 10000hoursleft February 10, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

        Sorry should have clarified- the one referring to lack of imagination.


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

        Mek, I know you’re not saying that you don’t have an imagination because I know that you do. You just have to find what works best for you and then your imagination and creativity will come alive. 🙂

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      • 10000hoursleft February 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

        But imagining something different to the material reality we know is something I find difficult…

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  16. Janice February 10, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Yet another great collection of quotes highlighting a genre…one I am most familiar with from my childhood..but have dabbled in later years. My favourites are the ideas of waking up brain cells, looking through the wrong end of a telescope, and our duty to escape 🙂

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 10, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

      Dr. Seuss was a brilliant man and I love many of his quotes. Some people are surprised when they read one of his quotes. I love the idea of Fantasy being escapist. I escape when I read fantasy and when I write fantasy I’m free.
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the quotes. Thank you!😘

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  17. imanikel February 11, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    Vashti, you know I don’t like horrors (I’m sure I’ve mentioned it) but I love the video! Really great.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 11, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

      The quotes are mostly about Fantasy fiction this week. The video is great and I’m sure it applies to most genres. Thank you! 🙂


  18. nagrij February 11, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    All very good comments, and true in their point. To be human is to dream about what doesn’t exist, and in some cases, make it exist.

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  19. aranislandgirl February 12, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

    Know your awesomeness…there’s a life lesson there not just a writing lesson. Great video with sound advice. Dr. Seuss knows what he’s talking about too.


  20. Karen Grosz February 15, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    Thanks for sharing at #LetsGetRealSocial link party.The quote on stories of imagination tend to upset those with out one got me thinking.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm #

      Hi Karen! It was fun sharing! That quote has made many people think. It’s a good one. Thank you! 😀


  21. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) February 16, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    I love a bit of fantasy, nice to be transported away! Fab quotes, thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 16, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

      You’re welcome Chantelle. It’s great that you liked the quotes. 😀 xx


  22. jacquelineobyikocha February 17, 2016 at 12:45 am #

    Life would be such a bore without nonsense. I like nonsense too 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Claudia H. Blanton February 17, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

    great post! I collect quotes, so this was perfect for me, especially loved the one stating that humans need fantasy to be human – really cool!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 17, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

      Hello Claudia! I’m so happy you enjoyed the quotes. That quote is great and I do believe we need fantasy to be human . . . and stay sane. 😉 Thank you for stopping by and for your awesome comment. 🙂


  24. JESS44903 February 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    Another great collection you have here!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    Liked by 1 person

  25. ellenbest24 August 31, 2016 at 3:14 am #

    If Dr Seus and Terry Pratchet can climb into bed together… (sit on the same page giving advice), then the world can’t be all bad. Whimsy/fantasy they are escapism, as is writing of all genres. Love your smorgasbord of quotes and video’s thank you

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  26. articulatewordss November 22, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

    Its feels good to read a beautiful collection 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


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