There’s a reason that some of our oldest and most important stories start with “Once upon a time . . .” Tucked among the fantastical characters and magical other-worlds are profound truths. Lloyd Alexander, author of the beloved Chronicles of Prydain, said, “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” With that, we present to you this collection of wise and beautiful quotes from some of the greatest authors in the fantasy genre.

Tolkein Two Towers quote

Terry Pratchett Hat Full Of Sky quote

Ursula Le Guin Lathe Of Heaven quote

Susan Cooper Silver On The Tree quote

Neil Gaiman Sandman quote

Marion Zimmer Bradley The Forest House quote

Piers Anthony A Spell For Chameleon quote

Madeleine L'Engle A Ring Of Endless Light quote

Douglas Adams The Salmon Of Doubt quote

Frank Herbert Dune quote

Anne McCaffrey Dragonsinger quote

Lois McMaster Bujold Barrayar quote

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