44 "Susanna Clarke" Quotes And Sayings

Clarke was born in 1969 in the west of Ireland. She read English at Oxford University, from which she graduated in 1992. Her first novel, 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell', was published in 2004 and has been nominated for a Booker Prize and a Guardian First Book Award. Her second novel, 'The Casual Vacancy', was published in 2012 and won the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Association awards Read more

Clarke lives in London.

He said, "Were he only like his sister–what a difference that would make! For there never was such a sweet and gentle lady! I hear her footsteps, as she goes about the world. I hear the swish-swish-swish of her silken gown and the jingle-jangle of the silver chain about her neck. Her smile is full of comfort and her eyes are kind and happy! How I long to see her! " "Who, sir?" asked Paramore, puzzled. "Why, his sister, John. His sister. Susanna Clarke
Most of us are naturally inclined to struggle against the restrictions our friends and family impose upon us, but if we are so unfortunate as to lose a loved one, what a difference then! Then the restriction becomes a sacred trust. Susanna Clarke
When you're writing, you're creating something out of nothing. .....
When you're writing, you're creating something out of nothing. .. A successful piece of writing is like doing a successful piece of magic.", 6 March 2012] Susanna Clarke
Time and I have quarrelled. All hours are midnight now....
Time and I have quarrelled. All hours are midnight now. I had a clock and a watch, but I destroyed them both. I could not bear the way they mocked me. Susanna Clarke
I was told once by some country people that a...
I was told once by some country people that a magician should never tell his dreams because the telling will make them come true. But I say that is great nonsense. Susanna Clarke
Oh! And they read English novels! David! Did you ever...
Oh! And they read English novels! David! Did you ever look into an English novel? Well, do not trouble yourself. It is nothing but a lot of nonsense about girls with fanciful names getting married. Susanna Clarke
It may be laid down as a general rule that if a man begins to sing, no one will take any notice of his song except his fellow human beings. This is true even if his song is surpassingly beautiful. Other men may be in raptures at his skill, but the rest of creation is, by and large, unmoved. Perhaps a cat or a dog may look at him; his horse, if it is an exceptionally intelligent beast, may pause in cropping the grass, but that is the extent of it. But when the fairy sang, the whole world listened to him. Stephen felt clouds pause in their passing; he felt sleeping hills shift and murmur; he felt cold mists dance. He understood for the first time that the world is not dumb at all, but merely waiting for someone to speak to it in a language it understands. In the fairy's song the earth recognized the names by which it called itself. Susanna Clarke
There is nothing else in magic but the wild thought of the bird as it casts itself into the void. There is no creature upon the earth with such potential for magic. Even the least of them may fly straight out of this world and come by chance to the Other Lands. Where does the wind come from that blows upon your face, that fans the pages of your book? Where the harum-scarum magic of small wild creatures meets the magic of Man, where the language of the wind and the rain and the trees can be understood, there we will find the Raven King. . Susanna Clarke
Where have they gone?" "Wherever magicians used to go. Behind the sky. On the other side of the rain. Susanna Clarke
There are people in this world, whose lives are nothing but a burden to them. A black veil stands between them and the world. They are utterly alone. They are like shadows in the night, shut off from joy and all gentle human emotions, unable to even give comfort to each other. Their days are full of nothing but darkness, misery and solitude. Susanna Clarke
It might well appear to Sir Walter that there had been no quarrel. It was often the case that gentlemen did not observe the signs. Susanna Clarke
Can a magician kill a man by magic?” Lord Wellington asked Strange.Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. “I suppose a magician might, ” he admitted, “but a gentleman never could. Susanna Clarke
Magic, madam, is like wine and, if you are not used to it, it will make you drunk. Susanna Clarke
I am, as far as I can tell, about a month behind Lord Byron. In every town we stop at we discover innkeepers, postillions, officials, burghers, potboys, and all kinds and sorts of ladies whose brains still seem somewhat deranged from their brief exposure to his lordship. And though my companions are careful to tell people that I am that dreadful being, an English magician, I am clearly nothing in comparison to an English poet and everywhere I go I enjoy the reputation- quite new to me, I assure you- of the quiet, good Englishman, who makes no noise and is no trouble to any one.. Susanna Clarke
But the other Ministers considered that to employ a magician was one thing, novelists were quite another and they would not stoop to it. Susanna Clarke
Perhaps I am too tame, too domestic a magician. But how does one work up a little madness? I meet with mad people every day in the street, but I never thought before to wonder how they got mad. Perhaps I should go wandering on lonely moors and barren shores. That is always a popular place for lunatics - in novels and plays at any rate. Perhaps wild England will make me mad. Susanna Clarke
Beware Stephen! There will probably be a magical combat of some sort. I daresay I shall have to take on different forms — cockatrice, raw head and bloody bones, rains of fire, etc., etc. You may wish to stand back a little! Susanna Clarke
When you're writing, you're creating something out of nothing. .. A successful piece of writing is like doing a successful piece of m Susanna Clarke
It seemed that it was not only live magicians which Mr. Norrell despised. He had taken the measure of all the dead ones too and found them wanting. Susanna Clarke
Above all remember this: that magic belongs as much to the heart as to the head and everything which is done, should be done from love or joy or righteous anger. Susanna Clarke