My 10 Favourite Epigraphs

Found in the beginning pages that everyone skips!

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  1. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” —K. Chesterton (Coraline, Neil Gaiman)
  2. “I remember my own childhood vividly…I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn’t let the adults know I knew. It would scare them.” —Maurice Sendak (The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman)
  3. “Everything not saved will be lost.” —Nintendo “Quit Screen” message (The End Games, T. Michael Martin)
  4. “All the lives we could live, all the people we will never know, never will be, they are everywhere. That is what the world is.” —Aleksander Hemon, The Lazarus Project (Let The Great World SpinColum McCann)
  5. “There is another world, but it is in this one.” —W.B. Yeats (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie)
  6. “If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” —Juan Ramón Jiménez (Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury)
  7. “When we are not sure, we are alive.” —Graham Greene (Reality Hunger, David Shields)
  8. “In the desert there is no sign that says, Thou shalt not eat stones.” —Sufi proverb (The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood)
  9. “No one knows how to love anybody’s trouble.” —Frank Stanford (Look! Look! Feathers, Mike Young)
  10. “Passage home? Never.” —Homer, The Odyssey (Lit, Mary Karr)

What is your favourite epigraph? Let me know in the comments!

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