- Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?…if we value the freedom of the 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.
The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction
(1979), paraphrasing a passage from J. R. R. Tolkien's essay ‘On Fairy-Stories’; see Tolkien
- He had grown up in a country run by politicians who sent the pilots to man the bombers to kill the babies to make the world safer for children to grow up in.
The Lathe of Heaven (1971) ch. 6
- Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.
The Lathe of Heaven (1971) ch. 10