27 Total Quotes

Tanith Lee Quotes

I submitted manuscripts to publishers. This was not so much a feeling that I should be published as a wish to escape the feared and hated drudgery of normal work.
Tanith Lee
#British Writer

Genre categories are irrelevant. I dislike them, but I do not have the casting vote.
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#British Writer

I also love Disney, and will defend doing so, because there's so much in those films and I don't care if it's stereotyped.
Tanith Lee
#British Writer #Disney

America does influence my work, also France, Europe generally, the East and India.
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#America

I do need space aside from projects that fit in with what I am known for... to work on more contemporary novels.
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#Projects

No one is ever ordinary.
Tanith Lee
#British Writer

I love all types of music, but classical music particularly has had an enormous influence on my writing, and some pieces have directly inspired a book. Shostakovich's Symphony Number 5 was a direct influence.
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#Influence

I think of myself as a storyteller, and that is it.
Tanith Lee
#British Writer

People are always the start for me... animals, when I can get into their heads, gods, supernatural beings, immortals, the dead... these are all people to me.
Tanith Lee
#British Writer

Writers tell stories better, because they've had more practice, but everyone has a book in them. Yes, that old cliche.
Tanith Lee
#British Writer

I just love writing. It's magical, it's somewhere else to go, it's somewhere much more dreadful, somewhere much more exciting. Somewhere I feel I belong, possibly more than in the so-called real world.
Tanith Lee
#British Writer

The other writer who had a very important early influence on me when I was about 17 was C.S. Lewis.
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#British Writer

When I am fascinated by something, I like to play with it.
Tanith Lee
#British Writer

I'm writing what comes into my head, or through me, or from somewhere else, and it is the most extraordinary, exciting thing. I love it, and I'm very greedy, and I really enjoy it!
Tanith Lee
#British Writer

It's very selfish when I write. I'm not aware, ever, of writing for another person; I'm not even really aware of writing for myself.
Tanith Lee
#British Writer

I never know where I am going, though. That is part of what makes it so wonderful. And after all, who does?
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#British Writer

As a child, my mother told me lots of fairy stories, many her own invention. She, too, tended to reverse the norm.
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#British Writer

At an early school, when I was about 5, they asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. Everyone said silly things, and I said I wanted to be an actress. So that was what I wanted to be, but what I was, of course, was a writer.
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#British Writer

The dictate of the light says: ''Know yourself and what you are.'' The dark replies, ''By all means, but then become afraid.''
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#Opposites

I like films, or some films, and would be intrigued to see my work on screen.
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#British Writer

I like writing about women, weak and strong, pathetic and heroic. I like writing about men, ditto. And all the variants of men and women, beasts and demons.
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#British Writer

I love writers all across the board, but one who influenced me very directly at the beginning was Mary Renault.
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#British Writer

I've been criticised for writing in too complex a manner for younger people.
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#British Writer

If they had said my writing wasn't good enough, fair enough, that's an opinion. But to say it's too complex is to insult the intelligence of the so-called young.
Tanith Lee
#British Writer

Pirates have always fascinated me.
Tanith Lee
#British Writer

Writing is writing, and stories are stories. Perhaps the only true genres are fiction and non-fiction. And even there, who can be sure?
Tanith Lee
#British Writer