15 Inspiring Philip Reeve Quotes (Free List)

Philip Reeve quotes are thought-provoking, memorable and inspiring. From views on society and politics to thoughts on love and life, Philip Reeve has a lot to say. In this list we present the 15 best Philip Reeve quotes, in no particular order. Let yourself get inspired!

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Godshawk looked surprised, the way that people generally do when you ask them philosophical questions in shrubberies in the middle of the night.

— Philip Reeve, Fever Crumb

Friends don’t leave friends behind to wash dishes for yetis!

— Philip Reeve, Pugs of the Frozen North

What Caul liked most about Tom was his kindness. Kindness was not valued back in Grimsby, where the older boys were encouraged to torment the younger ones, who would grow up to torment another batch of youngsters in their turn. “Good practice for life, ” Uncle said. “Hard knocks, that’s all the world’s about!” But maybe Uncle had never met anyone like Tom, who was kind to other people and seemed to expect nothing more than kindness in return.

— Philip Reeve, Predator’s Gold

Her face was very beautiful, he thought. He hadn’t been sure before, but he was now. The mind that lived behind it made it beautiful, the same way that the flame inside a lantern makes the lantern beautiful.

— Philip Reeve

Sometimes, on our way through the world, we meet someone who touches our heart in a way others don’t.

— Philip Reeve

If God could do things like that, the world wouldn’t look the way it does. He can’t reach down and change things. He can’t stop any of us doing what we choose to do.’“What use is he then?”Oenone shrugged. ‘He sees. He understands. He knows how you’re feeling. He knows how Theo felt. He knows how it feels to die. And when we die, we go to him.”To the Sunless Country, you mean? Like ghosts?”’Oenone shook her head patiently. ‘Like children. Do you remember what it was like to be a tiny child? When everything was possible and everything was given to you, and you knew that you were safe and loved, and the days went on forever? When we die, it will be like that again. That’s how it is for Theo now, in heaven.

— Philip Reeve, A Darkling Plain

I don’t think we are cut out to be evil sorcerers, brothers, ” said Fentongoose. “If we were truly evil, we would not feel such sorrow at the deaths of our friends. We would just go, ‘Ha! Ha! Ha!’ or something.

— Philip Reeve, Goblins

I have had it with these dumb cakes on this dumb spaceship!

— Philip Reeve, Cakes in Space

It’s called the Pyxis, ” said Raven. “Don’t let the fancy name intimidate you. It just means ‘box’ in one of those Old Earth languages, Roman or Spanish or Klingon…

— Philip Reeve, Railhead

And now he was dead, his soul fled down to the Sunless Country and his body lying cold in the cold mud, somewhere in the city’s wake.

— Philip Reeve, Mortal Engines

The trouble with space is, there’s so much of it.An ocean of blackness without any shore.A neverending nothing.And here, all alone in the million billion miles of midnight, is one solitary moving speck. A fragile parcel filled with sleeping people and their dreams.

— Philip Reeve, Cakes in Space

If only Myrtle would pay attention to the Boy’s Own Journal, Blackwood’s Magazine, etc., she would know that these creatures were Threls, who come from a worldlet called Threlfall on the far side of the asteroid belt. This Threlfall is a cheerless, chilly spot, and the whole history and religion of the Threls has been concerened with their quest to knit a nice woolly coverlet for it.

— Philip Reeve, Starcross

I am Nom-O-Tron, ‘ said the machine, in a big, boomy voice, so loud that Astra was afraid her mum and dad or some other grown-ups would hear and come to see who was sneaking a bedtime snack. ‘Shhh!’ she said. ‘Have you got any biscuits?

— Philip Reeve, Cakes in Space

My name, ” the boy said importantly, “is Stacey de Lacey.” “But that’s a girl’s name!” blurted Oliver. Stacey de Lacey’s face turned a dark shade of red. “Silence!” he shouted. “Stacey is one of those names that can be for a boy or a girl! Like Hilary, or Leslie, or…um… Anyway…!

— Philip Reeve, Oliver and the Seawigs

He was going to miss everything. But he guessed that was how everybody always felt. Everyone was losing things, leaving things behind, clinging to old memories as they rushed into the future. Everyone was a passenger on a runaway train.

— Philip Reeve, Railhead

As a child I always steered clear of science fiction, but in the autumn of 1977, the bow-wave of publicity for the first ‘Star Wars’ movie had already reached me, so I was eager for anything science-fictional.

— Philip Reeve