Don't listen to people telling you that getting up early is best. René Descartes is one of history's most important philosophers, but he rarely got out of bed before noon - and when he started getting up early for a new job as a private tutor, it caused him to catch pneumonia and die.

— Gideon Defoe

The most passioned Gideon Defoe quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual

Here's your first problem," he said, pointing at a sentence.

"'Religion is the opium of the people.' Well, I don't know about people, but I think you'll find that the opium of pirates is actual opium.


This is what I like about life at sea.

It’s one long voyage of discovery. Solid water! What will they think of next? Hopefully a pony who solves crimes.


With a sound like a bat hitting a watermelon, pirate fist connected with pirate jaw and a gold tooth bounced across the deck.


You don't know what it is to live and laugh and love and run a man through! You've never tasted salty air on your tongue or waved heartily at a mermaid!


I would like to tell you that I wrote my book to push back artistic boundaries.

But I didn't. I wrote it to impress a girl.


That explains a lot,' he said. 'I suppose it's also why we've never glimpsed that giant compass in the corner of the Atlantic. I have to say, I'm a little disappointed.


Anyhow, there simply isnt enough room in the museums Fishes Hall, so weve decided to pretend to the public that a whale is actually a mammal without any legs. Its pathetically ridiculous-I mean to say, just look at the thing, its a gigantic fish if I ever saw one-but mums the word! In my experience the public will believe just about anything, so long as you write it down on a little piece of card.