We love our superheroes because they refuse to give up on us. We can analyze them out of existence, kill them, ban them, mock them, and still they return, patiently reminding us of who we are and what we wish we could be.— Grant Morrison
The most contentment Grant Morrison quotes you will be delighted to read
I just wanted all the wars to be over so that we could spend the money on starships and Mars colonies.
A cannon fires only once but words detonate across centuries
Sometimes you wonder, in an interconnected universe, who's dreaming who?
Everyone does magic all the time in different ways. "Life" plus "significance" = magic.
Study yourself the way a hunter studied prey.
Exploit your own weaknesses to create desired changes within yourself.
Burnout is grist to the mill. I write every day, for most of the day, so it's just about turning into metaphor whatever's going on in my life, in the world, and in my head. Every nightmare, every moment of grief or joy or failure, is a moment I can convert into cash via words.
Laugh and the world laughs with you!
These characters were like twelve-bar blues or other chord progressions.
Given the basic parameters of Batman, different creators could play very different music.
Then I reminded myself that all intelligent children suffer bad dreams.
I'm lucky to have a job doing something I really love to do, and I'm happy to accept the pressures of relentless deadlines or reader expectations as necessary evils. It's probably not as stressful as mining coal or leading men into battle.
Life doesn't have plots and subplots and denouements.
It's just a big collection of loose ends and dangling threads that never get explained.
Reality and unreality have no clear distinction in our present circumstances.
It's stupid, I know, but I care. All the things that meant so much when we were young. Under the blankets late at night, listening to long-distance radio. All those things lost now or broken. Can you remember? Can you remember that feeling? Perhaps I ought to go to a doctor.
One must commit acts of the highest treason only when dressed in the most resplendent finery.
We've always known we'd eventually be called upon to open our shirts and save the day, and the superhero was a crude, hopeful attempt to talk about how we all might feel on that day of great power, and great responsibility.
I just do what I do because it feels right. Other people attach labels to that.
Sometimes I pretend not to look at my own characters, because that's like different people getting off with your girlfriend or something.
We're the new power, come to replace the old.
Cameras in the head, children with microchips, spin doctors rewriting reality as it happens.
It's quite possible we may actually be looking at some kind of super-sanity here. A brilliant new modification of human perception, more suited to urban life at the end of the twentieth century...He creates himself each day. He sees himself as the lord of misrule and the world as a theatre of the absurd.
And that's why people read comics, to get away from the way life works, which is quite cruel and unheroic and ends in death.
Seven actors have played Batman on the big screen, and if you can name all seven without reading any further, your youth has been wasted.
Superman loves everyone. He's like Jesus except he punches people.
Imagine the earth’s population of six billion people reduced to just one hundred representatives. Statistically, that makes 30 white, 70 non-white. It means 6 people own 59% of the wealth and they all live in North America. 80 are in substandard housing. One has an education. One owns a computer. Don’t blame me if it all sounds crazy.
He read me extracts from a medical journal describing the progress of a staphylococcus aureus infection. And then he pleasured me with a potato.
I'm at a stage in my career where I don't expect or get too much editorial input into what I'm doing. I have a proven track record of success, so my editors are willing to cut me some slack even when a particular approach is not to their personal taste.
Only nothing is impossible.
Performing magic has a lot to do with the arrangement of apparent coincidences and providing pathways along which desires can travel, or, to put it in more basic terms, there's little point in sigilizing for a lottery win if you don't also buy a lottery ticket.
I couldn't think of one clever way to stop this guy, so I just trusted to mindless violence.
He felt the hot impact of bullets. He heard the sound of chopping meat. He thought 'is that me?' . . . and then he opened his eyes.
I write constantly, so it flows from one project to the next, and I would edit everything endlessly if I had the chance. I can always see ways to improve what I've done. At the same time, knowing it's all an ongoing life's work allows me to be less precious about blind alleys, failed experiments, and misfires.
It's so horrible to realize you're just the same as everyone else, isn't it?
Why am I in Hell? It hurts. It hurts all the time. Why am I in Hell? I just want to go home and lie on the bed the way I used to. Please take me home.
It's hard for me to believe that a shy, bespectacled college graduate like Brad Meltzer who's a novelist and a father is a really setting out to be weirdly misogynistic.
Truth speaks best in the language of poetry and symbolism, I think.
The perfect fascist state needs to operate in conditions of perpetual warfare.
Have you ever noticed how the world has been in constant crisis since World War II?
All I know is that you won't come back until they're all dead.
'Eternity.' Every last one of them. Every man. Every woman. Every child. Global massacre. I dream about that day. A planet of corpses
The first light had cast the first shadow.
I don't like to think of my readership as "fans," a word which has always suggested a kind of power relationship I'm uncomfortable with.
My art school rejection letter arrived as a cold manila fist that closed around my fragile hopes ... The fear was practically edible. Nothing would happen unless I get out and make it happen. Then, as if handling me the keys to the jet pack, my dad bought me a typewriter and a taped message to the inside of its case: "Son - the world is waiting to hear from you".
The thing that's been exciting about 'Superman' is to see how the character has developed through generations.
My greatest accomplishment so far is to keep selling enough that I never want for the labor that sustains my Presbyterian soul.
I use everything. Turning life into stories is how I make sense of my experience. No matter how weird or disturbing or upsetting to me personally, it all finds its way in there.
The world gets more like Disneyland every day, and it's the same the other way round. I can't explain what I know. Try explaining RED to a DOG and see how fast he gets bored.
Afraid? Batman's not afraid of anything.
It's me. I'm afraid. I'm afraid that The Joker may be right about me. Sometimes…I question the rationality of my actions. And I’m afraid that when I walk through those asylum gates... when I walk into Arkham and the doors close behind me... it’ll be just like coming home.
I've always felt I had more in common with the modernist approach than with postmodernism, but I can see where the connection might arise - and to be honest, I'm no academic, so I tend to use these words, like in Alice In Wonderland, to mean what I want them to mean rather than what they actually do mean.
In the world of the superheroes, everything had value, potential, mystery.
Any person, thing, or object could be drafted into service in the struggle against darkness and evil - remade as a weapon or a warrior or a superhero. Even a little bee named Michael - after God's own avenging angel - could pitch in to win the battle against wickedness.
There's a palace in your head, boy. Learn to live in it always.
And I ask him why he cuts his arms with a razor. "Just fo feel. Just to feel something.
I can always see ways to improve what I've done.
At the same time, knowing it's all an ongoing life's work allows me to be less precious about blind alleys, failed experiments, and misfires.