quote by Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet

Dresden? There is not such a place any longer." "I want to point out, that besides Essen, we never actually considered any particular industrial sites as targets. The destruction of industrial sites always was some sort of bonus for us. Our real targets always were the inner cities.

— Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet

Powerful Dresden quotations

The building was on fire, and it wasn’t my fault.


When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching - they are your family.

Laugh whenever you can. Keeps you from killing yourself when things are bad. That and vodka.

The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians, but it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets.

The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims.

The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves.


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Evil isn’t the real threat to the world.

Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against Stupid. That might actually make a difference.

I'd made the vampire cry. Great. I felt like a real superhero. Harry Dresden, breaker of monsters' hearts.

The attack on Dresden, which was overflowing with refugees, on February 13th 1945 caused around 250,000 dead.

I remember reports that the American and English newspapers were very happy about the fact that so many were killed in Dresden. There are many instances of barbarity and cruelty on the part of the Allies which I could tell you.


When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.

I died. I died and someone made a clerical error and I am in Heaven.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.

He's Gandalf on crack and an IV of Red Bull, with a big leather coat and a .

44 revolver in his pocket.

I choose my battles, Dresden. Not you." She looked up at me calmly. "Let me put this in terms that will get through your skull: My friend is going to save a child from monsters. I'm going with him. That's what friends do, Harry.


Anger is just anger. It isn't good. It isn't bad. It just is. What you do with it is what matters. It's like anything else. You can use it to build or to destroy. You just have to make the choice.

Everyone is down on pain, because they forget something important about it: Pain is for the living. Only the dead don't feel it.

You rush a miracle worker, you get lousy miracles!

And I knew that there was some dark corner of me that would enjoy using magic for killing—and then long for more. That was black magic, and it was easy to use. Easy and fun. Like Legos

Life is too short, Harry. And there's nowhere near enough joy in it. If you find it, grab it. Before it's gone.


In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!

Growing up is all about getting hurt.

And then getting over it. You hurt. You recover. You move on. Odds are pretty good you're just going to get hurt again. But each time, you learn something.

Something like this will test you like nothing else," Mac said.

"You're going to find out who you are, Harry. You're going to find out which principles you'll stand by to your death--and which lines you'll cross." He took my empty glass away and said, "You're heading into the badlands. It'll be easy to get lost.

Bring it, Darth Bathrobe!

Most of the bad guys in the real world don't know that they are bad guys.

You don't get a flashing warning sign that you're about to damn yourself. It sneaks up on you when you aren't looking.


I don't believe in faeries!

You're in America now," I said. "Our idea of diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other and asking which you'd prefer.

Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't somebody watching.

The best thing about my faerie godmother is that the creepy just keeps on coming.


Yeah, but I forgot to take my George Orwell-shaped multivitamins along with my breakfast bowl of Big Brother Os this morning.

Life would be unbearably dull if we had answers to all our questions.

My favorite band at the moment is the Dresden Dolls, they're from Boston.

It's a guy and a girl. She plays piano and he plays the drums and she also sings. You can find them on the web they're incredible.

I think that men ought to treat women like something other than weaker men with breasts.