Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.

Clive Barker, Days of Magic, Nights of War

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- Clive Barker

Nothing else wounds so deeply and irreparably. Nothing else robs us of hope so much as being unloved by one we love

- Clive Barker

Funny that. We live in islands of Hours and we never seem to have time enough for anything...

- Clive Barker, Absolute Midnight

Kaufman almost smiled at the perfection of its horror. He felt an offer of insanity tickling the base of his skull, tempting him into oblivion, promising a blank indifference to the world.

- Clive Barker, Books of Blood: Volume One

That's half of your trouble," muttered the crocodile. "You believe everything's true.""That's because everything is," replied Mr. Bacchus.

- Clive Barker

The flawlessly beautiful were flawlessy happy, weren't they? To Kristy this had always seemed self-evident. Tonight, however, the alcohol made her wonder if envy hadn't blinded her. Perhaps to be flawless was another kind of sadness.

- Clive Barker, The Hellbound Heart

The moon had risen behind him, the color of a shark's underbelly. It lit the ruined walls, and the skin of his arms and hands, with its sickly light, making him long for a mirror in which to study his face. Surely he'd be able to see the bones beneath the meat; the skull gleaming the way his teeth gleamed when he smiled. After all, wasn't that what a smile said? Hello, world, this is the way I'll look when the wet parts are rotted.

- Clive Barker, The Great and Secret Show

We’re making strange fictions of strange things inside ourselves.

- Clive Barker

Perhaps the House had heard Harvey wishing for a full moon, because when he and Wendell traipsed upstairs and looked out the landing window, there--hanging between the bare branches of the trees--was a moon as wide and as white as a dead man's smile.

- Clive Barker, The Thief of Always

Abaratians are very much about living in the moment; living life because that's what we've got, we've got today, we've got now, we've got being alive now and we have to be awake and alive in the moment and not asleep in our lives. And they would find the idea of sleeping through your life, of being bored - they would think that was very stupid - why would you be bored when there's so much to do and so much to see and so much to be?

- Clive Barker, Beneath The Surface of Clive Barker's Abarat

You focus on telling stories,
we do everything else.