Andre Norton

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Andre Norton (born Alice Mary Norton, February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005) was an American writer of science fiction and fantasy, who also wrote works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction.


The Time Traders (1958)[edit]

Page number from the mass market edition published by Ace Books in July 1980 ISBN 0-441-81253-8
  • It is always impossible—he was conscious again with that strange clarity of mind—for a man to face his own death honestly. A man always continues to believe to the last moment of his life that something will intervene to save him.
    • p. 198

Storm Over Warlock (1960)[edit]

Page number from the mass market edition published by Ace Books in April 1983 ISBN 0-441-78746-0, 6th printing
The public domain text of the novel is available at "Storm Over Warlock"
  • Only darkness could not be held off by the will of men.
    • Chapter 7, “Unwelcome Guide” (p. 67)
  • And the opposite of dreams are facts!
    • Chapter 11, “The Witch” (p. 118)
  • They’re females right enough, and they can make the impossible happen. I’d say that classifies them as witches.
    • Chapter 13, “He Who Dreams...” (p. 141)
  • Their tribal system is strictly matriarchal, which follows a pattern even Terra once knew: the fertile earth mother and her priestesses, who became the witches when the gods overruled the goddesses.
    • Chapter 15, “Dragon Slayer” (p. 164)
  • You can’t play the role of thug all over the galaxy and not store up in the subconscious a fine line of private fears and remembered enemies.
    • Chapter 18, “Storm’s Ending” (p. 198)

Dragon Magic (1972)[edit]

Page numbers from the mass market edition published by Ace Books (#16646)
  • Treasure! That word, which had always been so exciting, meant something different now. Fafnir had taken the treasure and turned from man into monster because of his greed for it. Mimir, who had been Sigurd’s master and good friend—when the treasure had lain before him, he, too, became a monster, in another way. Then Sigurd had made his choice, to leave the evil, and so he had gone away a hero.
    • Chapter 3, “Sirrush-Lau” (p. 64)
  • There was a saying of the peasants—the rat cannot call the cat to account. But it was also true that if the moon moves but slowly, still it crosses the city.
    • Chapter 3, “Sirrush-Lau” (p. 78)
  • He was listening, too, for it is through the eyes and ears that one learns. A spiderweb of facts can tie up the lion of action; not to know is bad; not to strive to know is worse.
    • Chapter 3, “Sirrush-Lau” (p. 84)
  • Stout men, not stout walls, make a well-held city.
    • Chapter 5, “Shui Mien Lung—Slumbering Dragon” (p. 158)
  • Jade and men are both shaped by harsh tools; be not unaware of sudden changes of fortune.
    • Chapter 5, “Shui Mien Lung—Slumbering Dragon” (p. 158)
  • Does mud care which cloak it bespatters?
    • Chapter 5, “Shui Mien Lung—Slumbering Dragon” (p. 160)
  • A foot of jade is of no value, an inch of time is to be prized.
    • Chapter 5, “Shui Mien Lung—Slumbering Dragon” (p. 163)
  • From a gabled roof the rolling melon has two choices of descent, though both lead to disaster.
    • Chapter 5, “Shui Mien Lung—Slumbering Dragon” (p. 164)
  • Each man follows the path of destiny, but no two paths are alike. It seems that mine now runs into a place of evil intent, wasted wisdom, and stupidity.
    • Chapter 5, “Shui Mien Lung—Slumbering Dragon” (p. 168)

Here Abide Monsters (1973)[edit]

Page numbers from the mass market edition published by Daw (#UY1134)
  • Well, we don't know a lot, and most people don't want to learn more’n what's right before their eyes. You point out things that don’t fit into what they've always accepted, and they say it’s all your imagination and nothing like that is real.
    • Chapter 1 (p. 10)
  • Mrs. Clapp was some distance away, Jeremiah’s trophy laid across one knee, stroking the cat’s head and telling him what a brave, smart boy he was. Jeremiah accepted this praise complacently, with a feline’s estimate of his own worth.
    • Chapter 9 (p. 102)
  • And life in a continual state of apprehension was no life at all.
    • Chapter 17 (p. 186)

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