Alan Moore

Born: November 18, 1953

Occupation: Writer

Quotes of Alan Moore

Alan Moore

Noise is relative to the silence preceeding it. The more absolute the hush, the more shocking the thunderclap. Our masters have not heard the peoples voice for generations, Evey and it is much, much louder...

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Alan Moore

Is it meaningless to apologize? Never.

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Alan Moore

Yes, of course, the whole idea is utterly inane, but to let its predictable inanities blind you to its truly fabulous and breathtaking aspects is to do both oneself and the genre a disservice.

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Alan Moore

A live body and a dead body contain the same number of particles. Structurally, there's no discernible difference. Life and death are unquantifiable abstracts. Why should I be concerned?

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Alan Moore

So when you find yourself locked onto an unpleasant train of thought, heading for the places in your past where the screaming is unbearable, remember there's always madness. Madness is the emergency exit.

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Alan Moore

Please don't worry. It's a psychological complaint, common amongst ex-librarians. You see, she thinks she's a coffee table edition...

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Alan Moore

If light is outlawed, then only outlaws will be able to see where they're going.

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Alan Moore

The past can't hurt you anymore, not unless you let it.

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Alan Moore

You know what I wish? I wish all the scum of the Earth had one throat and I had my hands about it.

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Alan Moore

Truth is a well-known pathological liar. It invariably turns out to be Fiction wearing a fancy frock. Self-proclaimed Fiction, on the other hand, is entirely honest. You can tell this, because it comes...

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Alan Moore

Because our entire universe is made up of consciousness, we never really experience the universe directly we just experience our consciousness of the universe, our perception of it, so right, our only...

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Alan Moore

Don't leave home without your sword - your intellect.

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Alan Moore

The roots of the word 'anarchy' are 'an archos,' 'no leaders,' which is not really about the kind of chaos that most people imagine when the word 'anarchy' is mentioned. I think that anarchy is, to the...

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Alan Moore

I don't think any of us grew up into the world we were hoping for or expecting.

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Alan Moore

If you're functional, it doesn't matter if you're mad.

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Alan Moore

To some degree Satanism is purely a kind of disease of Christianity. You've got to really be Christian to believe in Satan.

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Alan Moore

For me, there is very little difference between magic and art. To me, the ultimate act of magic is to create something from nothing: It's like when the stage magician pulls the rabbit from the hat.

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Alan Moore

I think that the Occupy movement is, in one sense, the public saying that they should be the ones to decide who's too big to fail.

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Alan Moore

I was kind of a selfish child, who always wanted things his way, and I've kind of taken that over into my relationship with the world.

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Alan Moore

To paint comic books as childish and illiterate is lazy. A lot of comic books are very literate - unlike most films.

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Alan Moore

War is a perversion of sex.

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Alan Moore

A lot of the critique of our growing mechanization was actually at its strongest, and arguably at its most perceptive, during the late '60s.

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Alan Moore

All culture must have arisen from cult.

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Alan Moore

Art makes us feel less alone. It makes us think: somebody else has thought this, somebody else has had these feelings.

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Alan Moore

As far as I can see, it's not important that we have free will, just as long as we have the illusion of free will to stop us going mad.

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Alan Moore

Culture is just a shambling zombie that repeats what it did in life; bits of it drop off, and it doesn't appear to notice.

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Alan Moore

Famously, there's not really anywhere to go after nihilism. It's not progressing toward anything, it's a statement of outrage, however brilliant.

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Alan Moore

I didn't really sign up to be a celebrity, I only signed up to be a writer.

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Alan Moore

I don't really think that very much is interesting about the superhero as an archetype.

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Alan Moore

I enjoy putting my mind into different situations rather than my body.

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Alan Moore

I genuinely like the people I meet at signings or the bits of public talking that I do.

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Alan Moore

I love films that are made with almost no budget.

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Alan Moore

I love the smell of paper in the morning; it smells like victory.

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Alan Moore

I think that in an increasingly virtual world, lovingly produced artefacts are at a premium.

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Alan Moore

I think that we need mythology. We need a bedrock of story and legend in order to live our lives coherently.

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Alan Moore

I try to do things in comics that cannot be repeated by television, by movies, by interactive entertainment.

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Alan Moore

I'm remote from most technology to the point that I'm kind of Amish.

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Alan Moore

What does fighting crime mean, exactly? Does it mean upholding the law when a woman shoplifts to feed her children, or does it mean struggling to uncover the ones who, quite legally, have brought about...

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Alan Moore

I'm very distanced from the comics industry. I love the comics medium, but I have no time for the industry.

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Alan Moore

I've never studied anything formally. I was excluded from school at the age of 17, so I am an autodidact, which is a word that I have taught myself.

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Alan Moore

I've never watched any of the adaptations of my books. I've never wanted to, and there's absolutely no chance of me doing so in the future.

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Alan Moore

If the audience knew what they wanted then they wouldn't be the audience, they would be the artist.

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Alan Moore

In the human mind, the number of possible connections that can be made between neurons greatly exceeds the number of atoms in the universe.

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Alan Moore

It has occurred to me that the superhero really only originates in America. That seems to be the only country that has produced this phenomenon.

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Alan Moore

Language comes first. It's not that language grows out of consciousness, if you haven't got language, you can't be conscious.

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Alan Moore

London has been used as the emblematic English city, but it's far from representative of what life in England is actually about.

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Alan Moore

On the one occasion where I did try writing a screenplay, I found the rewriting just unendurable.

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Alan Moore

Technology is always a two-edged sword. It will bring in many benefits, but also many disasters.

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Alan Moore

The Conservative Party is a religion in that they are bound together by belief. Almost any organization has its religious aspects.

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Alan Moore

There are two worlds we live in: a material world, bound by the laws of physics, and the world inside our mind, which is just as important.

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Alan Moore

There has been a rather unpleasant sensibility apparent in Frank Miller's work for quite a long time.

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Alan Moore

A lot of people have found the idea of living your life over and over again absolutely terrifying; there's some people that find it very comforting. There are others that are appalled by it.

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Alan Moore

As people get more desperate, history suggests that they're not going to rise in a mighty proletarian tidal wave and wash away their oppressors. They're gonna turn on each other.

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Alan Moore

I suppose all fictional characters, especially in adventure or heroic fiction, at the end of the day are our dreams about ourselves. And sometimes they can be really revealing.

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Alan Moore

Most of the people who get sent to die in wars are young men who've got a lot of energy and would probably rather, in a better world, be putting that energy into copulation rather than going over there...

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Alan Moore

One of the advantages of travelling the world is that you get to know the world broadly. And one of the advantages of staying in one place is that you get to know the world deeply.

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Alan Moore

Certainly, my many years working in the comics industry, creating products that I do not own, has made me rather fierce on the subject of giving up rights.

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Alan Moore

Despite the constant clamor for attention from the modern world, I do believe we need to procure a psychological space for ourselves. I apparently know some people who try to achieve this by logging off...

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Alan Moore

Do I believe, for example, that by using magic I could fly? No. How would you get around gravity? Impossible. Do I believe that I might be able to project my consciousness into a very, very vivid simulation...

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Alan Moore

Every film is a remake of a previous film, or a remake of a television series that everyone loved in the 1960s, or a remake of a television series that everyone hated in the 1960s. Or it's a theme park...

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Alan Moore

Everything you've ever read of mine is first-draft. This is one of the peculiarities of the comics field. By the time you're working on chapter three of your masterwork, chapter one is already in print....

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Alan Moore

Growing up in the Boroughs, I thought I must be the cleverest boy in the world, an illusion that I was able to maintain until I got to the grammar school.

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Alan Moore

Here's the thing: If you're monitoring every single thing that goes on in a given culture, if you have all the information that is there to be had, then that is the equivalent of having none of it. How...

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Alan Moore

I don't think you can separate a place from its history. I think a place is much more than the bricks and mortar that go into its construction. I think it's more than the accidental topography of the ground...

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Alan Moore

I increasingly fear that nothing good can come of almost any adaptation, and obviously that's sweeping. There are a couple of adaptations that are perhaps as good or better than the original work. But...

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Alan Moore

I really can't be bothered going to a barber. And shaving every morning, that's nightmarish. I spent my teenage years covered in tiny little bits of toilet paper.

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Alan Moore

I'm dependent on writing for a living, so really it's to my advantage to understand how the creative process works. One of the problems is, when you start to do that, in effect you're going to have to...

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Alan Moore

I'm not personally connected to the Internet, although nearly everyone that I know is, and many of them have a great time and no problems with it. And on the surface you can see that the Internet could...

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Alan Moore

I've come to think that the universe is a four-dimensional site in which nothing is changing and nothing is moving. The only thing that is moving along the time axis is our consciousness. The past is still...

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Alan Moore

I've had years of bizarre hallucinogenic magical experiences in which I believed I had communicated with entities that may well have been disassociated parts of my own personality or conceivably some independent...

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Alan Moore

If you give me a typewriter and I'm having a good day, I can write a scene that will astonish its readers. That will perhaps make them laugh, perhaps make them cry - that will have some emotional clout...

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Alan Moore

If you look at that incredible burst of fantastic characters that emerged in the late 19th century/early 20th century, you can see so many of the fears and hopes of those times embedded in those characters....

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Alan Moore

If you're going to have any kind of political opposition in the 21st century, then it has to be as fundamentally liquid as the rapidly changing society we're living in.

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Alan Moore

In comics the reader is in complete control of the experience. They can read it at their own pace, and if there's a piece of dialogue that seems to echo something a few pages back, they can flip back and...

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Alan Moore

In many ways, my entire graphic novel career was a long diversion. Originally, all I wanted to do was to be an underground cartoonist and maybe bring out a groovy underground mag.

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Alan Moore

In the sixties, for anybody to suggest that the government didn't have our best interests at heart and policemen sometimes killed people would have automatically made them a radical firebrand lefty. That's...

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Alan Moore

It may be true that the only reason the comic book industry now exists is for this purpose, to create characters for movies, board games and other types of merchandise.

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Alan Moore

Life is a lot more interesting if you are interested in the people and the places around you. So, illuminate your little patch of ground, the people that you know, the things that you want to commemorate....

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Alan Moore

Magic is a state of mind. It is often portrayed as very black and gothic, and that is because certain practitioners played that up for a sense of power and prestige. That is a disservice. Magic is very...

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Alan Moore

My main point about films is that I don't like the adaptation process, and I particularly don't like the modern way of comic book-film adaptations, where, essentially, the central characters are just franchises...

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Alan Moore

My only problem with fans is when they turn pro. For example, when all the professional writers were fired by DC in the '60s, they brought in a generation of comic book fans who would have paid to have...

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Alan Moore

Our environments shape the way we see ourselves. If you have been condemned to live in an area that is pretty evidently a rat-run, then sooner or later you're gonna come to the conclusion that you're a...

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Alan Moore

People have asked me why I made the first chapter of my first novel so long, and in an invented English. The only answer I can come up with that satisfies me is, 'To keep out the scum.'

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Alan Moore

Right from the outset, the prevailing mindset in British comics fandom was a radical and progressive one. We were all proto-hippies, and we all thought that comics would be greatly improved if everything...

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Alan Moore

Romantic poetry had its heyday when people like Lord Byron were kicking it large. But you try and make a living as a poet today, and you'll find it's very different!

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Alan Moore

The one thing with writing stories about the rise of fascism is that if you wait long enough, you'll almost certainly be proved right. Fascism is like a hydra - you can cut off its head in the Germany...

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Alan Moore

There's a widespread cultural barrenness across art and political culture. But there are some pockets of resistance on the extreme margins, like the techno-savvy protest movements, small press, the creator-owned...

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Alan Moore

There's been a growing dissatisfaction and distrust with the conventional publishing industry, in that you tend to have a lot of formerly reputable imprints now owned by big conglomerates.

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Alan Moore

Way back in the day, when I first started and had delusions of adequacy as a cartoonist, I would listen to music. When I switched to a career as a writer, I would try to listen to music, but if the songs...

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Alan Moore

When I was working upon the ABC books, I wanted to show different ways that mainstream comics could viably have gone, that they didn't have to follow 'Watchmen' and the other 1980s books down this relentlessly...

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Alan Moore

Well, what do you expect? The Comedian is dead.

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Alan Moore

How can two people hate so much without knowing each other?

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Alan Moore

But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you. I love...

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Alan Moore

The central question is, is this guy right? Or is he mad? What do you, the reader, think about this? Which struck me as a properly anarchist solution. I didn't want to tell people what to think, I just...

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Alan Moore

Everybody has their story to tell.

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Alan Moore

I'm the king of the 20th century. I'm the boogeyman, the villian, the black sheep of the family.

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Alan Moore

The world's a stage, & everything else is Vaudeville.

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Alan Moore

They say that life's a game, & then they take the board away.

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Alan Moore

Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea... and ideas are bulletproof.

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Alan Moore

There is no coincidence. Only the illusion of coincidence.

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Alan Moore

There are people. There are stories. The people think they shape the stories, but the reverse if often closer to the truth. Stories shape the world. They exist independently of people, and in places quite...

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Alan Moore

Please, don't go. It's lonely. There's a hole in my head as big as the world and it's so very lonely...

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Alan Moore

There is some confusion as to what magic actually is. I think this can be cleared up if you just look at the very earliest descriptions of magic. Magic in its earliest form is often referred to as “the...

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Alan Moore

They say we have we created the man to end all wars; I say we have created a man to end all worlds.

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Alan Moore

Who makes the world? Perhaps the world is not made. Perhaps nothing is made. Perhaps it simply is, has been, will always be there…a clock without a craftsman.

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Alan Moore

We have laboured long to build a heaven, only to find it populated with horrors.

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Alan Moore

American love — like coke in green glass bottles...they don't make it anymore.

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Alan Moore

In order to be able to make it, you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. You have to do these things completely and purely without fear, without desire. Because things that...

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Alan Moore

If I have to have a past, then I prefer it to be multiple choice.

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Alan Moore

None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with YOU. You're locked up in here with ME.

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Alan Moore

Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, "Treatment...

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Alan Moore

It's funny, but certain faces seem to go in and out of style. You look at old photographs and everybody has a certain look to them, almost as if they're related. Look at pictures from ten years later and...

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Alan Moore

All we ever see of stars are their old photographs.

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Alan Moore

Our masters have not heard the people's voice for generations and it is much, much louder than they care to remember.

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Alan Moore

Authority, when first detecting chaos at its heels, will entertain the vilest schemes to save its orderly facade.

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Alan Moore

Equality and freedom are not luxuries to lightly cast aside. Without them, order cannot long endure before approaching depths beyond imagining.

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Alan Moore

Authority allows two roles: the torturer and the tortured. Twists people into joyless mannequins that fear and hate, while culture plunges into the abyss.

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Alan Moore

Your pretty empire took so long to build, now, with a snap of history's fingers, down it goes.

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Alan Moore

Knowledge, like air, is vital to life. Like air, no one should be denied it.

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Alan Moore

Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.

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Alan Moore

We're all puppets, Laurie. I'm just a puppet who can see the strings.

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Alan Moore

There is no future. There is no past. Do you see? Time is simultaneous, an intricately structured jewel that humans insist on viewing one edge at a time, when the whole design is visible in every facet.

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Alan Moore

We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. Yet seen from another's vantage point, as if new, it may still take the breath away.

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Alan Moore

You can’t buy that kind of empowerment. To just know that as far as you are aware, you have not got a price; that there is not an amount of money large enough to make you compromise even a tiny bit of...

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Alan Moore

To me, all creativity is magic. Ideas start out in the empty void of your head - and they end up as a material thing, like a book you can hold in your hand. That is the magical process. It's an alchemical...

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Alan Moore

Real life is messy, inconsistent, and it's seldom when anything ever really gets resolved. It's taken me a long time to realize that.

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Alan Moore

Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.

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Alan Moore

I am but a stranger ... as we all are. Lonely inside our separate skins, we cannot know each others pain and must bear our own in solitude. For my part, I have found that walking soothes it; and that,...

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Alan Moore

It does not do to rely too much on silent majorities, Evey, for silence is a fragile thing, one loud noise, and its gone. But the people are so cowed and disorganised. A few might take the opportunity...

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Alan Moore

It's cold and it's mean spirited and I don't like it here anymore.

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Alan Moore

Things are tough all over, cupcake, an' it rains on the just an' the unjust alike...except in California.

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Alan Moore

I leave the human cockroaches to discuss their heroin and child pornography.

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Alan Moore

Now everything is wonderful and hazardous and nothing's hypothetical.

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Alan Moore

Through my blue fingers, pink grains are falling, haphazard, random, a disorganized stream of silicone that seems pregnant with the possibility of every conceivable shape… But this is illusion. Things...

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Alan Moore

I am not saying people should not be free to join whichever reason they choose but should we be forced to live our lives around a belief system that originated somewhere around the fourth or fifth century...

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Alan Moore

The magician to some degree is trying to drive him or herself mad in a controlled setting, within controlled laws.

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Alan Moore

The superman exists and he's American.

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Alan Moore

I'm the idea of the human imagination, which, when you think about it, is the only thing we can really be certain ISN'T imaginary.

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Alan Moore

Our consciousness, a startling outgrowth of the universe, is possibly its most important part, the fraction of existence that can think, feel, marvel at itself.

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Alan Moore

Consciousness, unprovable by scientific standards, is forever, then, the impossible phantom in the predictable biologic machine, and your every thought a genuine supernatural event. Your every thought...

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Alan Moore

The only reality we can ever truly know is that of our perceptions, our own consciousness, while that consciousness, and thus our entire reality, is made of nothing but signs and symbols. Nothing but language....

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Alan Moore

As I see it, part of the art of being a hero is knowing when you don't need to be one anymore.

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Alan Moore

As I come to understand Vietnam and what it implies about the human condition, I also realize that few humans will permit themselves such an understanding.

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Alan Moore

We are alone. Live our lives, lacking anything better to do. Devise reason later.

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Alan Moore

Why do we argue? Life's so fragile, a successful virus clinging to a speck of mud, suspended in endless nothing.

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Alan Moore

I sat on the bed. I looked at the Rorschach blot. I tried to make it look like a spreading tree, shadows pooled beneath it, but it didn't. It looked more like a dead cat I once found, the fat, glistening...

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Alan Moore

I still can't believe it . . . him comin' here everyday, nobody realizin'. Still, that's life: lotta stuff happens under the waterline.

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Alan Moore

It's early days. A few skeletons are bound to keep jumping out of the closet.

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Alan Moore

Nothing's that simple, not even things that are simply awful.

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Alan Moore

In an era of stress and anxiety, when the present seems unstable and the future unlikely, the natural response is to retreat and withdraw from reality, taking recourse either in fantasies of the future...

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Alan Moore

There's a notion I'd like to see buried: the ordinary person. Ridiculous. There is no ordinary person.

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Alan Moore

It seems strange that my life should end in such a terrible place, but for three years I had roses, and apologized to no one.

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Alan Moore

The Rudderless World is not shaped by vague metaphysical Forces. It is not God who kills the Children. Not Fate that butchers them or Destiny that feeds them to the Dogs. ... It´s us. Only us.

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Alan Moore

I thought, "Well if I'm gonna react might as well overreact!

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Alan Moore

While a truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power.

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Alan Moore

There's no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill. There's only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof.

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Alan Moore

I shall die here. Every last inch of me shall perish. Except one. An inch. It's small and it's fragile and it's the only thing in the world worth having. we must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away....

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Alan Moore

The dusk reeks of fornication and bad consciences.

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Alan Moore

Everybody is special. Everybody. Everybody is a hero, a lover, a fool, a villain. Everybody. Everybody has their story to tell.

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Alan Moore

The past can't hurt you anymore. Not unless you let it. They made you into a victim, Evey. They made you into a statistic. But, that's not the real you. That's not who you are inside.

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Alan Moore

Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images to achieve changes in consciousness

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Alan Moore

For whatever the future holds, one thing is certain... It just won't be the same.

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Alan Moore

I have so very much. I have so very little.

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Alan Moore

This is not anarchy, Eve. This is chaos.

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Alan Moore

Roses are red Violets are blue Everything's possible Nothing is true.

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Alan Moore

There... Poor little things. You see them? Standing with their numbers on their blank, indifferent faces, Nuremberg in miniature, the ranks of painted wooden men... Poor dominoes. Your pretty empire took...

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Alan Moore

Sexually progressive cultures gave us literature, philosophy, civilization and the rest, while sexually restrictive cultures gave us the Dark Ages and the Holocaust.

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Alan Moore

Love your rage, not your cage.

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Alan Moore

A world grows up around me. Am I shaping it, or do its predetermined contours guide my hand?

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Alan Moore

Who? Who is but the form following the function of what, and what I am is a man in a mask.

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Alan Moore

Remember, remember the Fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and Plot, I know of no reason Why the gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot. Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent To blow up the...

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Alan Moore

Happiness is the most insidious prison of all.

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Alan Moore

This is an IMAGINARY STORY...aren't they all?

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Alan Moore

All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day." The Joker - The Killing Joke

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Alan Moore

Please! Don't all leave. Somebody has to do it, don't you see? Somebody has to save the world...

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Alan Moore

I'm 65 years old. Everyday the future looks a little bit darker. But the past, even the grimy parts of it, well, it just keeps on getting brighter all the time.

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Alan Moore

I don’t think people realise how vital libraries are or what a colossal danger it would be if we were to lose any more. Having had a truncated school life myself, all of my education from the age of...

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Alan Moore

I live my life free of compromise, and step into the shadows without complaint or regret.

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Alan Moore

Since mankind's dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it...

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Alan Moore

Remember, remember the fifth of November of gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gun powder treason should ever be forgot.

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Alan Moore

The things we do without the fear of failure and the desire for success are the purest acts we'll ever do

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Alan Moore

It is the oldest ironies that are still the most satisfying: man, when preparing for bloody war, will orate loudly and most eloquently in the name of peace.

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Alan Moore

I am brother to dragons, and companion to owls. My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.

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Alan Moore

Once you realize what a joke everything is, being the Comedian is the only thing that makes sense.

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Alan Moore

With so much chaos, someone will do something stupid. And when they do, things will turn nasty

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Alan Moore

It's only those exceptional and rare individuals who have brilliant ideas delivered to them by the muse, complete and gift wrapped. The rest of us have to work at it.

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Alan Moore

No one will ever forget that night, and what it meant for this country. But I will never forget the man and what he meant to me.

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Alan Moore

Madness is the emergency exit. You can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away…forever." The Joker

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Alan Moore

Anarchy wears two faces, both creator and destroyer. Thus destroyers topple empires; make a canvas of clean rubble where creators then can build another world. Rubble, once achieved, makes further ruins'...

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Alan Moore

The ending is nearer than you think, and it is already written. All that we have left to choose is the correct moment to begin.

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Alan Moore

Does the human heart know chasms so abysmal?

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Alan Moore

I didn't put you in a prison, Evey. I just showed you the bars.

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Alan Moore

Truly, whoever we are, wherever we reside, we exist upon the whim of murderers.

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Alan Moore

In a sense, the story, or poem or verse or whatever it is you're writing, you can kind of think of it as a kind of projectile. Imagine it is a kind of projectile which has been specially shaped to be aerodynamic,...

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Alan Moore

And yet, in each human coupling, a thousand million sperm vie for a single egg. Multiply those odds by countless generations, against the odds of your ancestors being alive; meeting; siring this precise...

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Alan Moore

Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose.

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Alan Moore

Ideas, unlike solid structures, do not perish. They remain immortal, immaterial and everywhere, like all Divine things. Ideas are a golden, savage landscape that we wander unaware, without a map. Be careful:...

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Alan Moore

My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you're lucky.

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Alan Moore

If we can come up with all sorts of imaginative ways in which people die, then I really don't see what the problem is with coming up with imaginative ways in which people can procreate.

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Alan Moore

Perhaps this is the purpose of all art, all writing, on the murders, fiction and non-fiction: Simply to participate.

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Alan Moore

You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it.

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Alan Moore

People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.

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Alan Moore

My mother said I broke her heart...but it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it's all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us...but...

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Alan Moore

You see, there's the way things seemed and then there's the way things were and one is so often the total reverse of the other.

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Alan Moore

Rorschach: Used to come here often, back when we were partners. Dreiberg: Oh. Uh, yeah... yeah, those were great times, Rorschach. Great times. Whatever happened to them? Rorschach: [exiting] You quit.

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Alan Moore

Blake understood. Treated it like a joke, but he understood. He saw the cracks in society, saw the little men in masks trying to hold it together...he saw the true face of the twentieth century and chose...

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Alan Moore

I am watching the stars, admiring their complex trajectories through space and time. I am trying to give a name to the force that set them in motion.

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Alan Moore

It was Kovacs who said "Mother" then, muffled under latex. It was Kovacs who closed his eyes. It was Rorschach who opened them again.

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Alan Moore

The main thing that I learned about conspiracy theory, is that conspiracy theorists believe in a conspiracy because that is more comforting. The truth of the world is that it is actually chaotic. The truth...

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Alan Moore

I'm disappointed in you, Adrian. I'm very disappointed. Reassembling myself was the first trick I learned. It didn't kill Osterman. Did you really think it would kill me? I have walked across the surface...

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Alan Moore

Evey Hammond: Who are you? V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask. Evey Hammond: Well I can see that. V: Of course you can. I'm not questioning your...

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Alan Moore

There is no substitute for practical experience, and if you want to write about people you ought to put down that comic book and go out and meet some of them rather than studying the way that Stan Lee...

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Alan Moore

The multiplying villainies of nature do swarm upon him... [from Macbeth]

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Alan Moore

With science, ideas can germinate within a bed of theory, form, and practice that assists their growth... But we as gardeners, must beware... for some seeds are the seeds of ruin... and the most iridescent...

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Alan Moore

No. Not even in the face of Armageddon. Never compromise.

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Alan Moore

This city is dying of rabies. Is the best I can do to wipe random flecks of foam from its lips?

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Alan Moore

Janey accuses me of chasing jailbait. She bursts into angry tears, asking if it's because she's getting older. It's true. She's aging more noticeably every day—while I am standing still. I prefer the...

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Alan Moore

...My point is, I went crazy. When I saw what a black, awful joke the world was. I went crazy as a coot! I admit it! Why can't you?

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Alan Moore

Who imprisoned me here? Who keeps me here? Who can release me? Who's controlling and constraining my life except...me?

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Alan Moore

I did it thirty-five minutes ago.

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Alan Moore

Once a man has seen society's black underbelly, he can never turn his back on it. Never pretend, like you do, that it doesn't exist.

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Alan Moore

Never despair. Never surrender.

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Alan Moore

Nothing is insoluble. Nothing is hopeless. Not while there's life.

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Alan Moore

I thought as much. Miss Murray, though I am a beast, do not think that I am stupid. I know that I am hideous and hateful. I am not loved, nor ever hope to be. Nor am I fool enough to think that what I...

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Alan Moore

Dan, I'm not a Republic serial villain. Do you seriously think I'd explain my master-stroke if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome? I did it thirty-five minutes ago.

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Alan Moore

That pompous phrase (graphic novel) was thought up by some idiot in the marketing department of DC. I prefer to call them Big Expensive Comics.

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Alan Moore

It's all a joke! Everything anybody ever valued or struggled for... it's all a monstrous, demented gag! So why can't you see the funny side? Why aren't you laughing?

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Alan Moore

You've got to be able to pay your bills, otherwise you're not going to sleep at night. But beyond that, the world inside my head has always been a far richer place than the world outside it. I suppose...

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Alan Moore

The one place gods inarguably exist is in the human mind

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Alan Moore

On my fortieth birthday, rather than merely bore my friends by having anything as mundane as a midlife crisis I decided it might be more interesting to actually terrify them by going completely mad and...

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Alan Moore

It seems that every movie is a remake of something that was better when it was first released in a foreign language, as a 1960s TV show, or even as a comic book. Now you’ve got theme park rides as the...

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Alan Moore

It is not the job of artists to give the audience what the audience want. If the audience knew what they needed, then they wouldn’t be the audience. They would be the artist. It is the job of artists...

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Alan Moore

Of course, Marxism is an example of what Carl Popper would have called a 'World Three' structure, in that it's got immense power as an idea, but you couldn't actually hold up anything in the world and...

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Alan Moore

I believe that magic is art, and that art, whether that be music, writing, sculpture, or any other form, is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to...

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Alan Moore

The entire universe - for one thing - only exists in your perceptions. That's all you're gonna see of it. To all practical intents and purposes this is purely some kind of lightshow that's being put on...

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Alan Moore

Yes, there is a conspiracy, in fact there are a great number of conspiracies that are all tripping each other up. And all of those conspiracies are run by paranoid fantasists and ham-fisted clowns. If...

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Alan Moore

I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for the opportunities the library gave me.

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Alan Moore

The announcement that there is a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen television series hasn't caused me to drastically alter my opinions. Now it seems they are recycling things that have already proven not...

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Alan Moore

My dear, beautiful and imaginative things can be destroyed. Beauty and imagination cannot.

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Alan Moore

Look at him now, poor fellow. That's what a dose of reality does for you...Never touch the stuff myself, you understand. Find it gets in the way of the hallucinations.

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Alan Moore

As I see it, a successful story of any kind should be almost like hypnosis: You fascinate the reader with your first sentence, draw them in further with your second sentence and have them in a mild trance...

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Alan Moore

I think that storytelling and creation are very close to what the center of what magic is about. I think not just for me, but for most of the cultures that have had a concept of magic, then the manipulation...

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Alan Moore

LSD was an incredible experience. Not that I’m recommending it for anybody else; but for me it kind of – it hammered home to me that reality was not a fixed thing. That the reality that we saw about...

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