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How To Train Your Dragon Book Quotes

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on 5 December 2014

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Transcript of How To Train Your Dragon Book Quotes

"Perhaps you are one Human worth saving..."
-One Eye
"There's no such thing as im-POSSIBLE... Only im-PROBABLE."
-Old Wrinkly
"I don't WANT to be the Chosen One!... I don't WANT to be the Chief of the Hairy Hooligan Tribe! I didn't WANT to lift Norbert's stupid Curse! I wanted to cheat the Curse on Fishlegs. All I want is my FRIEND."
-Hiccup Horrendous Haddock The Third
"The past is another land and we cannot go to visit. So, if I say there were dragons and men rode up upon their backs, who alive has been there and can tell me I am wrong?"
-Cressida Cowell
"We're all snatching precious moments from the peaceful jaws of time."
-The Green Death
How To Train Your Dragon Book Quotes
AKA evidence of why these books aren't just stupid kids books with fart jokes.
"Maybe all Kings should bear the Slavemark, to remind them that they should be slaves to their people, rather than the other way around.
-Hiccup Horrendous Haddock The Third
"It is a constant reminder to me of the human ability to create something beautiful even when things are at their darkest."
-Hiccup Horrendous Haddock The Third
"Sometimes it is only a True Friend who knows what we mean when we try to speak. Somebody who has spent a lot of time with us, and listens carefully to what we are trying to say, and tries to understand."
-Cressida Cowell
"Sometimes time cannot tick backwards.
Sometimes you cannot put a dragon back in a forest,
nor a witch back in a tree-trunk, nor the breath back
into a friend when all the breath has gone.
War really does have terrible consequences."
-Cressida Cowell
"You see, it was not only Hiccup who was growing up, it was the entire world around him-and when whole worlds grow up, that can be painful and difficult."
-Cressida Cowell
"Most of us are lucky not to be Kings and Heroes, because we do not have to make the choices Kings and Heroes have to make."
-Cressida Cowell
"However small we are, we should all fight for what we believe to be right. And I don't mean fight with the power of our fists or the power of our swords... I mean the power of our brains and our thoughts and our dreams."
-Cressida Cowell
"The fight goes on for the Heroes of the Future."
-Cressida Cowell
"And that's how books can help you Fishlegs, they can save your life, they really can."
-Hiccup Horrendous Haddock The Third
"Isn't fate artistic?"
"The thing about history is that it has this nasty habit of repeating itself."
-Cressida Cowell
"For it was on that Quest that I first truly discovered MYSELF ."
-Cressida Cowell
"It does not matter so much WHERE you are as long as you know WHO you are."
-Cressida Cowell
"We were not ready to build a New World.
How can you make a fresh start in a New World when you are carrying with you on your boat all the same problems, the same frustrations and inequalities of the Old World?"
-Hiccup Horrendous Haddock The Third
"I wanted to be a King who would found a New World, not in some misty country far across the seas, but right here, right now, at home. I would make the Barbaric Archipelago a place in which Might was no longer Right. Where the weaker Tribes could have their say and their vote at the Thing. Where small children would not live in daily fear of death by wolves, by dragons roaming wild, by starvation and by war. Where the rule of Law would apply to bully boys like Snotlout and Nutjob himself. And, the first thing I would do as a King, would be to abolish slavery for ever from the Viking Lands...
The Slavemark has been a great burden to bear, and made my task so much harder, But Thor was right to give me the slavemark. I could never rub it away, never forget the promise that I made, because there it was, in indelible purple of the side of my head. Maybe all Kings should bear the Slavemark, to remind them that they should be slaves to their people, rather than the other way around. And to help them never to forget what it feels to be a child... to be small and weak and helpless.
Perhaps my vision does not seem so revolutionary to readers of the Future. But you have to remember the savage wildness of the world I grew up in... How much easier it would have been to have rubbed along as my father had, shrugging at the injustices, closing an eye to the Bad Things... But that way is not my way. My story is all about being a Hero the Hard Way.
We are all not so very different from Norbert the Nutjob. We need a vision of a New World to help us carry on. And in all that I have done, I have been dreaming of those white beaches. All my life I have struggled to found a New World, a better world, for us to live in. I have struggled to make us ready, to make us good enough, to return once again to that country that I saw, long ago, across the sea.
We are still not ready. Maybe we never will be ready. But we are a bit closer now than when I was young."

-Cressida Cowell
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