"Happiness won't just walk into your life on its own. But neither will unhappiness. Wouldn't you agree? So, if you don't want trouble in your life... then you'd best stay still and not move a muscle."
—Magicant citizen, MOTHER
"Ninten can flee to Magicant whenever he's lost, low on HP, or in over his head. Once the Onyx Hook is in his possession, Magicant is only just a couple of button presses away. You can come and go as often as you like, and stay for as long as you please. ...Retreating to Magicant has a very practical drawback: it comes at a considerable cost in time. Although you can enter Magicant from almost any location at almost any moment, there is only one way out, and it always drops you out in Rural America at the same spot. The trip from Magicant is always tougher and much longer than the trip to Magicant − especially when you have to hike three towns over to get back to where you were."
"Napier seems to have a fondness for a deck of playing cards, particularly the Joker in the pack, but Iím sure this will never become poetically apropos."
"A discussion about the nature of eternity, set against a blank, featureless void: Behold the beginning of the transformation of the Family Circus into Existential Despair Comics."
"[Authors] aren't doing it so that your English teachers have something to torture you with. They're doing it, at least if they're doing it on purpose, so that the story can have a bigger and better life in your mind. But for the record, the question of whether or not they're doing it on purpose is NOT A VERY INTERESTING QUESTION.... Whether an author intended a symbolic resonance in their work is irrelevant.... The book does not exist for the benefit of the author. The book exists for the benefit of you."