The world is dark, and light is precious.Come closer, dear reader.You must trust me.I am telling you a story.
Reader, you must know that an interesting fate (sometimes involving rats, sometimes not) awaits almost everyone, mouse or man, who does not conform.
This is a wonderful joke to play upon a prisoner, to promise forgiveness.
Reader, do you think it is a terrible thing to hope when there is really no reason to hope at all? Or is it (as the soldier said about happiness) something that you might just as well do, since,in the end, it really makes no difference to anyone but you?
And hope is like love...a ridiculous, wonderful, powerful thing.
You can't always judge people by the things they done. You got to judge them by what they are doing now.
We appreciate the complicated and wonderful gifts you give us in each other. And we appreciate the task you put down before us, of loving each other the best we can, even as you love us.
There ain't no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.
It is a bad thing to have love and nowhere to put it.
The sound of the king's music made Despereaux's soul grow large and light inside of him.
We forget that the simple gesture of putting a book in someone's hands can change a life. I want to remind you that it can. I want to thank you because it did. - 2010 Indies Choice Award
Despereaux was reading the story out loud to himself. He was reading from the beginning so that he could get to the end...
If you have no intention of loving or being loved, the whole journey is pointless.
Men and boys always want to go fight. They are always looking for a reason to go to war. It is the saddest thing. They have this abiding notion that war is fun. And no history lesson will convince them differently.
There is nothing worse than war in the summetime.