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A collection of quotes by Michael Morpurgo on writing, plays, children, books, reading, love, war, hate, inspire, comfort, emotion and happiness.

37 Inspiring Quotes & Sayings By Michael Morpurgo

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Michael Morpurgo is a British novelist, playwright, librettist, and poet, renowned for his works such as ‘The Butterfly Lion’ and ‘The War Horse’.  Michael started his writing career in 1974 with ‘It Never Rained: Five Stories’. In 1982, he published his widely-acclaimed book ‘War Horse’. From 1984 to 1995, Michael produced some of his acclaimed works including ‘Little Foxes’,  ‘Why the Whales Came’, ‘Words of Songs’, ‘Tom's Sausage Lion’, ‘Conker’, ‘King of the Cloud Forests’, ‘My Friend Walter’, ‘Twist of Gold’, ‘Waiting for Anya’, ‘Colly's Barn’, ‘The Sandman and the Turtles’, ‘Martians at Mudpuddle Farm’, ‘The King in the Forest’, ‘The Dancing Bear’, ‘Blodin the Beast’, and ‘The Wreck of the Zanzibar’. In 1996, he published his best-selling children’s novel ‘The Butterfly Lion’.  He is renowned for the magical way of presenting his stories which makes it easy for him to connect with his young readers. He has shared interesting facts about childhood and dreams of children through his books, novels, plays, writings, dialogues and thoughts. Here are few of his noteworthy quotes and thoughts that are sure to win your hearts. Read on the collection of quotations and sayings by Michael Morpurgo.

What a friend I have in Charlie.

- Michael Morpurgo

Secrets are lies by another name.

- Michael Morpurgo

...and then quite suddenly I found that I had no rider, that I had no weight on my back, and that I was alone out in front of the squadron.

- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo

I am a story as well as a happening, and I want my story to be known,

- Alone On A Wide Wide Sea, Michael Morpurgo

If there's one thing I can't abide it's fanatics of any kind, and religious ones are the worst of all.

- Alone on a Wide Wide Sea, Michael Morpurgo

When you're young you can't work out the age of an adult - they're just quite old, old, or very old.

- Alone on a Wide Wide Sea, Michael Morpurgo

When people make wars, they make refugees.

- Michael Morpurgo

Wars become history all too soon and are forgotten all too soon as well, before the lessons can be learned.

- Alone on a Wide Wide Sea, Michael Morpurgo

Good experiences give us happiness but bad experiences teach us good lessons

- Alone on a Wide Wide Sea, Michael Morpurgo

We fought back with our music; it was the only weapon we had.

- Michael Morpurgo

The crowd were on Fathers side most of them anyways. Everyone loves a loser I thought and there was tears coming in my eyes and I couldn’t stop them neither.

- Farm Boy, Michael Morpurgo

He laughed to himself he said because if he did not laugh he would cry.

- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo

After this night is over, then you can drift away, they you can sleep for ever, for nothing will ever matter again.

- Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo

There's room for all sorts of magic and miracles in this world - that's what I think.

- Alone on a Wide Wide Sea, Michael Morpurgo

You have to understand the sea, he said, to listen to her, to look out for her moods, to get to know her and respect her and love her. Only then can you build boats that feel at home on the sea.

- Alone on a Wide Wide Sea, Michael Morpurgo

I tried to smile back, but no smile came, only tears.

- Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo

But I didn’t dare. That has always been my trouble. I’ve never dared enough.

- Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo

I could believe only in the hell I was living in, a hell on earth, and it was man-made, not God-made.

- Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo

There's a nobility in his eye, a regal serenity about him. Does he not personify all that men try to be and never can be?

- Michael Morpurgo

But try as I might, I never got to eat any of her pastries, and do you know, she never even offered me one.

- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo

My Albert married his Maisie Brown as he said he would. But I think she never took to me, nor I to her for that matter. Perhaps it was a feeling of mutual jealousy.

- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo

It's no good wishing for the impossible. Don't wish. Remember. Remembrances are real.

- Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo

Genuinely good people are like that. The sun shines out of them. They warm you right through.

- Alone on a Wide Wide Sea, Michael Morpurgo

Life must not be spent always hoping, always waiting. Life is for living. -Kensuke

- Kensuke's Kingdom, Michael Morpurgo

Tonight, I want very much to believe that there’s a heaven, that death is not a full stop, and that we will all see one another again.

- Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo

If it is possible to be happy in the middle of a nightmare, then Topthorn and I were happy that summer.

- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo

He never reckoned much to schooling and that. He said you could learn most what was worth knowing from keeping your eyes and ears peeled. Best way of learning, he always said, was doing.

- Farm Boy, Michael Morpurgo

I must survive. I have promises to keep.

- Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo

If I learned anything in this life, I've learned that you can't cling on.

- Alone on a Wide Wide Sea, Michael Morpurgo

It's what I'll be singing in the morning. It won't be God Save the Ruddy King or All Things bleeding Bright and Beautiful. It'll be Orange and Lemons for Big Joe, for all of us.

- Michael Morpurgo

We're much alike, bee, you and me," I said. "You may carry your pack underneath you and your rifle may stick out of your bottom. But you and me, bee, are much alike.

- Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo

That's what this war is all about, my friend. It's about which of us is the crazier.And clearly you British have an advantage.You were crazy beforehand.

- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo

Cause when there's life there's still hope

- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo

Any problem can be solved between people if only they can trust each other

- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo

Stories make you think and dream; books make you want to ask questions

- I Believe in Unicorns, Michael Morpurgo

Being his real brother I could feel I live in his shadows, but I never have and I do not now. I live in his glow.

- Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo

I can hate you more, but I'll never love you less.

- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo