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100 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Alan Moore, The Renowned English Comic Writer

Famous As: Writer
Born On: November 18, 1953
Born In: Northampton, England
Age: 69 Years
Alan Moore is a British novelist and graphic book author, best known for his works such as ‘V for Vendetta’, ‘Lost Girls’, ‘Swamp Thing’ and ‘Gentlemen’. Alan started his career as a comic writer and illustrator. He is also renowned as a cartoonist, comic writer, musician, magician and screen writer. From 1982-85, Alan worked on his highly-acclaimed comics book ‘V for Vendetta’. Between 1982 and 1984, he worked on ‘Marvelman/Miracleman’. Alan produced graphic story books ‘Swamp Things’ and created ‘Watchmen’ an acclaimed comics’ book series. In 1988, he published ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’. Alan created four comics series in 1999 namely ‘Top 10’, ‘Promethea’ , ‘Tom Strong’ , and ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’. In 2003, he produced ‘The Courtyard’ and ‘Neonomicon’ in 2010. From 2012-13, he published ‘Fashion Beast’. Alan’s comics ‘Providence’ garnered immense popularity. Alan also has few novels to his credit that include ‘Voice of the Fire’ and ‘Jerusalem’. In 2003, he published a non-fiction book titled ‘Alan Moore's Writing for Comics’. The work, writings, novels, books, sayings and quotes by Alan Moore are sure to inspire you besides tickling your funny bones. Have a look at the collection of quotations, thoughts and sayings by the distinguished comic writer on truthfulness, pretense, equality and life that will make you sail through rough times with a smile.
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Alan Moore
Happiness is the most insidious prison of all.

Happiness is the most insidious prison of all.

Alan Moore
All we ever see of stars are their old photographs.

All we ever see of stars are their old photographs.

Alan Moore
God is in the rain.

God is in the rain.

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

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

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

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

Alan Moore
Love your rage, not your cage.

Love your rage, not your cage.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alan Moore
VI VERI VENIVERSUM VIVUS VICI.
By the Power of Truth, I, while living, have Conquered the Universe.

VI VERI VENIVERSUM VIVUS VICI. By the Power of Truth, I, while living, have Conquered the Universe.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Alan Moore
Nite Owl II: But the country's disintegrating. What's happened to America? What's happened to the American dream?

The Comedian: It came true. You're lookin' at it.

Nite Owl II: But the country's disintegrating. What's happened to America? What's happened to the American dream? The Comedian: It came true. You're lookin' at it.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Alan Moore
Everybody has their story to tell.

Everybody has their story to tell.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Alan Moore
Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.

Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.

Alan Moore
Is it meaningless to apologize? 

Never.

Is it meaningless to apologize? Never.

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

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

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

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

Alan Moore
There, did you think to kill me? There's no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill. There's only an idea.

Ideas are bulletproof. 

Farewell.

There, did you think to kill me? There's no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill. There's only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof. Farewell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alan Moore
I love you, but why must you love the law? 'Tis plain for all to see that she's a whore...that virtuous persons have no need to woo; that villains screw, then studiously ignore.

I love you, but why must you love the law? 'Tis plain for all to see that she's a whore...that virtuous persons have no need to woo; that villains screw, then studiously ignore.

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

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

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.

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

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?

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?

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.

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.

Alan Moore
Never despair. Never surrender.

Never despair. Never surrender.

Alan Moore
IF YOU HURT INSIDE, GET CERTIFIED, AND IF LIFE SHOULD TREAT YOU BAD...

DON'T GET EE-EE-EVEN, GET MAD!

IF YOU HURT INSIDE, GET CERTIFIED, AND IF LIFE SHOULD TREAT YOU BAD... DON'T GET EE-EE-EVEN, GET MAD!

Alan Moore
There is no coincidence. Only the illusion of coincidence.

There is no coincidence. Only the illusion of coincidence.

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...

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alan Moore
Happiness is a prison, Evey. Happiness is the most insidious prison of all.

Happiness is a prison, Evey. Happiness is the most insidious prison of all.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Alan Moore
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Who watches the watchmen?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Who watches the watchmen?

Alan Moore
The dusk reeks of fornication and bad consciences.

The dusk reeks of fornication and bad consciences.

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.

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.

Alan Moore
Me? I'm the king of the twentieth century. I'm the bogeyman. The villain...The black sheep of the family.

Me? I'm the king of the twentieth century. I'm the bogeyman. The villain...The black sheep of the family.

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. ... Its us. Only us.

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. ... Its us. Only us.

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?

...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?

Alan Moore
I thought,

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

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

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

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

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

Alan Moore
Does the human heart know chasms so abysmal?

Does the human heart know chasms so abysmal?

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

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

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

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

Alan Moore
I shall tell you where we are. We're in the most extreme and utter region of the human mind. A dim, subconscious underworld. A radiant abyss where men meet themselves. Hell, Netley. We're in Hell.

I shall tell you where we are. We're in the most extreme and utter region of the human mind. A dim, subconscious underworld. A radiant abyss where men meet themselves. Hell, Netley. We're in Hell.

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

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

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

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

Alan Moore
By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe.

By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe.

Alan Moore
Sex is glorious, it's how we all got here, and it's most people's favourite activity.

Sex is glorious, it's how we all got here, and it's most people's favourite activity.

Alan Moore
The superman exists and he's American.

The superman exists and he's American.

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

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

Alan Moore
They offered you a choice between the death of your principles and the death of your body. You said you'd rather die. You faced the fear of your own death, and you were calm and still.

They offered you a choice between the death of your principles and the death of your body. You said you'd rather die. You faced the fear of your own death, and you were calm and still.

Alan Moore