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100 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Clive Barker

Famous As: British Novelist and Playwright Who Excelled in the Genre of Horror Stories
Born On: October 5, 1952
Born In: Liverpool, England
Age: 70 Years
Clive Barker is a renowned British pop artist whose work is displayed in private and museum collections which include ‘The British Museum in London’, ‘Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C’, ‘National Gallery of South Australia’, ‘Tate in London’, ‘The National Portrait Gallery In London’ and ‘Städtische Kunsthalle in Mannheim’. He left his course at Luton College of Technology and Art and joined ‘Vauxhall Motors’ car factory to work on assembly line. It was here when he realized his true calling while he learned the potential of sculpture especially in chrome plated metal and leather. This had a lasting influence on him and he worked primarily on cast metals and applied chrome finishes to his work. Following are some popular thoughts and words expressed by Clive Barker. Read through the quotes and sayings by Clive Barker.
Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.

Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.

Clive Barker
Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red.

Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red.

Clive Barker
[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.

[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.

Clive Barker
Nothing else wounds so deeply and irreparably. Nothing else robs us of hope so much as being unloved by one we love

Nothing else wounds so deeply and irreparably. Nothing else robs us of hope so much as being unloved by one we love

Clive Barker
We’re too much ourselves. Afraid of letting go of what we are, in case we are nothing, and holding on so tight, we lose everything else.

We’re too much ourselves. Afraid of letting go of what we are, in case we are nothing, and holding on so tight, we lose everything else.

Clive Barker
That which is imagined can never be lost.

That which is imagined can never be lost.

Clive Barker
No tears, please. It's a waste of good suffering.

No tears, please. It's a waste of good suffering.

Clive Barker
To call you excrement would be an insult to the product of my bowels.

To call you excrement would be an insult to the product of my bowels.

Clive Barker
Wherever I go, I will speak of you with love.

Wherever I go, I will speak of you with love.

Clive Barker
I've learned two things in my life. One that love is the beginning and end of all meaning. And two that it is the same thing whatever shape our souls have taken on this journey. Love is love. Is love.

I've learned two things in my life. One that love is the beginning and end of all meaning. And two that it is the same thing whatever shape our souls have taken on this journey. Love is love. Is love.

Clive Barker
One man's pornography is another man's theology.

One man's pornography is another man's theology.

Clive Barker
Writing about the unholy is one way of writing about what is sacred.

Writing about the unholy is one way of writing about what is sacred.

Clive Barker
Life is short
And pleasures few
And holed the ship
And drowned the crew
But o! But o!
How very blue
the sea is.

Life is short And pleasures few And holed the ship And drowned the crew But o! But o! How very blue the sea is.

Clive Barker
A man kills the thing he loves, and he must die a little himself.

A man kills the thing he loves, and he must die a little himself.

Clive Barker
We burn so hard, but we shed so little light; it makes us crazy and sad.

We burn so hard, but we shed so little light; it makes us crazy and sad.

Clive Barker
Superman is, after all, an alien life form. He is simply the acceptable face of invading realities.

Superman is, after all, an alien life form. He is simply the acceptable face of invading realities.

Clive Barker
The sun rose like a stripper, keeping its glory well covered by cloud till it seemed there'd be no show at all.

The sun rose like a stripper, keeping its glory well covered by cloud till it seemed there'd be no show at all.

Clive Barker
Often people who are wonderful with animals aren't always terribly good with human beings.

Often people who are wonderful with animals aren't always terribly good with human beings.

Clive Barker
She had opened a door... and now she was walking with demons. And at the end of her travels, she would have her revenge... Pain had made a sadist of her.

She had opened a door... and now she was walking with demons. And at the end of her travels, she would have her revenge... Pain had made a sadist of her.

Clive Barker
I dreamt a limitless book,
A book unbound,
Its leaves scattered in fantastic abundance
On every line there was a new horizon drawn,
New heavens supposed;
New states, new souls.

I dreamt a limitless book, A book unbound, Its leaves scattered in fantastic abundance On every line there was a new horizon drawn, New heavens supposed; New states, new souls.

Clive Barker
…there’s nothing in the world more fun than doing something you’re good at.

…there’s nothing in the world more fun than doing something you’re good at.

Clive Barker
Flesh could not keep its glamour, nor eyes their sheen. They would go to nothing soon. But monsters are forever.

Flesh could not keep its glamour, nor eyes their sheen. They would go to nothing soon. But monsters are forever.

Clive Barker
Three is the number of those who do holy work;

Two is the number of those who do lover's work;

One is the number of those who do perfect evil

Or perfect good.

Three is the number of those who do holy work; Two is the number of those who do lover's work; One is the number of those who do perfect evil Or perfect good.

Clive Barker
Evil, however powerful it seemed, could be undone by its own appetite.

Evil, however powerful it seemed, could be undone by its own appetite.

Clive Barker
Is there any good news?' Tesla said.
Who ever promised that? Who ever said there'd be  good  news?

Is there any good news?' Tesla said. Who ever promised that? Who ever said there'd be good news?

Clive Barker
Give me B movies or give me death!

Give me B movies or give me death!

Clive Barker
Words are sexier than flesh.

Words are sexier than flesh.

Clive Barker
Welcome to the worst nightmare of all, reality!

Welcome to the worst nightmare of all, reality!

Clive Barker
Walk with care in dark places, and do not put your faith in anyone who promises you the forgiveness of the Lord or a certain place in Paradise.

Walk with care in dark places, and do not put your faith in anyone who promises you the forgiveness of the Lord or a certain place in Paradise.

Clive Barker
She was a sea: and I had to swim in her.

She was a sea: and I had to swim in her.

Clive Barker
We each die countless little deaths on our way to the last. We die out of shame as humiliation. We perish from despair. And, of course, we die for love.

We each die countless little deaths on our way to the last. We die out of shame as humiliation. We perish from despair. And, of course, we die for love.

Clive Barker
Angels have very nasty tempers. Especially when they’re feeling righteous.

Angels have very nasty tempers. Especially when they’re feeling righteous.

Clive Barker
O little one, 
My little one, 
Come with me, 
Your life is done. 

Forget the future, 
Forget the past. 
Life is over: 
Breathe your last.

O little one, My little one, Come with me, Your life is done. Forget the future, Forget the past. Life is over: Breathe your last.

Clive Barker
The great grey beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive.

The great grey beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive.

Clive Barker
Believe me, when I say;
There are no two powers
That command the soul.
One is God
The other is the tide.
-Anon
From the novel Abarat

Believe me, when I say; There are no two powers That command the soul. One is God The other is the tide. -Anon From the novel Abarat

Clive Barker
A soul of water a soul of stone.
A soul by name a soul unknown.
The hours unmake our flesh our bone.
The Soul is all and all alone!

A soul of water a soul of stone. A soul by name a soul unknown. The hours unmake our flesh our bone. The Soul is all and all alone!

Clive Barker
She wanted nothing that he could offer her, except perhaps his absence.

She wanted nothing that he could offer her, except perhaps his absence.

Clive Barker
Have patience; the lovers will suffer lovers always suffer.

Have patience; the lovers will suffer lovers always suffer.

Clive Barker
You must be careful with kindness. It's usually mistaken for weakness by stupid people.

You must be careful with kindness. It's usually mistaken for weakness by stupid people.

Clive Barker
You'll learn, honey. Love can be the best thing in life. And it can be the worst. The absolute worst.

You'll learn, honey. Love can be the best thing in life. And it can be the worst. The absolute worst.

Clive Barker
I haven't even had a life I could call my own, and you're ready to slot me into the grand design. Well, I don't think I want to go. I want to be my own design.

I haven't even had a life I could call my own, and you're ready to slot me into the grand design. Well, I don't think I want to go. I want to be my own design.

Clive Barker
So we make stories of our own, in fevered and envious imitation of our Maker, hoping that we'll tell, by chance, what God left untold. And finishing our tale, come to understand why we were born.

So we make stories of our own, in fevered and envious imitation of our Maker, hoping that we'll tell, by chance, what God left untold. And finishing our tale, come to understand why we were born.

Clive Barker
Perhaps sunlight had always been luminous, and doorways signs of greater passage than that of one room to another. But she’d not noticed it until now.

Perhaps sunlight had always been luminous, and doorways signs of greater passage than that of one room to another. But she’d not noticed it until now.

Clive Barker
There’s no conscious thing on the face of the world that doesn’t know dread more intimately than its own heartbeat.

There’s no conscious thing on the face of the world that doesn’t know dread more intimately than its own heartbeat.

Clive Barker
All things are true. God's an Astronaut. Oz is Over the Rainbow, and Midian is where the monsters live.

All things are true. God's an Astronaut. Oz is Over the Rainbow, and Midian is where the monsters live." - Peloquin

Clive Barker
To dream in isolation can be properly splendid to be sure; but to dream in company seems to me infinitely preferable.

To dream in isolation can be properly splendid to be sure; but to dream in company seems to me infinitely preferable.

Clive Barker
Dorothea:

Dorothea: "What the fuck are you?" Nix: "A man who wanted to be a God...then changed his mind.

Clive Barker
We're both thieves, Harvey Swick. I take time. You take lives. But in the end we're the same: both Thieves of Always.

We're both thieves, Harvey Swick. I take time. You take lives. But in the end we're the same: both Thieves of Always.

Clive Barker
There are lives lived for love, and lives lived for art. We, happy band, have chosen the later persuasion.

There are lives lived for love, and lives lived for art. We, happy band, have chosen the later persuasion.

Clive Barker
Gather experience... Look at what you should not look at. A feeling of anxiety is the sure and certain evidence that you should do this.

Gather experience... Look at what you should not look at. A feeling of anxiety is the sure and certain evidence that you should do this.

Clive Barker
Maybe the man had taken the wrong turning, but at least he'd travelled some extraordinary roads.

Maybe the man had taken the wrong turning, but at least he'd travelled some extraordinary roads.

Clive Barker
Always, worlds within worlds.

Always, worlds within worlds.

Clive Barker
Of all the rash and midnight promises made in the name of love, none, Boone now knew, was more certain to be broken than

Of all the rash and midnight promises made in the name of love, none, Boone now knew, was more certain to be broken than "I'll never leave you.

Clive Barker
Let the mad find wisdom in their madness for the sane, and let the sane be grateful.

Let the mad find wisdom in their madness for the sane, and let the sane be grateful.

Clive Barker
She's...just a girl, you know. Like most girls: something and nothing.

She's...just a girl, you know. Like most girls: something and nothing.

Clive Barker
You’ve always got me”
“Always?”
“Didn’t I just say so?”
“Yes”
“Am I liar? “
“No.” I lied.

You’ve always got me” “Always?” “Didn’t I just say so?” “Yes” “Am I liar? “ “No.” I lied.

Clive Barker
Help me', he said, like a lost child.

Go to Hell, the room respectfully replied; and for the first time in his life, he knew exactly what that meant.

Help me', he said, like a lost child. Go to Hell, the room respectfully replied; and for the first time in his life, he knew exactly what that meant.

Clive Barker
His body and his mind went about their different businesses. The former, freed from conscious instruction, breathed, rolled, sweated, and digested. The latter went dreaming.

His body and his mind went about their different businesses. The former, freed from conscious instruction, breathed, rolled, sweated, and digested. The latter went dreaming.

Clive Barker
We are the star and the darkness it peirces

We are the star and the darkness it peirces

Clive Barker
Being with people makes me vomit. I don't like em. I never did.

Being with people makes me vomit. I don't like em. I never did.

Clive Barker
Memory, prophecy, and fantasy—
The past, the future, and
The dreaming moment between—
Are all in one country,
Living one immortal day.

To know that is Wisdom.

To use it is the Art.

Memory, prophecy, and fantasy— The past, the future, and The dreaming moment between— Are all in one country, Living one immortal day. To know that is Wisdom. To use it is the Art.

Clive Barker
Funny that. We live in islands of Hours and we never seem to have time enough for anything...

Funny that. We live in islands of Hours and we never seem to have time enough for anything...

Clive Barker
Journey to the end of day, 
Come the fire-fly, 
Come the moon; 
Say a prayer for God's good grace 
And sleep with lore upon your face.

Journey to the end of day, Come the fire-fly, Come the moon; Say a prayer for God's good grace And sleep with lore upon your face.

Clive Barker
You can plan to be brave - it's even better if you just try to be brave.

You can plan to be brave - it's even better if you just try to be brave.

Clive Barker
..She had that brand of pragmatism that would find her the first brewing tea after Armageddon.

..She had that brand of pragmatism that would find her the first brewing tea after Armageddon.

Clive Barker
There must still be room for the falling note, of course. Even in an undying world there are times when beauty passes from sight, or love passes from the heart, and we feel the sorrow of partition.

There must still be room for the falling note, of course. Even in an undying world there are times when beauty passes from sight, or love passes from the heart, and we feel the sorrow of partition.

Clive Barker
Whatever capacity she possesses to supernaturally beguile a human soul—and she possesses many—she liked his clear-sightedness too well, to blind him that way.

Whatever capacity she possesses to supernaturally beguile a human soul—and she possesses many—she liked his clear-sightedness too well, to blind him that way.

Clive Barker
To you who have never died, may I say: Welcome to the world!

To you who have never died, may I say: Welcome to the world!

Clive Barker
True joy is a profound remembering; and true grief the same.

True joy is a profound remembering; and true grief the same.

Clive Barker
There is no delight the equal of dread

There is no delight the equal of dread

Clive Barker
We cry for ourselves, don't we? Not for the dead. The dead are past caring.

We cry for ourselves, don't we? Not for the dead. The dead are past caring.

Clive Barker
Midian is where the monsters go.

Midian is where the monsters go.

Clive Barker
(...) An amalgam of sexual excess and demonic elegance, as likely to fuck you as tear out your heart.

(...) An amalgam of sexual excess and demonic elegance, as likely to fuck you as tear out your heart.

Clive Barker
And this story, having no beginning, will have no end.

And this story, having no beginning, will have no end.

Clive Barker
Leavening the flat bread of what we know, with the yeast of what we dream may come to pass.

Leavening the flat bread of what we know, with the yeast of what we dream may come to pass.

Clive Barker
I'm a poet,' the young man said, 'And it's my job to remember the sadness of things.

I'm a poet,' the young man said, 'And it's my job to remember the sadness of things.

Clive Barker
Sooner or later even the most ambitious glutton must crawl away and seek the solace of the vomitorium.

Sooner or later even the most ambitious glutton must crawl away and seek the solace of the vomitorium.

Clive Barker
What worth was a man who could not be haunted?

What worth was a man who could not be haunted?

Clive Barker
Your flesh is killing your spirit. You have forsaken yourself.

Your flesh is killing your spirit. You have forsaken yourself.

Clive Barker
Beautiful,

Beautiful," Grillo said. "Would Swift approve?" "Fuck Swift." "Somebody should have.

Clive Barker
Nothing ever begins. There is no first moment; no single word or place from which this or any other story springs

Nothing ever begins. There is no first moment; no single word or place from which this or any other story springs

Clive Barker
All is death, woman. All is pain. Love breeds loss. Isolation breeds resentment. No matter which way we turn, we are beaten. Our only true inheritance is death. And our only legacy, dust.

All is death, woman. All is pain. Love breeds loss. Isolation breeds resentment. No matter which way we turn, we are beaten. Our only true inheritance is death. And our only legacy, dust.

Clive Barker
They will all abandon you. All you have left is my desire for you.

They will all abandon you. All you have left is my desire for you.

Clive Barker
..which should teach you something about this world. That it's a place where whatever you work for and care about is bound to be taken away from you sooner or later, and there isn't a thing you can do about it.

..which should teach you something about this world. That it's a place where whatever you work for and care about is bound to be taken away from you sooner or later, and there isn't a thing you can do about it.

Clive Barker
It was as though in these last minutes together--when they had so much to say--they could say nothing of the least significance, for fear it open the floodgates.

It was as though in these last minutes together--when they had so much to say--they could say nothing of the least significance, for fear it open the floodgates.

Clive Barker
I don't want to see another church; the smell of the places makes me sick. Stale incense, old sweat, and lies...

I don't want to see another church; the smell of the places makes me sick. Stale incense, old sweat, and lies... "In the Hills, the Cities

Clive Barker
Let the void come, and bring an end to the tyranny of hope.

Let the void come, and bring an end to the tyranny of hope.

Clive Barker
Who can call a man dead whose words still hush and whose sentiments move?

Who can call a man dead whose words still hush and whose sentiments move?

Clive Barker
Living in Hell kept him aware of the possibility of Heaven, and he’d never felt more alive.

Living in Hell kept him aware of the possibility of Heaven, and he’d never felt more alive.

Clive Barker
I've never worked where it was hard to be gay. Besides, being gay is a spectacular irrelevance to getting on with your life.

I've never worked where it was hard to be gay. Besides, being gay is a spectacular irrelevance to getting on with your life.

Clive Barker
Anyway, it's gone. And there's nothing left in my pocket to charm you. So from now on it's going to have to be tears or nothing I'm afraid.
That's all I've got left to tell you see: tears, tears, tears.

Anyway, it's gone. And there's nothing left in my pocket to charm you. So from now on it's going to have to be tears or nothing I'm afraid. That's all I've got left to tell you see: tears, tears, tears.

Clive Barker
How many human eyes ...
had snatched glimpses of their secret anatomies, down the passage of years?

How many human eyes ... had snatched glimpses of their secret anatomies, down the passage of years?

Clive Barker
You have to taste the sour urine before you break the jug.

You have to taste the sour urine before you break the jug.

Clive Barker
I was cured in my new infamy of all the tired wisdom of age. I would never weary into that tired state again---I swore to myself, I would always be this raw, wet child hereafter...

I was cured in my new infamy of all the tired wisdom of age. I would never weary into that tired state again---I swore to myself, I would always be this raw, wet child hereafter...

Clive Barker
Let the mad find wisdom in their madness for the sane, and let the sane be grateful.

Let the mad find wisdom in their madness for the sane, and let the sane be grateful." "Is that a famous saying?" "Maybe if I say it often enough.

Clive Barker
After all, where can the glorious, the goofy, and the god-like stand shoulder to shoulder?

After all, where can the glorious, the goofy, and the god-like stand shoulder to shoulder?

Clive Barker
However this miraculous place worked, it seemed real enough. The sun was hot, the soda was cold, the sky was blue, the grass was green. What more did he need to know?

However this miraculous place worked, it seemed real enough. The sun was hot, the soda was cold, the sky was blue, the grass was green. What more did he need to know?

Clive Barker
People are like books. Everywhere they're opened, they're read.

People are like books. Everywhere they're opened, they're read.

Clive Barker
The scent of sweet cherry had attracted hundreds of ants. They were crawling over it and into it, many drowning for their greed.

The scent of sweet cherry had attracted hundreds of ants. They were crawling over it and into it, many drowning for their greed.

Clive Barker