Peter S. Beagle

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The best advice on the art of being happy is about as easy to follow as advice to be well when one is sick.
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Our true home is often right around the corner, if we'd only open our eyes — and our ears — to find it.

Peter Soyer Beagle (born 20 April 1939) is an American fantasist and author of novels, nonfiction, and screenplays.

See also The Last Unicorn


  • The Unicorn Sonata ... tells us that our true home is often right around the corner, if we'd only open our eyes — and our ears — to find it.
    • The Unicorn Sonata (1996)
  • When I was very young every grownup was a hero. It's been all downhill since then, and I have only two left.
    • "My Last Heroes" in The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche and Other Odd Acquaintances (1997)

The Last Unicorn (1968)

These are just a few samples, for more quotes from this work see : The Last Unicorn
  • The true secret in being a hero lies in knowing the order of things. ... Things must happen when it is time for them to happen. Quests may not simply be abandoned; prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit; unicorns may go unrescued for a very long time, but not forever. The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.
  • Schmendrick stepped out into the open and said a few words. They were short words, undistinguished either by melody or harshness, and Schmendrick himself could not hear them for the Red Bull's dreadful bawling. But he knew what they meant, and he knew exactly how to say them, and he knew that he could say them again when he wanted to, in the same way or in a different way. Now he spoke them gently and with joy, and as did so he felt his immortality fall from him like an armour, or like a shroud.
  • My people are in the world again. No sorrow will live in my heart as long as that joy — save one, and I thank you for that, too.

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