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Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.
Innledende sitat av G.K Chesterton
Because, she said, when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave
It is astonishing just how much of what we are can be tied to the beds we wake up in the morning, an it is astonishing how fragile that can be
Jeg vil ikke ha alt jeg ønsker meg. Ingen vil det. Ikke egentlig. Hva ville vært morsomt hvis jeg bestandig fikk alt jeg ba om? Sånn uten videre, uten at det betyr noe? Hva så?
Coralines far sluttet med arbeidet sitt og laget middag til dem alle sammen. Coraline mislikte den sterkt, -Pappa, sa hun. -Du har laget en oppskrift igjen.
The cat yawned slowly, carefully, revealing a mouth and tongue of astounding pinkness. "Cats don't have names," it said.
"No?" said Coraline.
"No," said the cat. "Now, you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names."
The limeade was interesting. It didn’t taste anything like lime. It tasted bright green and slightly chemical. Coroline liked it enormously.
"How do I know you'll keep your word?" asked Coraline.
"I swear it," said the other mother. "I swear it on my own mother's grave."
"Does she have a grave?" asked Coraline.
"Oh yes," said the other mother. "I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back."