Here are 12 memorable Richard Adams quotes from his classic novel, Watership Down. Find quotes on success, nature, friendship, and much more.
Richard Adams began Watership Down by telling stories about rabbits to his daughters on long drives together in the car. His daughters put persistent pressure on Adams to write the story down, which took him about 18 months after finally getting started. Then, he started getting rejected.
(12 quotes from George Orwell’s 1984.)
Watership Down was rejected seven times before it was finally accepted by small publisher Rex Collings, who asked an associate if he was “mad” after accepting it. However, the novel about rabbits journeying from their home to a new, better place was published in November 1972 and took off almost immediately—winning the 1972 Carnegie Medal.
Here are 12 quotes from Richard Adams’ Watership Down that cover success, nature, friendship, and more.
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12 Richard Adams Quotes From Watership Down
“A rabbit has two ears; a rabbit has two eyes, two nostrils. Our two warrens ought to be like that. They ought to be together—not fighting.”
“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you.”
“Can you run? I think not.”
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“For the first time, Hazel began to realize how much they had left behind.”
“I think we ought to do all we can to make these creatures friendly. It might turn out to be well worth the trouble.”
“I’d rather succeed in doing what we can than fail to do what we can’t.”
“It’s a man thing.’”
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“The primroses were over.”
“There isn’t any danger here, at this moment. But it’s coming—it’s coming. Oh, Hazel, look! The field! It’s covered in blood!”
“They forgot the ways of wild rabbits.”
“We all have to meet our match sometime or other.”
(33 lamentable words coined by Shakespeare.)
“You’re trying to eat grass that isn’t there. Why don’t you give it a chance to grow?”
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