The story goes that novelist Richard Adams began Watership Down as an improvised story about rabbits he'd tell his two daughters on drives in the car together. The daughters loved the stories so much that they pushed Adams to write them down, which he did in the evenings over an 18-month period.
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Then, he began the process of submitting to English publishers and received seven rejections before finally finding acceptance by Rex Collings, who eventually happened to give Watership Down its title. Accepting a long novel about rabbits (one of them with "extra-sensory perception") and filled with adult themes had even Collings wondering if he had lost his senses in accepting the book, but it ultimately turned out to be an excellent move.
Watership Down won several awards, including the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Prize. It's been adapted into animated films, animated TV series, plays, and even inspired a role-playing game called Bunnies & Burrows. The epic adventure surrounding a group of rabbits and other animals has excited the imaginations of children and adults alike since its initial publication in November of 1972.
Here are 10 epic quotes from Watership Down that involve danger, friendship, fate, and more.
10 epic quotes from Watership Down, by Richard Adams
"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."
"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."