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  • #1
    Jane Austen
    “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”
    Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

  • #2
    Jane Austen
    “If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.”
    Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

  • #3
    Lewis Carroll
    “Speak in French when you can’t think of the English for a thing--
    turn your toes out when you walk---
    And remember who you are!”
    Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

  • #4
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “It was at this point that Bilbo stopped. Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. The tremendous things that happened afterward were as nothing compared to it. He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

  • #5
    George Harrison
    “If you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there”
    George Harrison

  • #6
    Jane Austen
    “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

  • #7
    C.S. Lewis
    “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  • #8
    Rudyard Kipling
    “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
    Rudyard Kipling

  • #9
    Lewis Carroll
    “She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

  • #10
    Lewis Carroll
    “Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

  • #11
    C.S. Lewis
    “I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #12
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin

  • #13
    C.S. Lewis
    “If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #14
    Elizabeth Goudge
    “Yet surely that story she had imagined was a real thing? If you created a story with your mind surely it was just as much there as a piece of needlework that you created with your fingers? You could not see it with your bodily eyes, that was all....the invisible world must be saturated with the stories that men tell both in their minds and by their lives. They must be everywhere, these stories, twisting together, penetrating existence like air breathed into the lungs, and how terrible, how awful, thought Henrietta, if the air breathed should be foul. How dare men live, how dare they think or imagine, when every action and every thought is a tiny thread to ar or enrich that tremendous tapestried story that man weaves on the loom that God has set up, a loom that stretches from heaven above to hell below, and from side to side of the universe...”
    Elizabeth Goudge, A City of Bells

  • #15
    Alexander McCall Smith
    “We don't forget.... Our heads may be small, but they are as full of memories as the sky may sometimes be full of swarming bees, thousands and thousands of memories, of smells, of places, of little things that happened to us and which came back, unexpectedly, to remind us who we are.”
    Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

  • #16
    Bill Watterson
    “Calvin: I used to hate writing assignments, but now I enjoy them. I realized that the purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog! Want to see my book report?
    Hobbes: (Reading Calvin's paper) "The Dynamics of Interbeing and Monological Imperatives in Dick and Jane: A Study in Psychic Transrelational Gender modes."
    Calvin: Academia, here I come!”
    Bill Watterson, Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection

  • #17
    C.S. Lewis
    “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #18
    Laura Ingalls Wilder
    “The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
    Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • #19
    C.S. Lewis
    “Make your choice, adventurous Stranger,
    Strike the bell and bide the danger,
    Or wonder, till it drives you mad,
    What would have followed if you had.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew

  • #20
    L.M. Montgomery
    “People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven't you?”
    L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

  • #21
    André Gide
    “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
    André Gide, Autumn Leaves

  • #22
    Jane Austen
    “Mr. Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such a way? You
    take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion for my poor nerves."

    "You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They
    are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration
    these last twenty years at least.”
    Jane Austen

  • #23
    George MacDonald
    “To try to be brave is to be brave.”
    George MacDonald

  • #24
    Lewis Carroll
    “Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.”
    Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky and Other Poems

  • #25
    Oscar Wilde
    “I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories

  • #26
    Robert Frost
    “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
    Robert Frost

  • #27
    Shirley Jackson
    “Eleanor looked up, surprised; the little girl was sliding back in her chair, sullenly refusing her milk, while her father frowned and her brother giggled and her mother said calmly, 'She wants her cup of stars.'

    Indeed yes, Eleanor thought; indeed, so do I; a cup of stars, of course.

    'Her little cup,' the mother was explaining, smiling apologetically at the waitress, who was thunderstruck at the thought that the mill's good country milk was not rich enough for the little girl. 'It has stars in the bottom, and she always drinks her milk from it at home. She calls it her cup of stars because she can see the stars while she drinks her milk.' The waitress nodded, unconvinced, and the mother told the little girl, 'You'll have your milk from your cup of stars tonight when we get home. But just for now, just to be a very good little girl, will you take a little milk from this glass?'

    Don't do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone else you will never see your cup of stars again; don't do it; and the little girl glanced at her, and smiled a little subtle, dimpling, wholly comprehending smile, and shook her head stubbornly at the glass. Brave girl, Eleanor thought; wise, brave girl.”
    Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

  • #28
    L.M. Montgomery
    “Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your troubles but gather strength from them, make a jest of your difficulties but overcome them.”
    L.M. Montgomery

  • #29
    Louise Fitzhugh
    “Ole Golly: The time has come, the walrus said...
    Harriet M. Welsch: To talk of many things...
    Ole Golly: Of shoes and ships and ceiling wax...
    Harriet M. Welsch: Of cabbages and kings...
    Ole Golly: And why the sea is boiling hot...
    Harriet M. Welsch: And whether pigs have wings!”
    Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

  • #30
    C.S. Lewis
    “But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, "Courage, dear heart," and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan's, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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