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  • #1
    Mark Twain
    “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
    Mark Twain


  • #2
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien


  • #3
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings


  • #4
    William Nicholson
    “I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
    William Nicholson, Shadowlands


  • #5
    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book...”
    Dwight D. Eisenhower


  • #6
    Thomas Jefferson
    “I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
    Thomas Jefferson


  • #7
    Paul Bowles
    “Death is always on the way, but the fact that you don't know when it will arrive seems to take away from the finiteness of life. It's that terrible precision that we hate so much. But because we don't know, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.”
    Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky


  • #8
    Juliet Marillier
    “He would have told her - he would have said, it matters not if you are here or there, for I see you before me every moment. I see you in the light of the water, in the swaying of the young trees in the spring wind. I see you in the shadows of the great oaks, I hear your voice in the cry of the owl at night. You are the blood in my veins, and the beating of my heart. You are my first waking thought, and my last sigh before sleeping. You are - you are bone of my bone, and breath of my breath.”
    Juliet Marillier, Daughter of the Forest


  • #9
    Juliet Marillier
    So you do believe in... true love? she whispered.
    I took a deep breath, I think I have to, I said, blinking back tears. Without it, we're all going nowhere.
    Juliet Marillier, Wildwood Dancing


  • #10
    Juliet Marillier
    “You know not, yet, the sort of love that strikes like a lightning bolt; that clutches hold of you by the heart, as irrevocably as death; that becomes the lodestar by which you steer the rest of your life. I would not wish such a love on anyone, man or woman, for it can make your life a paradise, or it can destroy you utterly.”
    Juliet Marillier, Daughter of the Forest
    tags: love


  • #11
    Juliet Marillier
    “More like some small, fierce bird of prey, something with a sharp bite. An owl perhaps, that speaks only when the rest of the world sleeps.
    Jenny will do well enough.”
    Juliet Marillier, Daughter of the Forest


  • #12
    Juliet Marillier
    “And as I watched him, I knew that in every dark night there was, somewhere, a small light burning that could never be quenched.”
    Juliet Marillier, Son of the Shadows


  • #13
    Juliet Marillier
    “My feet will tread soft as a deer in the forest. My mind will be clear as water from the sacred well. My heart will be strong as a great oak. My spirit will spread an eagle's wings, and fly forth.”
    Juliet Marillier


  • #14
    Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: What! You too?
    “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . ."”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves


  • #15
    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


  • #16
    C.S. Lewis
    “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
    C.S. Lewis


  • #17
    C.S. Lewis
    “A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”
    C.S. Lewis


  • #18
    C.S. Lewis
    “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
    C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


  • #19
    “Love chooses to believe the best about people. It gives them the benefit of the doubt. It refuses to fill in the unknowns with negative assumptions. And when our worst hopes are proven to be true, love makes every effort to deal with them and move forward. As much as possible, love focuses on the positive.”
    Stephen Kendrick, The Love Dare


  • #20
    Colleen Houck
    “For many, love is a two-sided coin. It can strengthen or stifle, expand or enfeeble, perfect or pauperize. When love is returned, we soar. We are taken to heights unseen, where it delights, invigorates, and beautifies. When love is spurned, we feel crippled, disconsolate, and bereaved. Polish the coin and you will see only requited love on both sides. I was destined to love you and I will belong to you forever.”
    Colleen Houck


  • #21
    Colleen Houck
    “Love is not a consequence. Love is not a choice. Love is a thirst. A need as vital to the soul as water is to the body. Love is a precious draught that not only soothes a parched throat, but it vitalizes a man. It fortifies him enough that he is willing to slay dragons for the woman who offers it. Take that draught of love from me and I will shrivel to dust. To take it from a man dying of thirst and give it to another whilst he watches is a cruelty I never thought you capable of.”
    Colleen Houck


  • #22
    Mark Helprin
    “He moved like a dancer, which is not surprising; a horse is a beautiful animal, but it is perhaps most remarkable because it moves as if it always hears music.”
    Mark Helprin, Winter's Tale


  • #23
    C.S. Lewis
    “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves


  • #24
    C.S. Lewis
    “The Friendship is not a reward for our discrimination and good taste in finding one another out. IT is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of all the others. They are no greater than the beauties of a thousand other men; by Friendship God opens our eyes to them. They are, like all beauties, derived from Him, and then, in a good Friendship, increased by Him through the Friendship itself, so that it is His instrument for creating as well as for revealing. At this feast it is he who has spread the board and it is He who has chosen the guests. It is He, we may dare to hope, who sometimes does, and always should, preside. Let us not reckon without our Host.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves


  • #25
    C.S. Lewis
    “Man approaches God most nearly when he is in one sense least like God. For what can be more unlike than fullness and need, sovereignty and humility, righteousness and penitence, limitless power and a cry for help?”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves


  • #26
    C.S. Lewis
    “Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our natural lives.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves


  • #27
    C.S. Lewis
    “In a perfect Friendship this Appreciative love is, I think, often so great and so firmly based that each member of the circle feels, in his secret heart, humbled before the rest. Sometimes he wonders what he is doing there among his betters. He is lucky beyond desert to be in such company. Especially when the whole group is together; each bringing out all that is best, wisest, or funniest in all the others. Those are the golden sessions; when four or five of us after a hard day's walk have come to our inn; when our slippers are on, our feet spread out toward the blaze and our drinks are at our elbows; when the whole world, and something beyond the world, opens itself to our minds as we talk; and no one has any claim on or any responsibility for another, but all are freemen and equals as if we had first met an hour ago, while at the same time an Affection mellowed by the years enfolds us. Life — natural life — has no better gift to give. Who could have deserved it?”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves


  • #28
    C.S. Lewis
    “Girls aren't very good at keeping maps in their brains", said Edmund, "That's because we've got something in them", replied Lucy.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia


  • #29
    C.S. Lewis
    “We hear a great deal about the rudeness of the ris-
    ing generation. I am an oldster myself and might be
    expected to take the oldsters' side, but in fact I have
    been far more impressed by the bad manners of par-
    ents to children than by those of children to parents.
    Who has not been the embarrassed guest at family
    meals where the father or mother treated their
    grown-up offspring with an incivility which, offered
    to any other young people, would simply have termi-
    nated the acquaintance? Dogmatic assertions on mat-
    ters which the children understand and their elders
    don't, ruthless interruptions, flat contradictions,
    ridicule of things the young take seriously some-
    times of their religion insulting references to their
    friends, all provide an easy answer to the question
    "Why are they always out? Why do they like every
    house better than their home?" Who does not prefer
    civility to barbarism?”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves


  • #30
    C.S. Lewis
    “You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you," said the Lion.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair




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