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  • #1
    George Eliot
    “But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
    George Eliot, Middlemarch

  • #2
    Theodore Roethke
    The Waking

    I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
    I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
    I learn by going where I have to go.

    We think by feeling. What is there to know?
    I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
    I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

    Of those so close beside me, which are you?
    God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
    And learn by going where I have to go.

    Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
    The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
    I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

    Great Nature has another thing to do
    To you and me, so take the lively air,
    And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

    This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
    What falls away is always. And is near.
    I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
    I learn by going where I have to go.”
    Theodore Roethke, The Collected Poems

  • #3
    Harper Lee
    “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

  • #4
    Brock Clarke
    “You can never tell how you sound over the phone, that evil piece of machinery, and I would stop using one, we all would, if only there weren't these great distances we need to put between us and the people we need to talk to.”
    Brock Clarke

  • #5
    Naomi Shihab Nye
    “When they say Don't I know you? say no.
    When they invite you to the party
    remember what parties are like
    before answering.
    Someone telling you in a loud voice
    they once wrote a poem.
    Greasy sausage balls on a paper plate.
    Then reply.
    If they say we should get together.
    say why? It's not that you don't love them any more.
    You're trying to remember something
    too important to forget.
    The monastery bell at twilight.
    Tell them you have a new project.
    It will never be finished. When someone recognizes you in a grocery store
    nod briefly and become a cabbage.
    When someone you haven't seen in ten years
    appears at the door,
    don't start singing him all your new songs.
    You will never catch up.
    Walk around feeling like a leaf. Know you could tumble any second.
    Then decide what to do with your time.”
    Naomi Shihab Nye

  • #6
    Arnold Lobel
    “Books to the ceiling,
    Books to the sky,
    My pile of books is a mile high.
    How I love them! How I need them!
    I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.”
    Arnold Lobel

  • #7
    G.R. Reader
    “No, I have never had a problem finding books to read. But I have had a problem finding people who understand what it's like to really LOVE reading. Maybe even need it. People who associate periods of their life with the kinds of things they were reading then, whether in school or in dusty old rooms of a house in Holland. The kind of people who take personal journeys into books and write responses that are part review, part stories in themselves. This is what Goodreads has always given me.”
    G.R. Reader, Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt

  • #8
    Khaled Hosseini
    “I have a theory about marriage, Monsieur Boustouler. And it's that nearly always you will know within two weeks if it's going to work. It's astonishing how many people remain shackled for years, decades even, in a protracted and mutual state of self-delusion and false hope when in fact they had their answer in those first two weeks.”
    Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

  • #9
    Constantine P. Cavafy
    “When you set sail for Ithaca,
    wish for the road to be long,
    full of adventures, full of knowledge.”
    Constantine P. Cavafy

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