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  • #1
    Bil Keane
    “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
    Bil Keane


  • #2
    Charles de Lint
    “When you're touched by magic, nothing's ever quite the same again. What really makes me sad is all those people who never have the chance to know that touch. They're too busy, or they just don't hold with make-believe, so they shut the door without really knowing it was there to be opened in the first place.”
    Charles de Lint, What the Mouse Found and Other Stories
    tags: magic


  • #3
    William S. Burroughs
    “Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”
    William S. Burroughs


  • #4
    Neil Gaiman
    “Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?”
    Neil Gaiman


  • #5
    “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
    Narcotics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous


  • #6
    Eleanor Roosevelt
    “You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude”
    Eleanor Roosevelt


  • #7
    Edward Abbey
    “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.”
    Edward Abbey, The Journey Home: Some Words in Defense of the American West


  • #8
    “The effort to separate ourselves whether by race, creed, color, religion, or status is as costly to the separator as to those who would be separated.”
    Melba Pattillo Beals, Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High


  • #9
    “The task that remains is to cope with our interdependence - to see ourselves reflected in every other human being and to respect and honor our differences.”
    Melba Pattillo Beals, Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High


  • #10
    Patti Smith
    “It was like being at an Arabian hoedown with a band of psychedelic hillbillies (p. 171).”
    Patti Smith, Just Kids
    tags: music


  • #11
    Haruki Murakami
    “Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

    An you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You'll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.

    And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


  • #12
    Haruki Murakami
    “Every one of us is losing something precious to us... Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That's what part of it means to be alive. But inside our heads- at least that's where I imagine it- there's a litle room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in a while, let fresh air in, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you'll live for ever in your own private library.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


  • #13
    Salman Rushdie
    “Free societies...are societies in motion, and with motion comes tension, dissent, friction. Free people strike sparks, and those sparks are the best evidence of freedom's existence.”
    Salman Rushdie


  • #14
    Salman Rushdie
    “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
    Salman Rushdie


  • #15
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let's get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States -- and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!”
    Kurt Vonnegut




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