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  • #1
    Walter Wangerin Jr.
    “Her ballad did nothing to make the serpants lovely. Her ballad hid nothing of their dread. But the music itself spoke of faith and certainty; the melody announced the presence of God.”
    Walter Wangerin Jr., The Book of the Dun Cow

  • #2
    Leo Tolstoy
    “It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”
    Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata

  • #3
    Walter Wangerin Jr.
    “He went wordless, and wordless he sat beside her. He knew the size of her sorrow.”
    Walter Wangerin Jr., The Book of the Dun Cow

  • #4
    Neil Gaiman
    “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
    Neil Gaiman, Coraline

  • #5
    Winston S. Churchill
    “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #6
    “Music is a mixed mathematical science that concerns the origens, attributes, and distinctions of sound, out of which a cultivated and lovely melody and harmony are made, so that God is honored and praised but mankind is moved to devotion, virtue, joy, and sorrow.”
    Christoph Wolff, Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician

  • #7
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    “The aim and final reason of all music should be none else but the glory of God and refreshing the soul. Where this is not observed there will be no music, but only a devilish hubbub.”
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  • #8
    Madeleine L'Engle
    “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
    Madeleine L'Engle

  • #9
    Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
    “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”
    Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
    tags: god, joy

  • #10
    P.G. Wodehouse
    “There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, 'Do trousers matter?'"
    "The mood will pass, sir.”
    P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters

  • #11
    Ann Voskamp
    “Practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation.”
    Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

  • #12
    Ann Voskamp
    “Losses do that. One life-loss can infect the whole of a life. Like a rash that wears through our days, our sight becomes peppered with black voids. Now everywhere we look, we only see all that isn’t: holes, lack, deficiency.”
    Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

  • #13
    Ann Voskamp
    “Lament is a cry of belief in a good God, a God who has His ear to our hearts, a God who transfigures the ugly into beauty. Complaint is the bitter howl of unbelief in any benevolent God in this moment, a distrust in the love-beat of the Father's heart.”
    Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

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

  • #15
    Elizabeth Peters
    “Marriage, in my view, should be a balanced stalemate between equal adversaries.”
    Elizabeth Peters, The Mummy Case

  • #16
    Jonathan Franzen
    “But nothing disturbs the feeling of specialness like the presence of other human beings feeling identically special.”
    Jonathan Franzen, Freedom

  • #17
    Marilynne Robinson
    “I've developed a great reputation for wisdom by ordering more books than I ever had time to read, and reading more books, by far, than I learned anything useful from, except, of course, that some very tedious gentlemen have written books.”
    Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

  • #18
    Veronica Roth
    “I fell in love with him. But I don't just stay with him by default as if there's no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.”
    Veronica Roth, Allegiant

  • #19
    Laurence Cossé
    “We want splendid books, books that immerse us in the splendor of reality and keep us there; books that prove to us that love is at work in the world next to evil, right up against it, at times indistinctly, and that it always will be, just the way that suffering will always ravage hearts. We want good novels...And even if there is only one such book per decade,...only one...every ten years, that would be enough. We want nothing else.”
    Laurence Cossé, A Novel Bookstore

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