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  • #91
    Joseph Brodsky
    “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
    Joseph Brodsky

  • #92
    G.K. Chesterton
    “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
    G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions

  • #93
    Jalaluddin Rumi
    “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
    Jalaluddin Rumi, Masnavi i Man'avi, the spiritual couplets of Maula

  • #94
    Alan Bennett
    “What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”
    Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

  • #95
    Thomas Hardy
    “Though a good deal is too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened.”
    Thomas Hardy, The Personal Notebooks Of Thomas Hardy

  • #96
    Anne Lamott
    “Joy is the best makeup.”
    Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

  • #97
    Thomas Mann
    “Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.”
    Thomas Mann, Death in Venice and Other Tales

  • #98
    L.M. Montgomery
    “Thank goodness air and salvation are still free...and so is laughter.”
    L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

  • #99
    Leo Rosten
    “O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales.”
    Leo Rosten

  • #100
    Gregory Maguire
    “People who claim that they're evil are usually no worse than the rest of us... It's people who claim that they're good, or any way better than the rest of us, that you have to be wary of.”
    Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

  • #101
    William Styron
    “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
    William Styron, Conversations with William Styron

  • #102
    Joyce Carol Oates
    “I never change, I simply become more myself.”
    Joyce Carol Oates, Solstice

  • #103
    Philip Barry
    “The time to make up your mind about people, is never.”
    Philip Barry, The Philadelphia Story

  • #104
    Robert Fulghum
    “We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”
    Robert Fulghum, True Love

  • #105
    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

  • #106
    E.L. Doctorow
    “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”
    E.L. Doctorow

  • #107
    Octavia E. Butler
    “In order to rise
    From its own ashes
    A phoenix
    Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents

  • #108
    Pearl S. Buck
    “To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death.”
    Pearl S. Buck, To My Daughters, With Love

  • #109
    Helen Keller
    “One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”
    Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

  • #110
    Madeleine L'Engle
    “When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability... To be alive is to be vulnerable.”
    Madeleine L'Engle

  • #111
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    “Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Airman's Odyssey

  • #112
    Lloyd Alexander
    “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.”
    Lloyd Alexander

  • #113
    Lloyd Alexander
    “Most of us are called on to perform tasks far beyond what we can do. Our capabilities seldom match our aspirations, and we are often woefully unprepared. To this extent, we are all Assistant Pig-Keepers at heart.”
    Lloyd Alexander, The Book of Three

  • #114
    Lloyd Alexander
    “Child, child, do you not see? For each of us comes a time when we must be more than what we are.”
    Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron

  • #115
    Agatha Christie
    “It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them. ”
    Agatha Christie, An Autobiography

  • #116
    Franz Kafka
    “Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #117
    J.K. Rowling
    “Luna had decorated her bedroom ceiling with five beautifully painted faces: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Neville. They were not moving as the portraits at Hogwarts moved, but there was a certain magic about them all the same: Harry thought they breathed. What appeared to be fine golden chains wove around the pictures, linking them together, but after examining them for a minute or so, Harry realized that the chains were actually one word, repeated a thousand times in golden ink: friends . . . friends . . . friends . . .”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • #118
    Cassandra Clare
    “There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

  • #119
    Carol Shields
    “Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve.”
    Carol Shields, The Republic of Love

  • #120
    Frederick Buechner
    “Let him tell them the truth. Before the Gospel is a word, it is silence. It is the silence of their own lives and of his life. It is life with the sound turned off so that for a moment or two you can experience it not in terms of the words you make it bearable by but for the unutterable mystery that it is. Let him say, "Be silent and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). Be silent and know that even by my silence and absence I am known. Be silent and listen to the stones cry out.

    Out of the silence let the only real news comes, which is sad news before it is glad news and that is fairy tale last of all.”
    Frederick Buechner, Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner

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