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  • #1
    Jerry Spinelli
    “She dreams a lot. She dreams of Ondines and falling maidens and houses burning in the night. But search her dreams all you like and you'll never find Prince Charming. No knight on a white horse gallops into her dreams to carry her away. When she dreams of love, she dreams of smashed potatoes. ”
    Jerry Spinelli, Love, Stargirl

  • #2
    Philip Pullman
    “Thou Shalt Not is soon forgotten, but Once Upon a Time is forever.”
    Philip Pullman

  • #3
    Philip Pullman
    “Argue with anything else, but don't argue with your own nature.”
    Philip Pullman

  • #4
    Philip Pullman
    “Imagination is a form of seeing”
    Philip Pullman

  • #8
    Philip Pullman
    “Lee was too cool by nature to rage at fate; his manner was to raise an eyebrow and greet it laconically.”
    Philip Pullman
    tags: fate

  • #9
    Lewis Carroll
    “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

  • #10
    Lewis Carroll
    “Speak in French when you can’t think of the English for a thing--
    turn your toes out when you walk---
    And remember who you are!”
    Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

  • #12
    Lewis Carroll
    “Where should I go?" -Alice. "That depends on where you want to end up." - The Cheshire Cat.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

  • #13
    Lewis Carroll
    “Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
    The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
    Alice: I don't much care where.
    The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.
    Alice: ...So long as I get somewhere.
    The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you're sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

  • #14
    Frank Beddor
    “Do you know what they call themselves, all these people?"
    Alyss shook her head. How could she know?
    "Alyssians." Bibwit spelled it out.
    Her heart gave a little jump. Alyssians? No, they ask too much of me. "I don't think I'm ready for all of this," she said.”
    Frank Beddor, The Looking Glass Wars

  • #15
    Jerry Spinelli
    “It’s really hard to do nothing totally. Even just sitting here, like this, our bodies are churning, our minds are chattering. There’s a whole commotion going on inside us.”
    Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

  • #16
    Jerry Spinelli
    “She laughed when there was no joke. She danced when there was no music.
    She had no friends, yet she was the friendliest person in school.
    In her answers in class, she often spoke of sea horses and stars, but she did not know what a football was...
    She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.”
    Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

  • #17
    Jerry Spinelli
    “The trouble with miracles is, they don't last long.”
    Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

  • #18
    Jerry Spinelli
    “I’m erased. I’m gone. I’m nothing. And then the world is free to flow into me like water into an empty bowl…. And… I see. I hear. But not with eyes and ears. I’m not outside my world anymore, and I’m not really inside it either. The thing is, there’s no difference between me and the universe. The boundary is gone. I am it and it is me. I am a stone, a cactus thorn. I am rain. I like that most of all, being rain.”
    Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

  • #19
    Jerry Spinelli
    “Whos love do you cherrish more? Hers or theirs? when you deside that, it's all downhill from there.”
    Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

  • #20
    Jerry Spinelli
    “Stargirl began to improvise. She flung her arms to a make-believe crowd like a celebrity on parade. She waggled her fingers at the stars. She churned her fists like an egg-beater. Every action echoed down the line behind her. The three hops of the bunny became three struts of a vaudeville vamp. Then a penguin waddle. Then tippy-toed priss. Every new move brought new laughter from the line.”
    Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl
    tags: humor

  • #21
    Lewis Carroll
    “If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

  • #22
    Henry David Thoreau
    “It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #23
    Henry David Thoreau
    “What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #24
    Henry David Thoreau
    “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

  • #25
    Henry David Thoreau
    “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #26
    Henry David Thoreau
    “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

  • #27
    Henry David Thoreau
    “be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #28
    Henry David Thoreau
    “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #29
    Benjamin Hoff
    “Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you've got.”
    Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

  • #30
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

  • #31
    Alan W. Watts
    “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”
    Alan W. Watts

  • #32
    Lao Tzu
    “Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #33
    Lao Tzu
    “A man who knows how little he knows is well, a man who knows how much he knows is sick. If, when you see the symptoms, you can tell, Your cure is quick.
    A sound man knows that sickness makes him sick and before he catches it his cure is quick.”
    Lao Tzu, The Chinese Translations

  • #34
    Lao Tzu
    “Shape clay into a vessel;

    It is the space within that makes it useful.
    
Cut doors and windows for a room;

    It is the holes which make it useful.
    
Therefore benefit comes from what is there;
    
Usefulness from what is not there.”
    Lao Tzu



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