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“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”
Adrian Rogers
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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen
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One good thing about Jane Austen only writing 6 books is that it doesn't have to be an arduous feat to read them all.

Like many (most?) American AP high school students, I had to read Pride and Prejudice in high school. For fun and giggles, I had als
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The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima
The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms, #2)
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read in April, 2011
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Ahh, what can I say about this series? It's like George Martin fantasy for younger audiences (only that's not exactly fair to George Martin - at least the guy knows how to create dynamic, intriguing characters. Chima's Seven Realms series, by contras ...more
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They can be bunkmates at Fictional Character Reform School.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
"Did anyone else notice that the ultimate message of this book is that a disabled life is not worth living, even despite a caring family, endless wealth, the best medical care, and (by the end of the book) a devoted, loving romantic partner? For a..." Read more of this review »
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
"Epic fantasy doesn't get much more epic than this. I saw the movie before i read the book, before i even knew there was a book. The book is superior to the film in virtually every aspect. "
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The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
The Replacement
by Brenna Yovanoff (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2010
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Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
"I don't usually DNF something as early as 15 pages, but the writing is so self-conscious and mannered that I don't have the patience to sit through hundreds more pages of unnatural prose and dialogue. Plus some of it doesn't even make sense! "Her..." Read more of this review »
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J.R.R. Tolkien
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Desiderius Erasmus
“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
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Douglas Adams
“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Bernard M. Baruch
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
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Evelyn Waugh
“Charm is the great English blight. It does not exist outside these damp islands. It spots and kills anything it touches. It kills love; it kills art; I greatly fear, my dear Charles, it has killed you.”
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