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  • #1
    Neil Gaiman
    “Bod said, 'I want to see life. I want to hold it in my hands. I want to leave a footprint on the sand of a desert island. I want to play football with people. I want,' he said, and then he paused and he thought. 'I want everything.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

  • #2
    Eva Ibbotson
    “But she had to know words. She had to know everything.”
    Eva Ibbotson

  • #3
    Shel Silverstein
    “Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
    Shel Silverstein

  • #4
    Eva Ibbotson
    “Shadows are cool and peaceful places for those whose minds are overstocked with treasure.”
    Eva Ibbotson, A Countess Below Stairs

  • #5
    Shel Silverstein
    “If you are a dreamer come in
    If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
    A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
    If youre a pretender com sit by my fire
    For we have some flax golden tales to spin
    Come in!
    Come in!”
    Shel Silverstein

  • #6
    Neil Gaiman
    “I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones

  • #7
    Eva Ibbotson
    “It's true that adventures are good for people even when they are very young. Adventures can get in a person's blood even if he doesn't remember having them. ”
    Eva Ibbotson, The Secret of Platform 13

  • #8
    Neil Gaiman
    “Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”
    Neil Gaiman, Fables & Reflections

  • #9
    Eva Ibbotson
    “She was so intelligent that she could think herself into beauty. Intelligence...they don't talk about it much, the poets, but when a woman is intelligent and passionate and good...”
    Eva Ibbotson, A Company of Swans

  • #10
    Eva Ibbotson
    “When you're sad, my Little Star, go out of doors. It's always better underneath the open sky.”
    Eva Ibbotson, A Countess Below Stairs

  • #11
    Neil Gaiman
    “Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones

  • #12
    Neil Gaiman
    “What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”
    Neil Gaiman, American Gods

  • #13
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
    “What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
    I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
    Under my head till morning, but the rain
    Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
    Upon the glass and listen for reply,
    And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
    For unremembered lads that not again
    Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.

    Thus in the winter stands the lonely tree,
    Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
    Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
    I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
    I only know that summer sang in me
    A little while, that in me sings no more.”
    Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • #14
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
    “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.”
    Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • #15
    Eva Ibbotson
    “This is worse than Hollywood, he thought. A girl comes in with a pork chop and I write a song for her.”
    Eva Ibbotson

  • #16
    Clive Barker
    “I dreamed I spoke in another's language,
    I dreamed I lived in another's skin,
    I dreamed I was my own beloved,
    I dreamed I was a tiger's kin.

    I dreamed that Eden lived inside me,
    And when I breathed a garden came,
    I dreamed I knew all of Creation,
    I dreamed I knew the Creator's name.

    I dreamed--and this dream was the finest--
    That all I dreamed was real and true,
    And we would live in joy forever,
    You in me, and me in you.”
    Clive Barker, Days of Magic, Nights of War

  • #17
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
    “After all, my erstwhile dear,
    My no longer cherished,
    Need we say it was not love,
    Just because it perished?”
    Edna St. Vincent Millay, Collected Poems

  • #18
    Neil Gaiman
    “There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.”
    Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

  • #19
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
    “I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.”
    Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • #20
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
    “You see, I am a poet, and not quite right in the head, darling. It’s only that.”
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
    tags: poet

  • #21
    Clive Barker
    “Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”
    Clive Barker, Days of Magic, Nights of War

  • #22
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
    “Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. ”
    Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • #23
    Robert Frost
    “Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.
    From what I've tasted of desire,
    I hold with those who favor fire.
    But if it had to perish twice
    I think I know enough of hate
    To say that for destruction ice
    Is also great
    And would suffice.”
    Robert Frost

  • #24
    Neil Gaiman
    “She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.”
    Neil Gaiman, Stardust

  • #25
    Robert Frost
    “If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane.”
    Robert Frost

  • #26
    Robert Frost
    “The Road Not Taken

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.”
    Robert Frost

  • #27
    Eva Ibbotson
    “And so they played some of the world's loveliest piano music - the exiled homesick girl, the humiliated, tired old man. Not properly. Better than that.”
    Eva Ibbotson, A Countess Below Stairs

  • #28
    Robert Frost
    “Poetry is what gets lost in translation.”
    Robert Frost

  • #29
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
    “My heart is warm with the friends I make,
    And better friends I'll not be knowing,
    Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,
    No matter where it's going.”
    Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Selected Poetry

  • #30
    Neil Gaiman
    “You get what anybody gets - you get a lifetime.”
    Neil Gaiman, Preludes & Nocturnes

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