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  • #1
    Alfred Tennyson
    “A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies.”
    Alfred Tennyson

  • #2
    Louisa May Alcott
    “I'd rather take coffee than compliments just now.”
    Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

  • #3
    Albert Einstein
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #4
    Oscar Wilde
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #5
    Ray Bradbury
    “You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
    Ray Bradbury

  • #6
    Maurice Switzer
    “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”
    Maurice Switzer

  • #7
    “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
    Rob Siltanen

  • #8
    I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control
    “I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
    Marilyn Monroe

  • #9
    Dr. Seuss
    “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
    Dr. Seuss

  • #10
    Ray Bradbury
    “You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.”
    Ray Bradbury

  • #11
    Louisa May Alcott
    “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”
    Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience

  • #12
    Louisa May Alcott
    “I ask not for any crown
    But that which all may win;
    Nor try to conquer any world
    Except the one within.”
    Louisa May Alcott

  • #13
    Louisa May Alcott
    “I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.”
    Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

  • #14
    Louisa May Alcott
    “I want to do something splendid…
    Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead…
    I think I shall write books.”
    Louisa May Alcott

  • #15
    Louisa May Alcott
    “...for love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride.”
    Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

  • #16
    Louisa May Alcott
    “Conceit spoils the finest genius.”
    Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

  • #17
    Louisa May Alcott
    “I like good strong words that mean something…”
    Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

  • #18
    Louisa May Alcott
    “Don't try to make me grow up before my time…”
    Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

  • #19
    Louisa May Alcott
    “Nothing is impossible to a determined woman.”
    Louisa May Alcott, Behind a Mask: The Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott

  • #20
    Gordon Dahlquist
    “First you say I am a murderer - an agent in league against you - and now I am a deluded heartsick girl! Pray make up your mind so I can scoff at you with precision!”
    Gordon Dahlquist, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Volume Two

  • #21
    Alfred Tennyson
    “My own dim life should teach me this,
    That life shall live for evermore,
    Else earth is darkness at the core,
    And dust and ashes all that is;

    This round of green, this orb of flame,
    Fantastic beauty such as lurks
    In some wild Poet, when he works
    Without a conscience or an aim.

    What then were God to such as I?
    'Twere hardly worth my while to choose
    Of things all mortal, or to use
    A tattle patience ere I die;

    'Twere best at once to sink to peace,
    Like birds the charming serpent draws,
    To drop head-foremost in the jaws
    Of vacant darkness and to cease.”
    Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam

  • #22
    S.J. Kincaid
    “Come on, Beamer! I beheaded you for your own good.”
    S.J. Kincaid, Insignia
    tags: humor

  • #23
    “You should date a girl who reads.
    Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

    Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

    She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

    Buy her another cup of coffee.

    Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

    It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

    She has to give it a shot somehow.

    Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

    Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

    Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

    If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

    You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

    You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

    Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

    Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
    Rosemarie Urquico

  • #24
    Cassandra Clare
    “As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

  • #25
    Toni Morrison
    “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
    Toni Morrison

  • #26
    Ray Bradbury
    “I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can't really put a book on the Internet. Three companies have offered to put books by me on the Net, and I said, 'If you can make something that has a nice jacket, nice paper with that nice smell, then we'll talk.' All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don't want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket.”
    Ray Bradbury

  • #27
    Ray Bradbury
    “If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #28
    Ray Bradbury
    “Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.”
    Ray Bradbury

  • #29
    Ray Bradbury
    “It was a pleasure to burn.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #30
    Ray Bradbury
    “But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can't last.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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