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  • #1
    Louisa May Alcott
    “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”
    Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience

  • #2
    John F. Kennedy
    “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity.”
    John F. Kennedy

  • #3
    Isaac Asimov
    “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #4
    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

  • #5
    Laura Ingalls Wilder
    “Laura felt a warmth inside her. It was very small, but it was strong. It was steady, like a tiny light in the dark, and it burned very low but no winds could make it flicker because it would not give up.”
    Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Long Winter

  • #6
    Christopher Bram
    “Political activists rarely like fiction of any kind. Literature is about ambiguity, mixed emotions, and guilty pleasures. Politics is about ideals and action.”
    Christopher Bram, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America

  • #7
    Eleanor Estes
    “Ginger twitched his ears and the loose skin on his back and legs to let Jerry know he was here and he was happy. Then he lowered his head down on his paws again and he let out a deep sigh that sounded almost like a sob, there was in it so much relief and pain and pleasure and remembering.”
    Eleanor Estes, Ginger Pye

  • #8
    Eleanor Estes
    “Ginger's eyes had always been beautiful, gay, sparkling, laughing, and intelligent. Now they were even more beautiful for there were sadness and pleading, an anxious questioning, in them, too.”
    Eleanor Estes, Ginger Pye

  • #9
    Eleanor Estes
    “In Boston one day, she had an unusual experience. While Papa and Auntie Hoyt waited out of sight somewhere, she had to go by herself into a large room in a department store and listen to someone dressed like Santa Claus read a Christmas story and "Twas the Night Before Christmas. This seemed odd to her for at Thanksgiving time, she was not ready for Santa Claus. In Cranbury they got through the turkeys and the pumpkins and the Pilgrims before they brought out the Santa Clauses. She was quite relieved when the whole occasion was over.”
    Eleanor Estes, Ginger Pye

  • #10
    Eleanor Estes
    “This is not the real cave, is it?" asked Rachel.
    "Can't be," said Jerry.
    "Must be," said Dick. "Sign says so."
    What a cave! Iron fencing all around it, a sign saying to keep out, even barbed wire along the top of the fence. They couldn't see the entrance to the cave. They couldn't tell how deep into the earth and rock it went. They couldn't tell whether this cave was like the cave in Tom Sawyer or what it was like...

    "In old times, it was better," said Rachel. "They did not have cages around things.”
    Eleanor Estes, Ginger Pye

  • #11
    Neil Gaiman
    “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
    Neil Gaiman, Coraline

  • #12
    John Steinbeck
    “And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.”
    John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

  • #13
    Kenneth D. Ackerman
    “The busy 20th and 21st centuries have made Garfield's era seem remote and irrelevant, its leaders ridiculed for their very obscurity... to the generation of Americans then alive, though, their dramas, humanities, and dignity were a compelling part of daily life. For twenty years after the Civil War, America was led by a group of larger-than-life figures with clay feet who fought and raged and plied their craft with nerve and ambition while following a code of honor riddled with blind spots and inconsistencies; during that time, public involvement in politics reached levels far higher than today. Garfield held a special place: one of the most promising of his generation, shot down in his prime, martyred for taking a principled stand.”
    Kenneth D. Ackerman, Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield

  • #14
    Neil Gaiman
    “Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art.”
    Neil Gaiman, Make Good Art

  • #15
    Neil Gaiman
    “And if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would.”
    Neil Gaiman, Make Good Art

  • #16
    Neil Gaiman
    “Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.”
    Neil Gaiman, Make Good Art

  • #17
    Neil Gaiman
    “I hope you'll make mistakes. If you're making mistakes, it means you're out there doing something.”
    Neil Gaiman, Make Good Art

  • #18
    Elizabeth Strout
    “He wanted to put his arms around her, but she had a darkness that seemed to stand beside her like an acquaintance that would not go away.”
    Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge

  • #19
    Elizabeth Strout
    “But after a certain point in a marriage, you stopped having a certain kind of fight, Olive thought, because when the years behind you were more than the years in front of you, things were different.”
    Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge

  • #20
    “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

  • #21
    Oscar Wilde
    “You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
    tags: sin

  • #22
    Anne Lamott
    “...the three things I cannot change are the past, the truth, and you.”
    Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

  • #23
    Anne Lamott
    “If we stay where we are, where we're stuck, where we're comfortable and safe, we die there. We become like mushrooms, living in the dark, with poop up to our chins. If you want to know only what you already know, you're dying. You're saying: Leave me alone; I don't mind this little rathole. It's warm and dry. Really, it's fine.

    When nothing new can get in, that's death. When oxygen can't find a way in, you die. But new is scary, and new can be disappointing, and confusing - we had this all figured out, and now we don't.

    New is life.”
    Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

  • #24
    Roald Dahl
    “Sometimes Matilda longed for a friend, someone like the kind, courageous people in her books.”
    Roald Dahl, Matilda

  • #25
    Roald Dahl
    “There is little point in teaching anything backwards. The whole object of life, Headmistress, is to go forwards.”
    Roald Dahl, Matilda

  • #26
    Terry Pratchett
    “It is at this point that normal language gives up, and goes and has a drink.”
    Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

  • #27
    Anthony Trollope
    “What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?...Was ever anything so civil?”
    Anthony Trollope, The Warden

  • #28
    Emily St. John Mandel
    “Jeevan found himself thinking about how human the city is, how human everything is. We bemoaned the impersonality of the modern world, but that was a lie, it seemed to him; it had never been impersonal at all. There had always been a massive delicate infrastructure of people, all of them working unnoticed around us, and when people stop going to work, the entire operation grinds to a halt. No one delivers fuel to the gas stations or the airports. Cars are stranded. Airplanes cannot fly. Trucks remain at their points of origin. Food never reaches the cities; grocery stores close. Businesses are locked and then looted. No one comes to work at the power plants or the substations, no one removes fallen trees from electrical lines. Jeevan was standing by the window when the lights went out.”
    Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

  • #29
    Emily St. John Mandel
    “Hell is the absence of the people you long for.”
    Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

  • #30
    J.K. Rowling
    “I can not remember telling my parents that I was studying classics, they might well have found out for the first time on graduation day. Of all the subjects on this planet, I think they would have been hard-put to name one less useful in Greek mythology when it came to securing the keys of an executive bathroom. Now I would like to make it clear in parenthesis, that I do not blame my parents for their point of view. There is an expiry date for blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction. The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you. What is more, I can not criticize my parents for hoping that I would never experience poverty. They had been poor themselves, and I have since been poor. And I quite agree with them, that it is not an ennobling experience. Poverty, entails fear, and stress, and sometimes depression, It means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is something by which to pride yourself, but poverty itself, is romanticized only by fools. But I feared at your age was not poverty, but failure... Now, I am not dull enough to suppose that because you are young, gifted, and well educated, that you have never known heartbreak, hardship, or heartache. Talent and intelligence, never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates... ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure.”
    J.K. Rowling, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

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