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  • #1
    Gene Stratton-Porter
    “If you are lazy, and accept your lot, you may live in it. If you are willing to work, you can write your name anywhere you choose.”
    Gene Stratton-Porter, A Girl of the Limberlost

  • #2
    Fred Rogers
    “When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”
    Fred Rogers

  • #3
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #4
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “There are no facts, only interpretations.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #5
    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

  • #6
    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

  • #7
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
    "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #8
    “I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.

    I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.

    I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.

    I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs.

    I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.

    I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man's word should be as good as his bond, that character—not wealth or power or position—is of supreme worth.

    I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.

    I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individual's highest fulfillment, greatest happiness and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His will.

    I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.”
    John D. Rockefeller

  • #9
    Orson Scott Card
    “In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them.... I destroy them.”
    Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

  • #10
    Orson Scott Card
    “Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.”
    Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

  • #11
    Maya Angelou
    “Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”
    Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • #12
    Maya Angelou
    “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.”
    Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • #13
    Sarah Combs
    “It's too hard to explain. I can't say why I love the book. I just do. You don't pick the books you fall in love with any more than you pick the people you fall in love with. It just happens, and when it happens, you know. Who's to say where love comes from?”
    Sarah Combs, Breakfast Served Anytime

  • #14
    Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
    “Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
    Roald Dahl

  • #15
    John Knowles
    “It seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but that wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart”
    John Knowles, A Separate Peace

  • #16
    John Knowles
    “All of them, all except Phineas, constructed at infinite cost to themselves these Maginot Lines against this enemy they thought they saw across the frontier, this enemy who never attacked that way-if he ever attacked at all; if he was indeed the enemy.”
    John Knowles, A Separate Peace

  • #17
    Virginia Woolf
    “I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”
    Virginia Woolf

  • #18
    Michael Cunningham
    “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”
    Michael Cunningham, The Hours

  • #19
    Herman Melville
    “Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure. Consider also the devilish brilliance and beauty of many of its most remorseless tribes, as the dainty embellished shape of many species of sharks. Consider, once more, the universal cannibalism of the sea; all whose creatures prey upon each other, carrying on eternal war since the world began.

    Consider all this; and then turn to the green, gentle, and most docile earth; consider them both, the sea and the land; and do you not find a strange analogy to something in yourself? For as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half-known life. God keep thee! Push not off from that isle, thou canst never return!”
    Herman Melville, Moby Dick

  • #20
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Not all those who wander are lost.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #21
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #22
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien

  • #23
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

  • #24
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

  • #25
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #26
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “I sit beside the fire and think
    Of all that I have seen
    Of meadow flowers and butterflies
    In summers that have been

    Of yellow leaves and gossamer
    In autumns that there were
    With morning mist and silver sun
    And wind upon my hair

    I sit beside the fire and think
    Of how the world will be
    When winter comes without a spring
    That I shall ever see

    For still there are so many things
    That I have never seen
    In every wood in every spring
    There is a different green

    I sit beside the fire and think
    Of people long ago
    And people that will see a world
    That I shall never know

    But all the while I sit and think
    Of times there were before
    I listen for returning feet
    And voices at the door”
    J.R.R. Tolkien

  • #27
    Tim O'Brien
    “They carried the sky. The whole atmosphere, they carried it, the humidity, the monsoons, the stink of fungus and decay, all of it, they carried gravity.”
    Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

  • #28
    Tim O'Brien
    “A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.”
    Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

  • #29
    Tim O'Brien
    “A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men from doing the things men have always done. If a story seems moral, do not believe it. If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie. There is no rectitude whatsoever. There is no virtue. As a first rule of thumb, therefore, you can tell a true war story by its absolute and uncompromising allegiance to obscenity and evil.”
    Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
    tags: war

  • #30
    Tim O'Brien
    “They carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried.”
    Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

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