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  • #1
    Rose Macaulay
    “Take my camel, dear,' said my aunt Dot, climbing down from that animal on her return from high Mass.”
    Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond

  • #2
    Rose Macaulay
    “The superior thing, in this as in other departments of life, was to be late. Lateness showed that serene contempt for the illusion we call time which is so necessary to ensure the respect of others and oneself. Only the servile are punctual...”
    Rose Macaulay , Mystery at Geneva

  • #3
    J.M. Barrie
    “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”
    J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

  • #4
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history – true or feigned– with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse applicability with allegory, but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #5
    P.G. Wodehouse
    “It was one of the dullest speeches I ever heard. The Agee woman told us for three quarters of an hour how she came to write her beastly book, when a simple apology was all that was required.”
    P.G. Wodehouse, The Girl in Blue

  • #6
    Seneca
    “Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms -- you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.”
    Seneca

  • #7
    William Shakespeare
    “Our doubts are traitors,
    and make us lose the good we oft might win,
    by fearing to attempt.”
    William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

  • #8
    Kenneth Grahame
    “Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.”
    Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

  • #9
    Kenneth Grahame
    “Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that's always changing!”
    Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

  • #10
    Kenneth Grahame
    “Home! That was what they meant, those caressing appeals, Those soft touches wafted through the air, those invisible little hands pulling and tugging, all one way.”
    Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

  • #11
    Kenneth Grahame
    “No animal, according to the rules of animal-etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter.”
    Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

  • #12
    Kenneth Grahame
    “Beyond the Wild Wood comes the Wild World," said the Rat. "And that's something that doesn't matter, either to you or to me. I've never been there, and I'm never going, nor you either, if you've got any sense at all.”
    Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

  • #13
    Kenneth Grahame
    “The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spellbound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”
    Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

  • #14
    A.A. Milne
    “Promise me you'll never forget me because if I thought you would, I'd never leave.”
    A.A. Milne

  • #15
    Penelope Lively
    “Language tethers us to the world; without it we spin like atoms.”
    Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger

  • #16
    Penelope Lively
    “…crying not in grief but in wonder that nothing is ever lost, that everything can be retrieved, that a lifetime is not linear but instant. That, inside the head, everything happens at once.”
    Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger
    tags: life

  • #17
    Penelope Lively
    “The power of language. Preserving the ephemeral; giving form to dreams, permanence to sparks of sunlight.”
    Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger

  • #18
    Penelope Lively
    “Children are infinitely credulous. My Lisa was a dull child, but even so she came up with things that pleased and startled me. 'Are there dragons?' she asked. I said that there were not. 'Have there ever been?' I said all the evidence was to the contrary. 'But if there is a word dragon,' she said, 'then once there must have been dragons.”
    Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger

  • #19
    Penelope Lively
    “Children are not like us. They are beings apart: impenetrable, unapproachable. They inhabit not our world but a world we have lost and can never recover. We do not remember childhood -- we imagine it. We search for it, in vain, through layers of obscuring dust, and recover some bedraggled shreds of what we think it was. And all the while the inhabitants of this world are among us, like aborigines, like Minoans, people from elsewhere safe in their own time-capsule.”
    Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger

  • #20
    Penelope Lively
    “I find this miraculous. I never cease to wonder at it. That words are more durable than anything...”
    Penelope Lively , Moon Tiger

  • #21
    Penelope Lively
    “I control the world so long as I can name it. Which is why children must chase language before they do anything else, tame the wilderness by describing it, challenge God by learning His hundred names.”
    Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger

  • #22
    Kenneth Grahame
    “Children are the only people who accept a mood of wonderment, who are ready to welcome a perfect miracle at any hour of the day or night. Only a child can entertain an angel unawares, or to meet Sir Launcelot in shining armor on a moonlit road.”
    Kenneth Grahame

  • #23
    Blue Balliett
    “The greatest art belongs to the world. Do not be intimidated by the experts. Trust your instincts. Do not be afraid to go against what you were taught, or what you were told to see or believe. Every person, every set of eyes, has the right to the truth.”
    Blue Balliett, Chasing Vermeer
    tags: art, truth

  • #24
    Blue Balliett
    “Passing time isn't a steady thing. People try to measure it, but some days seem to have years packed into them, and others pass in the blink of an eye. Some days matter, and others don't.”
    Blue Balliett, The Calder Game



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