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  • #1
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.
    Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness, and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it'll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
    Frodo: What are we holding on to, Sam?
    Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo...and it's worth fighting for.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien

  • #2
    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

  • #3
    Barbara Brown Taylor
    “Whoever you are, you are human. Wherever you are, you live in the world, which is just waiting for you to notice the holiness in it.”
    Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

  • #4
    Francis Spufford
    “God doesn't want your careful virtue, He wants your reckless generosity.”
    Francis Spufford, Unapologetic: Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense

  • #5
    Paulo Coelho
    “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”
    Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

  • #6
    J.D. Salinger
    “All morons hate it when you call them a moron.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • #7
    Annie Dillard
    “You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
    Annie Dillard

  • #8
    J.K. Rowling
    “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • #9
    Brandon Sanderson
    “It's easy to believe in something when you win all the time...The losses are what define a man's faith.”
    Brandon Sanderson, The Well of Ascension

  • #10
    John O'Donohue
    “One of the deepest longings of the human soul is to be seen.”
    John O'Donohue

  • #11
    Diana Gabaldon
    “Forgiveness is not a single act, but a matter of constant practice.”
    Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn

  • #12
    David Levithan
    love, n.

    I'm not even going to try.”
    David Levithan, The Lover's Dictionary

  • #13
    “Frequently I will end a service of worship in our congregation by saying something like, "Every day this week you have to decide if you want to achieve your life or receive it. If you make achieving your goal, your constant companion will be complaint, because you will never achieve enough. If you make receiving the goal, your constant companion will be gratitude for all that God is achieving in your life." I'm not certain that there are such things as measures of our spirituality, but if there are, then gratitude is probably the best one. It indicates that we are paying attention.”
    M. Craig Barnes, The Pastor As Minor Poet: Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life

  • #14
    Susan Sontag
    “I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.”
    Susan Sontag

  • #15
    Tom Stoppard
    “We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.”
    Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

  • #16
    Henry James
    “Try to be one of those on whom nothing is lost.”
    Henry James, The Art of Fiction

  • #17
    C.S. Lewis
    “By gum,' said Digory, 'Don't I just wish I was big enough to punch your head!”
    C.S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew

  • #18
    T.S. Eliot
    “Do I dare
    Disturb the universe?
    In a minute there is time
    For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #19
    Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious
    “Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    with your one wild and precious life?”
    Mary Oliver

  • #20
    Mary Oliver
    “Instructions for living a life.
    Pay attention.
    Be astonished.
    Tell about it.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #21
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • #22
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions”
    Dag Hammarskjold

  • #23
    Iain Thomas
    “And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.”
    Iain Thomas

  • #24
    Theodore Roosevelt
    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
    Theodore Roosevelt

  • #25
    Rick Riordan
    “If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”
    Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

  • #26
    Glennon Doyle Melton
    “You are not supposed to be happy all the time. Life hurts and it's hard. Not because you're doing it wrong, but because it hurts for everybody. Don't avoid the pain. You need it. It's meant for you. Be still with it, let it come, let it go, let it leave you wtih the fuel you'll burn to get your work done on this earth.”
    Glennon Doyle Melton, Love Warrior

  • #27
    Jo Walton
    “There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them.”
    Jo Walton

  • #28
    Mark Twain
    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
    Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad / Roughing It

  • #29
    Ram Dass
    “We're all just walking each other home.”
    Ram Dass

  • #30
    David Whyte
    “You must learn one thing:
    the world was made to be free in.

    Give up all the other worlds
    except the one to which you belong.

    Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
    confinement of your aloneness
    to learn

    anything or anyone
    that does not bring you alive
    is too small for you.”
    David Whyte