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  • #1
    “You’ve got to sing like you don’t need the money,
    Love like you’ll never get hurt.
    You’ve got to dance like nobody’s watchin’.”
    Richard Leigh, Come from the Heart Sheet Music

  • #2
    Albert Camus
    “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
    Albert Camus

  • #3
    Haim G. Ginott
    “I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”
    Haim G. Ginott

  • #4
    Anne McCaffrey
    “The tears I feel today
    I'll wait to shed tomorrow.
    Though I'll not sleep this night
    Nor find surcease from sorrow.
    My eyes must keep their sight:
    I dare not be tear-blinded.
    I must be free to talk
    Not choked with grief, clear-minded.
    My mouth cannot betray
    The anguish that I know.
    Yes, I'll keep my tears til later:
    But my grief will never go.”
    Anne McCaffrey, Dragonsinger

  • #5
    Joan Didion
    “To have that sense of one's intrinsic worth which constitutes self-respect is potentially to have everything: the ability to discriminate, to love and to remain indifferent. To lack it is to be locked within oneself, paradoxically incapable of either love or indifference. If we do not respect ourselves, we are on the one hand forced to despise those who have so few resources as to consort with us, so little perception as to remain blind to our fatal weaknesses. On the other, we are pecularily in thrall to everyone we see, curiously determined to live out - since our self-image is untenable - their false notions of us... ”
    Joan Didion

  • #6
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “So don't be frightened, dear friend, if a sadness confronts you larger than any you have ever known, casting its shadow over all you do. You must think that something is happening within you, and remember that life has not forgotten you; it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. Why would you want to exclude from your life any uneasiness, any pain, any depression, since you don't know what work they are accomplishing within you?”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

  • #7
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Mercy!" cried Gandalf. "If the giving of knowledge is to be the cure of your inquisitiveness, I shall spend all the rest of my days in answering you. What more should you like to know?"

    "The names of all the stars, and of all living things, and the whole history of Middle-Earth and Over-heave and of the Sundering Seas," laughed Pippin. "Of course! What less?”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

  • #8
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “You who never arrived
    in my arms, Beloved, who were lost
    from the start,
    I don't even know what songs
    would please you. I have given up trying
    to recognize you in the surging wave of
    the next moment. All the immense
    images in me -- the far-off, deeply-felt landscape,
    cities, towers, and bridges, and un-
    suspected turns in the path,
    and those powerful lands that were once
    pulsing with the life of the gods--
    all rise within me to mean
    you, who forever elude me.

    You, Beloved, who are all
    the gardens I have ever gazed at,
    longing. An open window
    in a country house-- , and you almost
    stepped out, pensive, to meet me. Streets that I chanced
    you had just walked down them and vanished.
    And sometimes, in a shop, the mirrors
    were still dizzy with your presence and, startled, gave back
    my too-sudden image. Who knows? Perhaps the same
    bird echoed through both of us
    yesterday, separate, in the evening... ”
    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • #9
    J.K. Rowling
    “I never need to find time to read. When people say to me, ‘Oh, yeah, I love reading. I would love to read, but I just don’t have time,’ I’m thinking, ‘How can you not have time?’ I read when I’m drying my hair. I read in the bath. I read when I’m sitting in the bathroom. Pretty much anywhere I can do the job one-handed, I read.”
    J.K. Rowling

  • #10
    Carl Sagan
    “What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic."

    [Cosmos, Part 11: The Persistence of Memory (1980)]”
    Carl Sagan, Cosmos

  • #11
    George R.R. Martin
    “The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real ... for a moment at least ... that long magic moment before we wake.

    Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

    We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

    They can keep their heaven. When I die, I'd sooner go to middle Earth.”
    George R.R. Martin

  • #12
    Italo Calvino
    “The ultimate meaning to which all stories refer has two faces: the continuity of life, the inevitability of death.”
    Italo Calvino

  • #13
    John le Carré
    “A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.”
    John le Carré

  • #14
    Dante Alighieri
    “Love, that moves the sun and the other stars”
    Dante Alighieri, Paradiso

  • #15
    All this time
    The Sun never says to the Earth,

    "You owe me."

    What happens
    With a love like that,
    It lights the whole sky.”

  • #16
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #17
    G.K. Chesterton
    “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”
    G.K. Chesterton

  • #18
    Neil Gaiman
    “Does that change things?” asked the old man. “Maybe
    Anansi’s just some guy from a story, made up back in Africa in
    the dawn days of the world by some boy with blackfly on his leg,
    pushing his crutch in the dirt, making up some goofy story
    about a man made of tar. Does that change anything? People respond
    to the stories. They tell them themselves. The stories
    spread, and as people tell them, the stories change the tellers.
    Because now the folk who never had any thought in their head
    but how to run from lions and keep far enough away from rivers
    that the crocodiles don’t get an easy meal, now they’re starting to
    dream about a whole new place to live. The world may be the
    same, but the wallpaper’s changed. Yes? People still have the
    same story, the one where they get born and they do stuff and
    they die, but now the story means something different to what it
    meant before.”
    Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys

  • #19
    John O'Donohue
    “May all that is unlived in you blossom into a future graced with love.”
    John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

  • #20
    Rod McKuen
    “I have fallen in love with the world
    And I am aware that I have chosen
    the most dangerous lover of them all.”
    Rod McKuen
    tags: world

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