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  • #1
    Margaret Atwood
    “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

  • #2
    Margaret Atwood
    First maid:
    If I was a princess, with silver and gold,
    And loved by a hero, I'd never grow old:
    Oh, if a young hero came a-marrying me,
    I'd always be beautiful, happy, and free!

    Chorus:
    Then sail, my fine lady, on the billowing wave -
    The water below is as dark as the grave,
    And maybe you'll sink in your little blue boat -
    It's hope, and hope only, that keeps us afloat.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

  • #3
    Elizabeth Bishop
    “The art of losing isn't hard to master;
    so many things seemed filled with the intent
    to be lost that their loss is no disaster”
    Elizabeth Bishop, The Complete Poems 1927-1979

  • #4
    Zadie Smith
    “Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.”
    Zadie Smith, White Teeth

  • #5
    Zadie Smith
    “You are never stronger...than when you land on the other side of despair.”
    Zadie Smith, White Teeth

  • #6
    Zadie Smith
    “Our children will be born of our actions. Our accidents will become their destinies. Oh, the actions will remain. It is a simple matter of what you will do when the chips are down, my friend. When the fat lady is singing. When the walls are falling in, and the sky is dark, and the ground is rumbling. In that moment our actions will define us. And it makes no difference whether you are being watched by Allah, Jesus, Buddah, or whether you are not. On cold days a man can see his breath, on a hot day he can't. On both occasions, the man breathes.”
    Zadie Smith, White Teeth

  • #7
    Jeanette Winterson
    “What is it that you contain? The dead. Time. Light patterns of millennia opening in your gut. Every minute, in each of you, a few million potassium atoms succumb to radioactive decay. The energy that powers these tiny atomic events has been locked inside potassium atoms ever since a star-sized bomb exploded nothing into being. Potassium, like uranium and radium, is a long-lived radioactive nuclear waste of the supernova bang that accounts for you.

    Your first parent was a star.”
    Jeanette Winterson, Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles

  • #8
    Louis Sachar
    “If only, if only, the moon speaks no reply;
    Reflecting the sun and all that's gone by.
    Be strong my weary wolf, turn around boldly.
    Fly high, my baby bird,
    My angel, my only”
    Louis Sachar, Holes
    tags: song

  • #9
    Louis Sachar
    “If only, if only," the woodpecker sighs,
    "The bark on the tree was as soft as the skies."
    While the wolf waits below, hungry and lonely,
    Crying to the moo-oo-oon,
    "If only, If only.”
    Louis Sachar, Holes

  • #10
    Louis Sachar
    “Each beat told him he was still alive, at least for one more second.”
    Louis Sachar, Holes

  • #11
    E.M. Forster
    “Death destroys a man: the idea of Death saves him.”
    E.M. Forster, Howards End

  • #12
    E.M. Forster
    “Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its highest. Live in fragments no longer.”
    E. M. Forster, Howards End

  • #13
    E.M. Forster
    “She could not explain in so many words, but she felt that those who prepare for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.”
    E. M. Forster, Howard's End

  • #14
    E.M. Forster
    “The tragedy of preparedness has scarcely been handled, save by the Greeks. Life is indeed dangerous, but not in the way morality would have us believe. It is indeed unmanageable, but the essence of it is not a battle. It is unmanageable because it is a romance, and its essence is romantic beauty.”
    E.M. Forster, Howards End

  • #15
    E.M. Forster
    “She would only point out the salvation that was latent in his own soul, and in the soul of every man. Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.”
    E.M. Forster, Howards End

  • #16
    E.M. Forster
    “Margaret realized the chaotic nature of our daily life, and its difference from the orderly sequence that has been fabricated by historians. Actual life is full of false clues and sign-posts that lead nowhere. With infinite effort we nerve ourselves for a crisis that never comes. The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is no that of a man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent. It assumes that preparation against danger is in itself a good, and that men, like nations, are the better for staggering through life fully armed. The tragedy of preparedness has scarcely been handled, save by the Greeks. Life is indeed dangerous, but not in the way morality would have us believe. It is indeed unmanageable, but the essence of it is not a battle. It is unmanageable, but the essence of it is not a battle. It is unmanageable because it is a romance, and its essence is romantic beauty.”
    E.M. Forster, Howards End
    tags: life

  • #17
    Jeanette Winterson
    “There are two facts that all children need to disprove sooner or later; mother and father. If you go on believing in the fiction of your own parents, it is difficult to construct any narrative of your own.”
    Jeanette Winterson, Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles

  • #18
    Jeanette Winterson
    “The ancients believed in Fate because they recognized how hard it is for anyone to change anything. The pull of past and future is so strong that the present is crushed by it. We lie helpless in the force of patterns inherited and patterns re-enacted by our own behavior. The burden is intolerable.”
    Jeanette Winterson, Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles

  • #19
    Jeanette Winterson
    “I return to problems i can't solve, not because i am an idiot, but because the real problems can't be solved. The universe is expanding. The more we see, the more we discover there is to see. Always a new beginning, a different end.”
    Jeanette Winterson, Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles

  • #20
    Jeanette Winterson
    “i realize that the future, though invisible, has weight. We are in the gravitational pull of past and future. It takes huge energy -speed of light power- to break the gravitational pull. How many of us ever get free of our orbit? We tease ourselves with fancy notions of free will and self-help courses that direct our lives. We believe we can be our own miracles, and just a lottery win or Mr.right will make the world new.”
    Jeanette Winterson, Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles

  • #21
    Margaret Atwood
    “What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface. Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimensions. Otherwise you live with your face squashed up against a wall, everything a huge foreground, of details, close-ups, hairs, the weave of the bedsheet, the molecules of the face. Your own skin like a map, a diagram of futility, criscrossed with tiny roads that lead nowhere. Otherwise you live in the moment. Which is not where I want to be.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

  • #22
    Margaret Atwood
    “I feel like the word shatter.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

  • #23
    Robert Frost
    “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
    Robert Frost

  • #24
    Eleanor Roosevelt
    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

  • #25
    J.K. Rowling
    “If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • #26
    Maya Angelou
    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #27
    “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
    Rob Siltanen

  • #28
    Thomas A. Edison
    “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
    Thomas A. Edison

  • #29
    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

  • #30
    Jack Kerouac
    “[...]the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road



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