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  • #1
    George Orwell
    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
    George Orwell

  • #2
    Napoléon Bonaparte
    “Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.”

  • #3
    Dave Barry
    “There's nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater,you realize that you've been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.”
    Dave Barry

  • #4
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #5
    David Mitchell
    “My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?”
    David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

  • #6
    Neil Gaiman
    “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • #7
    Bob Dylan
    “And I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.”
    Bob Dylan

  • #8
    Neil Gaiman
    “Books were safer than other people anyway.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • #9
    W.H. Auden
    “The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.”
    W. H. Auden, Selected Poems

  • #10
    Neil Gaiman
    “I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • #11
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Be not the slave of your own past - plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #12
    Naomi Shihab Nye
    “I love the solitude of reading. I love the deep dive into someone else's story, the delicious ache of a last page.”
    Naomi Shihab Nye

  • #13
    “Don’t wait any longer.
    Dive in the ocean,
    Leave and let the sea be you.”

  • #14
    E.E. Cummings
    “dive for dreams
    or a slogan may topple you
    (trees are their roots
    and wind is wind)

    trust your heart
    if the seas catch fire
    (and live by love
    though the stars walk backward)

    honour the past
    but welcome the future
    (and dance your death
    away at this wedding)

    never mind a world
    with its villains or heroes
    (for god likes girls
    and tomorrow and the earth)”
    E.E. Cummings

  • #15
    Carole Radziwill
    “Afterward I tried to find something to explain what had happened—was it cloudy, were the stars out? But the night was ordinary. It usually is, I think, when your life changes. Most people aren’t doing anything special when the carefully placed pieces of their life break apart.”
    Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love

  • #16
    Carole Radziwill
    “There is the disease and the person, and though I am living with both, one has robbed me of the other.”
    Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love

  • #17
    “No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

  • #18
    Napoléon Bonaparte
    “Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.”
    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • #19
    Mary Oliver
    The Journey

    One day you finally knew
    what you had to do, and began,
    though the voices around you
    kept shouting
    their bad advice --
    though the whole house
    began to tremble
    and you felt the old tug
    at your ankles.
    "Mend my life!"
    each voice cried.
    But you didn't stop.
    You knew what you had to do,
    though the wind pried
    with its stiff fingers
    at the very foundations,
    though their melancholy
    was terrible.
    It was already late
    enough, and a wild night,
    and the road full of fallen
    branches and stones.
    But little by little,
    as you left their voices behind,
    the stars began to burn
    through the sheets of clouds,
    and there was a new voice
    which you slowly
    recognized as your own,
    that kept you company
    as you strode deeper and deeper
    into the world,
    determined to do
    the only thing you could do --
    determined to save
    the only life you could save.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #20
    Alfred Tennyson
    “Though much is taken, much abides; and though
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
    Alfred Lord Tennyson, Idylls of the King and a Selection of Poems

  • #21
    Louise Erdrich
    “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
    Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

  • #22
    Toni Morrison
    “It was a fine cry - loud and long - but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow.”
    Toni Morrison, Sula

  • #23
    Dean Koontz
    “Grief can destroy you --or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone. OR you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of each day, and didn't allow yourself to consider the sacredness of it. But when it's over and you're alone, you begin to see that it wasn't just a movie and a dinner together, not just watching sunsets together, not just scrubbing a floor or washing dishes together or worrying over a high electric bill. It was everything, it was the why of life, every event and precious moment of it. The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can't get off your knees for a long time, you're driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss. And the ache is always there, but one day not the emptiness, because to nurture the emptiness, to take solace in it, is to disrespect the gift of life.”
    Dean Koontz, Odd Hours

  • #24
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “I don't think that there are any limits to how excellent we could make life seem.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

  • #25
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “You are the only one who has understood even a whisper of me, and I will tell you that I am the only person who has understood even a whisper of you.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated
    tags: love

  • #26
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “She has become an expert at confusing what is with what was with what should be with what could be.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

  • #27
    Nikita Gill
    “Some people are born with tornadoes in their lives, but constellations in their eyes. Other people are born with stars at their feet, but their souls are lost at sea.”
    Nikita Gill

  • #28
    Alaska Gold
    “He carries stars in his pockets
    because he knows
    she fears the dark.
    Whenever sadness pays her a visit
    he paints galaxies
    on the back of her hands.”
    Alaska Gold, Growing Light

  • #29
    “To my surprise, I had not just doodled, I had prayed (I drew new shapes and names of each friend and focused on the person whose name stared at me from the paper). I had though OF each person as I drew but not ABOUT each person. I could just sit with them in a variation on stillness. I could hold them in prayer.”
    Sybil MacBeth, Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God