￼When in doubt, go to the library. - JK Rowling
￼When in doubt, go to the library. - JK Rowling
When a wise person debates with a fool, the fool rages and laughs, and there is no peace and quiet.
Wear the old coat, buy the new book. - Austin Phelps
Critics are like eunuchs in a harem: they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.
- Brendan Behan
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
If you have a good name, if you are right more often than you are wrong, if your children respect you, if your grandchildren are glad to see you, if your friends can count on you and you can count on them in time of trouble, if you can face your God and say "I have done my best," then you are a success.
- Ann Landers
"To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice."
...to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the silt of it. When grief sits with you, its tropical heat thickening the air, heavy as water more fit for gills than lungs; when grief weights you like your own flesh only more of it, an obesity of grief, you think, How can a body withstand this? Then you hold life like a face between your palms, a plain face, no charming smile, no violet eyes, and you say, yes, I will take you I will love you again. - Ellen Bass
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
George R.R. Martin. (A Dance With Dragons.)
Reputation is character minus what you've been caught doing."
~ Michael Iapoce
Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving, and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of stones, demands great patience and strength of purpose and particular skill.
- Edmund Morrison
"And if my ideas concerning the boundaries of art seem rather lenient, that's too bad. I'm no snob, and if you are, that's your problem. In my business, if you lose your taste for good baloney, it's time you got into some other line of work."
“If the novel is dead, I'm a necrophiliac.”
Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things. ~Ray Bradbury
“Each time we come to a book we give it a different reading because we bring a different person to it. It is not you who reads the book, the book reads you”
Jack Lasenby, The Shaman And The Droll
May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within. May the blessed sunshine shine on you and warm your heart till it glows like a great peat fire, so that the stranger may come and warm himself at it, and also a friend.
- Irish blessing
"You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style."--Nabokov, Lolita
This is the way of peace-overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.
- Peace Pilgrim
“People who say they don't have time to read simply don't want to.”
Julie Rugg. (A Book Addict's Treasury)
My pain may be the reason for somebody's laugh, but my laugh must never be the reason for somebody's pain. - Charlie Chaplin
Never, never, never give up.
“You're never alone when you're reading a book.”
“Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.”
Stephanie Klein. (Straight Up and Dirty: A Memoir)
Keep in mind ... to a dog you are family, to a cat you are staff.
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
Children, like animals, use all their senses to discover the world. Then artists come along and discover it the same way all over again.
- Eudora Welty
You couldn't get hold of the things you'd done and turn them right again. Such a power night be given to the gods, but it was not given to women and men, and that was probably a good thing. Had it been otherwise, people would probably die of old age still trying to rewrite their teens. - Stephen King
Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes in to us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands and hopes we've learnt something from yesterday.
- John Wayne
“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw
"Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule."
~ Jefferson Davis
We must stand together; if we don't, there will be no victory for any one of us.
- Mother Jones
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it. - Lena Horne
“I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won't.”
"And even when we act for the noblest reasons, the last link of the chain all too often drips with someone's blood"
Stephen King - Lunch at the Gotham Cafe
“Lies are neither bad nor good. Like a fire they can either keep you warm or burn you to death, depending on how they're used.”
Max Brooks. (World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War)
Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much. It pleases him who gives and receives and thus, like mercy, is twice blessed.
- Erastus Wiman
It's kind of funny how as you get older you start enjoying things that you hated as a kid, like taking naps and getting spanked. - Anonymous
I've never understood why women love cats. Cats are independent, they don't listen, they don't come in when you call, they like to stay out all night, and when they're home they like to be left alone and sleep. Every quality women hate in a man they love in a cat. - Anonymous
"Truth is like the sun.
You can shut it out for a time,
but it ain't goin' away."
~ Elvis Presley
“When it comes to controlling human beings there is no better instrument than lies. Because, you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.”
Michael Ende (The Neverending Story)
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
- Aldous Huxley
“Always sleep with one eye open. Never take anything for granted. Your best friends might just be your enemies.”
Sara Shepard, The Lying Game
When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people:
those who let it happen, those who make it happen,
and those who wonder what happened.
~ John M. Richardson, Jr.
"Don't give up what you want most for what you want now." --Unknown
"The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise." --Alden Nowlan
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
- Oprah Winfrey
I just saw her picture on Facebook, she looks like something I draw with my left hand. - Anonymous facebook person