Quotes & Various Passages

Gypsy Silverleaf's
Favourite Sayings & People

< >The awe-inspiring, thoughtful, amusing, and wonderful are favourite words, quotes, proverbs, poems, and passages of mine. I place these on the website because I think they are meaningful and because I can see Harry Potter in anything, most if not all of these quotations relate to the Harry Potter books in a whismical sense and/or to the fandom. The dominating theme of the following quotes are freedom, love, writing, death, war, humanity, lightness/weight, the sky, the sun, and stars and moons.

< >Also on this page are random quotes from my friends and peersm who are weird (and wonderful) people. I have decided they need a place where they can shine. Well, shine's not the best word. Humiliated and laughed at for their oddity whilst being proud their names are online is much better. Muwahaha, they'll kill me for quoting them, but oh well.

< >Slight warning: there will be a small amount of foul language in this section due to the fact I love these quotes and will not change them. That would defeat the purpose of a 'quotes' section. Mostly, it's just the "s-word" in one citation. You've been warned! But I doubt it'll do you any harm. ::smirk::

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Things People Have Said

< Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
~ Jules de Gaultier

< All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.
~ J. R. R. Tolkien

< Climb high.
< Climb far.
< Your goal the sky.
< Your aim the star.
~ Inscription on Hopkins Memorial steps

< Walk on a rainbow trail;
< Walk on a trail of song,
< and all about you will be beauty.
< There is a way out of every dark mist,
< over a rainbow trail.
~ Navaho song

< War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
~ Desiderius Erasmus

< The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.
~ Virginia Woolf

< Even a small star shines in the darkness.
~ Finnish proverb

< Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.
~ George Bernard Shaw

< Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness.
~ Carl Jung

< To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
~ Confucius

< The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
~ Joseph Conrad

< This is the way the world ends
< This is the way the world ends
< This is the way the world ends
< Not with a bang but a whimper.
~ T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

< I shall be telling this with a sigh
< Somewhere ages and ages hence:
< Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
< I took the one less traveled by,
< And that has made all the difference.
~ Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

< Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.
~ Nora Ephron

< The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
~ Victor Hugo

< Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes . . . just be an illusion.
~ Javan

< This above all; to thine own self be true.
~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet

< Quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit; occidentist telum est.
< A sword never kills anybody; it's a tool in the killer's hand.
~ Seneca (the Younger) ca. 63-65

< Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
~ Robert Frost

< Dragons will wander about
< the waste places,
< and the phoenix will soar
< from her nest of fire
< into the air.
< We shall lay our hands
< upon the Basilisk,
< and see the jewel
< in the toad's head.
< Champing his gilded oats,
< the hippogriff will stand
< in our stalls,
< and over our heads
< will float the bluebird,
< singing of beautiful and
< impossible things,
< of things that are lovely
< and that never happened,
< of things that are not
< and that should be
~ Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying

< Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
~ Oscar Wilde

< The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
< But I have promises to keep,
< And miles to go before I sleep
< And miles to go before I sleep.
~ Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

< When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on Earth. So what the hell, leap!
~ Peter McWilliams

< What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.
~ Leo Tolstoy

< The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
~ Leo Tolstoy

< Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
~ Leo Tolstoy

< Death is the opening of a more subtle life. In the flower, it sets free the perfume; in the chrysalis, the butterfly; in man, the soul.
~ Juliette Adam

< You never know what happiness a simple act of kindness will bring about.
~ Bree Abel

< I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin deep. That's deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?
~ Jean Kerr

< Show me the country in which there are no strikes and I'll show you that country in which there is no liberty.
~ Emma Goldman, American anarchist (1869-1940)

< In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.
~ Baba Dioum

< Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
~ Joseph Addison

< Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
~ Ernest Hemingway

< Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
~ Howard Aiken

< Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
~ Edward Albee

< A person who does not read good books has no advantage over the person who can't read them.
~ Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain)

< A classic is a book which people praise and don't read.
~ Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain)

< Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
~ Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain)

< It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all it's shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.
~ James Douglas

< If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. That is the difference between dog and man.
~ Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain)

< If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
~ Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain)

< A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection; for it, and it only, is respected by wars and revolutions, and survives them.
~ Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain)

< Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~ Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain)

< The plum tree, dwindling, contains less of the spring;
< But the garden is wider, and holds more of the moon.
~ Zen saying

< Dreams are only thoughts you didn't have time to think about during the day.
~ Anonymous

< Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
~ Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain)

< When I'm playful I use the meridians of longitude and parallels of latitude for a seine, and drag the Atlantic Ocean for whales. I scratch my head with the lightning and purr myself to sleep with the thunder.
~ Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain)

< Dreams are illustrations . . . from the book your soul is writing about you.
~ Marsha Norman

< Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions.
~ Edgar Cayce

< You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
~ Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain)

< Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

< All through the deep blue night
< The fountain sang alone;
< It sang to the drowsy heart
< of the satyr carved in stone.

< The fountain sang and sang
< But the satyr never stirred -
< Only the great white moon
< In the empty heaven heard.
~ Sara Teasdale, The Fountain

< Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

< Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

< Stars are the daisies that begem
< The blue fields of the sky.
~ D.M. Moir

< When stars are in the quiet skies,
< Then most I pine for thee;
< Bend on me, then, thy tender eyes,
< As stars look on the sea.
~ Baron E. G. Bulwer-Lytton

< All religions will pass, but this will remain: simply sitting in a chair and looking in the distance.
~ V.V. Rozanov

< Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

< I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. , , I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

< Rarely do we find men who willingly to engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

< If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

< Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

< Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
~ Rabindranath Tagore

< If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
~ Nelson Mandela

< Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind... War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
~ John F. Kennedy

< Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
~ John F. Kennedy

< The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--diliberate, contrived, and dishonest--but the myth - persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
~ John F. Kennedy

< Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest to all of us.
~ Meister Eckhart

< Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes.
~ John Donne

< We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light
~ Plato

< We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine.
~ Dwight L. Moody

< How did it get so late so soon?
< It’s night before it’s afternoon.
< December is here before it’s June.
< My goodness how the time has flewn.
< How did it get so late so soon?
~ Dr. Seuss

< When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly.
~ Patrick Overton

< Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

< It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
~ Euripides

< We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.
~ Ben Sweetland

< My opinion is that you never find happiness until you stop looking for it.
~ Chang Tzu

< An optimist is a person who sees only the lights in the picture, whereas a pessimist sees only the shadows. An idealist, however, is one who sees the light and the shadows, but in addition sees something else: the possibility of changing the picture, of making the lights prevail over the shadows.
~ Felix Adler

< Night is the blotting paper for many sorrows.
~ Litauisch

< Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.
< Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
< Just walk beside me and be my friend.
~ Albert Camus, French author

< A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
~ Anonymous

< A word is dead
< When it is said,
< Some say.
< I say it just
< Begins to live
< That day.
~ Emily Dickinson, "A Word is Dead"

< Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
~ Albert Einstein

< When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
~ Albert Einstein

< It is the anonymous "they," the enigmatic "they" who are in charge. Who is "they"? I don't know. Nobody knows. Not even "they" themselves.
~ Joseph Heller, American author

< You see things as they are and ask, "Why?" I dream things as they never were and ask, "Why not?"
~ George Bernard Shaw (famously paraphrased by Robert Francis Kennedy)

< A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
~ Henry Brooks Adams

< He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.
~ Henry Brooks Adams

< Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.
~ Anonymous

< If it's painful for you to criticize your friends - you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it - that's the time to hold your tongue.
~ Alice Duer Miller

< Twilight drops her curtain down, and pins it with a star.
~ Lucy Maud Montgomery

< This dead of midnight is the noon of thought,
< And Wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars.
~ Anna Laetitia Barbauld, A Summer's Evening Meditation

< Love to his soul gave eyes; he knew things are not as they seem. The dream is his real life; the world around him is the dream.
~ Francis Palgrave

< Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
~ Scott Adams

< I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel.
~ Peter Nivio Zarlenga

< Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
~ Aesop

< If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.
~ Andy Rooney

< Only as high as I reach can I grow,
< Only as far as I seek can I go,
< Only as deep as I look can I see,
< Only as much as I dream can I be.
~ Karen Raven

< There they stand, the innumerable stars, shining in order like a living hymn, written in light.
~ N.P. Willis

< Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.
~ Catherine O'Hara

< I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
~ Vincent Van Gogh

< The opposite of love is not hate but indifference.
~ Elie Wiesel

< Love me or hate me but spare me your indifference.
~ Libbie Fudim

< Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
~ C. S. Lewis, English author

< Happy the man, and happy he alone,
< He who can call today his own;
< He who secure within can say:
< Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
~ Horace

< Men create war to compete with women, who create life.
~ Sharon Doubiago

< Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.
~ Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524

< The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
~ Ayn Rand, American novelist

< The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
~ Pearl S. Buck

< In hatred as in love, we grow like the thing we brood upon. What we loathe, we graft into our very soul.
~ Mary Renault

< A man gazing at the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.
~ Alexander Smith

< Freedom lies in being bold.
~ Robert Frost

< For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it.
< For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it.
< For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.
~ Ivan Panin

< Always love your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
~ Oscar Wilde

< In my friend, I find a second self.
~ Isabel Norton

< The white light streams down to be broken up by those human prisms into all the colors of the rainbow.
~ Charles R. Brown

< The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.
~ Jean Jacques Rousseau

< Science says: “We must live” and seeks the means of prolonging, increasing, facilitating and amplifying life, of making it tolerable and acceptable; wisdom says: “We must die” and seeks how to make us die well.
~ M. De Unamuno

< The important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself.
~ Gore Vidal

< You can kill a man but you can't kill an idea.
~ M. Evers

< Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
~ Dr. Suess

< Storytelling is how we survive, when there's no feed, the story feeds something, it feeds the spirit, the imagination. I can't imagine life without stories, stories from my parents, my culture. Stories from other people's parents, their culture. That's how we learn from each other, it's the best way. That's why literature is so important, it connects us heart to heart.
~ Alice Walker, American author

< If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance.
~ Anonymous

< Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
~ Douglas Adams

< The modern physicist is a quantum theorist on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and a student of gravitational relativity theory on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. On Sunday he is neither, but is praying to his God that someone, preferably himself, will find the reconciliation between the two views.
~ Norbert Wiener; I'm proud to say I'm related to this man! :-)

< It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
~ Alfred Adler

< The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand.
~ Frederick L. Knowles

< A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.
~ Earl Nightingale

< Ideas are elusive, slippery things. Best to keep a pad of paper and a pencil at your bedside, so you can stab them during the night before they get away.
~ Earl Nightingale

< People are where they are because that is exactly where they really want to be - whether they will admit that or not
~ Earl Nightingale

< There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.
~ George Carlin

< Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

< The key to life is imagination. If you don't have that, no matter what you have, it's meaningless. If you do have imagination . . . you can make feast of straw.
~ Jane Stanton Hitchcock

< He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet.
~ Joseph Joubert, Pensées

< Imagination is the eye of the soul.
~ Joseph Joubert

< The greatest discoveries have come from people who have looked at a standard situation and seen it differrently.
~ Ira Erwin

< There is no such thing as a "self-made" man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
~ George Matthew Adams

< Every path to a new understanding begins in confusion.
~ Mason Cooley

< Understanding replaces imaginary fears with real ones.
~ Mason Cooley

< I doubt the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, that child would grow up to be an eggplant.
~ Ursula K. LeGuin, "Why are Americans Afraid of Dragons?"

< It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.
~ Ursula K. LeGuin

< Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

< Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.
~ Dave Barry

< People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.
~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

< Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.
~ Joseph Pulitzer

< If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
~ Robert Southey

< Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?
~ Ernest Gaines

< To rid ourselves of our shadows - who we are - we must step into either total light or total darkness.
~ Jeremy Preston Johnson

< A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
~ Nietzsche, Friedrich

< He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance, one cannot fly into flying.
~ Nietzsche, Friedrich

< On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
~ Nietzsche, Friedrich

< Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
~ Nietzsche, Friedrich

< What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.
~ Nietzsche, Friedrich

< I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.
~ Steven Wright

< The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
~ Antony Jay

< We are the music makers.
< We are the dreamers of dreams,
< Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
< And sitting by desolate streams;
< World-losers and world-forsakers,
< On whom the pale moon gleams:
< Yet we are the movers and shakers
< Of the world for ever, it seems.
~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Ode

< You may write me down in history
< With your bitter, twisted lies,
< You may trod me in the very dirt
< But still, like dust, I'll rise.
~ Maya Angelou

< Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.
~ Albert Camus, French author

< Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
~ Sydney J. Harris

< We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek then with our eyes open.
~ Jawaharial Nehru

< Whether we are describing a king, an assassin, a theif, an honest man, a prostitute, a nun, a young girl, or a stallholder in a market, it is always ourselves that we are describing.
~ Guy de Maupassant, English novelist

< Did you hear about the Scottish drag queen? He wore pants.
~ Lynn Lavner

< The best reason for having dreams is that in dreams no reasons are necessary.
~ Ashleigh Brilliant

< Our limitations serve, our wounds serve, even our darkness can serve.
~ Rachel Naomi Remen

< This world is the land of the dying; the next is the land of the living.
~ Tyron Edwards

< To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.
~ Thomas Campbell

< The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity: monotheism, monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine. The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man: members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity.
~ Thomas Szasz

< Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it.
~ Gennaine Greer

< To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying "Amen" to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

< Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

< Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

< The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

< There is just one life for each of us: our own.
~ Euripides

< There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
~ Anaïs Nin

< He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie.
~ Anaïs Nin

< God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
~ William Shakespeare

< Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.
~ Homer

< Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.
~ Harvey Fierstein

< Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.
~ Martina Navratilova

< Let my lusts be my ruin, then, since all else is a fake and a mockery.
~ Hart Crane

< The story teller makes no choice. Soon you will not hear his voice. His job is to shed light, and not to master. Since the end is never told, we pay the teller off in gold, in hopes he will return, but he cannot be bought or sold.
~ Grateful Dead, "Terrapin Station"

< On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.
~ Buddha

< Everybody's journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.
~ James Baldwin

< Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light somewhere nearby.
~ Ruth E. Renkei

< There is no instinct like that of the heart.
~ Lord Byron

< The kiss originated when the first male reptile licked the first female reptile, implying in a subtle, complimentary way that she was as succulent as the small reptile he had for dinner the night before.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

< They all laughed at Albert Einstein. They all laughed at Columbus. Unfortunately, they also all laughed at Bozo the Clown.
~ Carl Sagan

< Blessed are the cracked for they shall let in the light!
~ Anonymous

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Direct Quotes from Random Books

< I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work: human creation is never perfect.
~ Madeline L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet

< When we are writing, or painting, or composing, we are, during the time of creativity, freed from normal restrictions, and are opened to a wider world, where colors are brighter, sounds clearer, and people more wondrously complex than we normally realize.
~ Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water

< Is there anything in the universe more beautiful and protective than the simple complexity of a spider's web?
~ E. B. White, Charlotte's Web

< A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof was to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
~ Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

< But, he said to himself, whether they knew or didn't know is not the main issue; the main issue is whether a man is innocent because he didn't know. Is a fool on the throne relieved of all responsibility because he is a fool?
~ Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

< The border between good and evil is terribly fuzzy.
~ Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

< Isn't it true that an author can only write about himself?
~ Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

< If excitement is a mechanism our Creators uses for His own amusement, love is something that belongs to us alone and enables us to flee the Creator. Love is our freedom. Love lies beyond 'Es muss sein!' (It must be so).
~ Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

< Attaching love to sex is one of the most bizarre ideas the Creator ever had.
~ Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

< When I was small and would leaf through the Old Testament retold for children and illustrated in engravings by Gustave Doré, I saw the Lord God standing on a cloud. He was an old man with eyes, nose, and a long beard, and I would say to myself that if He had a mouth, He had to eat. And if He ate, He had intestines. But that thought always gave me a fright, because even though I come from a family that was not particularly religious, I felt the idea of a divine intestine to be sacrilegious.
< Spontaneously, without any theological training, I, a child, grasped the incompatibility of God and shit and thus came to question the basic thesis of Christian anthropology, namely, that man was created in God's image. Either/or: either man was created in God's image - and God has intestines! - or God lacks intestines and man is not like Him.
< The ancient Gnostics felt as I did at the age of five. In the second century, the great Gnostic master Valentinus resolved the damnable dilemma by claiming that Jesus "ate and drank, but did not defecate."
< Shit is a more onerous theological problem than is evil. Since God gave man freedom, we can, if need be, accept the idea that He is not responsible for man's crimes. The responsibility for shit, however, rests entirely with Him, the Creator of man.
~ Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

< He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.
~ George Orwell, 1984

< If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
~ George Orwell, intro to Animal Farm

< The bird that would soar above the level of plain tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth.
~ Kate Chopin, The Awakening

< Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
~ J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

< The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.
~ J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

< "Mercy!" cried Gandalf: "if the giving of information is to be the cure of your inquisitiveness, I shall spend all the rest of my fays in answering you. What do you want to know?"
~ J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings

< "I'm off to catch the sun!"
~ Legolas Greenleaf quoted in Lord of the Rings

< Only in silence the word,
< only in dark the light,
< only in dying life:
< bright the hawk's flight
< on the empty sky.
~ Ursula K. LeGuin, A Wizard of Earthsea

< Should we continue to look upwards? Is the light we can see in the sky one of those which will presently be extinguished? The ideal is terrifying to behold, lost as it is in the depths, small, isolated, a pin-point, brilliant but threatened on all sides by the dark forces that surround it nevertheless, no more in danger than a star in the jaws of the clouds.--
~ Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

< In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis.
~ Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant

< It doesn't matter what you do in the bedroom as long as you don't do it in the street and frighten the horses.
~ Daphne Fielding, The Duchess of Jermyn Street

< If you cannot bear the silence and the darkness, do not go there; if you dislike black night and yawning chasms, never make them your profession. If you fear the sound of water hurrying through crevices toward unknown and mysterious destinations, do not consider it. Seek out the sunshine. It is a simple prescription. Avoid the darkness.
~ Loren Eiseley, The Night Country

< Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is sign on as its accomplice.
~ Tom Robbins Still Life with Woodpecker

< The degree and kind of a man's sexuality reach up into the ultimate pinnacle of his spirit.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

< That which the dream shows is the shadow of such wisdom as exists in man, even if during his waking state he may know nothing about it.... We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself.
~ Paracelsus, quoted in The Dream Game

< It has not been for nothing that the word has remained man's principal toy and tool: without the meanings and values it sustains, all man's other tools would be worthless.
~ Lewis Mumford, The Transformation of Man

< What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road through mountains.
~ Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

< How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares, were there a danger of their coming true!
~ Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts

< It was all very well going on about pure logic and how the universe was ruled by logic and the harmony of numbers, but the plain fact of the matter was that the disc was manifestly traversing space on the back of a giant turtle and the gods had a habit of going round to atheists' houses and smashing their windows.
~ Terry Prachett, Discworld

< He had lurked behind his curtain of indifference . . . snapping and glaring at whatever had tried to make him come out into the open
~ Richard Wright, Native Son (on Bigger Thomas)

< When a dream takes hold of you, what can you do? You can run with it, let it run your life, or let it go and think for the rest of your life about what might have been.
~ Patch Adams, Gesundheit!

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Close Friends, School-Oriented, Movie
and Other Wonky Quotes

< Gosh dangit! Jeeminy! Dang nabbit!
~ Aileen

< See this door? It’s opening, you’re going through it, and now it’s shutting!
~ Aileen, to her sister, very angrily

< Hobbits turn into feathers!
~ Billy Boyd, aka "Pippin", LOTR Fellowship of the Ring DVD (actor commentary)

< Oh, God, not the dwarf.
~ Orlando Bloom, aka "Legolas," LOTR Fellowship of the Ring DVD (actor commentary)

< Oh, sweet Viggo!
~ Dominic Monaghan, aka "Merry," LOTR Fellowship of the Ring DVD (actor commentary)

< He couldn't look better.
~ Sean Astin, aka "Sam", on Orlando Bloom's bow-and-arrow action, LOTR Fellowship of the Ring DVD (actor commentary)

< If an insane person doesn't know he's insane, how does a sane person know he's sane?
~ Shayna

< The lemon, the lime, and the lock. Thank you, that is all." click
~ Mindy, to telemarketers and random people on the phone

< Don't touch the Attie!
~ Atalaya "Attie" Watts; check out her fansite

< I want my baby skin fresh!
~ Julia, on Jonathan Swift's cannibalistic essay A Modest Proposal

< It's too bad I'm not a crazy cannibal!
~ Julia

< The legless monkey has to die!
~ Mr. Kelley, high school history teacher, discussing social Darwinism and monkeys

< Dude . . . it's the sky!
~ Allison, in the middle of a field in Glen Helen, California near the Blockbuster pavillion, looking quite amazed.

< Reason’s why I shaved my head:
< >}1. The sky is not green today like it was last week.
< >}2. My cat died and I needed something fuzzy to pet.
< >}3. It runs in the family.
< >}4. I don’t need a boyfriend because boyfriend’s aren’t fuzzy - they’re hairy. And for some reason, the guys don’t get this!"
~ Attie (who shaved her hair off in 2000)

< If you’d been a plowin’ instead a plottin’, you would’ve realized that’s it’s gotten hot an’ the cotton’s gotten rotten!
~ My father (who is a total Okie/cowboy)

< More crack for old people!
~ Ms. Lambert, ninth grade history teacher. Imagine a small pretty woman in a neon pink dress shouting this and pumping her arms in the air. It was quite funny. :-)

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