Thursday, January 31, 2013

Journey to the Center of the Earth Quote I

"Mr. Fridriksson, I'd like to know whether amongst your ancient books you have those of Arne Saknussemm?"
"Arne Saknussemm!" replied the Reykjavik professor. "You mean that learned sixteenth century scholar, simultaneously a great naturalist, a great alchemist, and a great traveler?"
"One of the glories of Icelandic literature and science?"
"Just as you say."
"Among the most illustrious men of the world?"
"I grant you that."
"And whose courage was equal to his genius?"
"I see you know him well." My uncle was afloat in joy at hearing his hero described in this fashion. He feasted his eyes on Mr. Fridriksson's face. "Well," he asked, "his works?"
"Ah! His works--we don't have them."

-Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Invention of Hugo Cabret Quote II

"I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too."

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Poison Tree by William Blake

I was angry with my friend: 
I told my wrath, my wrath did end. 
I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow. 
And I watered it in fears, 
Night and morning with my tears; 
And I sunned it with smiles, 
And with soft deceitful wiles. 
And it grew both day and night, 
Till it bore an apple bright. 
And my foe beheld it shine. 
And he knew that it was mine, 
And into my garden stole 
When the night had veiled the pole; 
In the morning glad I see 
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Before It's Too Late Quote I

And the risk that might break you
Is the one that would save.
A life you don't live is still lost.
So stand on the edge with me,
Hold back your fear and see
Nothing is real 'til it's gone.

And hold on before it's too late.
We'll run 'til we leave this behind.
Don't fall, just be who you are,
It's all that we need in our lives.

So live like you mean it,
Love 'til you feel it,
It's all that we need in our lives

So stand on the edge with me,
Hold back your fear and see,
Nothing is real 'til it's gone.

-Before It's Too Late by The Goo Goo Dolls

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Importance of Being Earnest Quote IV

GWENDOLEN: Whatever influence I had over mamma, I lost at the age of three.

-The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

Monday, January 14, 2013

Death, Be Not Proud by John Donne

Death be not proud, though some have called thee
 Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so,
 For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow,
 Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
 From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,
 Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
 And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,
 Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.
 Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
 And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
 And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,
 And better then thy stroake; why swell'st thou then;
 One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
 And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Gypsy Rizka Quote VI

"That's none of your doing," retorted Rizka. "I go where I please."
"Then go! The farther the better. Good riddance, I say. Good riddance to bad rubbish."

-Gypsy Rizka, Lloyd Alexander

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Lois Hurst Quote I

If someone understands, good. If not, then no matter. Go right on doing what you love.

-Lois Hurst