"Then I would have All Knowledge."
"And after that?" the boy insisted.
"What should be after that?" the poet retorted.
"I mean, what would you do with All Knowledge?"
"A weighty question," said Finegas smilingly. "I could answer it if I had All Knowledge, but not until then. What would you do, my dear?"
"I would make a poem," Fionn cried.
"I think too," said the poet, "that is what would be done."
-Irish Fairy Tales, James Stephens
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
"It's better, isn't it, son, to go back to my trade?"
"Better to be a lucky cooper than an unlucky sailor?"
"Yes, sir, Father! Lots better to be a cooper. Uh-what's a cooper?"
Father chuckled. "He makes barrels." He stared out across the water again; his smile faded. "Barrels..." He sighed. "Come on, Nat."
-Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, Jean Lee Latham
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
"Well, I won't deny that they probably behaved foolishly, but-"
"Foolishly!" Kazul snorted. "Any reasonable well-educated prince ought to have sense enough to follow directions when he's on a quest, but all of these fellows were sure they knew better. If they'd simply done what they were told, they wouldn't be here."
"Still, turning them into slabs of stone forever seems a little extreme."
-Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Monday, September 06, 2010
In his misery he raised his eyes high over the altar-up to the stars in the Paris sky. "Please, God," he said, moving his lips soundlessly, "I've forgotten how to pray. All I know now is how to beg. So I'm begging you to find a roof for this homeless family." Then he was ashamed to notice that he was holding his beret up in his usual begging way.
-The Family Under the Bridge, Natalie Carlson Savage