Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Irish Fairy Tales Quote I

"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

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch Quote I

"It's better, isn't it, son, to go back to my trade?"
"Yes, Father."
"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

A Wrinkle in Time Quote I

"I'm all confused again."
"Oh, so'm I," Calvin said gaily. "But now at least I know we're going somewhere."

-A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L'Engle

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Glory Road Quote I

Don Haskins: You quit now, you quit every day for the rest of your life.

-Glory Road, 2006

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dealing with Dragons Quote I

"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

Fever 1793 Quote I

Paris would smell like a lemon peel, far away and wonderful.

-Fever 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Book by Emily Dickinson

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!

Monday, September 06, 2010

The Family Under the Bridge Quote I

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

Thursday, September 02, 2010

First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light.