Monday, December 31, 2012

The Crowfield Curse Quote I

"Then it seems we are stuck with each other," William said at last. "If you teach me to play my flute, perhaps one day we can leave Crowfield and travel the world together."
"The prospect fills me with delight," Shadlok said scathingly.

-The Crowfield Curse, Pat Walsh

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Invention of Hugo Cabret Quote I

"How did you learn to do that?" asked Hugo.
"Books," answered Isabelle.

-The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick

Monday, December 24, 2012

Kavik the Wolf Dog Quote I

"No more mysteries."
"No more mysteries," Martha said. Then she put her head down and quietly began to cry.

-Kavik the Wolf Dog, Walt Morey

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day and Night by Sara Teasdale

In Warsaw in Poland
Half the world away,
The one I love best of all
Thought of me to-day;
I know, for I went
Winged as a bird,
In the wide flowing wind
His own voice I heard;
His arms were round me
In a ferny place,
I looked in the pool
And there was his face--
But now it is night
And the cold stars say:
"Warsaw in Poland
Is half the world away."

Monday, December 17, 2012

Gypsy Rizka Quote V

"Thieves and villains? That depends whether you're inside looking out or outside looking in."

-Gypsy Rizka, Lloyd Alexander

Friday, December 14, 2012

Something That I Want Quote I

Right when you think you know what to say
Someone comes along and shows you a brand new way.

-Something That I Want by Grace Potter

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Beyonders: A World Without Heroes Quote I

"Tell me true—you seen the book?"
"What book?"
"The one that saw you."

-Beyonders: A World Without Heroes, Brandon Mull

Saturday, December 08, 2012

The Importance of Being Earnest Quote III

GWENDOLEN: I adore you. But you haven't proposed to me yet. Nothing has been said at all about marriage. The subject has not even been touched on.
JACK: Well...may I propose to you now?
GWENDOLEN: I think it would be an admirable opportunity. And to spare you any possible disappointment, Mr. Worthing, I think it only fair to tell you quite frankly beforehand that I am fully determined to accept you.

-The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Dear Vienna Quote I

There's a light show
Out my window,
Way up there.

-Dear Vienna by Owl City

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Pride and Prejudice Quote I

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

-Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cave In Quote I

Tie my handlebars to the stars
So I stay on track.
-Cave In by Owl City

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Hounds of the Mórrígan Quote IV

"She is nearly as hungry as fire, which is the hungriest thing on land."
"Is it?' Pidge asked, wondering about wolves with sharp teeth and hyenas and jackals, whose very nature seemed to be hunger.
"You may say it is. Haven't you ever seen flames licking their red lips as they consume all before them? Fire is so hungry that the more it is fed, the bigger its appetite grows. Other things can be gratified, but not fire. And the sea is all this and more."

-The Hounds of the Mórrígan, Pat O'Shea

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Slipper and the Rose Quote I

Prince Edward: And here lies old King Frederick. He stole for forty years. The day he died the people cried.
John: They cried?
Prince Edward: They cried three cheers!

-The Slipper and the Rose, 1976

Monday, November 19, 2012

Miranda and the Movies Quote I

Miranda thought he looked like the hero of every book she had ever read.

-Miranda and the Movies, Jane Kendall

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan Quote II

Salt Peter peered under one hand, looking along the track as if he could see the castle already. "I've never seen a castle!"
Halt sighed impatiently. Keeping this old chatterbox's mind on the subject was beginning to make him short-tempered. "That's right, a castle. Now go to the guard at the gate..."
"Is it a big castle?" asked the old fellow.
"It's a huge castle!" Halt roared at him.

-Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan, John Flanagan

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Story of the Champions of the Round Table Quote III

"For though Sir Clamadius may seize upon my castle, he shall never possess my soul."

-The Story of the Champions of the Round Table, Howard Pyle

Thursday, November 01, 2012

The Star of Kazan Quote V

"Mine," he said again, and his mother nodded, for it did not seem to her at all surprising that the heavens had opened and thrown a flower at the feet of her magnificent son. This, after all, was Vienna.

-The Star of Kazan, Eva Ibbotson

Monday, October 29, 2012

Outcast of Redwall Quote II

"Is the tale finished? Oh, rats! I wanted it to go on an' on an' jolly well on f'rever!"

-Outcast of Redwall, Brian Jacques

Thursday, October 25, 2012

East Quote II

I have nothing to offer her. I do not even have a name.

-East, Edith Pattou

Monday, October 22, 2012

Keep A-Goin' by Frank L. Stanton

If you strike a thorn or rose,
Keep a-goin'!
If it hails or if it snows,
Keep a-goin'!
'Taint no use to sit an' whine
When the fish ain't on your line;
Bait your hook an' keep a-tryin'--
Keep a-goin'!

When the weather kills your crop,
Keep a-goin'!
Though 'tis work to reach the top,
Keep a-goin'!
S'pose you're out o' ev'ry dime,
Gittin' broke ain't any crime;
Tell the world you're feelin' prime--
Keep a-goin'!

When it looks like all is up,
Keep a-goin'!
Drain the sweetness from the cup,
Keep a-goin'!
See the wild birds on the wing,
Hear the bells that sweetly ring,
When you feel like singin', sing--
Keep a-goin'!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Hounds of the Mórrígan Quote III

"Hush!" Greymuzzle said again, this time more strongly.
"Hush! Hush! Hush!" Fowler repeated in bitter mimicry. "This is the word that puts infants to sleep!"

-The Hounds of the Mórrígan, Pat O'Shea

Monday, October 15, 2012

Innocent Quote II

Today is never too late to
Be brand new.
-Innocent by Taylor Swift

Friday, October 12, 2012

Prince Caspian Quote II

"I don't know why you shouldn't believe it," said Lucy, "if you believe in magic at all."

-Prince Caspian, C. S. Lewis

Saturday, September 01, 2012

A Break

I am going to try and rearrange my schedule, so this September I'm going to take a break from blogging. Don't worry (if you are worried); I will be back in a month.


Monday, August 27, 2012

The Importance of Being Earnest Quote II

JACK (nervously): Miss Fairfax, ever since I met you I have admired you more than any girl...I have ever met since...I met you.

-The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Star of Kazan Quote IV

"Very well. I shall manage. I have my books. I have my dreams."

-The Star of Kazan, Eva Ibbotson

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan Quote I

Will felt a surge of pleasure at the sparing praise, but before he could feel too pleased with himself, Halt added, "Can you cook, boy?"
"Cook, sir?" Will asked uncertainly.
Halt raised his eyes to some unseen superior being. "Why do young people invariably answer a question with another question?" he asked. Then, recieving no reply, he continued, "Yes, cook. Prepare food so that one might it eat. Make meals. I assume you know what food is--what meals are?"

-Ranger's Apprentice, The Ruins of Gorlan, John Flanagan

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Anywhere Is Quote I

It's either this or that way,
it's one way or the other.
It should be one direction,
It could be on reflection.

The turn I have just taken,
the turn that I was making,
I might be just beginning.
I might be near the end.

-Anywhere Is by Enya

Monday, August 13, 2012

Maddigan's Fantasia Quote I

"Hey, I'm watching you," he blurted out, and then wished he had stayed silent. Timon turned, half grinning. The grin would look friendly to anyone passing-just two boys having a bit of fun together-but Boomer knew there was nothing friendly anout it.
"What did you say?" asked Timon.
"I said I was watching you," mumbled Boomer. "I know about you."
"What do you know?" asked Timon.
Boomer took a breath. "I know the truth," he said.
Timon laughed. "Clever you!" he said. "But what's truth, anyway? It's too mixed up for anyone as little and simple as you are. And you need real imagination to get any idea of truth. You'll never get anywhere near to understanding it."

-Maddigan's Fantasia, Margaret Mahy

Thursday, August 09, 2012

East Quote I

I had had enough of locked doors.

-East, Edith Pattou

Monday, August 06, 2012

The Grey King Quote I

"I am not a part of your stupid quest any more, I don't care what happens to it. And Cafall was never a part of it either, or a part of your pretty pattern. He was my dog, and I loved him more than anything in the world, and now he is dead. Go away."

-The Grey King, Susan Cooper

Friday, August 03, 2012

The Story of the Champions of the Round Table Quote II

"Likewise that I come to punish you for all the evil you have done."
"And what business is all this of yours?" quoth Sir Nabon, speaking with great fury of voice.
"Messire," quoth Sir Tristram, "know ye not that it is the business of every true knight to rid the world of all such evil monsters as you be?" 
-The Story of the Champions of the Round Table, Howard Pyle

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Susan Sontag Quote I

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.

-Susan Sontag

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Dark is Rising Quote I

"But the book, Will. Read it. It has been waiting for you for a long time."

-The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Story of the Champions of the Round Table Quote I

"Verily, it would seem that in all ways you seek to put shame and sorrow upon me. And yet I have ever been your true knight, and have saved your kingdom from truage to Ireland and have served you very faithfully in all ways. Would to God I had been made knight by any man in the world than you."

-The Story of the Champions of the Round Table, Howard Pyle

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Builders by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

All are architects of Fate,
Working in these walls of Time;
Some with massive deeds and great,
Some with ornaments of rhyme.

Nothing useless is, or low;
Each thing in its place is best;
And what seems but idle show
Strengthens and supports the rest.

For the structure that we raise,
Time is with materials filled;
Our to-days and yesterdays
Are the blocks with which we build.

Truly shape and fashion these;
Leave no yawning gaps between;
Think not, because no man sees,
Such things will remain unseen.

In the elder days of Art,
Builders wrought with greatest care
Each minute and unseen part;
For the Gods see everywhere.

Let us do our work as well,
Both the unseen and the seen;
Make the house, where Gods may dwell,
Beautiful, entire, and clean.

Else our lives are incomplete,
Standing in these walls of Time,
Broken stairways, where the feet
Stumble as they seek to climb.

Build to-day, then, strong and sure,
With a firm and ample base;
And ascending and secure
Shall to-morrow find its place.

Thus alone can we attain
To those turrets, where the eye
Sees the world as one vast plain,
And one boundless reach of sky.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Chesnut Soldier Quote II

"You're early today," Nia said boldly. "Where've you been?"
"Nowhere and everywhere," Evan replied.
"Is that a riddle?"
"It could be but it's not."

-The Chesnut Soldier, Jenny Nimmo

Monday, July 16, 2012

Life Left to Go Quote I

And the failures you see
don't seem failures to me
here at all.

-Life Left to Go by Safetysuit

Friday, July 13, 2012

Newsies Quote I

Newsies: We need a good assassination. We need an earthquake or a war...
Snipeshooter: How 'bout a crooked politician?
Newsies: Hey, stupid, that ain't news no more!

-Newsies, 1992

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Book of Sand Quote I

In a voice that was not mine, I barely managed to stammer, "This can't be."
Still speaking in a low voice, the stranger said, "It can't be, but it is."

-The Book of Sand, Jorge Luis Borges

Monday, July 02, 2012

The Star of Kazan Quote II

"Perhaps by that time you'll be married to Rosina."
"Rosina?" Zed looked at her, puzzled, and she was glad he had forgotten the name of the girl who had tried to give her a kitten.
And "No, I won't," he said firmly when she had explained, and he looked at her in a way that made her feel absurdly happy.

-The Star of Kazan, Eva Ibbotson

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Caribbean Blue Quote I

If every man says all he can,
If every man is true.
Do I believe the sky above
Is Caribbean blue?

If all you told was turned to gold,
If all you dreamed was new.
Imagine sky high above
In Caribbean blue.

-Caribbean Blue by Enya

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Importance of Being Earnest Quote I

ALGERNON: My dear fellow, the way you flirt with Gwendolen is perfectly disgraceful. It is almost as bad as the way Gwendolen flirts with you.

-The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Oh, the Places You'll Go Quote I

So be sure where you step
Step with care and great tact
And remember that Life's
A Great Balancing Act.

-Oh, the Places You'll Go, Dr. Seuss

Monday, June 18, 2012

Robinson Crusoe Quote I

From whence I have often since observed, how incongruous and irrational the common temper of mankind is, ecspecially of youth, to that reason which ought to guide them in such cases, viz., that they are not ashamed to sin, and yet are ashamed to repent; not ashamed of the action, for which they ought justly to be esteemed fools; but are ashamed of the returning, which only can make them be esteemed wise men.

-Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe

Friday, June 15, 2012

Song of the Ghost Quote I

When all were dreaming
But Pastheen Power,
A light went streaming
From out of her bower;
And on the morrow,
When they awoke,
They knew that sorrow
Her heart had broke.

-Song of the Ghost, Alfred Percival Graves

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Quote V

"I don't care if anyone comes for me," said Edward.
"But that's dreadful," said the old doll. "There's no point in going on if you feel that way. No point at all. You must be filled with expectancy. You must be awash in hope. You must wonder who will love you, whom you will love next."
"I’m done with being loved," Edward told her. "I’m done with loving. It’s too painful."
"Pish," said the old doll. "Where is your courage?"
"Somewhere else, I guess," said Edward.
"You disappoint me," she said. "You disappoint me greatly. If you have no intention of loving or being loved, then the whole journey is pointless."

-The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamillo

Saturday, June 09, 2012

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma Quote I

This was yet another reason for her bitterness. Few things infuriated Constance more than being ignored, and having her existence denied struck her as the worst insult imaginable.

-The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma, Trenton Lee Stewart

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Lord Brocktree Quote I

"Well, I'm sick an' fed up o' bein' called longears, see! I'll call you Jukka, you call me Fleetscut, I'll call your blinkin' lot squirrels, an' you call my flippin' lot hares, wot, wot?" Jukka feigned an air of indifference. "As thou pleasest."
"You can bet your jolly life I pleasest!"

-Lord Brocktree, Brian Jacques

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Brave Quote I

So long the status quo.
I think I just let go.
You make me want to be brave.
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave. 
-Brave by Nichole Nordeman

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tao Saying Quote I

Property of National Geographic
The journey is the reward.

-Tao saying

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Chesnut Soldier Quote I

"I know that man. And I knew he'd come back, to finish a story. Perhaps you can help him."

-The Chesnut Soldier, Jenny Nimmo

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Star of Kazan Quote III

Professor Gertrude was against it: "There's no need to tell her, it'll only make her miserable."
But both Julius and Emil said she should know. "Truth is important," they said, "even for children. Particularly for children."

-The Star of Kazan, Eva Ibbotson

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The House by the Side of the Road by Sam Walter Foss

by Jennifer Bellinger
There are hermit souls that live withdrawn
In the peace of their self-content;
There are souls, like stars, that dwell apart,
In a fellowless firmament;
There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths
Where highways never ran;
But let me live by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

Let me live in a house by the side of the road,
Where the race of men go by;
The men who are good and the men who are bad,
As good and as bad as I.
I would not sit in the scorner's seat,
Or hurl the cynic's ban;
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

I see from my house by the side of the road,
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife.
But I turn not away from their smiles nor their tears
Both parts of an infinite plan;
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

Let me live in my house by the side of the road
Where the race of men go by;
They are good, they are bad, they are weak,
They are strong,
Wise, foolish - so am I.
Then why should I sit in the scorner's seat
Or hurl the cynic's ban? -
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fever 1793 Quote III

Eliza started to speak, but the words wouldn't come. This was not what I had expected. She was supposed to say yes, and then we would dance a jig.

-Fever 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson

Fireflies Quote I

Because my dreams
Are bursting at the seams. 
-Fireflies by Owl City

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The Prince of Egypt Quote I

Jethro: And that's why we share all we have with you,/though there's little to be found./When all you've got is nothing,/there's a lot to go around.

-The Prince of Egypt, 1998

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Roald Dahl Quote I

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

-Roald Dahl

Thursday, May 03, 2012

A Lover's Lullaby Quote I

With lullaby now take your leave;
With lullaby your dreams decieve;
And when you rise with waking eye,
Remember then this lullaby.

-A Lover's Lullaby, George Gascoigne

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Secret Zoo Quote I

"Through a hundred years of magic and machines. We never stop building. We never stop imagining. And we never stop creating."

-The Secret Zoo, Bryan Chick

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Gypsy Rizka Quote IV

"I'm not done with you. Turn justice upside down? I'll teach you what justice is!"
"I'll be glad to know," said Rizka. "We'll talk about it after Judge Fibich lets you out of jail."

-Gypsy Rizka, Lloyd Alexander

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Quote IV

Perhaps, he thought, it is not too late, after all, for me to be saved.

-The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamillo

Sunday, April 01, 2012

The Rising Quote I

Running from darkness
And running to light.
Praying on our knees for one more day
Every night.

-The Rising by Jimmy Westbrook

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Which Witch? Quote I

"Hallo!" said a soft and musical voice above his head, and Terence, looking up, saw the most beautiful girl he had ever seen--a girl he would have been frightened of except that her blue eyes looked sad, and sadness was something Terence knew about.

-Which Witch?, Eva Ibbotson

Monday, March 26, 2012

A Twist in My Story Quote I

So you see
This world doesn't matter to me.
I'll give up all I had just to breathe
The same air as you do till the day that I die.
I can't take my eyes off of you.

-A Twist in My Story by Secondhand Serenade

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey Quote I

"What's the point of any of this?" Crawlings said irritably. "He can't stop all of us and he knows it."
"He wants to give the children a head start," said McCracken. "But Crawlings's point is well taken, don't you think, Milligan? Really, now. You're wasting everyone's time. What's the use of prolonging the inevitable?"
"Maybe I enjoy it," Milligan said.

-The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, Trenton Lee Stewart

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Anatopsis Quote I

"Look at me, Princess. What do you see?"
"Someone I wish were dead."

-Anatopsis, Chris Abouzeid

Friday, March 09, 2012

Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague Quote I

"Keep an eye on that brother of yours. If he doesn't get himself killed, he might save the world one day."

-Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague, Brandon Mull

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The Star of Kazan Quote I

The Viennese really liked to eat. Wonderful cooking smells wafted through the streets--vanilla and freshly ground cofee; cinnamon and sauerkraut. Even cucumber salad, which in other cities hardly smelled at all, had its own scent in Vienna.

-The Star of Kazan, Eva Ibbotson

Saturday, March 03, 2012

A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End Quote II

"What will you write?"
"That's my biggest worry. I'm afraid I've not had an exciting life."
"Then write about what you haven't done."
"Is that allowed?" asked Avon.
"You should know the number one rule about writing is: Write what you know. So if you know what you haven't done, write about that."

-A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End, Avi

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thirteen at Dinner Quote IV

Japp wiped his forhead and looked the picture of misery. Poirot made sympathetic noises, somewhat suggestive of a hen laying an egg. With more insight into the English character, I poured out a stiff whisky and soda and placed it in front of the gloomy inspector. He brightened a little.
"Well," he said. "I don't mind if I do."

-Thirteen at Dinner, Agatha Christie

(previously published as 'Lord Edgeware Dies')

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Cold Within by James Patrick Kinney

Six humans trapped by happenstance
In dark and bitter cold.
Each possessed a stick of wood,
Or so the story's told.

Their dying fire in need of logs,
But the first one held hers back.
For, of the faces around the fire,
She noticed one was black.

The next one looked across the way
Saw one not of his church,
And could not bring himself to give
The fire his stick of birch.

The third one sat in tattered clothes
He gave his coat a hitch.
Why should his log be put to use
To warm the idle rich.

The rich man just sat back and thought
Of wealth he had in store,
And keeping all that he had earned
From the lazy, shiftless poor.

The black man's face bespoke revenge
As the fire passed from his sight,
For he saw in his stick of wood
A chance to spite the white.

And the last man of this forlorn group
Did nought except for gain.
Giving just to those who gave
Was how he played the game.

Their sticks held tight in death's stilled hands
Was proof enough of sin;
They did not die from cold without...
They died from cold within.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Quote III

"What's the point of him then?" said Martin.
"The point is that he is Edward," said Abilene.

-The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamillo

Monday, February 20, 2012

Innocent Quote I

Who you are is not where you've been.
You're still an innocent.

-Innocent by Taylor Swift

Friday, February 17, 2012

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Quote I

Harry Potter: Why are you here, all of you?
Lily Potter: We never left.

-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Animal Family Quote I

Say what you like, but such things do happen--not often, but they do happen.

-The Animal Family, Randall Jarrell

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Quote II

"The end?" said Abilene indignantly. "Yes," said Pellegrina, "the end."
"But it can't be."
"Why can't it be?"
"Because it came too quickly. Because no one is living happily ever after, that's why."
"Ah, and so." Pellegrina nodded. She was quiet for a moment. "But answer me this: how can a story end happily if there is no love?"

-The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow Quote I

"Stop teasin' him," said the Prodigy. "You's just jealous."
"No I'm not. Writers are creative people."

-The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow, Kaye Umansky

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Over Sea, Under Stone Quote I

"Oh honestly, Jane," Simon said. "You can't find a treasure map and just say, 'Oh, how nice,' and put it back again."

-Over Sea, Under Stone, Susan Cooper

Thursday, February 02, 2012

We Seek After These Things Quote I

Our mighty God has given us
So much good to find.
There’s just no room for darkness in our lives.

-We Seek After These Things, Jenny Phillips

Monday, January 30, 2012

Thirteen at Dinner Quote III

"Really, Poirot," I stammered, "I'm awfully glad. I suppose I've learnt a good deal from you one way or another-"
He shook his head. "Mais non, ce n'est pas ça. You have learnt nothing."
"Oh!" I said, rather taken aback.
"That is as it should be. No human being should learn from another. Each individual should develop his own powers to the uttermost, not try to imitate those of someone else. I do not wish you to be a second and inferior Poirot. I wish you to be the supreme Hastings. And you are the supreme Hastings."

-Thirteen at Dinner, Agatha Christie

(previously published as 'Lord Edgeware Dies')

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Brown Fairy Book Quote I

'Did you not hear the song?' she asked, trembling.
'Suppose I did, how could that hurt me? It was the loveliest song I ever heard!'
'Yes, and after the song will come the apparation; and after that-after that--'
'I don't understand. Well-after that?'
'After that-death.'

-The Story of the Yara, The Brown Fairy Book, Andrew Lang

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Inkdeath Quote III

Without words she would die, she'd simply die, even faster than her mother had done.

-Inkdeath, Cornelia Funke

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Princess Academy Quote I

Look no farther than your hand
Make a choice and take a stand

-Princess Academy, Shannon Hale

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tunnels Quote I

"YOU'RE GOOD FOR NOTHING, YOU PATHETIC FOSSIL! YOU CAN STAY DOWN THERE AND ROT FOR ALL I CARE, YOU STUPID OLD RELIC!" she shrieked at the top of her lungs as she slammed the living-room door with an almighty crash.
"That can't be good for the paintwork," Will said distantly.

-Tunnels, Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams

Monday, January 16, 2012

Change Quote I

It's hard to fight when the fight ain't fair.

-Change by Taylor Swift

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Quote III

And, oh, the cry of sea gulls! Have you heard it? Can you remember?

-The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Quote I

"You must listen," said Pellegrina. "It is all in the story."

-The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamillo

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Inkdeath Quote II

Was there any more wretched existence than the life of a writer who had run out of words?

-Inkdeath, Cornelia Funke

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Spring Twilight by The Monk Nōin

Spring Twilight
Gathers in the mountain village.
As I approach
The cherry petals scatter
At the boom of the evening
Temple Bell.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The Secret Garden Quote II

"How still it is!" she whispered. "How still!" Then she waited a moment and listened to the stillness.

-The Secret Garden, Frances Hogsdon Burnett