our favorite quotes
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
"Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it
with us or we find it not."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Freedom lies in being bold."
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask what makes you come
alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who
have come alive."
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that
something else is more important than fear."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
"The love we give away is the only love we keep."
"How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but someone."
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
"If we lose love and respect for each other, this is how we finally die."
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
"Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing."
"The books that help you most are those which make you think that most.
The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book
that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted
with truth and beauty."
"Question oldfangled technique"
"We are men of action, Lies do not become us."
-Westley, The Princess Bride
"A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous thing-- Go to School Get a little
Knowledge and Live Dangerously"
-Lord Love A Duck
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't
matter and those who matter don't mind."
"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul;
And sings the tune without words
And never stops at all."
"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost"
-Fellowship of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
"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
judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends."
- Fellowship of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
"The brave things in the old tales and songs...adventures, as I used
to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk
of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them,
because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport,
as you might say. But that's not the way of it with the tales that
really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have
been just landed in them, usually - their paths were laid that way, as
you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning
back, only they didn't. ... We hear about those as just went on - and
not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a
story and not outside it call a good end. ... I wonder what sort of
tale we've fallen into? "
- Sam, The Two Towers, J.R.R Tolkien
"Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to
do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set,
uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live
after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is
not ours to rule.”
-The Return of the King, J.R.R.Tolkien
"There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the
mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it
smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope
returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced
him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing:
there was light and beauty for ever beyond its reach."
-The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien
"When things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them,
so that others may keep them."
-Frodo, The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien
"You're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend
greatly on our own point of view"
-Obi-Wan, The Return of the Jedi
"It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with
tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they
cannot find it."
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
"Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from
the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by
education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones."
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
"Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion.
To attack the first is not to assail the last."
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
"Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the
over-compensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn't nearly
so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the
glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the
picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by
passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand."
-Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
"You'll know that the night has passed when you can look at any man
and any woman and discern that you are looking at a brother or a
sister. Until you can see with that clarity, the night will always be
-From a Jewish fable
"Countries rush to war thinking it is the quickest, easiest solution
to conflict, only to find themselves still entrenched years later,
suffering more losses than they expected and asking themselves,
bewildered, "How did we get here?" There is no "winning" a war."
-God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation, Joseph Sebarenzi
"Some people are born to make great art and others are born to
appreciate it...It's a kind of talent in itself, to be an audience,
whether you are a spectator in the gallery or you are listening to the
voice of the world's greatest soprano. Not everyone can be an artist.
There have to be those who witness the art, who love and appreciate
what they have been privileged to see."
-Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a
hell of heaven.."
-Paradise Lost, John Milton
"If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written
yet, then you must write it."
"Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the
middle of it. "
"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."
"It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards."
"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one
wants, and the other is getting it."
"NAFTA means jobs. American jobs, and good paying American jobs. If I
didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t support this agreement."
"When I grew up I assembled my role models à la cart. I wanted to be an
astrophysicist. If I tried to find a role model who grew up in the Bronx with my
skin color who was an astrophysicist, I would never have become an astrophysicist."
-Neil deGrasse Tyson