Favorite Quotations

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”- 2 Corinthians 4:16

“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”
― Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”- Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

“The consolation of fairy-stories, the joy of the happy ending: or more correctly of the good catastrophe, the sudden joyous “turn” (for there is no true end to any fairy-tale): this joy, which is one of the things which fairy-stories can produce supremely well, is not essentially “escapist,” nor “fugitive.” In its fairy-tale–or otherworld–setting, it is a sudden and miraculous grace: never to be counted on to recur. It does not deny the existence of dyscatastrophe, of sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance; it denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat and in so far is evangelium, giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief.

It is the mark of a good fairy-story, of the higher or more complete kind, that however wild its events, however fantastic or terrible the adventures, it can give to child or man that hears it, when the “turn” comes, a catch of the breath, a beat and lifting of the heart, near to (or indeed accompanied by) tears, as keen as that given by any form of literary art, and having a peculiar quality … In such stories when the sudden “turn” comes we get a piercing glimpse of joy, and heart’s desire, that for a moment passes outside the frame, rends indeed the very web of story, and lets a gleam come through.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien on Fairy Stories

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis
 “No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“Be like the flower that gives its fragrance to even the hand that crushes it.” – Imam Ali

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.” – George R.R. Martin

“Fairytales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairytales tell children that dragons can be killed.” – G.K. Chesterton

“[Hope] is the singular gift we cannot destroy in ourselves, the argument t that refutes death, the genius that invents the future, all we know of God.” – Lisel Mueller

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is a very common thing– this fact of a man being caught and made prisoner by himself.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne