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Words and Pictures: There were no men left

Posted November 11, 2018 by Lory in quotes / 4 Comments
Words and Pictures: There were no men left

The racket was indescribable; trapped and burning smoke almost blanketed the fight in total darkness. No words can express horror at that pitch. There were no men left in that now infernal struggle. It was no longer a matter of giants versus colossi. It was more like something out of Milton and Dante than Homer. […]

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Words and Pictures: This I would fight for

Posted October 29, 2017 by Lory in quotes / 10 Comments
Words and Pictures: This I would fight for

And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the […]

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Words and Pictures: Pruned Oak

Posted June 21, 2017 by Lory in quotes / 6 Comments
Words and Pictures: Pruned Oak

Pruned Oak Oh oak tree, how they have pruned you. Now you stand odd and strangely shaped! You were hacked a hundred times until you had nothing left but spite and will! I am like you, so many insults and humiliations could not shatter my link with life. And every day I raise my head […]

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Words and Pictures: A Hat Full of Sky

Posted March 8, 2016 by Lory in quotes / 11 Comments
Words and Pictures: A Hat Full of Sky

Granny nodded. “There’s always a story,” she said. “It’s all story, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.” Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (2005) Image: Book art by Abadova, found here

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Words and Pictures: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Posted July 21, 2015 by Lory in quotes / 8 Comments
Words and Pictures: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“Why do you think she’s scared of anything? She’s a grown-up, isn’t she? Grown-ups and monsters aren’t scared of things.” “Oh, monsters are scared,” said Lettie. “That’s why they’re monsters. And as for grown-ups…” She stopped talking, rubbed her freckled nose with a finger. Then, “I’m going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don’t look […]

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Words and Pictures: Sister of the Angels

Posted April 20, 2015 by Lory in quotes / 6 Comments
Words and Pictures: Sister of the Angels

“Henrietta suddenly caught her breath. Always it seemed to her quite incredible that men could have made this place; people like herself and Hugh Anthony only bigger; how could they have done it? She looked about her. The massive pillars of the nave were so tall that they seemed to be lifting up the soaring […]

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Words and Pictures: The Madman of Piney Woods

Posted March 9, 2015 by Lory in quotes / 0 Comments
Words and Pictures: The Madman of Piney Woods

How is it possible that one person can use only words to make another person laugh? Without tickling them, without making a silly face, without doing something foolish, they just make those twenty-six letters fall in a certain order, and for no good reason, I can see your eyes narrow, your cheeks get pulled up, […]

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Words and Pictures: The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks

Posted February 9, 2015 by Lory in quotes / 0 Comments
Words and Pictures: The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks

The kitten has a luxurious, Bohemian, unpuritanical nature. It eats six meals a day, plays furiously with a toy mouse and a piece of rope, and suddenly falls into a deep sleep whenever the fit takes it. It never feels the need to do anything to justify its existence; it does not want to be […]

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Words and Pictures: My Brilliant Friend

Posted January 5, 2015 by Lory in quotes / 6 Comments
Words and Pictures: My Brilliant Friend

There was something unbearable in the things, in the people, in the buildings, in the streets that, only if you reinvented it all, as in a game, became acceptable. The essential, however, was to know how to play, and she and I, only she and I, knew how to do it. Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant […]

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