Category: quotes

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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Words and Pictures: A Christmas Carol

Posted December 23, 2014 by Lory in quotes / 6 Comments
Words and Pictures: A Christmas Carol

It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humor. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843) Image: “Merry Old Santa” by Thomas Nast (Public Domain Review)

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