Mass Quotes #18: Defoe, Robinson, Fielding, & Stowe

January 4, 2011 at 14:01 (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Well, says the mother, then there’s one Son lost; and she said it in a very mournful Tone, as one greatly concern’d at it.
I hope not Madam, says Robin, no Man is lost, when a good Wife has found him.
– Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders

So certainly does interest banish all manner of Affection, and so naturally do Men give up Honour and Justice, Humanity, and even Christianity, to secure themselves.
– Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders

I was here wonderfully Caress’d; had abundance of Admirers, and such as call’d themselves Lovers; but I found not one fair Proposal among them all; as for their common Design, that I understood too well to be drawn into any more Snares of that Kind: The Case was alter’d with me, I had Money in my Pocket, and had nothing to say to them: I had been tricked once by that cheat call’d LOVE, but the Game was over; I was resolv’d now to be Married or Nothing, and to be well Married or not at all.
– Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders

Thus my Pride, not my Principle, my Money, not my Virtue, kept me Honest.
– Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders

He held this post for two years, when, as he was returning from some business in Spokane, his mortal and professional careers ended in a spectacular derailment.
– Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

He would pick up eggshells, a bird’s wing, a jawbone, the ashy fragment of a wasp’s nest. He would peer at them with the most absolute attention, and then put them in his pockets, where he kept his jack-knife and his loose change. He would peer at them as if he could read them. This is death in my hand, this is ruin in my breast pocket, where I keep my reading glasses.
– Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

Time that had not come yet—an anomaly in itself—had the fiercest reality for her. It was a hard wind in her face; if she had made the world, every tree would be bent, every stone weathered, every bough stripped by that steady and contrary wind. Lucille saw in everything its potential for invidious change. She wanted worsted mittens, brown oxfords, red rubber boots. Ruffles wilted, sequins fell, satin was impossible to clean.
– Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

O Love, what monstrous tricks dost thou plan with thy Votaries of both Sexes! How dost thou deceive them, and make them deceive themselves! Their follies are thy Delight! Their sighs make thee laugh, and their Pangs are thy Merriment!
– Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews

No tear dropped over that pillow; in such straits as these, the heart has no tears to give,—it drops only blood, bleeding itself away in silence.
– Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Here he turned to the rough trundle-bed full of little wooly heads, and broke fairly down. He leaned over the back of the chair, and covered his face with his large hands. Sobs, heavy, hoarse and loud, shook the chair, and great tears fell through his fingers on the floor: just such tears, sir, as you dropped into the coffin of your first-born son; such tears, woman, as you shed when you heard the cries of your dying babe. For, sir, he was a man,—as you are but another man. And, woman, though dressed in silk and jewels, you are but a woman, and, in life’s great straights and mighty griefs, ye feel but one sorrow!
– Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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Mass Quotes #17

January 2, 2011 at 20:49 (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I believe it’s been a hell of a year and I believe that in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, we will all be okay.
– Izzie Stevens, Grey’s Anatomy

Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy someone a book than it is to buy them the whole world!
– Neil Gaiman

He had what Avery called “fetal motherboard syndrome”: he had to be touching some kind of online device at all times or he became skittish.
– Maureen Johnson, The Bermudez Triangle

“This book is pushing me, Zillah, making me write it. It excites me, and it drives me. In its pages, myth and matter merge. What happens in one time can make a difference in what happens in another time, far more than we realize. What Gedder does is going to make a difference, to the book, perhaps to the world. Nothing, no one is too small to matter. What you do is going to make a difference.”
– Matthew Maddock in A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle

I draw because words are too unpredictable.
I draw because words are too limited.
If you speak and write in English, or Spanish, or Chinese, or any other language, then only a certain percentage of human beings will get your meaning.
But when you draw a picture, everybody can understand it. If I draw a cartoon of a flower, then every man, woman, and child in the world can look at it and say, “That’s a flower.”
So I draw because I want to talk to the world. And I want the world to pay attention to me.
– Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

He heard Mrs. Kitteridge yelling from above. He couldn’t hear the worlds, but he understood that help was coming. He had only to keep Patty from falling away, and as they went again beneath the swirling, sucking water, he strengthened his grip on her arm to let her know: He would not let her go. Even though, staring into her open eyes in the swirling salt-filled water, with sun flashing through each wave, he thought he would like this moment to be forever: the dark-haired woman on shore calling for their safety, the girl who had once jumped rope like a queen, now holding him with a fierceness that matched the power of the ocean—oh, insane, ludicrous, unknowable world! Look how she wanted to live, look how she wanted to hold on.
– Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge

It’s not a slam at you when people are rude, it’s a slam at the people they’ve met before.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure, but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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E. L. Konigsburg: Epiphany Trilogy

July 24, 2010 at 16:48 (Uncategorized) (, , , )

There is no official name for these books, but I choose to call them the Epiphany Trilogy, since all three revolve around characters from Ephiphany, New York.

Once on our way to the school bus stop in the days when Branwell was still starting conversations, he asked me a famous question: “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” When he asked me, I couldn’t answer and neither could he, but when I left him that first Friday of his long silence, I thought that Branwell could answer it. On that day and for all the days that followed when he made no sound, my friend Branwell was screaming on the inside. And no one heard.
Except me.
– E. L. Konigsburg, Silent to the Bone (p9)

Vivian had been Nikki’s nanny. Actually, she was an au pair. (There’s a difference.) Hers was the British accent on the 911 tape.
– E. L. Konigsburg, Silent to the Bone (p78)

“Well, Mrs. Kaplan, I can tell you that I understand. You see, I, too, once lived under a monarchy. I, too, preferred not to, so I emigrated.”
“We would hardly call our community here at Camp Talequa a monarchy, Mr. Rose.”
“And that, Mrs. Kaplan, is because you are the queen.”
– E. L. Konigsburg, The Outcasts of 19 Schuler Place

“William Wilcox was anything but anonymous. He was not so much alone as aloof. In a school as variegated as an argyle sock, William Wilcox was not part of the pattern. Blond though he was, he was a dark thread on the edge. He was all edges. He had a self-assurance that inspired awe or fear or both.”
– E. L. Konigsburg, The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World (p3)

“William raised his shoulder slowly and tilted his head slightly—like a conversational semicolon—before continuing.”
– E. L. Konigsburg, The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World (p7)

“Theirs was a pristine, lovely home in a pristine, lonely neighborhood.”
– E. L. Konigsburg, The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World (p39)

“Amedeo had never before heard William Wilcox swear. His grammar sometimes slipped, and he sometimes used the A word, ain’t, but his grammar, his shrugs, his silences were the personality equivalent of Mrs. Zender’s unkept grounds: There was no need to prove anything to anyone. He never used the S word or the F word. Not even a damn or a hell.”
– E. L. Konigsburg, The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World (p83)

“After all the angles had been played, Mrs. Zender moved from the piano and started taking off her gloves. “I never felt more like myself than when I was on stage being someone else,” she said.
“But,” Amedeo said, “you were always a boy or a bitch.”
“No, no, no,” she answered. “I was sometimes a boy, and I was often a bitch”—she looked at Mrs. Wilcox and winked, and then she continued—”but what I always was, was superb.”
– E. L. Konigsburg, The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World (p86)

“William started walking around. “Decorators like beige a lot, don’t they?”
“Taupe,” Amedeo replied. “Our place in New York was beige. This one is taupe, the daughter of beige.”
– E. L. Konigsburg, The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World (p92)

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Mass Quotes #16 (Poetry)

July 11, 2010 at 18:01 (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

I had No Time to Hate by Emily Dickinson
I had no time to hate, because
The grave would hinder me,
And life was not so ample I
Could finish enmity.

Nor had I time to love, but since
Some industry must be,
A little toil of love, I thought,
Was large enough for me.

Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeash
A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,
Dumb
As old medallions to the thumb,
Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown—
A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs,
Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,
Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind—
A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs.

A poem should be equal to:
Not true.
For all the history of grief
an empty doorway or a maple leaf.
For love
The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea—
A poem should not mean
But be.

Quiet Girl by Langston Hughes
I would liken you
To a night without stars
Were it not for your eyes.
I would liken you
To a sleep without dreams
Were it not for your songs.

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Mass Quotes #16

July 11, 2010 at 17:54 (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”
– Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“All good books have one thing in common—they are truer than if they had really happened, and after you’ve read one of them you will feel that all that happened, happened to you and it belongs to you forever: the happiness and the unhappiness, the good and evil, ecstasy and sorry, the food, the wine, beds, people and weather. If you give that to a reader, then you’re a writer.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“To be nobody but yourself—in a word which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
– E.E. Cummings, A Poet’s Advice to Students

“Oh, you want too much!” she cried to Gatsby. “I love you now, isn’t that enough?”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.”
– Helen Fielding, Bridge Jones’s Diary

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
– Isaac Newton

“Talented people turn me on. What a woman looks like means nothing to me—I’m only looking at the twinkle in their soul.”
– David Tennant

“For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.”
– Jean Dubuffet

“We spent all those years talking about stuff we had in common, and the last few months noticing all the ways we were different and it broke both of our hearts.”
– Nick Hornby

“No matter what anybody tells you…words and ideas can change the world.”
The Dead Poet’s Society

“It has always been hard to be a teenager. It is not harder in 2010 than it was in 1985. I mean, come on! It’s hard to be alive.”
– Steph Bowe

“We are not the same person this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.”
– W. Somerset Maugham

“Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill them right back.”
– Mal Reynolds, Firefly

“The real origin of science fiction lay in the seventeeth-century novels of exploration in fabulous lands. Therefore Jules Verne’s story of travel to the moon is not science fiction because they go by rocket but because of where they go. It would be as much science fiction if they went by rubber band.”
– Philip K. Dick

“People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it. Predicting the future is much too easy, anyway. You look at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict more of the same. To hell with more. I want better.”
– Ray Bradbury

“Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made up for paid for in factories.”
– Ray Bradbury

“Fairy tales are our way of telling children there are things out there that might want to eat them.”
– Stephen Moffat

“You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.”
– Laurie Halse Anderson

“While no one is expected to leap tall buildings in a single bound, our aspiring heroes will be tested on their courage, integrity, self-sacrifice, compassion and resourcefulness—the stuff of all true superheroes.”
– Stan Lee

“You don’t have to agree with everything your friends do. You’re allowed to think they’re wrong, you’re allowed to think they’re stupid sometimes, but that doesn’t mean you get to judge them. You have to accept what they decide and respect them, even if you think it’s wrong or silly.”
– Jordyn Turney, Love or Something Like It: Book 3

“The only true measure of success is the ratio between what we might have done and what we might have been on the one hand, and the thing we have made and the things we have made of ourselves on the other.”
– H.G. Wells

“Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what one is saying.”
– John Updike

“Books aren’t written—they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.”
– Michael Crichton

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Mass Quotes #15

May 20, 2010 at 13:46 (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
– Oscar Wilde

“Most people don’t realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn’t value its librarians doesn’t value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?”
– Neil Gaiman

“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your book, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”
– Stephen King

“Finish every day and be done with it… You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it…serenely, and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
– Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

All Nature is but art, unknown to thee
All chance, direction, which thou canst not see;
All discord, harmony not understood;
All partial even, universal good:
And, spite of pride, in erring reason’s spite,
One truth is clear, Whatever is, is right.
– Alexander Pope, Essay on Man

“When you’re in the present, you’re living your life. You’re not caught up in what could’ve been or what might be.”
Better Off Ted

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library.”
– Jorge Luis Borges

“I don’t ask writers about their work habits. I really don’t care. Joyce Carol Oates says somewhere that when writers ask each other what time they start working and when they finish and how much time they take for lunch, they’re actually trying to find out, “Is he as crazy as I am?” I don’t need that question answered.”
– Philip Roth

“Let’s just be fabulously where we are and who we are. You be you and I’ll be me, today and today and today, and let’s trust the future to tomorrow. Let the stars keep track of us. Let us ride our own orbits and trust that they will meet. May our reunion be not a finding but a sweet collision of destinies.”
– Jerry Spinelli, Love, Stargirl

“I love people. Everybody. I love them, I think, as a stamp collector loves his collection. Every story, every incident, every bit of conversation is raw material for me. My love’s not impersonal yet not wholly subjective either. I would like to be everyone, a cripple, a dying man, a whore, and then come back to write about my thoughts, my emotions, as that person. But I am not omniscient. I have to live my life, and it is the only one I’ll ever have. And you cannot regard your own life with the objective curiosity all the time.”
-Sylvia Plath

“Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.”
– Daniel DeFoe, Robinson Crusoe

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”
– John Lennon

“I’m not always going to be like this,” Scarlett said. “I’ve been useful to you, right?”
“Many times,” Dakota said, leading her along. “Sometimes, we all get a little broken.”
A little broken. Scarlett wondered about that. At what point do you get so broken that it’s time to just get thrown away? She had a feeling she was about to find out.
– Maureen Johnson, Scarlett Fever

“There’s no race, no religion, no class system, no colour—nothing—no sexual orientation, that makes us better than anyone else. We’re all deserving of love.”
– Sandra Bullock, Oscars acceptance speech for Best Actress in The Blind Side

“An ‘anyway’ friend is the one person in your life, who no matter what they say or do, no matter what they’ve been through with you, they love you anyway.”
Private Practice

“Speaking as a writer, I’m not interested in trends, I want to write books that are honest, with characters as true to the inner world of the story as I can make them.”
– Susan Patron in an interview with American Libraries about The Higher Power of Lucky

This is how it works
You’re young until you’re not
You love until you don’t,
You try until you can’t,
You laugh until you cry,
You cry until you laugh,
And everyone must breath,
Until their dying breath.
– Regina Spektor, On the Radio

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Mass Quotes #14

February 28, 2010 at 16:46 (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

“A writer’s job is to imagine everything so personally that the fiction is as vivid as memories”
– John Irving

“Writing is one of the few careers for which you essentially train yourself, the other two majors ones being juggling and pickpocketing.”
– Maureen Johnson

“”Sometimes I feel like I’ve been waiting for someone to tell me when I can be normal again,” she said, “I keep thinking I’ll get a letter. Or a call. When does it happen?”
Pete looked like he wanted to walk toward her, but then he fell back against the car. The staring contest between them for almost a minute, and finally Pete exhaled loudly.
“It’s okay,” he said.”
– Maureen Johnson, The Key to the Golden Firebird

“Maybe you’ve never fallen into a frozen stream. Here’s what happens.
1. It is cold. So cold that the Department of Temperature Acknowledgment and Regulation in you brain gets the readings and says, “I can’t deal with this. I’m out of here.” It puts up the OUT TO LUNCH sign and passes all responsibility to the…
2. Department of Pain and the Processing Thereof, which gets all this gobbledygook from the temperature department that it can’t understand. “This is so not our job,” it says. So it just starts hitting random buttons, filling you with strange and unpleasant sensations, and calls the…
3. Office of Confusion and Panic, where there is always someone ready to hop on the phone the moment it rings. This office is at least willing to take some action. The Office of Confusion and Panic loves hitting buttons.”
– Maureen Johnson

Richard had noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once.
– Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere

“So the day became one of waiting, which was, he knew, a sin: moments were to be experienced; waiting was a sin against both the time that was still to come and the moments one was currently disregarding. “
– Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere

“Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for plannning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future–you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.”
– John Green, Paper Towns

“All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”
– Ernest Hemingway

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”
– Ernest Hemingway

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Madeleine L’Engle Quotes

February 15, 2010 at 17:15 (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Instead of posting random quotes I’ve collected, this time I am going to focus on Madeleine L’Engle. I’ve been reading a lot by her & researching her, hopefully to study as part of my Communication Theory project this Spring.
And a thank you to Laina for contributing two of these quotes.

“Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.”

“The world of science lives fairly comfortably with paradox. We know that light is a wave, and also that light is a particle. The discoveries made in the infinitely small world of particle physics indicate randomness and chance, and I do not find it any more difficult to live with the paradox of a universe of randomness and chance and a universe of pattern and purpose than I do with light as a wave and light as a particle. Living with contradiction is nothing new to the human being.”

“Deepest communion with God is beyond words, on the other side of silence.”

“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability…. To be alive is to be vulnerable.”

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

“I Name you Echthroi. I Name you Meg.
 I Name you Calvin. 
I Name you Mr. Jenkins. 
I Name you Proginoskes.
 I fill you with Naming.
 Be!
 Be, butterfly and behemoth,
 be galaxy and grasshopper,
 star and sparrow,
 you matter, 
you are, 
be!
 Be caterpillar and comet,
 Be porcupine and planet,
 sea sand and solar system,
 sing with us,
 dance with us,
 rejoice with us,
 for the glory of creation, 
seagulls and seraphim
angle worms and angel host,
 chrysanthemum and cherubim.
 (O cherubim.)
 Be!
 Sing for the glory
 of the living and the loving
 the flaming of creation
sing with us
, dance with us
, be with us.
 Be!”

A Wind in the Door

“I wrote because I wanted to know what everything was about. My father, before I was born, had been gassed in the first World War, and I wanted to know why there were wars, why people hurt each other, why we couldn’t get along together, and what made people tick. That’s why I started to write stories.”

“Maybe you have to know darkness before you can appreciate the light.”

A Ring of Endless Light

“Perhaps what we are called to do may not seem like much, but the butterfly is a small creature to affect galaxies thousands of light years away.”

A Stone for a Pillow

The scientists think it likely that there may be other planets out there, but this far nobody’s been able to communicate with anybody else. Maybe we’d better learn to communicate with each other first.”

“So how do we do it? We can’t just sit down at our typewriters an turn out explosive material. I took a course in college on Chaucer, one of the most explosive, imaginative, and far-reaching in influence of all writers. And I’ll never forget going to the final exam and being asked why Chaucer used certain verbal devices, certain adjectives, why he had certain characters behave in certain ways. And I wrote in a white heat of fury, “I don’t think Chaucer had any idea why he did any of these thing. That isn’t the way people write.” I believe this as strongly now as I did then. Most of what is best in writing isn’t done deliberately.”
– Newberry Award acceptance speech

Because of the very nature of the world as it is today our children receive in school a heavy load of scientific and analytic subjects, so it is in their reading for fun, for pleasure, that they must be guided into creativity. These are forces working in the world as never before in the history of mankind for standardization, for the regimentation of us all, or what I like to call making muffins of us, muffins all like every other muffin in the muffin tin. This is the limited universe, the drying, dissipating universe, that we can help our children avoid by providing them with “explosive material capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly.
– Newberry Award acceptance speech

“A writer of fantasy, fairly tale, or myth must inevitably discover that he is not writing out of his own knowledge or experience, but out of something both deeper and wider. I think that fantasy must possess the author and simply use him. I know that this is true of A Wrinkle in Time. I can’t possibly tell you how I came to write it. It was simply a book I had to write. I had no choice. And it was only after it was written that I realized what some of it meant.”
– Newberry Award acceptance speech

“Very few children have any problem with the world of the imagination; it’s their own world, the world of their daily life, and it’s our loss that so many of us grow out of it.”
– Newberry Award acceptance speech

“A book, too, can be a star, “explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,” a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
– Newberry Award acceptance speech

“A while ago there was an article in the New York Times about some women in Tennessee who wanted the middle grade text books removed from the school curriculum, not because they were inadequate educationally, but because these women were afraid that they might stimulate the childrens’ imaginations.
What!?!
It was a good while later that I realized that the word, imagination, is always a bad word in the King James translation of the Bible. I checked it out in my concordance, and it is always bad.
Put them down in the imagination of their hearts.
Their imagination is only to do evil.
Language changes. What meant one thing three hundred years ago means something quite different now. So the people who are afraid of the word imagination are thinking about it as it was defined three centuries ago, and not as it is understood today, a wonderful word denoting creativity and wideness of vision.”
– Margaret Edwards Award acceptance speech

“Most of the time nowadays we human beings are referred to as consumers. What does the consumer think? What does the consumer want? How ugly. Forest fires consume. Cancer consumes. I want us to be nourishers.”
– Margaret Edwards Award acceptance speech

“There are many distinct voices in the world of YA literature today, and the chief thing they have in common is their honoring of the human spirit. Their protagonists are always subjects, and never objects. One definition of pornography I was given is treating people as objects. In most YA novels we are able to enter into the subject, to feel empathy, to be willing to be part of the story.”
– Margaret Edwards Award acceptance speech

Our grandfather, Mother’s father, lives in a stable.
Maybe I’d better explain a little about this.
Meet the Austins

Then I felt fingers gently at the back of my neck. “Vicky. I’m sorry. It’s not you. It doesn’t have anything to do with you. I’ve been in a filthy mood. Get me out my mood.” His voice was soft, cajoling.
“Why’re you in a filthy mood?”
“Just one of the times I hate everybody. Except you. Don’t let me drive you away, Vicky. I have a way of doing that. Driving away anybody I happen to love. Stick by me, Vicky, will you?
What do you do when someone speaks to you like that, particularly if that somebody is Zachary? Sure I’d stick by him. I’d do anything he wanted me to do.
The Moon by Night

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Mass Quotes #13

January 11, 2010 at 21:17 (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
– Neil Gaiman

“Saying ‘I notice you’re a nerd’ is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?’ In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even ‘lame’ is kind of lame. Saying ‘You’re lame’ is like saying ‘You walk with a limp.’ Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he’s done all right for himself.”
– John Green

I try to live life so that I can live with myself.
– John Green

Here’s to all the places we went. And all the places we’ll go. And here’s to me, whispering again and again and again and again: iloveyou.
– John Green, Looking for Alaska

“Influenced by my hopeless romantic and super sensitive mindset, I pay far too much attention to the little things in life and in the relationship between two people. In constant need of reassurance, explanation, closure, and attention, my paintings are made.”
– Kurt Halsey

By the time Lionel was six, he knew what he wanted to be.
John Wayne.
Not the actor, but the character. Not the man, but the hero. The John Wayne who cleaned up cattle towns and made them safe for decent folk. The John Wayne who shot guns out of the hands of outlaws. The John Wayne who saved stagecoaches and wagon trains from Indian attacks.
When Lionel told his father he wanted to be John Wayne, his father said it might be a good idea, but that he should keep his options open.
– Thomas King, Green Grass, Running Water

In the end all that’s left is the beating of my heart, the in and out of my breath. Of Sarah’s. Tayshawn’s. The rest of us who are left behind.
We still tick. We still tock.
It hurts.
– Justine Larbalestier, LIAR

Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
– Orson Scott Card

But who needs love when there’s Law and Order?
And who needs love when there’s Southern Comfort?
And who needs love when the sandwiches are wicked
and they know you at the Mac store?
– Amanda Palmer, Leeds United

Give in to love or live in fear. No other path, no other way. No day but today.
– Jonathan Larson, Rent

Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.
– Carl Jung

Life can sometimes suck. Like, a lot. People will break your trust. Secrets will fly and everyone will turn on each other. But you’ll keep going. Life doesn’t stop because it’s especially sucky. Such is the way of the world. Also: There are some friends who are abso-bloody-lutely wonderful. Keep a hold of them.
– Casye Davidson

“When you’re a kid you assume your parents are soulmates. My kids are going to be right about that.”
– Pam Beesly, The Office

But don’t forget who you really are. And I’m not talking about your so-called real name. All names are made up by someone else, even the one your parents gave you. You know who you really are. when you’re alone at night, looking up at the stars, or maybe lying in your bed in total darkness, you know that nameless person inside you… Your muscles with toughen. So will your heart and soul. That’s necessary for survival. But don’t lose touch with that person deep inside you, or else you won’t really have survived at all.
– Louis Sachar

“I’ve kissed a guy… I’ve kissed guys. I just haven’t felt that thing… that thing… That moment when you kiss someone and everything around you becomes hazy, and the only thing in focus is you and this person. And you realize that that person is the only person you’re supposed to kiss for the rest of your life. And for one moment you get this amazing gift. and you wanna laugh and you wanna cry, cause you feel so lucky that you’ve found it, and so scared that it’ll go away all at the same time.”
– Drew Berrymore, “Never Been Kissed”

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.
– Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

“I’ve lost everything: my job, my future, everything people think is important, but I don’t care – because even if I have to dig ditches for the rest of my life, I shall be a ditch-digger who once had a wonderful day.”
– Cornelius Hackl, Hello Dolly

“Smile, it enhances your face value”
– Dolly Parton in Steel Magnolias

Have you ever thought about what protects our hearts? Just a cage of rib bones and other various parts. So it’s fairly simple to cut right through the mess and to stop the muscle that makes us confess. We are so fragile, and our cracking bones make noise. And we are just breakable, breakable, breakable girls and boys.
– Ingrid Michaelson, Breakable

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?
– Ernest Hemingway

The world is ours, ours for the taking.
Yes there’s scars, but nothing that a little love won’t heal.
– Seabird, Trust

I know you’ve been afraid,
that’s why you stay awake all night and sleep through the day.
Hoping to find a hand you can hold, before you grow up and grow old.
– Seabird, This Ain’t Home

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Mass Quotes #12

December 14, 2009 at 02:44 (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

“It’s hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is, wondering if he’s okay. It’s hard to be the one who stays.

I keep myself busy. Time goes faster that way.

I go to sleep alone, and wake up alone. I take walks. I work until I’m tired. I watch the wind play with the trash that’s been under the snow all winter. Everything seems simple until you think about it. Why is love intensified by absence?

Long ago, men went to sea, and women waited for them, standing on the edge of the water, scanning the horizon for the tiny ship. Now I wait for Henry. He vanishes unwillingly, without warning. I wait for him. Each moment that I wait feels like a year, an eternity. Each moment is slow and transparent as glass. Through each moment I can see infinite moments lined up, waiting. Why has he gone where I cannot follow?”
– Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

“I’m sorry. I didn’t know you were coming or I’d have cleaned up a little more. My life, I mean, not just the apartment.”
– Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

“‘Bartleby the Scrivener.’ One of Herman Melville’s short stories.”
“I guess. The point is that this guy had lost touch with reality. And you know what happens to him at the end of the story?”
“It’s fiction, Cliff.”
“He dies. That’s what happens. Suggest anything to you?”
“We all die, Cliff.”
– Thomas King, Green Grass, Running Water

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

“We’re meant to lose the people we love. How else would we know how important they are?”
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can play together all night.”
– Bill Watterson

“A house without books is like a room without windows.”
– Horace Mann

“Stories never really end…even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don’t end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page.”
– Cornelia Funke

“Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells… and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar.”
– Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

“I wouldn’t trade your love for all the candy in this great, big world. Me, I feel so crazy blessed and so lucky, to be the place you go, when you need to feel safe, when you need a kiss. Don’t be afraid, because what you’ll have is me.”
– Plumb, Me

“And we know it’s never simple, never easy
Never a clean break
No one here to save me
You’re the only one I know like the back of my hand”
– Taylor Swift, Breathe

“Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.”
– Lemony Snicket

“If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats.”
– Lemony Snicket

“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder”
– Henry David Thoreau

“The more research I’ve done on this, the more it seems to be that it’s not the words so much as the force behind them. I think people get too caught up in whether a word is or isn’t offensive and lose sight of what’s actually being said.”
– Justine Larbalestier, LIAR

“Zach was my boyfriend. He told me everything,” she says, but her voice falters. No one tells anyone everything.”
– Justine Larbalestier, LIAR

“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”
– John Green, Looking for Alaska

“People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands – literally thousands – of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.”
– Nick Hornby

“The characters arrive when evoked, but full of the spirit of mutiny. For they have these numerous parallels with people like ourselves, they try to live their own lives and are consequently often engaged in treason against the main scheme of the book. They “run away,” they “get out of hand”: they are creations inside a creation, and often inharmonious towards it; if they are given complete freedom they kick the book to pieces, and if they are kept too sternly in check, they revenge themselves by dying, and destroy it by intestinal decay.”
– E. M. Forester, Aspects of the Novel

“I’d rather have had your freedom than my land.”
Carl shook his head mournfully. “Freedom so often means that one isn’t needed anywhere. Here you are an individual, you have a background of your own, you would be missed. But off there in the cities there are thousands of rolling stones like me. We are all alike; we have no ties, we know nobody, we own nothing. When one of us dies, they scarcely know where to bury him. Our landlady and the delicatessen man are our mourners, and we leave nothing behind us but a frock-coat and a fiddle, or an easel, or a typewriter, or whatever tool we got our living by. All we have ever managed to do is pay our rent, the exorbitant rent that one has to pay for a few square feet of space near the heart of things. We have no house, no place, no people of our own. We live in the streets, in the parks, in the theaters. We sit in restaurants and concert halls and look about at the hundreds of our own kind and shudder.”
– Willa Cather, O Pioneers!

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