"My dear father; my dear friend; the best and wisest man I ever knew, who taught me many lessons and showed me many things as we went together along the country by-ways."
— Dedication to Theodore H. Jewett, by Sarah Orne Jewett, Country By-Ways
"In a sense, blog are like muffins. They are one shape, but the batter that goes into it might run the gamut from chocolate cake to bran. The same is true of social media forms such as Twitter or social network sites. They are ways of conveying information, but they do not dictate the nature of the content conveyed."
— Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel
"No matter how clear things might become in the forest of story, there was never a clear-cut solution, as there was in math. The role of a story was, in the broadest terms, to transpose a problem into another form. Depending on the nature and the direction of the problem, a solution might be suggested in the narrative. Tengo would return to the real world with that solution in hand. It was like a piece of paper bearing the indecipherable text of a magic spell. It served no immediate practical purpose, but it contained a possibility."
— Haruki Murakami, “1Q84”
"Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, ‘Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?’ … Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, ‘We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand-word essay.’"
— Charles M. Schulz
"One’s a prolific novelist who writes triple-deckers packed with plot twists and idiosyncratic characters, and the other is a pop-cultural phenomenon with an enthusiastic American readership and a line of products — ‘A Christmas Carol’ chief among them — that has spawned all manner of spinoffs and tie-ins. Both are seductive narrators, and both have had their snooty detractors."
— Michael Bérubé, defending Harry Potter from its detractors by pointing out the similarities between J.K Rowling and Charles Dickens. From “Harry Potter and the Power of Narrative”, which I read for my Children’s Literature class.
Things to worry about:
- Worry about courage
- Worry about cleanliness
- Worry about efficiency
- Worry about horsemanship
Things not to worry about:
- Don’t worry about popular opinion
- Don’t worry about dolls
- Don’t worry about the past
- Don’t worry about the future
- Don’t worry about growing up
- Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
- Don’t worry about triumph
- Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
- Don’t worry about mosquitoes
- Don’t worry about flies
- Don’t worry about insects in general
- Don’t worry about parents
- Don’t worry about boys
- Don’t worry about disappointments
- Don’t worry about pleasures
- Don’t worry about satisfactions
— F. Scott Fitzgerald in a letter to his 11-year-old daughter, Scottie. (via aaknopf)
(Source: listsofnote.com, via angelawublog)
"It seems very pretty,” she said when she had finished it, “but it’s rather hard to understand!” (You see she didn’t like to confess, even to herself, that she couldn’t make it out at all.) “Somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas — only I don’t exactly know what they are!"
— Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
The White Rabbit put on his spectacles. “Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?” he asked.
“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
— Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (which I’m reading for ENG 385: Children’s Literature)
"Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.
At the first gate, ask yourself, ‘Is it true?’
At the second ask, ‘Is it necessary?’
At the third gate ask ‘Is it kind?’"
— Sufi saying (via modernhepburn)
(Source: iheartloons, via modernhepburn)
"My greatest strength is common sense. I’m really a standard brand - like Campbell’s tomato soup or Baker’s chocolate."
— Katharine Hepburn