My Love Affair

My love affair with words.
This will be the place that I share a few of the quotes and bits of literature that I love, or that have simply given me pause.

“I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy. The most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
-C.S. Lewis

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure–than to rank among those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
-Anais Nin

“There’s such a lot of different ‘Hunters’ in me. I sometimes think that is why I am such a troublesome person. If I was just one ‘Hunter’ it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.”
-Anne of Green Gables

“Behold! I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Your walls are ever before me.”
-Isaiah 49:16

“I decline to accept the end of man. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.”
-William Faulkner

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, some destroyed.”
-Ernest Hemingway

“You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.”
-Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

“Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!”
-Lewis Carrol

“Give me a place to stand and I will move the Earth.”

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
-Philippians 4:11-12

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life from aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Upon his nest again, I shall not live in vain.”
-Emily Dickinson

“This is part of the beauty of literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

“There are far, far better things ahead than what we leave behind.”
-C.S. Lewis


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