In college, I used to underline sentences that struck me, that made me look up from the page. They were not necessarily the same sentences the professors pointed out, which would turn up for further explication on an exam. I noted them for their clarity, their rhythm, their beauty and their enchantment. For surely it is a magical thing for a handful of words, artfully arranged, to stop time. To conjure a place, a person, a situation, in all its specificity and dimensions. To affect us and alter us, as profoundly as real people and things do.
– Jhumpa Lahiri, My Life’s Sentences
All birds and men are sure to die but songs may live for ever
– Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth
I actually heard this quote for the first time when someone was describing to me the BBC series Birdsong, and I have never forgotten it.
Beauty is truth, truth is beauty, – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
– John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn
It is not our abilities that show us who we truly are, it is our choices
– Professor Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light
– Professor Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
while we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one
– Professor Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The world isn’t split into good people and death eaters, we’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on; that’s who we really are.
– Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
All religion is poetry, and the rules of poetry are not the rules of logic
– Bill Darlison
“There are four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.”
– Don Juan deMarco (1994)
– Anna Rice
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
– Henry David Thoreau
men forgot that all deities reside in the human breast
– William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell