"If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."
-John Green, ‘Looking for Alaska’
"Home is behind, the world ahead .. And there are many paths to tread. Through shadow, to the edge of night, until the stars are all alight ..
Mist and shadow, cloud and shade, all shall fade .. all .. shall .. fade.”
- Pippin’s Song, ‘Lord of the Rings; The Two Towers’
"So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them."
-Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
"A mermaid found a swimming lad,
Picked him for her own,
Pressed her body to his body,
Laughed; and plunging down
Forgot in cruel happiness
That even lovers drown.”
-William Butler Yeats
"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."
"Tolkien understood about the things that happen after the end. Because this is after the end, this is all the Scouring of the Shire, this is figuring out how to live in the time that wasn’t supposed to happen after the glorious last stand. I saved the world, or I think I did, and look, the world is still here, with sunsets and interlibrary loans. And it doesn’t care about me any more than the Shire cared about Frodo."
-Jo Walton, ‘Among Others’
"My characters shall have, after a little trouble, all that they desire."
- Jane Austen
“A man may plant a tree for a number of reasons. Perhaps he likes trees. Perhaps he wants shelter. Or perhaps he knows that someday he may need the firewood.”
- Joanne Harris, ‘Runemarks’