quotables

“”Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence”

~ Robert Frost

“Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.”

~ Ovid

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.”

~ The History Boys

“One must have been something of a firebrand to say to oneself, Oh, but they can’t buy literature too. Literature is open to everybody. I refuse to allow you, Beadle though you are, to turn me off the grass. Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt, that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

~ Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkly and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed on if there is a light from within.”

~ Elizabeth Kubler

“If you think life is a vending machine, where you put in virtue and take out happiness, you’re probably going to be disappointed.”

~ Six Feet Under

“He sat there bareheaded with the wind blowing his hair about, extraordinarily exposed to everything. He looked very old. He looked, James thought, getting his head now against the Lighthouse, now against the waste of waters running away into the open, like some old stone lying on the sand; he looked as if he had become physically what was always at the back of both of their minds—that loneliness which was for both of them the truth about things.”

~ Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

~ Mark Twain

“God only has three answers. Yes, not yet, and wait, I have something better.”

~Unknown

“There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.”

~Thornton Wilder

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”

~Mother Theresa

“Madame Michel has the elegance of the hedgehog: on the outside she’s covered in quills, a real fortress, but my gut feeling is that on the inside, she has the same simple refinement as the hedgehog: a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary and terribly elegant.”

~The Elegance of the Hedgehog

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