Friday, July 11, 2014

30 Day Book Challenge! Day 9: Quotes Day 2!

My travels have finally brought me back to where I began, and I am home! Home where a pretty pink wall needs quotes painted and pictures hung upon it. Home where I have at least 3 sewing/knitting projects that need to be done by the end of the month. Home where I have the fair, a studio recital, a wedding, and a family vacation to prepare for and enjoy. Home where my bro will obligingly jog alongside an I-haven't-run-for-two-months-and-I'm-dying me.



It's good to be home.

But that's not why we're here, is it? You asked for it, so I'm going to give you Death By Quotes this evening! Today's question:

Day 9: What are your favorite quotes from books?

So, *ahem*, short answer(s):

9781595553225"Our age trivializes words and personhood because many assume that impersonal, physical energy is the ultimate reality....The fact is, our words do describe and encapsulate invisible laws that govern unknown galaxies. Words help us plan successful trips to outer space. Our unique gift of language enables us to create culture. Words create. Word (information) is life because the Bible says that God created the universe with his words." 

- The Book That Made Your World, Vishal Mangalwadi

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The Shadow of the Bear: a fairy tale retold"Have you ever felt that there was something going on in life that not everyone was aware of?" Rose asked, turning her mug around in her hands. "As though there's a story going on that everyone is a part of, but not everybody knows about? Maybe 'story' isn't the right word - a sort of drama, a battlebetween what's peripheral and what's really important. As though the people you meet aren't just their plain, prosaic selves, but are actually princes and princesses, gods and goddesses, fairies, gypsies, shepherds, all sorts of fantastic creatures who've chosen to hide their real shape for some reason or another. Or have forgotten who they really are. Have you ever thought of that?"

-The Shadow of the Bear, Regina Doman

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"...it is that of an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any other satisfaction. I call it Joy, which...must be sharply distinguished from Happiness and from Pleasure. Joy (in my sense) has indeed one characteristic, and one only, in common with them; the fact that anyone who has experienced it will want it again."

- Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis

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Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton (Amazon)"Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that he has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore."

-Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton

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"Beyond compare the Son of God was seen
Most glorious; in him all his Father shone
Substantially expressed; and in his face
Divine compassion visibly appeared,
Love without end, and without measure grace;"

- Paradise Lost, John Milton

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"The writer of the Age of Reason, may think it harsh to be charged with falsehood in every page of his work; but it would ill become an advocate for the Gospel, not to declare it boldly, and would be doing great injustice to the cause of truth, when the everlasting interests of his fellow men are at stake..." {emphasis mine}

- The Age of Revelation, Elias Boudinot

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"The 'Old-Fashioned Girl' is not intended as a perfect model, but as a possible improvement on the Girl of the Period, who seems sorrowfully ignorant or ashamed of the good old fashions which make women truly beautiful and honored, and, through her, render home what it should be - a happy place, where parents and children, brothers and sisters, learn to love and know and help one another."

- Preface of An Old-Fashioned Girl, Louisa May Alcott

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"We must, then, kill the imagination. The ideal, of course, would be to cease having children, but that might have some adverse effect upon long-range economic prosperity, besides threatening certain industries with extinction - the manufacturers of tasteless clothing, for instance, and importers of refined sugar...
...The sky suggests the vastness of creation and the smallness of man's ambition...the best we can do is to prevent the child from stopping to notice it...by that efficient advancement in mental management called the billboard. 
...The itch to be what is called "important" functions as a billboard, as does the itch to be "doing something productive" or to be playing a video game or to be sitting in front of a television. Fill the visual field with neon lights. Smog is useful, too: I mean both the fumes that come from millions of automobiles, and the smoky darkness of lust. A child that has been blared at and distracted all his life will never be able to do the brave nothing of beholding the sky. He will not be able to ask, with the Psalmist,

When I consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, than thou visitest him?

He will find the psalm itself too dull. He will want to change the channel."

- Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, Anthony Esolen (I really wish I could quote this whole book...)

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Oh dear...I could go on forever. However, considering that it is nearly midnight, I shall cease for the present. Share some of your favorite quotes from books with me, and if I come across another that I can't believe I left out, I shall add it to the comments as well!

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Sarah!! You're back! I've missed you so much over here! :P