Quotes

Quote of the Week

“And in despair, I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
the Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!”

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

I like this verse because it reminds us that when all seems hopeless and like there is no love left in the world, there is always hope and that we are part of making the world better.  If we just try to bring about peace in our own part of the world and if we offer good-will to all, perhaps that hope can spread.  Plus I really enjoy singing “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Peace and Good Will to all of you.

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Quotes

Quote of the Week

Without nations, there would be no border disputes.

~ Jasper Fforde, Something Rotten

 

This seemed appropriate.  There are a lot of words of wisdom like these to be found in Jasper Fforde’s brilliantly absurd Thursday Next series.

Quotes, Reader's Rights

Quote of the Week

“Censorship and the suppression of reading materials are rarely about family values and almost always about control, about who is snapping the whip, who is saying no, and who is saying go. Censorship’s bottom line is this: if the novel Christine offends me, I don’t want just to make sure it’s kept from my kid; I want to make sure it’s kept from your kid, as well, and all the kids. This bit of intellectual arrogance, undemocratic and as old as time, is best expressed this way: “If it’s bad for me and my family, it’s bad for everyone’s family.”

Yet when books are run out of school classrooms and even out
of school libraries as a result of this idea, I’m never much disturbed not as a citizen, not as a writer, not even as a schoolteacher . . . which I used to be. What I tell kids is, Don’t get mad, get even. Don’t spend time waving signs or carrying petitions around the neighborhood. Instead, run, don’t walk, to the nearest nonschool library or to the local bookstore and get whatever it was that they banned. Read whatever they’re trying to keep out of your eyes and your brain, because that’s exactly what you need to know.”

– Stephen King

Honestly, I could post a quote a day for every day of Banned Books Week (September 24 – September 30) and still have plenty to say.  Censorship isn’t about protection; it is about repression.  READ BANNED BOOKS!

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Quotes

Quote of the Week

There have always been quotes that have stuck with me but more and more I find myself marking new passages as I read.  Some speak to me; others make me laugh so much that I have to share them, and many say exactly what I’ve been thinking or feeling so much more eloquently than I ever could.  I’ve decided to share some of these with you.  These Quotes of the Week may be from a book I’ve read, or about books and reading, or just a quote I enjoy.

My inaugural Quote of the Week is a classic.  I think we can all agree that this is one of the greatest lines of literature and one of the greatest quotes about reading ever:

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.  One does not love breathing”

– Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird