Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"I'm thinking you never know how things are going to turn out.  You almost know, but you can never be quite sure."
 -away from her

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Betty Smith

"She was made up of more, too. She was the books she read in the library. She was the flower in the brown bowl. Part of her life was made from the tree growing rankly in the yard. She was the bitter quarrels she had with her brother whom she loved dearly. She was Katie's secret, despairing weeping. She was the shame of her father stumbling home drunk. She was all of these things and of something more...It was what God or whatever is His equivalent puts into each soul that is given life - the one different thing such as that which makes no two fingerprints on the face of the earth alike." 

"Yes, when I get big and have my own home, no plush chairs and lace curtains for me. And no rubber plants. I'll have a desk like this in my parlor and white walls and a clean green blotter every Saturday night and a row of shining yellow pencils always sharpened for writing and a golden-brown bowl with a flower or some leaves or berries always in it and books . . . books . . . books. . . ." 

"As she read, at peace with the world and happy as only a little girl could be with a fine book and a little bowl of candy, and all alone in the house, the leaf shadows shifted and the afternoon passed. "

They were all slender, frail creatures with wondering eyes and soft fluttery voices. But they were made out of thin invisible steel." 

"Francie looked at her legs. They were long, slender, and exquisitely molded. She wore the sheerest of flawless silk stockings, and expensively made high-heeled pumps shod her beautifully arched feet. "Beautiful legs, then, is the secret of being a mistress," concluded Francie. She looked down at her own long thin legs. "I'll never make it, I guess." Sighing , she resigned herself to a sinless life." 

did not heat the water, either, because I was afraid that the heating coil would make the rainwater lose the scent of the sky.
 –Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I'll dance to the beat, shuffle my feet 
Wear a shirt and tie and run with the creeps 
Cause it's all about money, ain't a damn thing funny 
You got to have a con in this land of milk and honey 
They pushed that girl in front of the train 
Took her to the doctor, sewed her arm on again 
Stabbed that man right in his heart 
Gave him a transplant for a brand new start 



we have the same name

Grandmaster Flash and Fab 5 Freddy

Charlie Parker

Gene Kelly

Garfunkel with Candice Bergen and Jack Nicholson

Sammy Davis Jr.

Gary Kurtz, Jim Henson and Frank Oz

Friday, November 26, 2010

“Take advantage of it now, while you are young, and suffer all you can,” she said to him, “because these things don’t last your whole life.”
-Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?"
-Jeanette Winterson

"The syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make it whatever you wish."  -Terence Mckenna

"Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe." -Neil Gaiman

 "We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves."
-Alice Boch

Monday, November 22, 2010

He drew iron tears down Pluto's cheek, 
and made Hell grant what Love did seek.

"If cats looked like frogs we'd realize what nasty, cruel little 
bastards they are. Style. That's what people remember." 
-Terry Pratchett

"I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
"Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice." 

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." 
-Robert A. Heinlein

I have two twenty page papers due after Thanksgiving break. But I'd really like to read a great book also, I'm thinking Catch-22. My turkey wish. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Come on, Robin, to the Bat Cave! There's not a moment to lose! - Batman

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"...I don't know if Momma was right or if, if it's Lieutenant Dan. I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there's anything you need, I won't be far away." 
-Forest Gump

 like peas and carrots

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Youth without roaming is not youth. It’s just young.
-mischevious kiss

"i hope someday, somebody wants to hold you for twenty minutes straight and that's all they do. they don't pull away, they don't look away, they don't try to kiss you. all they do is wrap you up in their arms and hold on tight without an ounce of selfishness to it." 
– the waitress

It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that's the day I realized there was this entire life behind things, and... this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... and I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in.
-American Beauty

Monday, November 15, 2010

"It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not." 
-J.R.R. Tolkien

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Since the world has existed, there has been injustice. But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller, more accessible. There is just no question that there is more obligation that those who have should give to those who have nothing." 

"I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it."
-Audrey Hepburn

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

When I was your age, my grandfather bought me a ruby bracelet. It was too big for me and would slide up and down my arm. It was almost a necklace. He later told me that he had asked the jeweler to make it that way. Its size was supposed to be a symbol of his love. More rubies, more love. But I could not wear it comfortably. I could not wear it at all. So here is the point of everything I have been trying to say. If I were to give a bracelet to you, now, I would measure your wrist twice. (p. 79)

"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy,
 the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world."
— C.S. Lewis

"You are beautiful, but you are empty," he went on. "One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you — the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or ever sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose."
-Le Petit Prince

courage doesn't always roar. sometimes courage is the quiet voice 
at the end of the day saying, "i will try again tomorrow."
-mary anne radmacher

Monday, November 8, 2010

Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times?” Mo had said…”As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar.
Cornelia Funke

"The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse. Her reverie, once rich in plausible details, had become a passing silliness before the hard mass of the actual. It was difficult to come back.
Ian McEwan, Atonement, p. 72

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
Albert Camus, Return to Tipasa 
I shook my tambourine the whole time, because it helped me remember that even though I was going through different neighborhoods, I was still me.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
JD Salinger / Catcher in the Rye

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Jim: So this year, for the first time ever, I got Pam in Secret Santa. And I got her this teapot, which I know she really wants, so she can make tea at her desk. But I’m also going to stuff it with some inside jokes. Like, this is my high school yearbook photo. She saw it at the party, and it really makes her laugh. Not sure why. What else .. ooh. This is a hot sauce packet. She put this on a hot dog a couple years ago because she thought it was ketchup. And it was really funny, so I kept the other two. [holds up a miniature pencil] This would take a little too long to explain, so I won’t. And this is the card. Because Christmas is the time to tell people how you feel.

my favorite episode of the office

and these episodes are rather marvelous as well...
looking through screenshots of the Office is much more fun than studying for my French exam tomorrow

Michael: Today is a very special day for me. And it’s really not about me, it’s about my grandkids, it’s about my great grandkids… I can come back here when I’m 100, and I can find that piece of cement and say, “That’s me. Look kids, your daddy left that face hole…” I dunno, it’s a good feeling.

Jim: So what did he say? Was it my fault?
Pam: Yeah. He said that you told him how much you love me. About how you feel when I walk in a room, and about how, you’ve never doubted for a second that I’m the woman you want to spend the rest of your life with. I guess he’s never felt that with my mom, even at their best.
Jim: You ok?
Pam: Yeah.

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