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Where the good stuff is

Read the books they don't want you to. That's where the good stuff is.
~ LeVar Burton

Your imagination

Your imagination will create many friends.
~ Grace Lin in FORTUNE COOKIE FORTUNES

To make the world more beautiful

You must do something to make the world more beautiful.
~ Barbara Cooney in MISS RUMPHIUS

The exquisite, almost unbearable anticipation

As children we did not grow up steadily, one day at a time. Occasionally, we would leap forward. Getting separated from our mother in the supermarket and—holding panic at bay—finding her on our own could make us instantly feel a year older. It is the same way we felt when we rode off alone on a bicycle for the first time.

While most of these experiences left me exhilarated, there was one leap forward that produced less welcome emotions. When I was eight years old I began to consider the possibility that Santa Claus was not real. Embracing this suspicion made me feel grown up, very suddenly and also very unhappily. Leaving behind a belief in Santa meant I would never again experience the enchantment that accompanied the days leading up to Christmas. The exquisite, almost unbearable anticipation of a fairy tale coming to life, a fairy tale that included me, would be gone forever.

~ Chris Van Allsburg

There is nothing that cannot happen

Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today!

~ Mark Twain

The great puzzle

Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.

~ Lewis Carroll in ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Worth reading

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.

~ C.S. Lewis in OF OTHER WORLDS

A good story

A good story gives shape to the human experience and touches us in our innermost places. It picks us up right where we are and leaves us somewhere else — changed, transformed, more awake and alive and aware.

~ Sarah Mackenzie in THE READ-ALOUD FAMILY

Stand up

Fall seven times and stand up eight.
~ Japanese Proverb

Wrestling the light

To wrestle with, and for, the light, for some meaning in life, is always a way of being in the presence of God.
~ Ted Loder in WRESTLING THE LIGHT
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