Quote of the Week

“The cyclone had set the house down gently, very gently – for a cyclone—in the midst of a  country of marvelous beauty. There were lovely patches of green sward all about, with stately  trees bearing rich and luscious fruits. Banks of gorgeous flowers were on every hand, and birds  with rare and brilliant plumage sang and fluttered in the trees and bushes. A little way off was a  small brook, rushing and sparkling along between green banks, and murmuring in a voice very  grateful to a little girl who had lived so long on the dry, gray prairies.”
― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Quote of the Week

We won’t tell if you won’t… It’s Banned Books Week! In honor of our favorite scandalous literary works, we selected some poignant quotes from five books that have been banned over the years. To find out more on Banned Books Week, read about it here.

 

 

“We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?”
― Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451

 

 

 

 

“Well…,” Jonas had to stop and think it through. “If everything’s the  same, then there are no choices! I want to wake up in the morning  and DECIDE things! A blue tunic, or a red one?”

― Lois LowryThe Giver

 

 

 

 

“But remember that forgiveness too is a power. To beg for it is a power, and to withhold or bestow  it is a power, perhaps the greatest. Maybe none of this is about control. Maybe it isn’t really about  who can own whom, who can do what to whom and get away with it, even as far as death. Maybe it  isn’t about who can sit and who has to kneel or stand or lie down, legs spread open. Maybe it’s  about who can do what to whom and be forgiven for it. Never tell me it amounts to the same  thing.”

― Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid’s Tale

 

 

 

“All right then,” said the savage defiantly, I’m claiming the right to  be unhappy.”

“Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the  right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to  eat, the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen  tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every  kind.”
There was a long silence.
“I claim them all,” said the Savage at last.”
― Aldous HuxleyBrave New World

 

 

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior… Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”

― J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quote of the Week

In honor of Roald Dahl’s 97th Birthday, here are a few quotes from the late, great author to make you feel inspired this week:

 

“If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” –My Uncle Oswald

 

 

“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those  authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books  gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” –Matilda

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the  greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in  magic will never find it.”