Inspiration

collecting the stars“In that book which is my memory…
On the first page that is the
chapter when I first met you
Appear the words…
Here begins a new life.”— Dante Alighieri

“Love is not an affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good, as far as it can be obtained.” -C.S. Lewis

“I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia. -C.S. Lewis

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” -C.S. Lewis

“Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself believe.” -Winston Churchill

“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” -J.R.R. Tolkein

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” -George MacDonald

“The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention.” -John Green

“We should always endeavor to wonder at the permanent thing, not at the mere exception. We should be startled by the sun, and not by the eclipse. We should wonder less at the earthquake, and wonder more at the earth.” -G.K. Chesterton

“The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits.” -G.K. Chesteron

“Dear sir, regarding your article ‘What’s Wrong With the World?’ I am. Yours truly,” -G.K. Chesterton

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” -Oscar Wilde

“Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, how vivid and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything as real as words?” -Oscar Wilde

“To live is the rarest thing on earth. Most people exist- that is all.” -Oscar Wilde

“I know that my Redeemer lives and that at the end He will stand upon the earth. I myself will see Him with my own eyes- I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” -Job

“I haven’t understood a single bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.”- Igor Stravinsky

“I can’t help flying up on the wings on anticipation. It’s as glorious as soaring through a sunset… almost pays for the thud.” -L.M. Montgomery

read care know“Their hands met; their eyes fastened; Starbuck’s tears the glue.” -Herman Melville

“There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness. And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he for ever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest stoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they still soar.” -Herman Melville

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” -Albert Einstein

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” -Mark Twain

“Treading fearfully amid the growing fingers of the earth, I raised my eyes, and at the next moment shut them, as at a blow.  High in the empty air blazed and streamed a great fire, which burnt and blinded me every time I raised my eyes to it.  I have lived many years under this meteor of a fixed Apocalypse, but I have never survived the feelings of that moment.  Men eat and drink, buy and sell, marry, are given in marriage, and all the time there is something in the sky at which they cannot look.  They must be very brave.” -GKC

hogwarts“Hello, Sweetie.”
”Only River Song gets to call me that.”
”And who’s River Song?”
”An old friend of mine.”

“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” -Wilhelm Stekel

“Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in him.” -St. Augustine

“Estelio han, estelio han, estelio, esteliach nad, estelio veleth.” -Arwen

“Tell me one last thing,” said Harry. “Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?”
Dumbledore beamed at him, and his voice sounded loud and strong in Harry’s ears even though the bright mist was descending again, obscuring his figure.
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” -J.K. Rowling

britain“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I’m with you.” -Elizabeth Barret Browning

“Doubt thou that the stars are fire. Doubt thou the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love.” -Shakespeare

“Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like, and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say goodbye. I hate goodbyes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.” -Charles Schulz

alessandrogottardo9“Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.” -Corrie ten Boom

“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing. Other judge us by what we have already done.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Well — when I write my book, and tell the tale of my adventures — all these little stars that shake out of my cloak — I must save those to use for asterisks…”
— Cyrano de Bergerac

“To die will be an awfully big adventure.” –J. M. Barrie

“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 Bradbury

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” -Albus Dumbledore

“He lashed his soul with laughter to prevent it from falling asleep.” -G.K. Chesterton

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4 responses

  1. These are great, Grace. I especially like the poet and logician quote from Chesterton!

    June 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  2. I would like to start reading some of G.K. Chesterton’s books. Do you have a suggestion as to which book I should start with?

    February 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    • I recommend different Chesterton books depending on the person. If you prefer theology begin with Orthodoxy. If fiction, The Man Who Was Thursday, followed by Manalive and The Ball and the Cross. =)

      February 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm

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