― Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
“There is a tiger in my room,’ said Frances.
‘Did he bite you?’ said Father.
‘No,’ said Frances.
‘Did he scratch you?’ said Mother.
‘No,’ said Frances.
‘Then he is a friendly tiger,’ said Father. ‘He will not hurt you. Go back to sleep.”
Russell Hoban, Bedtime for Frances
“My schedule for today lists a six-hour self-accusatory depression.”
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
― Steven Erikson, Gardens of the Moon
“To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don’t be.”
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides.”
Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem for a Dream
“I feel just, you know, defeated. ”
Nic Sheff, Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“Our society is afflicted by a spirit of thoughtless arrogance unbecoming those who have been so magnificently blessed. How grateful we should be for the bounties we enjoy. Absence of gratitude is the mark of the narrow, uneducated mind. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge and the ignorance of self-sufficiency. It expresses itself in ugly egotism and frequently in wanton mischief….
Where there is appreciation, there is courtesy, there is concern for the rights and property of others. Without appreciation, there is arrogance and evil.
Where there is gratitude, there is humility, as opposed to pride.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.”
“In fact, the mere act of opening the box will determine the state of the
cat, although in this case there were three determinate states the cat
could be in: these being Alive, Dead, and Bloody Furious.
Schrodinger’S Moggy explained”
Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies
― Rachel Simmons, Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
“We are only just beginning to understand the power of love because we are just beginning to understand the weakness of force and aggression.”
B.F. Skinner, Walden Two