The job of the artist is to remind people of what they have chosen to forget.
- Arthur Miller

There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

To hear, one must be silent.
- Ogion

Strength through Wisdom
- Runescape

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

Good riddles do, in general, provide us with satisfactory metaphors; for metaphors imply riddles, and therefore a good riddle can furnish a good metaphor.
- Aristotle

Strange as it may seem, horror loses its power to frighten when repeated too often.”
- Michael Ende

Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?
- Garth Nix

You go through a dark tunnel or a black mirror to a brighter sky to meet a brighter sun. Respect always therefore the place of the dark, for it is the fosterer of splendor
- Ross Nichols (Nuinn)

How do I go to Babylon?
Outside of here and there.
Am I crossing a bridge or climbing a hill?
Yes, both before your there.
If you follow outside of day and night
You can be there by candle-light.
- Diana Wynne Jones

Never laugh at live dragons
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations
- J.R.R. Tolkien

May the Stars watch over you
May Peace Live in your heart
May you dwell forever in the Light of the Old Ones.
- Me

Well done, is better that well said.
- Dr. Benjamin Franklin

I am that is, my sword shall wield for me.
- from Redwall Abbey

The idea of fairyland fascinates me because it's one of those things, like mermaids and dragons, that doesn't really exist, but everyone knows about it anyway. Fairyland lies only in the eye of the beholder who is usually a fabricator of fantasy. So what good is it, this enchanted, fickle land which in some tales bodes little good to humans and, in others, is the land of peace and perpetual summer where everyone longs to be? Perhaps it's just a glimpse of our deepest wishes and greatest fears, the farthest boundaries of our imaginations. We go there because we can; we come back because we must. What we see there becomes our tales.
- Patricia A. McKillip

Thank the Flame
- Me

I do not love the bright sword for it's sharpness, nor the arrow for it's swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Wit beyond measure, is man's greatest treasure
- Rowena Ravenclaw

Once someone dreams a dream, it can't just drop out of existence. But if the dreamer can't remember it, what becomes of it? It lives on in Fantastica, deep under earth. There are forgotten dreams stored in many layers. The deeper one digs, the closer they are. All Fantastica rests on a foundation of forgotten dreams.
- Michael Ende

We did it, we bashed them, wee Potters the one!!!
And Voldys gone moldy, so now lets have some fun!!!!
- Peeves

Hope is like an Anchor.
- Diana Wynne Jones

One is the singer, hidden from the sunlight
Two is the seeker, fleeing from the shadows
Three is the journey, taken in danger
Four are the riddles, answered in treesong:
Spells you OUT!
- Annaren nursery rhyme

I'd write you a shorter letter, but I haven't got the time.
- Abe Lincoln

Do not practice till you get it right. Practice till you never get it wrong.
- John Flanagan

"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.””
- J.R.R. Tolkien

There is a difference between the value of money, and what it is worth.
- Mary Poppins musical

Compassion is NEVER a weakness.
- Me

When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone.
Iron for the birthday, bronze carried long;
Wood from the burning, stone out of song;
Fire in the candle-ring, water from the thaw;
Six Signs the circle, and the grail gone before.
Fire on the mountain shall find the harp of gold
Played to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old;
Power from the greenwitch, lost beneath the sea;
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree.
- Susan Cooper

A good person is better than a great idea
- Mary Poppins musical

Listen, listen to what I sing,
Pass, pass on through as you travel Baltoy's path,
Go on ahead, will you ever make it back,
Though you maybe afraid to pass on through,
Pass, pass you must, Baltoy's path waits for you,
Pass, pass on through, on Baltoy's path
- Pokemon

A curious mind is a seeker of knowledge. Such an inquisitive spirit will gradually acquire a mountain of knowledge naturally.
- Sotah

Anything can happen if you let it.
- Mary Poppins musical

There is more on Heaven and Earth than is dreamed of in all your philosophies.
- Hamlet

Death and life are the same thing-like the two sides of my hand, the palm and the back. And still the palm and the back are not the same...They can be neither separated, nor mixed.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
- Toni Morrison

Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!
- J.R.R. Tolkien

There are three candles that illuminate every darkness: truth, nature, and knowledge.
- Celtic Triad

I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which “Escape” is now so often used: a tone for which the uses of the word outside literary criticism give no warrant at all. […] Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls? The world outside has not become less real because the prisoner cannot see it. In using escape in this way the critics have chosen the wrong word, and, what is more, they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Time spent telling a great story is never time wasted.
- Sir Philip Pullman

It doesn't matter how strong we are. We have something to defend, and that's why we fight.
- Brandt

Happiness is a choice, not a condition.
- ?

The road goes ever on and on... A day will come at last when I Shall take the hidden paths that run West of the Moon, East of the Sun.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

At its best, fantasy rewards the reader with a sense of wonder about what lies within the heart of the commonplace world. The greatest tales are told over and over, in many ways, through centuries. Fantasy changes with the changing times, and yet it is still the oldest kind of tale in the world, for it began once upon a time, and we haven't heard the end of it yet.
- Patricia A. McKillip

The young must grow old,
Whilst old ones grow older,
And cowards will shrink,
As the bold grow bolder.
Courage may blossom in quiet hearts,
For who can tell where bravery starts?
Truth is a song, oft lying unsung,
Some mother bird, protecting her young,
Those who lay down their lives for friends,
The echo rolls onward, it seldom ends.
Who never turned and ran, but stayed?
This is a warrior born, not made!
Living in peace, aye many a season,
Calm in life and sound in reason,
'Til evil arrives, a wicked horde,
Driving a warrior to pick up his sword,
The challenger rings then, straight and fair,
Justice is with us, beware. Beware!
- Brian Jacques

When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.
-Cersei Lannister

Welcome stranger. The paths are treacherous today.
- Binabik

Follow your bliss.
-Joseph Campbell

It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you can not do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.
- Ned Stark

The important thing is to not stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein

I had perished had I not persisted.
-The motto of Lesley College

Fairy tale does not deny the existence of sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance. It denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat...giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy; Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
- Albus Dumbledore

The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us. When the world seems familiar, when one has got used to existence, one has become an adult.
-Eugene Ionesco

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself
- Chinese Proverb

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
- Alan Cohen

When we hit our lowest point, we are open to the greatest change.
- Avatar Aang

I am a stag: of seven tines,
I am a flood: across a plain,
I am a wind: on a deep lake,
I am a tear: the Sun lets fall,
I am a hawk: above the cliff,
I am a thorn: beneath the nail,
I am a wonder: among flowers,
I am a wizard: who but I
Sets the cool head aflame with smoke?
I am a spear: that roars for blood,
I am a salmon: in a pool,
I am a lure: from paradise,
I am a hill: where poets walk,
I am a boar: ruthless and red,
I am a breaker: threatening doom,
I am a tide: that drags to death,
I am an infant: who but I
Peeps from the unhewn dolmen, arch?
I am the womb: of every holt,
I am the blaze: on every hill,
I am the queen: of every hive,
I am the shield: for every head,
I am the tomb: of every hope.
- Amergin Glúingel

There is no kingdom like the forests.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
- Invictus (William Ernest Henley)

Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it is to be young...
-Albus Dumbledore

Wishes cannot be summoned up or kept away at will. They come from deeper within us than good or bad intentions. And they spring up unannounced.”
- Michael Ende

Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.
-The oath of the Night's Watch

Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.
- J.K. Rowling

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Different lands, different people, different gods.
- Me

Wild were the winds that came
In the thunder and the rain
Nothing ever could contain
The rising of the storm....
- Blackmore's Night

Trust Dreams.
Trust your heart,
and trust your story.
- Neil Gaiman

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want your children to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
- Albert Einstein

Winter is coming.
- The words of House Stark

A question like ‘How big is Faerie?’ does not admit of a simple answer. Faerie, after all, is not one land, one principality or domain. Maps of Faerie are unreliable, and may not be depended upon. We talk of Kings and Queens of Faerie as we would speak of the Kings and Queens of England. But Faerie is bigger than England, it is bigger than the world (for, since the dawn of time, each land that has been forced off the map by explorers and the brave going out and proving it wasn’t there has taken refuge in Faerie; so it is now, by the time that we come to write of it, a most huge place indeed, containing every manner of landscape and terrain.) Here, truly, there be Dragons.
- Neil Gaiman

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.
- Jojen Reed

Three followers of wisdom: imagination, purpose and endeavor.
- Celtic Triad

Discipline is the channel in which our acts run strong and deep; where there is no direction, the deeds of men run shallow and wander and are wasted.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Atra esterní ono thelduin. Mor'ranr lífa unin hjarta onr. Un du evarínya ono varda.
(May good fortune rule over you. Peace live in your heart. And the stars watch over you.)
- Christopher Paolini's Ancient Language

Heroes do not kill children.
- Tywin Lannister

Sometimes the gift of an inquisitive nature to the young can be greater than that of the wisdom which comes of age.
- Brian Jacques

When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.
- Ned Stark

Let me look upward into the branches of the flowering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well.
- Wilfred Peterson

We honor now the Celtic bard
We offer up our praise
Guardians of our mysteries
Keepers of the old ways.
-Jenna Greene

Children are not less intelligent than adults; what they are is less informed.
- Sir Philip Pullman

Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.
- Tyrion Lannister

Evil contained is not evil destroyed.
- Terry Brooks

Stop drownin’ your sorrows
And dreadin’ tomorrows
Let your heart be wild and free
Life is for living and love is for giving
So get on the floor and dance with me.
-Jenna Greene

Old stories are like old friends. You have to visit them from time to time.
- Bran Stark

Fear cuts deeper than swords.
- Syrio Forel

A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.
- Tyrion Lannister

Even the strongest and bravest must sometimes weep. It shows they have a great heart, one that can feel compassion for others.
- Brian Jacques

Make someone a devout, fanatical anything, and his brain turns to mulch.
- Kerowyn

It's the quiet ones you have to watch out for.
- ?

Bide the Wiccan Law ye must,
In perfect love and perfect trust.
These eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
An ye harm none do as ye will.
What ye send forth comes back to thee,
So ever mind the law of three.
Follow this with mind and heart.
Merry meet and merry part.
- Wiccan Rede

One who cannot cast away a treasure at need is in fetters.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

To see a candle’s light, one must take it into a dark place.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

Not all is certainty in our world, Karigan. If it were there'd be no opportunity for faith; and then it would be a very dull existence.
- Kristen Britain

A book can be as dangerous as a sword in the right hands.
- Haldon Halfmaester

We settle down and imagine…
Deep within, a fire burns, lighting and warming the night -
friends gathered with the wise.
Each tells a story, a joke or sings
while the rocks imperceptibly dance and the stars nod approval.
Something within us stirs and we find it is time to awake…
- Paul C. Newman

A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is.
- Ned Stark

The songs of the dead are the lamentations of the living.
- Christopher Paolini

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

He who is certain he knows the ending of things when he is only beginning them is either extremely wise or extremely foolish; no matter which is true, he is certainly an unhappy man, for he has put a knife in the heart of wonder.
- Binabik

Love supplies a kind of strength that can withstand even death.
- Terry Brooks

Night is not something to endure until dawn. It is an element, like wind or fire. Darkness is its own kingdom; it moves to its own laws, and many living things dwell in it.
- Patricia A. McKillip

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Inattention is the greatest foe.
- Yula

If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
- Sirius Black

I would give gold to be excused, and double to be let out, if I strayed in!
- Legolas Greenleaf

If you really put your heart in what you believe in, even if it makes you vulnerable, amazing things can and will happen.
- Emma Watson

If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

When your fight has purpose—to free you from something, to interfere on the behalf of an innocent—it has a hope of finality. When the fight is about unraveling—when it is about your name, the places to which your blood is anchored, the attachment of your name to some landmark or event—there is nothing but hate, and the long, slow progression of people who feed on it and are fed it, meticulously, by the ones who come before them. Then the fight is endless, and comes in waves and waves, but always retains its capacity to surprise those who hope against it.
- Téa Obreht

A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage.
- Hero's Shade

Be it carved from out the finest wood
And strung with silver string
Only mortal trust or faerie dust
Can make a fiddle sing!
- Heather Alexander

The three great melodies of Creation: the wind in the trees, the stream at snowmelt, the cry of a new-born babe.
- Celtic Triad

Welcome peace, but back it up with a blade.
- Justin

Winter is over for me.
- my words when I quit A Song of Ice and Fire

I always want to cry whenever I finish a book. There's a great sense of adventure and accomplishment with every satisfying ending, but then again, it's just yet another adventure over with. And though one may reread, nothing will ever feel like the naive wandering of unsure steps one takes when roaming through the pages for the very first time.
- Maggie Vo

You have described it perfectly. The only thing I would add is that the sadness that comes from finishing one adventure is dulled with the knowledge that another will soon begin. For us readers, new friends and new journeys are ever upon the horizon, with the comfort of old lands and allies always behind and willing to be reunited and re-explored. We forever wander, but are never lost.
- My response to Maggie

Love and anger are like land and sea: They meet at many different places.
- Patricia A. McKillip

All knowledge lies behind a door, the key to which is a well placed question.
- Me

Those who lack a hunger for knowledge will seldom live a full life.
- Sotah

Truth is the fire that fetches thunder.
- Diana Wynne Jones

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity.
- Thomas Huxley

I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something [...] There is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it's worth fighting for.
- Samwise Gamgee from The Two Towers film

Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

The law is that the hungry must be fed, and the homeless must be housed, and the sick must be healed. That is the way of the Light.
- Silvia of Innail

But need alone is not enough to set power free: there must be knowledge.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

If you stood up and told the truth in the wrong way, it was not true any longer, though it might be as powerful as ever.
- Diana Wynne Jones

For ever and ever, we say when we are young, or in our prayers. Twice, we say it. Old One, do we not? For ever and ever ... so that a thing may be for ever, a life or a love or a quest, and yet begin again, and be for ever just as before. And any ending that may seem to come is not truly an ending, but an illusion. For Time does not die, Time has neither beginning nor end, and so nothing can end or die that has once had a place in Time.
- Susan Cooper

If we kill off the wild, then we are killing a part of our souls.
- Jane Goodall

If all feelings and thoughts were predetermined, then there'd be no reason to live!
- Sieg

The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

“Just” is the most useless word in the English language.
- Finding Neverland musical

There's no such thing as 'one, true way'; the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself; leave the world better than you found it. Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good -- they're the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren't willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race.
- Mercedes Lackey

I've learned that cleverness is only a start. Cause a head's no good without a heart.
- Koni the rhinoceros

If you look for the light, you can often find it. But if you look for the dark, that is all you will ever see.
- Iroh

It's good to leave behind all that is comfortable and known every so often. It opens one's mind to the wide world.
- Kristen Britain

Human beings are naturally flawed when it comes to time and memory. The past is forgotten, or it is believed bad things will not recur, and people become bound in their current problems. That which afflicted the grandfathers of their grandfathers is a distant, dim thing, and not as important as present concerns, no matter how trivial.
- Kristen Britain

The three first parts of all understanding: an eye to see what is; a heart to feel what is; and a boldness that dares follow them.
- Celtic Triad

A noble's honor isn't measured by size of purse, but quality of character.
- Maribelle

Fear both the heat and the cold of your heart, and try to have patience, if you can.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

For myself, I find I become less cynical rather than more--remembering my own sins and follies; and realize that men's hearts are not often as bad as their acts, and very seldom as bad as their words.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Those who fear the imagination condemn it: something childish, they say, something monsterish, misbegotten. Not all of us dream awake. But those of us who do have no choice.
- Patricia A. McKillip

Fear prophets, Adso, and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.
- Brother William of Baskerville

There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book.
- Sir Philip Pullman

Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible, and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works, or of the kinds of writing that they evidently prefer.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

For a word to be spoken, there must be silence. Before, and after.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

I ask that you hear the truth of my words! War will win you nothing but sadness and pain, both inside your borders and out. Free yourselves from this hatred! From this cycle of pain and vengeance...See now that one selfless act has the power to change the world!
- exalt Emmeryn

Just begin at the beginning and proceed whichever way you can into hope.
- Vevay

As every reader knows in his or her heart, there is much more to truth than mere fact.
- Alison Croggon

I think, when one has been angry for a very long time, one gets used to it. And it becomes comfortable, like old leather. And finally... it becomes so familiar that one can't ever remember feeling any other way.
- Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Trust is earned, not given away.
- Lieutenant Worf

The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more.
- Patricia A. McKillip

Because learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do.
- Brother William of Baskerville

We're not pawns of some scripted fate. I believe we're more. Much more... There's something between us all. Something that keeps us together... Like...invisible ties, connecting us.
- Robin talking to Chrom

If you want a little magic in your life all you have to do is look; and when you see, believe.
- Finding Neverland musical

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
- Albert Einstein

We tell lies when we are afraid… afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.
- Tad Williams

And all the gold I cherish is sunlight bright and clear.
The only jewel I treasure's a bright and shining star...
Now beauty held in bondage is beauty that is lost.
And land and mansions blood-bought come too high the cost.
- Mercedes Lackey

Without even tryin', the future really is already decided!
- Sieg

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Tell people you love them as often as you can whenever you genuinely feel it.
-Ali Russo

Humans are good. Some people are evil, and because of that we are forced to feel pain and anger and sadness. Some people will hurt us, try to break us and destroy us from the inside out. But that will never happen, because some people are not all people. Our humanness, the part of us that loves and feels and cares and defends, cannot be broken. That part of us is the human, and that part will always be good.
- Sierra

The Devil is not the Prince of Matter; the Devil is the arrogance of the spirit, faith without smile, truth that is never seized by doubt. The Devil is grim because he knows where he is going, and, in moving, he always returns whence he came.
- Brother William of Baskerville

No matter how strong your forces are, never leave the castle empty.
- Dirk

I believe in the cosmos. All of us are linked to the cosmos. Look at the sun. If there is no sun, then we cannot exist. So nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred. Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

Little by little, one travels far.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

The important thing is to talk about our fears, because if we don't, they can throw us out of balance.
- Master Tenzin

Only in silence the word, only in dark the light, only in dying life: bright the hawk's flight on the empty sky.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

No matter what happens, no matter how crazy things get, I'll always try to restore balance.
- Avatar Korra

To love is never wrong. It may be disastrous; it may never be possible; it may be the deepest agony. But it is never wrong.
- Cadvan of Lirigon

The future is not set in stone-- and that's the very reason it still has meaning.
- Atrie

There is no shame in not knowing something. The shame is in not being willing to learn.
- Alison Croggon

A passion thwarted will often go astray...
- Garth Nix

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.
- Albus Dumbledore

Beware the unanswered riddle...beware another riddler
- Patricia A. McKillip

Remember this lesson. Determination and delusion are but two sides of the same coin. Either can easily degenerate into self-righteousness.
- Diadora

For the life of me I will never understand why anger is preferable to a goodwill gesture. Nothing good ever comes from anger. Any goodwill gesture in my book will win over anger any time. The energy that anger creates is a violent energy.
- Eva Mozes

A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful - we don't remain neutral.
- Banksy

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Remember every risk, every chance, you take
is really nothing more than a choice you make.
- Ranger Kitty

Behind every great man stands a host of friends and comrades.
- Tiki

Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one. The road goes upward towards the light; but the laden traveler may never reach the end of it.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Brave and foolish often live in the same cave.
- Binabik

You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Society's need for historians is that they are the professional remembrancers of what their fellow citizens wish to forget.
- Eric Hobsbawm

Come stoop between the hazel leaves
Thrust the chestnut branch aside
The tangle that the woodland weaves
Forgets the waiting world outside
- Jenna Greene

Power shaped by wonder and curiosity; even love. Not by fear and laws that shut out instead of inviting it.
- Od

A fantasy author is just another name for one who has a foot within the borders of Faerie.
- Me

Make philosophy your evening guest, but do not let her stay the night.
- Binabik

To share one's knowledge with others is an important component of the human experience.
- Sotah

The Earth is beautiful, and bright, and kindly, but that is not all. The Earth is also terrible, and dark, and cruel. The rabbit shrieks dying in the green meadows. The mountains clench their great hands full of hidden fire. There are sharks in the sea, and there is cruelty in men’s eyes.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

It's okay if your best is 80% one day, and 40% the next. It's okay to waver. If we performed our best every day, there would be no room for growth, or observation, or pauses in the interim of, simply, living. We wouldn't be able to stop and remember to love what is around us.
-Ali Russo

Some heroes are born, possessing natural gifts and lift them above the ordinary.
Some heroes are made, their strength is the result of hardship and toil.
Some heroes live for adventure, confronting terrible dangers in pursuit of riches and fame.
While others fight to protect those who cannot defend themselves.
But some heroes have more...unlikely origins.
- Runescape

Some heroes are born, some are made, and some have heroism thrust upon them
- proverb

There are always fools who dream of changing the world into whatever they wish... But when such fools have the means to make it come true, that's when things get ugly...
- Tsaubern

A piece of writing is a trap,and the best kind. A book, you see, is the only kind of trap that keeps its captive — which is knowledge — alive forever. The more books you have the more traps, then the better chance of capturing some particular, elusive, shining beast — one that might otherwise die unseen.
- Doctor Morgenes

The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched; they are felt with the heart.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

We live out our lives as we are meant to live them-with some choice, with some chance, but mostly as a result of the persons we are.
- Terry Brooks

Being deeply loved gives you strength; loving deeply gives you courage.
- Lao Tzu

Night is not something to endure until dawn. It is an element, like wind or fire. Darkness is its own kingdom; it moves to its own laws, and many living things dwell in it.
- Patricia A. McKillip

The responsibility of rulers is to protect their country and their people. To that end, naturally, they must employ various techniques. Different faces that depend on the time, the situation and the people with which they are dealing.
- Chrodechild

Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.
- Louisa May Alcott

There were thousands and thousands of forms of joy in the world, but they all were essentially one and the same, namely, the joy of being able to love.
- Michael Ende

He who is not bringing in his flock at night gives away free mutton.
- Binabik

Love is weird and stigmatized by so many societal pressures, and it's hard to find a true definition for yourself. However, if you're still feeling like the light of the world dims whenever she/he smiles at you, maybe you're doing something right.
-Ali Russo

All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Fate...protects fools, little children, and ships named Enterprise.
- Commander William Riker

The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

A riddle is a tale so familiar you no longer recognize it.
- Raederle of An

We'll never know until we try!
- Sieg

We have to accept the outcome but we can't very well blame our past selves -- they didn't know the future.
- Atrie

I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning.
― Ursula K. Le Guin

"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

I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against.
- Malcolm X

Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it — memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.
- Doctor Morgenes

Quiet people have the loudest minds.
- Stephen Hawking

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
- Rachel Carson

If you have no faith in yourself, then have faith in the things you call truth. You know what must be done. You may not have courage or trust or understanding or the will to do it, but you know what must be done. You can't turn back. There is now answer behind you. You fear what you cannot name. So look at it and find a name for it. Turn your face forward and learn. Do what must be done.
- Deth

The quest for power is strange in that, once the quest has begun, the destination always seems to shift even further away.
- Peregrine Lockwood

The burned hand teaches best. After that advice about fire goes to the heart.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Respect is not handed to you just because you are older or more experienced. Respect is earned. The only thing I'll give you for free is the benefit of the doubt.
- Eli Lord

It is odd, the twists that life will sometimes take. The ewe that you think will give birth with ease dies bringing forth a two-headed lamb. Or the ski trail that you have been told is treacherous, you navigate easily.
- Edith Pattou

Write the story even if you think it's dumb. Even if you think it sucks. Even if you think everyone in the world has already heard it and especially doesn't want to hear it from you: write it. Oddly enough, it's in the details that we find secularity, and it's the details that everybody is interested in.
-Ali Russo

It seems to me that evil is a kind of ultimate greed, a greed that is so all-encompassing that it can't ever see anything lovely, rare, or precious without wanting to possess it. A greed so total if it can't possess these things, it will destroy them rather than chance that someone else might have them. And a greed so intense that even having these things never causes it to lessen one iota - the lovely, the rare, and the precious never affect it except to make it want them.
- Herald Dirk

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
- Albert Einstein

Wickedness often wears fancy clothes, dines on rich food, has money, controls armies, rules nations...but it never seems to know joy. Peace, laughter, trust, ease: these things flee from wickedness like sparrows from the shadow of a hawk.
- Peregrine Lockwood

One should treasure those hum-drum tasks that keep the body occupied but leave the mind and heart unfettered.
- Doctor Morgenes

When a mystery is too overpowering, one dare not disobey.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

That's the trouble with loving a wild thing: You're always left watching the door.
- Edith Pattou

If you are mentally and physically able to, always go the extra step in kindness. Always. Do it for the fact that the person reciprocating it probably didn't expect it. Do it so they'll remember your kindness and pass it along, as well.
- Ali Russo

I pledge this day my sword, my heart to build and help preserve;
Although I live my life apart from those that I must serve.
The laws of truth I will obey in every thought and deed,
Stand fast while others turn away, uphold The Herald's Creed.
I vow to heal the wrongs I see as long as I shall live.
My heart will guide me faithfully and teach me how to give,
I'll render aid as best I can to those who are in pain
And by the strength of my own hand restore the peace again.
The deeds of those who lived before, have bound my life to theirs.
Their legends opened up the door and taught me how to care
The touch of my Companion's thoughts bring friendship, song and joy.
It is upon that love has wrought and time cannot destroy.
I swear to guard and keep the crown defending all that's just,
No force will ever bring it down, this is our sacred trust.
My path is clear before me now, my choices all are made
In Honor's name I take a vow to face life unafraid.
Upon my soul I make a vow this light will never fade.
- The Heralds' Creed

That was the direst problem of the world: that madmen should be strong and unafraid, so that they could force their will on the weak and peace-loving. If God allowed such madness to be, Simon could not help thinking, then He was an old god who had lost His grip.
- Simon Snowlock

All of us who dare to love are brave.
- S.J. Tucker

Telling a story, I suppose, is like winding a skein of spun yarn- you sometimes lose track of the beginning.
- Edith Pattou

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
- George Santayana

Caught between the riddle and its answer there is no freedom.
- Cyrin Boar

The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.
- Qui-Gon Jinn

Patience does not always mean the waiting is meaningless. Patience is learning that the waiting actually has purpose.
- Ali Russo

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet Discover and create.
- Albert Einstein

A single dream is more powerful than 1000 realities.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.
- Carl Jung

Integrity. This is the virtue upon which all others stand. To maintain one’s courage, one’s principles, despite all opposition and influence. This is a foundation stronger than any stone.
Harmony. This is the virtue that links all others together. We are all bound together by the Anima Mundi, the energy that flows between all creation. From the greatest gods to the smallest insects, all are linked together. Worlds are the heart in which the Anima rests. When we are in harmony with the world around us, we strengthen the Anima and we strengthen ourselves and each other.
Prudence. This is the virtue that protects the others. Too often life presents us with a curse disguised as a gift. Be cautious and be prepared for all things. There are snakes in the grass, be watchful of their movement.
Wisdom. This is the virtue that allows all other virtues to work. It is not enough to know or have something, but to be aware of how and when to use it. Gold is worthless if simply hoarded. It is only when it is spent that it can enact change. Be mindful of the changes you would make to the world and know how to make them happen.
- Seren

Once the young hawk has broken the shell, it is not possible for it to go back into the egg; and once the young bird has discovered the sky, he will not willingly return to the nest.
- Mercedes Lackey

A net of words is more powerful than a net of rope.
- Cyrin Boar

Killing the strong to prove your strength is foolish weakness. Killing fools is easy weakness. Killing the weak is easy weakness. Accomplished your ends without killing, mastering your mind when you want to kill - that is strength!
- Landen

You're going to find that many of the truths that we cling to depend greatly on our point of view.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi

Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.
- Albert Einstein

It is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.
- Rabindranath Tagore

When it comes to controlling human beings there is no better instrument than lies. Because, you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.”
- Michael Ende

It's okay not to know everything-- in turn, it's also okay to ask about everything.
- Ali Russo

You can weave your life so long -- only so long, and then a thing in the world out of your control will tug at one vital thread and leave you patternless and subdued.
- Coren of Sirle

The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be little hope for advance.
- Orville Wright

By writing one book in your entire life, no matter how great it was, doesn't make your death, sad. What makes your death sad, is if you died with that book still in you.
- ?

Up the stair in Kethry’s workroom
Behind a door shut good and tight
Magic and the mist comingle
In the silence of the night
If you need a magic potion
Or a sword to split the air
Make your way to Kethry’s workroom
Can you find the hidden stair
- Mercedes Lackey

The giant Grof was hit in one eye by a stone, and that eye turned inward so that it looked into his mind, and he died of what he saw there.
- Cyrin Boar

All roads lead to Johto.
- Me

Disturb not the harmony of fire, ice or lightning, lest these titans wreak destruction upon the world in which they clash. Though the water's great guardian shall arise to quell the fighting, alone its song will fail, thus the earth shall turn to ash. Oh, Chosen One. Into thine hands bring together all three. Their treasure combined, tame the Beast of the Sea.
- Pokémon the Movie 2000

Look beyond the obvious.
- Starmark House

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
- Jane Austen

Who's the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?
- Obi-Wan Kenobi

The forest is not merely an expression or representation of sacredness, nor a place to invoke the sacred; the forest is sacredness itself. Nature is not merely created by God, nature is God. Whoever moves within the forest can partake directly of sacredness, experience sacredness with his entire body, breath sacredness and contain it within himself, drink the sacred water as a living communion, bury his feet in sacredness, open his eyes and witness the burning beauty of sacredness.
- Richard Nelson

It has been said that those who traffic in evil sacrifice a little of the gentler emotions in return for baser powers.
- Paedur the Bard

A garden's like a mirror. It'll reflect the same amount of care you put into it.
- Mozu

I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible; people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love-lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians. And I try to make all of my characters, even the ‘evil magicians,’ something more than flat stereotypes. Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes.
- Mercedes Lackey

Remember, you focus determines your reality.
- Qui-Gon Jinn

It’s an odd thing, happiness. Some people take happiness from gold. Or black pearls. And some of us, far more fortunate, take their happiness from periwinkles.
- Patricia A. McKillip

It needs but one foe to breed a war, not two.... And those who have not swords can still die upon them.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Sometimes leaving the comfort zone of the first path chosen, leads to paths you never even saw there. Embrace the journey unknown.
- Danielle

It's a great feeling when your favorite books touch places that you know, but we need to think about what these and other stories are teaching us with their silence. The stories we tell, fictional and non-fictional, curate the ways we imagine. Since history is at its heart story-telling, the limits of our imagination become the limits of our historical curiosity and compassion.
- Sophie Croll

Infinite are the arguments of mages.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

You don't prove anything by showing off a lot of special powers.
- Mew

The circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant.It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.
- Mewtwo

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.
- Roald Dahl

You can put a hawk in a cage, like a songbird, but it’s still a hawk.
- Tarma of the Shin'a'in

Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains in the moon.
Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

The best way out is always through.
- Robert Frost

In the Ancient Mystery Schools, one is required to die to one story in order to be reborn to a larger one.
- Jean Houston

In theory, theory and practice are the same. But in practice, they're different.
- Yogi Berra

We’re none of us quite so sure of our place in the world that we can’t be rocked off our feet by bad times. It’s the getting back up again that counts. Not that you fall, but getting back up again counts for more in the long run.
- Mercedes Lackey

Perilous to us all are the devices of an art deeper than we possess ourselves.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Liberals typically only exhibit intolerance of those who are intolerant themselves. It is our single and greatest act of hypocrisy owed to the fact that the weakness of liberalism is contained within its very DNA. That weakness is that if we are 100% tolerant then we open the door for the intolerant and thus by extension threaten liberal, tolerant, society. Thus we academic liberals must settle for being 99% tolerant, and fight against the intolerant people who have historically caused the greater violence.
- B. Cadarn

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to Middle Earth.
- George R.R. Martin

Don’t make judgement calls; you might find yourself on the other end of one.
- Shin'a'in proverb

You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.
- Bob Marley

This is the mythosphere. It's made up of all the stories, theories and beliefs, legends, myths and hopes, that are generated here on Earth. As you can see, it's constantly growing and moving as people invent new tales to tell or find new things to believe.
- Diana Wynne Jones

Things can be replaced. Lives cannot.
Lt. Commander Data

There is more to the world than this. You need to forget what you know, and embrace what you don't.
- RuneScape

It is not wise to dispute the decisions of the Powers. They have more ways of enforcement than you have of escape.
- Shin'a'in proverb

If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted like trees.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

It is better to use little power rather than too much. Using a poleaxe to kill small game destroys the game thoroughly, rendering it useless. So it is with magic. Too much can attract things you do not wish to have to deal with, as a dead creature can attract things more dangerous than it was scavenge upon it.
- Darkwind k'Shenya

Whatever is prepared for never occurs.
- Kaled'a'in proverb

To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

All is a riddle, and the key to a riddle...is another riddle.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Honor is a wonderful thing, but it is a means, not an end. A man who starves with honor does not help his family, a king who falls on his sword with honor does not save his kingdom.
- Prester John of Erkynland

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.
- Albus Dumbledore

Opposing the fire that devours and wastes with the fire that kindles and succors in wanhope and distress.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

As graceful as a deer leaping a stream and as deadly as the wolf waiting in ambush on the other side, elvish warriors are the eyes of the forest as well as its unsheathed claws.
- MtG

Only by the bravery of those who put loyalty above glory is our home kept safe.
- Elspeth Tirel

The sea respects no boundaries, least of all the coast.
- MtG

Never underestimate the power of a tale. What you put aside as fantasy in one land can kill you in the next.
- Unciel

We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
- Winston Churchill

Like water, tales find their own paths; they go where they are needed.
- Unciel

Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.
- Albus Dumbledore

Historians are lucky. They get to spend hours on end living secret lives of the mind, traveling to distant times and places in vicarious splendor.
- Ronald M. Lamothe

It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.
- Sir Francis Drake

I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
- Winston S. Churchill

May the forces of evil become confused while your arrow is on its way to the target.
- George Carlin

Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.
- Paulo Coelho

Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.
- Omar Bradley

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
- Epictetus

Create with the heart; build with the mind.”
- Criss Jami

Tactics mean doing what you can with what you have.
- Saul Alinsky

The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
- Malcolm Forbes

The Nature Spirituality of Druidry - a way that is centred on the beauties and powers of the natural world - on reclaiming the communions that are our birthright with wind and fire, the hill-top and cave, the still lake and crashing sea, the turning wheel of the seasons, the deep powers inherent in Earth, Air, Fire and Water. This spiritual way is rooted in the old stories and songs of the Bards that reflect these wonders of Nature and instill in us a reverence for the Divine, for the more-than-us and yet deep-within-us.
- Philip Carr-Gomm

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
- Aristotle

If you see a castle under fog, you must walk there to meet the extraordinary dreams.
- Mehmet Murat Ildan

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a cartographer.
- John Quincy Adams

Just a few words can change everything.
- Terry Pratchett

There is little man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a sailing ship does.
- Allan Villiers

It’s not the towering sails, but the unseen wind that moves a ship.”
- English Proverb

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
- Plato

I think the human race made a big mistake at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, we leaped for the mechanical things. People need the use of their hands to feel creative.
- Andre Norton

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
- Winston Churchill

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.
- Marcus Aurelius

What cannot be destroyed must be bound.
- Avacyn

Despair is bitter counsel, and the surest defeat of all.
- Nelac of Lirigon

Valar dohaeris

Never make fun of a person who mispronounces a word because it means they learned it by reading.
- ?

See with your heart what your eyes cannot, and you will find the door that is not.
- Patricia A. McKillip

Silence can be voluntary and self-imposed, or it can be the result of external pressures and constraints; silence can be expressive, or it can be empty, unreadable; silence can be temporary, situational, or it can represent a consistent, even pathological pattern; silence can signify withdrawal from a conversation, or it can be an indicator of attentive, thoughtful listening.
- Nicholas Burbules

The point of the hero defeating the dragon isn't that dragons exist, it's that the dragon can be defeated.
- Ag

In the midst of disaster, heroic acts became almost ordinary, and ordinary warriors became heroes.
- MtG

In the end a gentle heart may be worth more than pride or valor.
- Doran Martell

I'll be looking for you.
- Lyra Silvertongue

Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.
- C. S. Lewis

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
- William Butler Yeats

Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing.
- Rachel Naomi Remen

The Riddle Master himself lost the key to his own riddles one day, and he found it again at the bottom of his heart.
- Patricia A. McKillip

Real strength comes only from knowing your weaknesses.
- Impa of the Sheikah Clan

We do not want merely to see beauty... we want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.
- C.S Lewis

It's the land it is our wisdom
It's the land it sees us through
It's the land, it feeds our children
It's the land - you cannot own the land, the land owns you.
- The Gothard Sisters

Three things not easily restrained: the flow of a torrent, the flight of an arrow, and the tongue of a fool.
- Celtic Triad

A fool knows no fear. A hero shows know fear.
- MtG

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were...and ask why not.
- John F. Kennedy

There are always choices when you use your brain instead of your brawn.
- Carmen Sandiego

What you want is not always what you need.
- Patricia A. McKillip

Force has no place where there is need of skill.
- Herodotus

Every real story is a never ending story.
- Michael Ende

Think out your plan like a woman of action...then, act out your plan like a woman of thought.
- Carmen Sandiego

All glory comes from daring to begin.
- Eugene F. Ware

No emergency is so dire that it cannot be dealt with elegantly.
- MtG

Words are like arrows. Once loosed, you cannot call them back.
- Doran Martell

Bards tell the truth, but they can speak in riddling ways.
- Patricia A. McKillip

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
- Rachel Woolf

How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything in the world understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul.
- Frances Hodgson Burnett

It is a terrible thing when a fool with power fools with power.
- Kelly Barnhill

When the whole world is crazy, it's important to find something you can rely on.
- Chandra Nalaar

It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.
- Jo Walton

I always wondered why the makers leave housekeeping and cooking out of their tales. Isn't it what all the great wars and battles are fought for -- so that at day's end a family may eat together in a peaceful house?
- Ursula K. Le Guin

You do not forgive because the person who wronged deserves it.You misunderstand the point of forgiveness entirely. The only cage that a grudge creates is around the holder of that grudge. Forgiveness is not saying that the person who hurt you was right, or has earned it, or is allowed to hurt you again. All forgiveness means is that you will carry on without the burdens of rage and hatred.
- Merrie Haskell

The march of all of human history has no brakes, especially not for people trying to throw it into reverse.
- Ben Floyd

The riddle-game was sacred and of immense antiquity, and even wicked creatures were afraid to cheat when they played at it.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

There are creatures in the cosmos vastly more intelligent and powerful than humanity.
- H.P. Lovecraft

The truly strong do not reveal their power until it is needed.
- Narset

Happiness is not fame or riches or heroic virtues, but a state that will inspire posterity to think in reflecting upon our life, that it was the life they would wish to live.
- Herodotus

The measure of a man’s success in life is not the money he’s made. It’s the kind of family he has raised.
- Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

Just as anyone who listens to the muse will hear, you can write out of your own intention or out of inspiration. There is such a thing. It comes up and talks. And those who have heard deeply the rhythms and hymns of the gods, can recite those hymns in such a way that the gods will be attracted.
- Joseph Campbell

When does a hero's journey begin?
The moment you step outside the safety of your home?
Or when you realize the fight has just begun?
Is it when you comprehend how small you are compared to the vastness that threatens to destroy you?
When did you learn that the journey isn't a lonely road, and you didn't have to face the darkness alone?
Lesser souls lose heart and lay down their swords.
But a champion risks everything for the greater good.
Take comfort in this: True heroes never die.
- Erebos

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.
- Herodotus

Magical living is simply having the ability to see the magnificent shining through the mundane.
- Lisa Marie Rosati

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand Utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
- Howard Zinn

A bully doesn’t answer you; he may hear but pays no heed; he talks on as if you were of no account, and it gives him the advantage always at the start, though not always.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
- Buckminster Fuller

Ignorance will always try to tear down knowledge.
- Paedur the Bard

Everyone and everything has a time to die.
- Garth Nix

A constant image [in myths] is that of the conflict of the eagle and the serpent. The serpent bound to the earth, the eagle in spiritual flight – isn't that conflict something we all experience? And then, when the two amalgamate, we get a wonderful dragon, a serpent with wings.
- Joseph Campbell

We think we've come so far. Torture of heretics, burning of witches, it's all ancient history. And then, before you can blink an eye, suddenly it threatens to start all over again.
- Jean-Luc Picard

People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Liberty without learning is always in peril; and learning without liberty is always in vain.

If you are feeling discouraged, distraut, confused, concerned about humanity, go spend some time talking to kids. You will see that hatred is a learned trait. Take control of that learning, because these kind and strange little geniuses are everything.
- Violet Neff

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
- Stephen Hawking

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"
- Fred Rogers

What a dull place the world would be if all the mysteries in it were solved.
- Patricia A. McKillip

I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the "isness" of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal "oughtness" that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today's mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land. "And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid." I still believe that We Shall Overcome!
- Martin Luther King Jr.

If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.
- Plato

We differ from other states in regarding what"? "The man who holds aloof from public life not as "quiet" but as useless; we decide or debate, carefully and in person, all matters of policy, holding, not that words and deeds go ill together, but that acts are foredoomed to failure when undertaken undiscussed.
- Pericles

Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.

Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life.
- Friedrich Schiller

Everything you can imagine is real.
- Pablo Picasso

Hope can do powerful things. Turn to it in times of need, for it will guide you through the chaos.
- Vyra Amirana Jade

When your world moves too fast
and you lose yourself in the chaos,
introduce yourself
to each color of the sunset.
Reacquaint yourself with the earth
beneath your feet.
Thank the air that surrounds you
with every breath you take.
Find yourself in the appreciation of life.
- Christy Ann Martine

Spirituality isn’t static. It’s an evolving optimism that won’t let hardship get the best of you.
- Judith Orloff

Always use the sword to stand for good and right, never do a thing you would be ashamed of, but never let your heart rule your mind.
- Brian Jacques

Because the world is wide and nimble and rich. And full of promise. And adventure. And tricks.
- Aine of Duunin

I have nothing but admiration for this silly race of ours. Even with the Hitlers in it and so on. Sometimes it goes into ugliness, but, in all though, it is a beauty. It's like a rose, which also has thorns. We're something.
- Gene Roddenberry

You can be smart, aggressive, articulate and indeed persuasive, but if you are not honest, your reputation will suffer, and once lost a good reputation can never, ever be regained. As the saying goes, if you have integrity, nothing else matters, and if you do not have integrity, nothing else matters.
- Robert Swan Mueller III

Shadows fall and hope has fled
Steel your heart, the dawn will come
The night is long and the path is dark
Look to the sky for one day soon
The dawn will come
The Shepherd’s lost and his home is far
Keep to the stars, the dawn will come
The night is long and the path is dark
Look to the sky for one day soon
The dawn will come
Bare your blade and raise it high
Stand your ground, the dawn will come
The night is long and the path is dark
Look to the sky for one day soon
The dawn will come
- Dragon Age: Inquisition

The true mind can weather all the lies and illusions without being lost; the true heart can tough the poison of hatred without being harmed; since beginning-less time, darkness thrives in the void, but always yields to purifying light.
- The Lion Turtle

Life's waters flow from the darkness. Search the darkness, don't run from it.
- Rumi

Run when you have to, fight when you must, rest when you can.
- Robert Jordan

It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.
- John F. Kennedy

If you want to write anything that works, you have to go with the grain of your talent, not against it. If your talent is inert and sullen in the face of business or politics...but takes fire at the thought of ghosts and vampires and witches and demons then feed the flames, feed the flames.
- Sir Philip Pullman

To maintain creativity as an adult can be difficult, especially I feel as though, for someone in the helping profession. I am currently being asked to use a "side" of my brain that is more analytical. I usually use my "creative" side of my brain the most. Once I use the analytical, I find it pretty difficult to turn the imagination switch on. Stay creative, even if you feel like you're not, or not the best at what you are trying to do. Create for yourself, there is no need to please others. Have a child-like imagination and fascination.
- Lindsay Warrington

For the dead and the living, we must bear witness. For not only are we responsible for the memories of the dead, we are also responsible for what we are doing with those memories.
- Elie Wiesel

Popular rule is not democracy. It gives the people what they want, not what they need.
- Padmé Amidala

The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills.
- Robert Jordan

One of the biggest ways people get caught up with listening is when they hear something they don't agree with. Our gut response is to think, "Well that's wrong" and stop listening. The key to listening is not agreeing with what the other person is saying, but rather understanding why they feel the way they do. Part of listening is going deeper into the understanding of what they're feeling.
- Mark Rosewater

Sing yourself to where the singing comes from.
- Seamus Heaney

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.
- Washington Irving

When you choose the fight you must take the consequences, win or lose.
- Bain of Black Rock sept of the Shaarad Aiel

Duty is heavy as a mountain, death is light as a feather.
- Robert Jordan

You can waste a perfectly good life trying to meet the standards of someone who thinks you’re not good enough because they can’t understand who you are.
- Barbara Sher

The hope is always here, always alive, but only your fierce caring can fan it into a fire to warm the world. - Merriman Lyon

The only way was forward, whatever lay at the end.
- Robert Jordan

If you're really listening, if you're awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders.
- Andrew Harvey

Do you understand that you must always fail, as long as your goal is not truth, but guidance? That as long as you seek dragons around you, you will never become the dragon within you?
- Sarkhan Vol

Caution until you're sure, then a little more caution.
- Egwene al'Vere

The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.
- L.M. Montgomery

Do not mistake composure for ease.
- Tuvok

Each of you is a separate, individual you. You are a unique person, with wild ideas about what's truly important. Each of you has a gift that only you can bring to the world. A way you can help that others couldn't. And the way you express that gift is to hear this: trust yourself. Trust your gift.
- Chandra Nalaar

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