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                  Quotes put together by: Sammy Eldridge      


"I stopped short and raised a trembling hand to my brow. The idea that had come to me had the awful inevitability of a mathematical equation."
- Amelia Peabody Emerson in "The Snake, The Crocodile, and The Dog" by Elizabeth Peters

"Well, you see, said Hermione, with the patent air of one explaining that one plus one equals two to an overemotional toddler, you shouldn't have told her that you wanted to meet me halfway through your date. You should have told her differently, said Hermione, still with that maddeningly patient air. You should have said it was really annoying, but I'd made you promise to come along to the Three Broomsticks, and you really didn't want to go, you'd much rather spend the whole day with her, but unfortunately you thought you really ought to meet me and would she please, please come along with you, and hopefully you'd be able to get away more quickly? And it might have been a good idea to mention how ugly you think I am too, Hermione added as an afterthought

Well wouldn't it have been easier if she'd just asked me whether I liked her better than you?

Girls don't often ask questions like that, said Hermione

- Hermione and Harry in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"


"If you can't be a good example then you'll just have to be a horrible warning."
- Gwen Goodnight in "Faking It" by Jennifer Cruise.


"We keep you alive to serve this ship. Row well and live."
- from the movie Ben-Hur


"Jill told me that when you are really in love you know right away. I'm not exactly sure how this happens. Is it like a flash of lightening? Like an angel tapping you on the shoulder? Or is it similar to choosing a puppy? You think you're probably picking the cutest one but really you wind up going home with the one that keeps insisting on climbing on to your lap. That's how we got our dog Revolver. We thought he was so crazy about us, but it turned out Labrador Retrievers adore everyone. Well, maybe that's what love is. A state of mind willing to grace anyone willing to accept it. Anyone who cares."
- Gretel Samuelson in "Local Girls" by Alice Hoffman


"Most people lived so far from it they thought you could just choose  carnivore or vegetarian without knowing that the chemicals on grain and cotton killed far more butterflies and bees and bluebirds and whippoorwills than the mortal lust for steak or leather jacket. Just clearing the land to grow soybeans and corn killed about everything on half the world. Every cup of coffee equaled one dead songbird in the jungle somewhere, she readEven if you never touch meat you're costing something its blood  living takes life but it can be thoughtful. A little bit humble about the necessity maybe. You consider the costs of your various choices"
- Deanna Wolf in "Prodigal Summer" by Barbara Kingsolver  one of the most horribly repetitive books I've ever read


"When you relinquish the desire to control your future you obtain happiness."


You've heard of people calling in sick. You may have called in sick a few
times yourself. But have you ever thought of calling in well?

It'd go like this: You'd get the boss on the line and say, "Listen, I've
been sick ever since I started working here, but today I'm well and I won't
be in anymore." Call in well.

- Tom Robbins "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues "


"I said, What is the matter with you? Have you been sick?" 

I held in the tears that waited to poor in my brother's hands. "No. I'm OK." I thought at the time that it was noble to bear the ills one had silently. But not so silently that others didn't know one was bearing them.
- Maya Angelou  "Gather Together In My Name"  a conversation with her brother, Bailey


"Your brother? He awful little aint he? I mean to be your brother?" 

Bailey thanked her smoothly, allowing just the tail of his sarcasm to flick in her face. She never noticed.
- Maya Angelou  "Gather Together In My Name"

The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender.
- Emil Ludwig (1881-1948)


"Every man is afraid of something. That's how you know he loves you, when he is afraid of losing you."




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