“I really like you, Midori. A lot.”
“How much is a lot?”
“Like a spring bear,” I said.
“A spring bear?” Midori looked up again. “What’s that all about? A spring bear.”
“You’re walking through a field all by yourself one day in spring, and this sweet little bear cub with velvet fur and shiny little eyes comes walking along. And he says to you, “Hi, there, little lady. Want to tumble with me?’ So you and the bear cub spend the whole day in each other’s arms, tumbling down this clover-covered hill. Nice, huh?”
“Yeah. Really nice.”
“That’s how much I like you.”
Murakami, H. (1987 ) Norwegian Wood
Wisdom speaks with a silent tongue.
Skelton, M. (2006) Endymion Spring
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.
Tolkien, J. R. R. (1955) The Lord of the Rings
“Fred, you next," the plump woman said.
"I'm not Fred, I'm George," said the boy.
"Honestly, woman, you call yourself our mother? Can't you tell I'm George?"
"Sorry, George, dear."
"Only joking, I am Fred," said the boy and off he went.
Rowling, J.K. (1997) Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
Mass, W. (2010) The Candymakers
The Seven Social Sins are:
Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.
By Frederick Lewis Donaldson, 1925
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
Make improvements, not excuses.
Seek respect, not attention.
Bennett, R.T. (2016) The Light In The Heart
I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.
Salinger, J.D. (1961) Franny and Zooey
'i'll make you one, ' he said, 'and balance it
perfectly on you.' so i could almost feel
the plumb line of the creased tweed hit my heel,
my shoulders like a spar or arms of a scale
under the jacket, my whole shape realigned
in ways that suited me down to the ground.
so although a suit was the last thing that i needed
i weighed his words and wore them and decided
there and then it was going for a song.
heaney, s. (1939-2013)
You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.