What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
Steinbeck, J. (1962) Travels with Charley: In Search of America
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.
Beginnings are sudden, but also insidious.
They creep up on you sideways, they keep to the shadows, they lurk unrecognized.
Then, later, they spring.
Atwood, M. (2000) The Blind Assassin
Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
If you wake up in the morning, it is a good day.
Morris, H. (2018) The Tattooist of Auschwitz
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
There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind.
Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions.
Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them.
If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.
Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.
"That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed.
"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.
Heller, J (1961) Catch-22
“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