Danielle de Barbarac, Ever After
If you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners corrupted from infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded, sire, but that you first make thieves and then punish them?
Miss Calleros - Into the Spider-verse
If a person wearing a blindfold picked the answers on a true-or-false quiz at random, do you know what score they would get?... The only way to get all the answers wrong... is to know which answers are right.
- Michael's Birthday - Seven
When I was seven, my mother hired a pony and a cart to come to my house for all the kids. And I got a really bad rash. From the pony. And all the kids got to ride the pony. And I had to go inside, and my mother was rubbing cream on me, for probably three hours, and I never came outside. And by the time I got out, the pony was already in the truck and around the corner. So that was my worst birthday.
- Zuko Confronts Ozai
The people of the world are terrified by the Fire Nation. They don't see our greatness. They hate us! And we deserve it! We've created an era of fear in the world. And if we don't want the world to destroy itself, we need to replace it with an era of peace and kindness.
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
- A Special Definition
Sonder: the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own- an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you'll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
The Hunter Journal
- Elder Baldur
Bulky and covered in thick plating. Retracts into itself when attacked. As they age, these creatures become too heavy and lumpy to roll around freely. Instead, they curl up and hide from the world. What do they think of in there, wrapped up inside of themselves? More carefree times perhaps.
Zote the Mighty
- Precept 7, 8
'Mourn Not the Dead'. When we die, do things get better for us or worse? There's no way to tell, so we shouldn't bother mourning. Or celebrating for that matter. 'Travel Alone'. You can rely on nobody, and nobody will always be loyal. Therefore, nobody should be your constant companion.
Zote the Mighty
Hoy! What are you doing, you clumsy little oaf?! Swinging your rusty little nail around in the darkness? You almost struck me! And if you had, it would have been the end of you. Trust me! I am Zote the Mighty, a knight of great renown. My weapon, 'Life Ender' has struck down hundreds of foes. Begone, or you'll be next!
- The Color of Magic
You can't map a sense of humor. Anyway, what is a fantasy map but a space beyond which There Be Dragons? On the Discworld we know that There Be Dragons Everywhere. They might not all have scales and forked tongues, but they Be Here all right, grinning and jostling and trying to sell you souvenirs.
- Witches Abroad
"Blessings be on this house," Granny said, perfunctorily. It was always a good opening remark for a witch. It concentrated people's minds on what other things might be on this house.
Night poured over the desert. It came suddenly, in purple. In the clear air, the stars drilled down out of the sky, reminding any thoughtful watcher that it is in the deserts and high places that religions are generated. When men see nothing but bottomless infinity over their heads they have always had a driving and desperate urge to find someone to put in the way.
Charles Ross (Vlog Creations)
- Forgiveness (Abridged)
Something important that's not taught in school - and it should be as a life skill - is forgiveness. The reason being for your sake. When you're upset or offended at somebody and you can't resolve the issue, choosing forgiveness helps you let go of the pain. There's many reasons not to forgive them, because if we do it makes what they did to us ok somehow. But choosing to forgive will remove the anger, the pain justice would ease. It starts the moment you say 'I forgive them.'.
Pierre de Marbeuf
- Et la mer et l'amour
Sea and love both share a bitter bite The sea seizes and love seizes Love scalds us and the sea scalds us For neither are free from tempest might Those who fear the waters should stay within the shore's sight those who fear the pain that love procures should shun the flames when love endures And both shall be safe from found and blight For if water could quench loves dying embers Your love that burns and pains and severs I would douse this fire with the sea of all my tears.
- Born into silence
From a young age, I have always wondered what it's like to be able to hear. The birds chirping, a child's laughter, my mother saying the words "I love you" to me and the car's engine roaring as it passes me in a busy road. Being able to hear was always a mystery, and to this day, it still is.
- Oil Age
Our reliance on oil will not stop, even if the world turned completely to green alternatives. Because petroleum is not limited to fuels and energy production but also used for the manufacturing of various products. It is used in making electronics, furniture, clothes and medical appliances as well as making lubricants and asphalts for our cars and roads.
Melanie Martinez- Cry Baby
You're all on your own and you've lost all your friends. You told yourself that it's not you, it's them. You're one of a kind and no one understands. But those crybaby tears keep coming back again.
- from Animal Farm
I saw a little boy, perhaps ten years old, driving a huge cart-horse along a narrow path, whipping it whenever it tried to turn. It struck me that if only such animals became aware of their strength we should have no power over them, and that men exploit animals in much the same way as the rich exploit the proletariat.
- Credenda from Gift of Acabar (1 of 9)
"Turn away from the crowd and its fruitless pursuit of fame and gold!" Never look back as you close your door against the sorry tumult of greed and ambition. Wipe away your tears of failure and misfortune. Lay aside your heavy load, and rest until your heart is still.