Healing Quotes Teens 401-500

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas lights.”
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~ Maya Angelou
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“Christmas is the time to let your heart do the thinking.”
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~ Patricia Clafford
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“Dad bought me a toy drum one Christmas, and I eventually destroyed it. I wanted a real drum and he bought me a snare drum. Dad continued to buy me one drum after the other.”
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~ Keith Thibodeaux
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“Goodwill to all.’ I know it’s techinically ‘goodwill to all men,’ but in my mind, I drop the ‘men’ because that feels segregationist/elitist/sexist/generally bad ist. Goodwill shouldn’t be just for men. It should also apply to women and children, and all animals, even the yucky ones like subway rats. I’d even extend the goodwill not just to living creatures but to the dearly departed, and if we include them, we might as well include the undead, those supposedly mythic beings like vampires, and if they’re in, then so are elves, fairies, and gnomes. Heck, since we’re already being so generous in our big group hug, why not also embrace those supposedly inanimate objects like dolls and stuffed animals. I’m sure Santa would agree. ‘Goodwill to all.”
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~ Rachel Cohn, Dash Lily’s Book of Dares
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“If Jesus came to preach to the poor, the homeless, the tax collectors, the prostitutes, the colonized, then he came, most profoundly, to preach the kingdom of God to the outsiders of the world. He didn’t show up in the center of Rome to proclaim a kingdom to supplant Rome, he came to the margins, to preach a kingdom coming to be within the existing kingdoms of the world. And Jesus’ kingdom would supplant and subvert those earthly kingdoms.”
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~Scott Paeth, Open the doors and see all the people
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“I need a weapon,” Valkyrie muttered.
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“You’re an Elemental with a Necromancer ring, trained in a variety of martial arts by some of the best fighters in the world,” Skulduggery pointed out. “I’m fairly certain that makes you a weapon.”
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“I mean a weapon you hold. You have a gun, Tanith has a sword… I want a stick.”
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“I’ll buy you a stick for Christmas.”
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~ Derek Landy, Mortal Coil
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“I was that kind of tired you feel when you’ve spent a day in a hospital while a loved one undergoes surgery and comes through all right, the loved one, of course, being myself, and Christmas being the surgical procedure.
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~ Vicki Covington, Bird of Paradise
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“…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…”
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~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain
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“On St. Patrick’s Day I to pretend to be Irish. At Christmas I pretend to be good.”
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~ Unknown
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“Christmas sweaters are only acceptable as a cry for help.”
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~ Andy Borowitz
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“Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer…. Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?
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Bill Watterson, The Essential Calvin and Hobbes
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“Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you … to remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old … Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest hting in the world … stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death… Then you can keep Christmas! But you can never keep it alone.”
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~ Henry van Dyke “Keeping Christmas” in The Spirit of Christmas
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“Zen Christmas: the gift of nothingness.”
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~ Unknown
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“As long as there’s Christmas, I truly believe that hope is the greatest of the gifts we’ll receive.”
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~ Don Black, As Long as There’s Christmas
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“At Christmas I no more desire a rose,
Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled shows;
But like of each thing that in seasons grows.”
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~ William Shakespeare
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“Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.”
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~ Lucinda Franks
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“The Little Drummer Boy” was playing in the background for what seemed like the third time in a row. I fought off an urge to beat that Little Drummer Boy senseless with his own drumsticks.”
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~ Dana Reinhardt, How to Build a House
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“Listen, I know what it’s like to miss someone you love this time of year, but what do we do when they can’t be here for the holiday? We celebrate them.”
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~ Stoic the Vast, Gift of the Night Fury
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“They err who thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart.”
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~ Mrs. Paul M. Ell
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“But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round…as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.”
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~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
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“Later in the winter I’d tire of the snow, but Christmas snow was different.”
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~ Marie Landry, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
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“Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both.”
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~ Phillips Brooks
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“And there it is! Bravo! I knew it was only a matter of time before Byron realized he had an audience. That man is simply incapable of keeping his shirt on when there are spectators. One Christmas Eve, he stripped his shirt off right in the middle of the choir’s rendition of Oh Child of Bethlehem. Coincidentally, the next song was Come Let Us Adore Him and the imbecile actually launched into some interpretive dance.”
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~ Kirt J. Boyd, The Last Stop
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“My uncle Ernie didn’t believe in God.
At least that’s what he said. But he always
Went to church on Christmas. Which I thought
Seriously compromised his atheism.”
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~ Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
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“Of course, my Christmas is (so much more) gorgeous and romantic (than Germany’s)!! And unlike the rest of the world, we leave wine behind for Santa Claus!”
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“So Santa-san is delivering gifts to children while driving under the influence . . . ?”
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~ Hidekaz Himaruya, Hetalia: Axis Powers, Vol.2
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“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.”
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~ Alexander Smith
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“Happy Birthday to a guy who never called the poor lazy or fought for the wealthiest Nazarenes to get another tax cut”
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~ John Fugelsang
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“Do you actually know anyone who got a ‘swelled head’ from too much praise? Usually it is too little, and they retreated to their ego to escape and become grandiose as a type of defense.”
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~ Sark, Succulent Wild Woman
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“In our most essential beings, we are of nature, of wildness, of life.”
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~ Molly Brown
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“At some point we need to stop identifying with our weaknesses and shift our allegiance to our basic goodness. It’s highly beneficial to understand that our limitations are not absolute and monolithic, but relative and removable.”
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~ Pema Chodron
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“What in your life is calling you? When all the noise is silenced, the meetings adjourned, the lists laid aside, and the wild iris blooms by itself in the dark forest, what still pulls on your soul? In the silence between your heartbeats hides a summons, do you hear it?
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~ Terma Collective
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“People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and its ends, but to me it’s quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors.”
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~ Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
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“Inhale and hold the evening in your lungs.”
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~ Sebastian Faulks
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“She sips her coffee, sets it down, stretches her arms. This is one of the most singular experiences, waking on what feels like a good day, preparing to work but not yet actually embarked. At this moment there are infinite possibilities, whole hours ahead.”
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~ Michael Cunningham, The Hours
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“I’ve been hurt so bad and I still love so hard. I admire my heart for that.”
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~ Alexandra Elle, Words from a Wanderer
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“I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent.”
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~ Susanna Kaysen Girl, Interrupted
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“Your body is the piece of the universe you’ve been given; as long as you have a pulse, it presents you with an ongoing shower of immediate sensate experiences. Red, salt, loneliness, heat. When a friend says something painful to you, your chest aches. When you fall in love, that same chest feels like fireworks and waterfalls and explosions of ecstasy. When you are lonely, your body feels empty. When you are sad, it feels as if there is a Mack truck sitting on your lungs. Grief feels like tidal waves knocking you down, joy like champagne bubbles welling up in your arms, your legs, your belly. Our minds are like politicians; they make stuff up, they twist the truth. Our minds are masters at blame, but our bodies… our bodies don’t lie. Which is, of course, why so many of us learned to zip out of them at the first sign of trouble.”

~ Geneen Roth,Women Food And God
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“You have to be the kind of person who can make the best out of a Tuesday. You know those people who live for the weekends? They’re wishing their life away. You have to find something worth living for or else you’ll look back and realize you’ve wasted your life away.”
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~ Drew Marvin, English Teacher
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“I have woven a parachute out of everything broken. My scars are my shield.”
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~ W. Stafford
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“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”
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~ Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
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“Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality. They are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.”
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~ Barbara G. Harrison
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“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”
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~ Henry David Thoreau
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“Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.”
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~ Karle Wilson Baker
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“Daisies of the world unite — you have nothing to lose but your chains.”
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~ Unknown
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“Go all the way with it. Do not back off. For once, go all the goddamn way with what matters.”
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~ Ernest Hemingway, The Complete Short Stories
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“One afternoon, Stephen Colbert came in to the office. His show was about to premiere so he hadn’t spent much time in our studio. As he walked past me at my cubicle, he stopped and said, “You’re a new face, what’s your name?” I didn’t know what to really say, so I replied, “Oh, I’m just an intern.”

Colbert looked at me a moment and then said: “Just an intern? Hey, look, everybody starts somewhere. I was just an understudy at one point, but that’s just a point in time. It’s not about where you are now, or even where you hope to go, it’s who you are that matters. I’m Stephen, who are you?” I introduced myself and we shook hands. “Don’t let your place in the world dictate who you are to anyone. We all have the same merit.” Then he was gone, but his words lingered.”
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~ via http://splitsider.com/2014/12/one-colbert-nation-under-god-stephen-colbert-is-americas-cool-pastor/
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“You don’t have to be perfect. With mental health problems, it’s hard to function at 100% all the time. It’s okay to be at 80%, or 50%, or 20% on some days.

Do your best, but let the past be the past and forgive yourself if you don’t get everything done that you would like.

You can do this. And if there’s some things you can’t, that’s okay. You’re still awesome.”
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~ http://depressionresource.tumblr.com/post/101432259226/you-dont-have-to-be-perfect-with-mental-health
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“Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.”
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~ John Lubbock
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“I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness… So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.”
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~ Dalai Lama
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“Healing is an art. It takes time, it takes practice. It takes love.”
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~ Maza-Dohta
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“She needed a hero, so that is what she became.”
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~ Unknown
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“Wake up. Kick ass. Repeat.”
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~ Unknown
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“You have more to do then be weighed down by pretty or beautiful. You are a fiery heart and a wicked brain. Do not let your soul be defined by its shell.”
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~ Uknown
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“We are like a snowflake; all different in our own beautiful way.”
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~ Uknown
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“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”
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~ Tina Fey
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“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.”
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~ Emory Austin
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“So, love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don’t.”
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~ Female Imagination website
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“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision, So write and draw and build and play and dance and live only as you can.”
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~ HPLYRIKZ.com
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“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world. There must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too.”
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~ Frida Kahl
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“Is the spring coming,’he said. ‘What’s it like?’
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It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
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~ Frances Hodges Burnett, The Secret Garden
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“There is plenty of moonlight.”

~ Jason, Nalini Singh, Archangels Storm
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“Listen to me, your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest—thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting in the under wood. You will grow back, over and over.
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~ Beau Taplin
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“I came to a point where I needed solitude and just stop the machine of ‘thinking’ and ‘enjoying’ what they call ‘living’, I just wanted to lie in the grass and look at the clouds.”
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~ Jack Kerouac
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“I like people who dream or talk to themselves interminably; I like them, for they are double. They are here and elsewhere.”
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~ Albert Camus. The Fall
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“What art offers is space; a certain breathing room for the spirit.”
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~ John Updike
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To Piper:
“Go out and eat the world.”
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~ Piper’s Grandmother, Orange is the New Black
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“There are two rules on the spiritual path: begin and continue.”
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~ Sufi Saying
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“We can’t control the filters that others choose when they look at us.”
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~ Rachel Wolchin
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“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses.”
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~ C. JoyBell C.
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“Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing. There are many things below it, but there are also things above it. You cannot make it the basis of a whole life. It is a noble feeling, but it is still a feeling. Now no feeling can be relied on to last in its full intensity, or even to last at all. Knowledge can last, principles can last, habits can last; but feelings come and go.”
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~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
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“We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.”
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~ Evelyn Dunba
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“Be ignited by unconditional and unwavering self-love. Let the fumes that spark you to change, grow and achieve come from a fondness of yourself, not from a hatred of yourself. Take a moment and separate your soul away from your behaviors. Realize that unconditional self-love comes from accepting who you are at the core, regardless of what you do. Pretend to look in the mirror at the part of you that behaves and tell this part of yourself ; When you fail, I’ll support you. When you make mistakes, I’ll forgive you. When you are lost, I will guide you. When you are scared, I will comfort you. When you feel worthless, I will value you. When you feel unlovable, I will love you”
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~ http://happyvibes-healthylives.tumblr.com/
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“You may have damaged your body with unhealthy habits or not enough care. And you may have damaged your mind with altering substances or toxic thoughts. But your soul remains intact. Even when your body and mind feel like they are deteriorating, the essential makeup of who you are remains unbroken.”
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~ http://happyvibes-healthylives.tumblr.com/
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“You are a work of art.”
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~ Tessa Whitehurst
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“My mother doesn’t like tattoos. She says art belongs on a wall. Well I say no one, not even my mother gets to tell me I can’t be a masterpiece.”
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~ Hannah Snowdon
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“She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”
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~ Anne Dillard
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“Books are the treasured wealth of world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
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~ Henry David Thoreau
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“Books are many things: lullabies for the weary, ointment for the wounded, armour for the fearful and nests for those in need of a home.”
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~ Glenda Millard
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“Reading takes us away from home, but more importantly it finds homes for us everywhere.”
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~ Unkown
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“I tried to beat my reading addiction… Worst two minutes of my life.”
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~ Unknown
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“Her soul belongs to words and books. Every time she reads, she is home.”
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~ F.R. Bshayer
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Friends come in all shapes and sizes.
Some happen to be rectangular
With words on them.”
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~ McKenzie Spaulding, Books
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“You think you are alone until you find books about girls like you.”
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~ Roxane Gay
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“If there was a book about you, what would the title be?”
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~ Unknown
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“Books make the soul float.”
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~ Harriet, C. Alan Bradley, Speaking from Among the Bones
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“Books: your reward for having an attention span.”
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~ Unknown
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“A book too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
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~Madelaine L’Engle
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“I guess there are never enough books.”
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~ John Steinbeck
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“The point is, every book we had could save us in a different way- only, we had to open it.”
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~ Nova Ren Suma, The Walls Around Us
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“A book is a thing between the things, a volume lost between the volumes that populate the indifferent universe, until it finds its reader.”
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~ Jorge Luis Borges
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“The first sentence of a book is a handshake, perhaps an embrace. Style and personality are irrelevant. They can be formal or casual. They can be tall or short or fat or thin. They can obey the rules or break them. But they need to contain a charge. A live current, which shocks and illuminates.”
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~ Jhumpa Lahiri
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“Read, read, read.”
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~ William Faulkner
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“I have a terrible sleeping disorder. It’s called reading.”
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~thesweetfandomlife.tumblr.com
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“Reading is so delicious.”
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~ Barry Gott
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“I’m a bookaholic on the road to recovery. Just kidding. I’m on the road to the bookstore.”
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~ mortisia.tumblr.com
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“Lead me not into temptation, especially bookstores.”
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~ Unknown
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“Call me a schoolmarm, but few things make me angrier than people not taking good care of library materials.”
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~ Tim Gunn
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“For me at least, reading aloud, and the discussion that follows, are among my favorite ‘quality time’ to spend together. When he’s cooking us a delicious meal, I can hand out in the kitchen and keep him company with a book for the both of us. When I’m not feeling well, not only can I stay in bed with a novel myself, but I can also listen to my favorite voice in the world reading me some of my favorite stories (or his). And afterward, boy do we have things to talk about.”
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~ Nicole Perrin, Learning to be Read to Aloud
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“I want characters to do things that I am afraid to do for fear of making myself more unlikable than I may already be. I want characters to be the most honest of all things– human.”
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~ Roxane Gay
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“To read in bed is to draw around us invisible, noiseless curtains. Then at last we are in a room of our own and are ready to burrow back. Back to that private life of the imagination we all led as a child and to whose secret satisfactions so many of us have mislaid the key.”
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~ Clifton Fadiman

Healing Poems 242

i carry your heart in my heart

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go, my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)

~ e.e. cummings

Healing Quotes Littles 509

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”
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~ Italo Calvino

Healing Poems 241

The rented lakes of my childhood

I remember the lakes of my Michigan
childhood. Here they are called ponds.
Lakes belonged to summer, two-week
vacations that my father was granted by
Westinghouse when we rented some cabin.

Never mind the dishes with spiderweb
cracks, the crooked aluminum sauce
pans, the crusted black frying pans.
Never mind the mattresses shaped
like the letter V. Old jangling springs.

Moldy bathrooms. Low ceilings
that leaked. The lakes were mysteries
of sand and filmy weeds and minnows
flickering through my fingers. I rowed
into freedom. Alone on the water

that freckled into small ripples,
that raised its hackles in storms,
that lay glassy at twilight reflecting
the sunset then sucking up the dark,
I was unobserved as the quiet doe

coming with her fauns to drink
on the opposite shore. I let the row-
boat drift as the current pleased, lying
faceup like a photographer’s plate
the rising moon turned to a ghost.

And though the voices called me
back to the rented space we shared
I was sure I left my real self there—
a tiny black pupil in the immense
eye of a silver pool of silence.

~ Marge Piercy

My Birthday Week

Well I’m sorry that I didn’t post more often about my birthday week, but I was just too exhausted by life. Being around family, even when they aren’t being actively emotionally or verbally abusive, is exhausting and I forgot to take that into account when I planned the things that I would be doing this week. Well, I am not very realistic about my/our physical limitations; it’s just not anything we have ever been good at.

I did watch some movies that I absolutely love. We listened to some audio books downloaded onto my phone more often, especially since I really try to spend time out and about with my headphones on. It gives me a lot more time to listen to books and that is a good thing.

We got out with our bike five times this week and that was great. I had planned on doing it today too, but it was very rainy so I decided to stay inside and rest up for an outing tomorrow.

The Teens didn’t get a lot of time to read graphic novels. But I made a point of giving them some time yesterday and today. We have some compilations from the library and I want to make sure they have time for that. Fitting in things we want to do is always a challenge.

The Littles watched some animated movies and enjoyed them a lot. We had several pizza parties with movies this week and that was great. I enjoy giving them things that they love and this was such an easy thing to do for them. Their joy and love of life and me just bowls me over and knocks me on my kiester. I wish that I knew that I deserved their love. I’m working on it.

We had lunch and supper with relatives and that went very well. We had a small piece of chocolate cake, though we surely would have loved a bigger piece and then a second one, but I was too full from lunch and we didn’t get an offer to take any cake home with us, bummer.

We eat pizza often so we planned on tacos for lunch and then to a Mexican restaurant for dinner and no it was not too much of one kind of food. It was wonderful and delicious. It was a wonderful birthday gift.

The day after our birthday we went to Culver’s and had a turtle sundae, which has vanilla frozen custard, hot fudge, butterscoth, and pecans, yum. It is usually the only dessert that I get at Culver’s. I always tell myself that if I went more often I would try other items, but seriously I don’t think so. :)

We enjoyed our birthday week so much that I decided that we would do an “Unbirthday Party” for ourselves, once a month, so I will try to post on how that goes as well.

Anyway happy birthday to you all. And a happy unbirthday as well. :)

Healing Quotes Littles 508

“books. cats. life is sweet.”
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~ Edward Gorey

Healing Quotes Littles 401-500

“Children are the bridge to heaven.”
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~ Persian proverb
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“Let’s not have forced gaiety this Christmas, said Nora, like it was a dish. We’ll have a tiny bit of it, I said.”
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~ Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows
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“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.”
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~ Harlan Miller, Better Homes and Gardens
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“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”
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~ Unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby
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“Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever.”
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~ Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year
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“I can smell Christmas, I can taste Christmas, and I can see and hear it.”
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~ Jostein Gaarder, Through a Glass, Darkly
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“the fragrance of pine resin is frankincense poured out—a balm of stars and snow and moonlit nights”
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~ John Geddes
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“Actually Grandad Christmas is a pagan holiday and Jesus probably hates you for celebrating it.”
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~ Huey Freeman, The Boondocks
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“It still feels weird to spend money on Christmas trees. Back when Mom was alive, we’d go out “tree hunting.” That’s what she called it, anyway. I think other people might use the word “trespassing.”
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~ Jenny Han, Fire with Fire
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“Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.”
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~ Kin Hubbard
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“Sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”
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~ The Polar Express
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“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign onto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
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~ Linus, Charlie Brown’s Christmas
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“At its best, Christmas is a mirror in which we see reflected the very best life can be. Where we see ourselves moved by generosity, inspired by hope, and uplifted by love, not only for ourselves but for the whole evolving universe.”
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~ Bruce Sanguin, If Darwin Prayed
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Remember this December,
That love weighs more than gold!
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~ Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon
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“Christmas is a spirit that flows from one heart to another. It is more precious than rubies and better than gold.”
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~ Agnes M. Pharo, What is Christmas
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“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”
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~ Charles Schulz
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“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
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~ Buddy, Elf
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“Blast this Christmas music.! It’s joyous and triumphant.”
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~ The Grinch, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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“I’ve got an idea. Let’s come up with a bunch of new holiday traditions, you know, you bury the sadness.”
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~ Astrid, Gift of the Night Fury
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“Then Bob proposed: ‘A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us!’ Which all his family re-echoed. ‘God bless us every one!’ said Tiny Tim, the last of all.”
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~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
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“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”
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~ W. T. Elli
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The lights of the Christmas tree rose higher and higher, she saw them now as stars in heaven . . .”
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~ Hans Christian Andersen
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“The shortest night of the year is Christmas Eve – from sundown to son up.”
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~ Burton Hillis
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“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.”
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~ Irving Berlin, White Christmas
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“Lucy: Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown. At this time of year I think we should put aside all our differences, and try to be kind.
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Charlie Brown: Why does it have to be for just this time of year? Why can’t it be all year round?
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Lucy: What are you, some kind of fanatic or something?”
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~ Charles Schulz, Peanuts
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“And sleepless children’s hearts are glad

And Christmas-morning bells say ‘Come!”
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~ John Betjeman, from the poem Christmas
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“The love we’ve found, the love we’ve found, we carry it with us so we’re never quite alone.”
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~ Scrooge, The Muppet Christmas Carol
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“You are a celebration.”
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~ Tess Whitehurst, Magical Fashionista
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It’s always summer somewhere.”
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~ Lily Pulitzer
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“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”
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~ Pema Chödrön
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“You are a celebration.”
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~ Tess Whitehurst, Magical Fashionista
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“I didn’t need to search the world for a positive role model… I already had one; thirteen year old me would have never believed it. I had surpassed expectations… Thirteen year old me would have been really proud, and now it was time to show thirteen year old me that I was proud of her too.”
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~ Eliza, Selfie, S1E13, I Woke Up Like This
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“In each of us resides a deep desire to be seen. We long for our beauty to be expressed in such a way that others will glimpse our essence.”
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~ Jennifer Robin
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“Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so that we can make changes for the better.”
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~ Sarah Breathnach
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“We shall surely get to our destination if we join hands.”
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~ Aung San Suu Kyi
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“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
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~ A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
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“Difficulties are made to be overcome.”
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~ Miss Lemon, Agatha Christie’s Poirot
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“Just because somebody stumbles and has lost their way, doesn’t mean that they are lost forever.”

~ Charles, Professor X, X-Men: Days of Future Past
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“Did you ever feel, as though you had something inside you that was only waiting for you to give it a chance to come out? Some sort of extra power that you aren’t using.”
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~ Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
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“We are mosaics — pieces of light, love, history, stars — glued together with magic and music and words.”
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Anita Krizzan
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“Under certain circumstance there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
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~ Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
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“If ever in pain, I think the best thing we can do is to create something.”
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~ Kamal Ravikant
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“May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.”
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~ Irish Blessing
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Self love is an ocean
and your heart is a vessel.
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~ Beau Taplin, Self love
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“I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”
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~ Groucho Marx
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“You need to be content with small steps. That’s all life is. Small steps that you take every day so when you look back down the road it all adds up and you know you covered some distance.”
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~ the-healing-nest.tumblr.com
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“Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies.”
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~ Gene Hill
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“Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems.”
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~ Rainer Maria Rilke
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“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”
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~ Martha Graham
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“Practice love until you remember you are love.”
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~ Swami Sai Premananda
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“The body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter, and the spirit heals with joy.”
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~ Proverb
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“The whole idea of music, from the beginning of time, was for people to be happy.”
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~ Robert Plant
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“Let yourself become living poetry.”
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~ Rumi
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“You are capable of more than you know.”
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~ Glinda, the Good Witch, The Wizard of Oz
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“The spirit of her invincible heart guided her through the shadows.”
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~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
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~ Vincent Van Gogh
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“Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.”
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~ Walt Whitman
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“Drink from the well of yourself and begin again.”
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~ Charles Bukowski
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“How come we play war and not peace?”
“Too few role models.”
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~ Bill Watterson
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“We’re all golden sunflowers inside.”
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~ Allen Ginsberg
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“Peace is always beautiful.”
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― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
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“I think I fall in love a little bit with anyone who shows me their soul. This world is so guarded and fearful. I appreciate rawness so much.”
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~ Emery Allen
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“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”
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~ Amelia Earhart
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“Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just… start.”
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~Ijleoma Umebniyuo
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“From the moment I was born, I learned that I had two choices: to fight or die. I wasn’t the dying type.”
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~ Andrea, Ilona Andrews, Gunmetal Magic
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“She was unstoppable. Not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.”
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~ Beau Tapli
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“You define beauty for yourself, society doesn’t define your beauty.”
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~ Unknown
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“But sometimes your light attracts moths and your warmth attracts parasites. Protect your space and energy.”

~ Warsan Shire
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“You are made out of comets and stars.Do not surround yourself with those that treat you like dirt and dust.”
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~ the-healing-nest.tumblr.com
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“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story,

leave.
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~ Mo Willems
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It’s one of my theories that when people give you advice, they’re really just talking to themselves in the past.”
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~ Mark Epstein
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“I know it’s tempting to crawl back into that hole you spent most of your life in but please don’t do it. Don’t crawl in the darkness when you were always born to dance in the light.”
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~ Dele Olanubi
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My heroes had a heart
To live the life I wanna live
And all I remember is thinking
I wanna be like them
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~ Gnarls Barkley
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“Time spent laughing is time well spent.”
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~ Grandmother, Wink! The Ninja Who Wanted to be Seen
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“My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.”
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~ Peter Golkin

“A book is like the Tardis. It’s bigger on the inside.”
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~ Unknown
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“The bottom line is, what defines you isn’t how many times you crash, but the number of times you get back on the bike.”
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~ Sarah Dessen
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“Gliding down the bike path on a Saturday morning, you whip by somebody peddling in the opposite direction and give each other a nod. For a moment it’s like, ‘Hey, we’re both doing the same thing. Let’s be friends for a second.”
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~ Neil Pasricha, The Book of Awesome
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“I’d learned that it’s not just where you go, but how you choose to get there. So I pulled that sign of the green bike – ENJOY YOUR RIDE! – and went inside to take the first step toward doing just that.”
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~ Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride
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“I don’t just love riding my bike. I love being on a bike. And being.”
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~ John Strickland
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“Maybe it was true, and being a girl could be about interest rates and skinny jeans, riding bikes and wearing pink. Not about any one thing, but everything.”
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~ Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride
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Randy:
“I don’t like working with people I don’t know.
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Steele:
Hmmm, let’s see…I cried when Ole Yeller died, but I was young back then. I have a scar on my knee from when Willie Durante knocked me off my bike when I was seven. I beat the shit out of him later, then took his bike and sold it at a pawnshop. Oh, and my favorite color is pink…it’s really soothing.”
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~ Steele, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Bad Attitude
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“She wanted to go back. She wanted to be a little girl again, the one who thought getting high meant being pushed on the swing and pain was falling off her bike.”
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~ Amy Zhang, Falling into Place
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“We parked our bikes on verges so they could graze.”
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~ Roddy Doyle, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
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“Teacher: If you receive £12 from 5 people, what do you get? Pupil: A new bike!”
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~ John Jester, 99 School Jokes: School Jokes for Kids
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“Maybe it was true, and being a girl could be about interest rates and skinny jeans, riding bikes and wearing pink. Not about any one thing, but everything.”
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~ Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride
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Your bike is discovery; your bike is freedom. It doesn’t matter where you are, when you’re on the saddle, you’re taken away.”
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~ Doug Donaldson
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“Of course we did other things too. We walked. We talked. We rode bikes.
Though I had my driver’s license, I bought a cheap secondhand bicycle so
I could ride with her. Sometimes she led the way, sometimes I did. Whenever
we could, we rode side by side.
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~ Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

“When i was a little boy i had a red bike, every night when I went to bed I begged God to give my bike wings so that in the morning, I could fly away. Every morning I’d crawl out of bed and run straight to the garage to see if he answered my prayers. I still have the bike. It’s more rusted than red now. But I still check. Everyday.”
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~ Tarryn Fisher, Mud Vein
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“The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.”
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~ Christopher Morley, Parnassus on Wheels
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“It shouldn’t be a surprise—and it pleases me no end—that Beckett was an avid cyclist. “The bicycle is a great good,” he once wrote. “But it can turn nasty, if ill employed.”
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~ Bruce Weber, Life is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America
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“Get on your bikes and ride.”
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~ Freddy Mercury
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“But cycling is less a hobby than it is a discipline with the potential to transform you. It brings balance.”
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~ BikeSnobNYC, Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling
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“When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay’s call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead.”
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~ Diane Ackerman
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“When I began to read, I began to exist.”
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~ Walter Dean Myer
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“Reading is my super power.”
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~ Unknown
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“I was a shy girl, but when I read, I was adventurous. Books made me bolder.”
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~ Roxane Gay, The Books That Made Me Who I Am
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“Wicked people never have time for reading. It’s one of the reasons for their wickedness.”
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~ Lemony Snicket
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“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”
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~ Nora Ephron
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“Through these mornings
I wish books loved back.”
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~ Sandra Cisneros, Bay Poem from Berkely
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“When I walk through a library or a book store, I always touch the books that I’ve read. It is my way of giving my favorite characters a high five.”
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~ someecards
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“A book is a magic carpet that flies you off elsewhere. A book is a door. You open it. You step through.”
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~ Jeanette Winterson