Quotes

There are certain quotes from books or songs that I love.  Sometimes, I don’t even know why.  I just know that I love them.  So I’m rounding up all my favorites and putting them here.

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“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” – J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead.  Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow.  Just walk beside me and be my friend.”- Albert Camus

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“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost

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“If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” – Virginia Woolf

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“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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“I love mankind, it’s people I can’t stand.” – Charles M. Schulz

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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

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“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” – André Gide

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“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde

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“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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“If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston S. Churchill

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“When people make a contract with the devil and give him an air-conditioned office to work in, he doesn’t go back home easily.” – James Lee Burke, In the Electric Mist With the Confederate Dead

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“All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king.” – J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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His descriptions take me back to my home state, no matter where I happen to be.

Oak, cypress, and willow trees lined the two-lane road; the mist still clung like torn cotton to the half-submerged dead tree trunks back in the marsh; the canebrakes were thick and green, shining in the light, and the lily pads clustered along the bayou’s banks were bursting with flowers, audibly popping, their leaves covered with drops of quicksilver.  The bream and bass were still feeding in the shadows close to the cypress roots; egrets were nesting in the sand where the sun had risen above the tree line, and occasionally a heron would lift from its feeding place on the edge of the cattails and glide on gilded wings down the long ribbon of brown water through a corridor of trees. – James Lee Burke, The Neon Rain

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“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one  which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

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“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Albert Einstein

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“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” – Galadriel, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (film)

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New Orleans would always be New Orleans, no matter if it had gone under the waves, no matter if cynical and self-serving politicians had left the people of the lower Ninth Ward to drown.  New Orleans was a song and a state of mind and a party that never ended, and those who did not understand that simple fact should have to get passports to enter the city. – James Lee Burke, Creole Belle

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“Age is a peculiar kind of thief. It slips up on you and steps inside your skin and is so quiet and methodical in its work that you never realize it has stolen your youth until you look into the mirror one morning and see a man you don’t recognize.” – James Lee Burke, Creole Belle

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I love this scene from The Return of the King.

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“There are really only two positions one can take toward anything in life: hope or fear.  Hope strengthens, fear kills.” – Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever 

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