Quotes Wall: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman


 

Then Lyra gave a cry so passionate that even in that muffled, mist-hung world it raised an echo, but of course it wasn’t an echo, it was the other part of her crying in turn from the land of the living as Lyra moved away into the land of the dead. “My heart, Will …” she groaned, and clung to him, her wet face contorted with pain. And thus the prophecy that the Master of Jordan College had made to the Librarian, that Lyra would make a great betrayal and it would hurt her terribly, was fulfilled.

 

“We are all subject to the fates. But we must all act as if we are not,” said the witch, “or die of despair.” 

 

“I told him I was going to betray you, and betray Lyra, and he believed me because I was corrupt and full of wickedness…. I wanted him to find no good in me and he didn’t. There is none. But I love Lyra. Where did this love come from? I don’t know; it came to me like a thief in the night, and now I love her so much my heart is bursting with it. All I could hope was that my crimes were so monstrous that the love was no bigger than a mustard seed in the shadow of them, and I wished I’d committed even greater ones to hide it more deeply still…”

 

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

The intentions of a tool are what it does. A hammer intends to strike, a vise intends to hold fast, a lever intends to lift. They are what it is made for. But sometimes a tool may have other uses that you don’t know. Sometimes in doing what you intend, you also do what the knife intends, without knowing.

 

“For a human being, nothing comes naturally,” said Grumman. “We have to learn everything we do.”

– quotes from “His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman

 


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Quotes Wall: Albert Camus


 

I knew a man who gave twenty years of his life to a scatterbrained woman, sacrificing everything to her, his friendships, his work, the very respectability of his life and who one evening recognized that he had never loved her. He had been bored, thats all, bored like most people. Hence he had made himself out of whole cloth a life full of complications and drama. Something must happen and that explains most human commitments. Something must happen even loveless slavery, even war or death. 

 

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.

 

We don’t have the time to completely be ourselves. We only have the room to be happy.

 

Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.

 

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.

 

People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.

 

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

 

At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman.

 

Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.

 

– quotes by Albert Camus

 


Maleficent: the lost wings of Disney

It has been some years now since Disney has started producing new movies retelling the stories from their animated film. I have been mostly disappointed with those, but Maleficent stands proud among the others.

The idea of showing Maleficent as a hero rather than a villain is a nice one, it is nice to see the story from a completely different prospective. And Angelina Jolie’s performance was simply stunning.

Maleficent is a good fairy at the beginning, she foolishly trusts the boy she fell for and is betrayed by him. At first her crime is only defending her home, but after the horrible betrayal she seeks revenge and her magic turns dark.

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Quotes Wall: Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach


 

Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect. -And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.

 

Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.

 

“Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip,” Jonathan would say, other times, “is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too.”

 

He was not bone and feather but a perfect idea of freedom and flight, limited by nothing at all.

 

You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.

 

To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.

 

You have to practice and see the real gull, the good in every one of them, and to help them see it in themselves.
That’s what I mean by love.

 

Overcome space, and all we have left is Here.
Overcome time, and all we have left is Now.

 

We choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.

 

– quotes from “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach

 


Quotes Wall: Emily Dickinson


 

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – Too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!

 

He who weigheth – While the Rest –
Expend their furthest pound –
Of this Man – I am wary –
I fear that He is Grand

 

Assent – and you are sane –
Demur – you’re straightway dangerous –
And handled with a Chain

 

That I did always love
I bring thee Proof
That till I loved
I never lived – Enough –

That I shall love alway –
I argue thee
That love is life –
And life hath Immortality

 

Surrender – is a sort unknown 

 

‘Tis not that Dying hurts us so –
‘This Living – hurts us more

 

The Bravest – grope a little –
And sometimes hit a Tree
Directly in the Forehead –
But as they learn to see

Either the Darkness alters –
Or something in the sight
Adjusts itself to Midnight –
And Life steps almost straight.

 

I can wade Grief –
Whole Pools of it –
I’m used to that –
But the least push of Joy
Breaks up my feet –
And I tip – drunken

 

Wild Nights – Wild Nights!
Were I with thee
Wild Nights should be
Our luxury!

 

Artist – who drew me so –
Must tell!

 

– quotes from poems by Emily Dickinson

 


 

Quotes Wall: Hymns to the night by Novalis


 

I live through each day,
Filled with faith and desire;
And die when the Night comes
In heaven−born fire.

 

I turn aside to the holy, the inexpressible, the mysterious Night.

 

To the Light is its period allotted; but beyond time and space is the empire of the Night.

 

In Death, eternal Life hath been revealed:
And thou art Death, by thee we first are healed.

 

Soft is the end as the lyre’s mournful trembling.
Remembrance fades i’ the gloom a shadow throws:
So sang the song, a dreadful doom dissembling.
Yet undefined remained eternal Night,
The stern reminder of some distant might.

 

– quotes from “Hymns to the night” by Novalis

 


Quotes Wall: Bukowski Part 2


 

the gods are done with me and them and this,
the last useless word looking for a place to die.

 

I climbed off a park bench to engage the giants of
literature in battle. 
I lived with women madder than the gods
themselves. 

I lived on a candy bar a day. 
I was engaging the giants of literature. 
the ladies descended like locusts. 
I threw people off my front porch. 
I was engaging the giants. 
the giants were not aware of this. 
only I was aware. 
I climed off the park bench to engage the giants of
literature. 

I didn’t think that they were all that good. 

tell me, do you?

 

this darkness shakes me like a dirty rag!
human waste on parade throughout the
centuries!
why am I the last one alive?
there’s no answer to
that. 

 

for want of something to do
we keep slaying our small dragons
as the big one waits. 

 

it has to be madness, 
it was always
madness,
this endless search for the
ultimate
truth that
still can’t be
stopped.

 

about
our argument tonight
whatever it was
about
and
no matter
how unhappy
it made us
feel 
remember that
there is a
cat
somewhere
adjusting to the
space of itself
with a delightful
grace 
in other words
magic persists
without us
no matter what
we may try to do
to spoil it.

 

the last war will be one man sitting in a chair laughing at it all. 

 

– Quotes from “Bone Palace Ballet: new poems” by Charles Bukowski