Quote of the Day – January 8

“When a child first catches adults out – when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just – his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child’s world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing.”

~John Steinbeck, East of Eden (1952)

Quote of the Day – January 7

“Oh, if only I could put things into words as I see them! Mr Carpenter says, “Strive- strive- keep on- words are your medium- make them your slaves- until they will say for you what you want them to say!” That is true, and I do try, but it seems to me there is something beyond words- any words- all words- something that always escapes you when you try to grasp it- and yet leaves something in your hand which you wouldn’t have had if you hadn’t reached for it– Oh, that ‘random word’- that is that Something that escapes me. I am always listening for it- my ear isn’t attuned to it- but I am sure I hear at times a little, faint, far-off echo of it- and it makes me feel a delight that is like pain and a  despair of ever being able to translate its beauty into any words I know.”

~L. M. Montgomery, Emily Climbs (1925)

 

 

Quote of the Day – January 6

In the evening, Alice sat on her grandfather’s knee and listened to his stories of faraway places. When he had finished, Alice would say, “When I grow up, I too will go to faraway places, and when I grow old, I too will live beside the sea.”

“That is all very well, little Alice,” said her grandfather, “but there is a third thing you must do.”

“What is that?” asked Alice

“You must do something to make the world more beautiful,” said her grandfather.

~Barbara Cooney, Miss Rumphius  (1982)