Friday, January 22, 2010

"Marilla, isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"

-- Lucy Maude Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables

A much beloved quotation-- because there is no-one who hasn't experienced what Anne has experienced in those days with mistakes in! --Donna Farley

Thursday, January 21, 2010

"It was a dark and stormy night."

I know-- you think this is Bulwer-Lytton-- and it is.

But it's also Madeleine' L'Engle's opening line for her Newbery-winning book A Wrinkle in Time

I remember being sucked into this scene, with a vividly-realized storm around the Murry house and Meg coming down to the kitchen for cocoa. Meeting the fascinating characters....L'Engle deliberately took a famous cliche to open her book, and got away with it. -- Donna Farley

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What a fun blog! Here's one of my favorites:

“It’s VERY provoking,” Humpty Dumpty said after a long silence, looking away from Alice as he spoke, “to be called an egg – VERY!”
from Lewis Carroll's THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, Chapter VI: Humpty Dumpty

-- Deborah Freedman

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Another quote that I love, and which I carry around in my teacher plan book and post in my office at home is from Harry Potter 7 Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling:

Dumbledore: "Of course it is happening in your head, Harry, but why on Earth should that mean it's not real?"
Liana Mahoney

Monday, January 18, 2010

"Oh, doak! Grimhounds! Bad! Eyes of fire and teeth of razor blades!"
"What should I do about them?"
"Not be here?"

--Terry Pratchett, Wee Free Men

Possibly words to live by. :-)-- Colleen Cahill