Monday, 15 January 2018

Quote of the week

"Life isn't a fairy story with a happy ending. It's for real and you do the best you can."

Joyce Stranger in Walk a Lonely Road

Monday, 8 January 2018

Quote of the week

“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."

J.R.R. Tolkien

Monday, 1 January 2018

Quote of the week

"And that quote, The only disability in life is a bad attitude, the reason that’s bullshit is because it’s just not true, because of the social model of disability. You know, no amount of smiling at a flight of stairs has ever made it turn into a ramp. Never. Smiling at a television screen isn’t going to make closed captions appear for people who are deaf. No amount of standing in the middle of a bookshop and radiating a positive attitude is going to turn all those books into Braille. It’s just not going to happen."

Stella Young

Monday, 25 December 2017

Quote of the week

"Fearing, you climbed the Mountain. Fearing, you faced its dangers. And fearing, you went on. That is real bravery, Rowan. Only fools do not fear."

Emily Rodda in Rowan of Rin

Monday, 18 December 2017

Quote of the week

"Me job as lookout allowed me to watch all kinds of people: poor, well off, and bloody rich. ... First-class passengers ain't so different from the second-class or the third. They all use the loo. They all go in to dinner. They all laugh and cry. They all have a future. They all have a plan. They all hold hands with their little ones."

Allan Wolf in The Watch That Ends the Night

Monday, 11 December 2017

Quote of the week

“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness.” 

Terry Pratchett in Men at Arms

Monday, 4 December 2017

Quote of the week

"Courage is not something you have, like a sum of money, more or less in a pouch - it cannot be lost, like money spilling out. Courage is inherent in all creatures; it is the quality that keeps them alive, because they endure."

Elizabeth Moon in Oath of Gold