Previous "Quotes of the Week" ~ 2005

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"I will honor Christmas in my heart
and try to keep it all the year."

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843)


"The worship most acceptable to God comes from
a thankful and cheerful heart."

~ Plutarch


"Mostly, we authors must repeat ourselves--that's the truth. We have two or three great and moving experiences in our lives--experiences so great and moving that it doesn't seem at the time that anyone else has been so caught up and pounded and dazzled and astonished and beaten and broken and rescued and illuminated and rewarded and humbled in just that way ever before.

"Then we learn our trade, well or less well, and we tell our two or three stories--each time in a new disguise--maybe ten times, maybe a hundred, as long as people will listen."

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, in his 1933 essay,
"One Hundred False Starts."


"Books are the greatest device for transporting you into another person's mind. Movies excel at depicting action with a bit of talk, theater excels at depicting talk with a bit of action, and radio is all talk. But books can take you deeper into people's thoughts and feelings than any other media.
Until we invent telepathy, books are our best choice for understanding the rest of humanity."

~ Christopher Paolini, home-schooled student and published author at age 17!
Author of New York Times Bestseller, ERAGON,
and this summer's hot new release, ELDEST
(beating J.K. Rowling's sales of the latest Harry Potter book).

CLICK HERE for the full interview at
For more info on this young author and the movie news of his first book,

(To honor those who bravely survived Katrina and Rita)

"Life is mostly froth and bubble;
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in anotherís trouble,
Courage in your own."

~ Adam Lindsay Gordon (d. 1870)


Click here to read a quote by Billy Graham's daughter, Anne Graham.
"Today, America remembers the tragic events and heroic efforts
that unfolded on the morning of September 11th, 2001."

Teacher Appreciation Week

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."

~ William Arthur Ward

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled,
but a fire to be ignited."

~ Plutarch

"Teach your children by what you are,
not just by what you say."

~ Jane Revell & Susan Norman

For Writers:

"Your characters should be
as smart as you are,
if not smarter."

~ Tina Fey, award-winning writer and actor for Saturday Night Live


"Good writing is a kind of skating
which carries off the performer
where he would not go."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


"All writing is communication;
creative writing is communication through revelation--
it is the Self escaping into the open.
No writer long remains incognito."

~ E.B. White


National Reading Week
"It is not true that we have only one life to live;
if we can read, we can live as many more lives
and as many kinds of lives as we wish."

~ S.I. Hayakawa (1906-1992), Canadian-born American philologist,
educator, author, and US Senator.


Regarding saving Terri Schindler Schiavo, a mentally disabled woman.
Decide for yourself. Click here for links about the case.

"It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do;
but what humanity, reason, and justice
tell me I ought to do."

~ Edmund Burke (1729-1797),
Second Speech on Conciliation, 1775


"This time, like all times,
is a very good one,
if we but know what to do with it."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Thinking is the activity I love best
and writing to me
is simply thinking through my fingers."

~ Isaac Asimov (1/2/20-4/6/92)


Kids Reads: What's a typical day like for you?

Kate DiCamillo: I get up. I drink a cup of coffee. I think, 'The last thing I want to do is write,' then I go to the computer and write. My goal is two pages a day, five days a week. I like that Dorothy Parker quote: 'I hate writing, I love having written.' I never want to write, but I'm always glad that I have done it. After I write, I go to work at the bookstore."

~ Interview with Newbery author Kate DiCamillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie


"There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle."

~ Albert Einstein

"Perseverance is a great element of success.
If you only knock long enough
and loud enough at the gate,
you are sure to wake up somebody."

-- H. W. Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

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