A wise man, or a mad one depending on how you look at these things, once said that flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. It must be to this end that I keep throwing myself forward. Has anyone else tried this? Did you have any success?
If you had a bad Valentine’s day or someone has asked you why you’re not planning to get married recently, quote Montaigne and fly free, little bird, fly free!
Happy Valentine’s Day Kiddiewinks! A little while ago I got to thinking about nostalgia, and why it is the books and songs that we like as teenagers seem to stick in our minds more than anything we read or hear before or afterwards. I read an article which claimed that it was something to do with the teenage brain not being fully developed which is why teenagers are also inclined to take more risks or something… I preferred to think that my teenage self was free from cynicism and charmingly convinced of my own immortality, but never mind…
Whatever the reason, you can’t deny that books aimed at young adults (and I include crossover books here) have some great quotes about love, the nature of love and what it feels like to be in love and since this Valentine’s I have mostly decided not to be a grumpy cynic, I thought I would share my ten favourite with you now:
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I think that this opening to Under Milk Wood, written as a play for voices by my country man Dylan Thomas, is one of the finest pieces of description in the English language. I wish I’d had room to add the next section about “Young girls lie bedded soft or glide in their dreams, with rings and trousseaux, bridesmaided by glow-worms down the aisles of the organplaying wood. The boys are dreaming wicked or of the bucking ranches of the night and the jollyrogered sea.” but then I wouldn’t have been able to fit in my favourite wordplay”sloeblack, slow black” so I had to cut it.
Dylan Thomas was born today in 1914, and you have to admit, he wrote some incredibly beautiful literature in his short life.
After watching Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing the other day I had to share this quote from the full text (by William Shakespeare) which was cut from it. I love that for so much of the play she rejects the idea of marriage because she enjoys her independence and doesn’t think that any man can match her wit.
I love that the Alice in Wonderland Memorial Statue for Margarita Delacorte in Central Park is intended for children to play on, it’s incredibly charming, having been polished smooth by children’s hands since it arrived in the park in 1959, and you can understand why it’s such a popular landmark to photograph.
However, something that you never seem to see is the beautiful quotations around the base of the statue, which were perhaps my favourite thing about it:
I found the last one really moving, it’s the dedication from the husband of the woman who the statue is dedicated to. I wish I could find out a bit more about her, this is just so beautiful. The kind of memorial you’d want if you could choose.
C.S. Lewis is often quoted as saying, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” I’m sure this is a feeling many of his readers share. Though I would have to adapt it to include books, tea and biscuits. So include something about not being able to find a packet of jammy dodgers big enough and that will make the famous quote Siobhan specific.