Quote for Today: Jenny Downham

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“It comes and goes. People think if you’re sick you become fearless and brave, but you don’t. Most of the time it’s like being stalked by a psycho, like I might get shot any second. But sometimes I forget for hours.”
“What makes you forget?”
“People. Doing stuff. When I was with you in the wood, I forgot for a whole afternoon.”

Jenny Downham, Before I Die

Image: Holding On (Father and son), Public Domain Image via U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Quote for Today: Amy Neftzger

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Quests are a huge inconvenience. Don’t let anyone tell you differently, even if that person has experience. The problem is that people forget the pain and aggravation as soon as the quest ends successfully, and then they remember only the glorious parts. In this way quests are a bit like childbirth, even to the point of saying that quests often give birth to glory. Maybe.
Amy Neftzger, The Orphanage of Miracles

Image: Sir Galahad, the Quest for the Holy Grail by Arthur Hughes, 1870

Quote for Today: Alain de Botton

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We depend on our surroundings obliquely to embody the moods and ideas we respect and then to remind us of them. We look to our buildings to hold us, like a kind of psychological mould, to a helpful vision of ourselves. We arrange around us material forms which communicate to us what we need — but are at constant risk of forgetting what we need — within. We turn to wallpaper, benches, paintings and streets to staunch the disappearance of our true selves.

Alain de BottonThe Architecture of Happiness
Image: Home at Hollyhock © Gerry Thomasen with CCLicense

Quote for Today: Daphne du Maurier

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We can never go back again, that much is certain. The past is still close to us. The things we have tried to forget and put behind us would stir again, and that sense of fear, of furtive unrest, struggling at length to blind unreasoning panic – now mercifully stilled, thank God – might in some manner unforeseen become a living companion as it had before.

Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
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Quote for Today: Beryl Markham

Earth_from_SpaceOne day the stars will be as familiar to each man as the landmarks, the curves, and the hills on the road that leads to his door, and one day this will be an airborne life. But by then men will have forgotten how to fly; they will be passengers on machines whose conductors are carefully promoted to a familiarity with labelled buttons, and in whose minds knowledge of the sky and the wind and the way of weather will be extraneous as passing fiction.
― Beryl MarkhamWest with the Night
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