Skinny Love cover by Birdy. (original artist: Bon Iver)
“From that moment on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again.”
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
Quote about Francie —- one of my all time favorite characters.
“We swung over the hills and over the town and back again, and I saw how a man can be master of a craft, and how a craft can be master of an element. I saw the alchemy of perspective reduce my world, and all my other life, to grains in a cup. I learned to watch, to put my trust in other hands than mine. And I learned to wander. I learned what every dreaming child needs to know — that no horizon is so far that you cannot get above it or beyond it.”
- Beryl Markham, West With the Night
“My spirit. This is a new thought. I’m not sure exactly what it means, but it suggests I’m a fighter. In a sort of brave way. It’s not as if I’m never friendly. Okay, maybe I don’t go around loving everybody I meet, maybe my smiles are hard to come by, but i do care for some people.” - Katniss Everdeen. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
(photo from the film. actress: Jennifer Lawrence)
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Brandi Carlile. Fantastically talented musician. Saw her on tour with Ray LaMontagne last summer (caught her guitar pick! wahoo!!!). Brilliant. Fell in love with her first album 6 years ago. Have been a fan ever since.
“The thing about life is that you must survive. Life is going to be difficult, and dreadful things will happen. What you do is move along, get on with it, and be tough. Not in the sense of being mean to others, but being tough with yourself and making a deadly effort not to be defeated.”