“Of all the inanimate objects, of all men’s creations, books are the nearest to us for they contain our very thoughts, our ambitions, our indignations, our illusions, our fidelity to the truth, and our persistent leanings to error. But most of all they resemble us in their precious hold on life.” — Joseph Conrad
A Wrinkle in Time, well worth two Newbery medals
Hermann Hesse and his watercolor painting
“My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel--it is, before all, to make you see.” ― Joseph Conrad
Kotaro Takamura (1883~1956), Japanese poet and sculptor at his home.
“The most outlandish people can be the stimulus for love … A most mediocre person can be the object of a love which is wild, extravagant, and beautiful as the poison lilies of the swamp. A good man may be the stimulus for a love both violent and debased, or a jabbering madman may bring about in the soul of someone a tender and simple idyll. Therefore, the value and quality of any love is determined solely by the lover himself [or herself]...It is for this reason that most of us would rather…
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” — Samuel Beckett
Shel Silverstein - I remember a boy who lived near by an sat next to me in class... Whenever we had to memorize a poem for class he would make us laugh by reciting one by Shel Silverstein. I liked that boy.