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“Music is only love looking for words.”
― Lawrence Durrell

“Music is only love looking for words.”

― Lawrence Durrell

I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.

—Virginia Woolf

Memories fade but words hang around forever.

—Daniel H. Wilson, Robopocalypse

On The Closing of the Book | Donald Miller

"It’s a living book, this life;

     It folds out in a million settings, cast with a billion beautiful characters, and it is almost over for you. It doesn’t matter how old you are; it is coming to a close quickly, and soon the credits will roll and all your friends will fold out of your funeral and drive back to their homes in cold and still and silence. And they will make a fire and pour some wine and think about how you once were … and feel a kind of sickness at the idea you never again will be.

So soon you will be in that part of the book where you are holding the bulk of the pages in your left hand, and only a thin wisp of the story in your right. You will know by the page count, not by the narrative, that the Author is wrapping things up. You begin to mourn its ending, and want to pace yourself slowly toward its closure, knowing the last lines will speak of something beautiful, of the end of something long and earned, and you hope the thing closes out like last breaths, like whispers about how much and who the characters have come to love, and how authentic the sentiments feel when they have earned a hundred pages of qualification.

And so my prayer is that your story will have involved some leaving and some coming home, some summer and some winter, some roses blooming out like children in a play. My hope is your story will be about changing, about getting something beautiful born inside of you, about learning to love a woman or a man, about learning to love a child, about moving yourself around water, around mountains, around friends, about learning to love others more than we love ourselves, about learning oneness as a way of understanding God. We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and the resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn’t it?”

Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road

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"Hang in there."

Now I’m sure many many many of you have noticed how Anna looks at Kristoff when he brings her back to the castle. Well I have two main things to say about that.

First, she’s actually opening her eyes. She’s feeling weak. She has her eyes closed. Kristoff probably told her to get some rest and that he’d take care of everything. But right after he puts his hat on her head, she looks at him and smiles. Do you know how many muscles it takes to smile or open your eyes? More then you would think. And she’s weak. She’s actually freezing to death, but she makes herself get a last glimpse of him, because she knows he will keep her safe.

Second, I just want to talk about how she looks at him. It’s a very slight smile, but a very genuine one. She barely opens her eyes because she is weak, and her eyebrows are slightly arched up. Why? She’s pleasantly surprised. This is probably the first time in a very long time that someone has gone to these lengths to keep her safe (that she knows of, may I add, because Elsa has also been trying to keep her safe). She’s never really knew what it was like to really feel protected. Feel like no matter what happens, she will be okay.

And Kristoff being there, doing his all to protect her, it’s better than any fairy tale prince she’s heard about.

(via capturedinpages)

siminiblocker:

New Goodreads illustration! There is supposedly a downloadable poster version they’ll be releasing as well, so keep and eye on their site, if you’re a teacher or librarian or someone who likes books. 
Also, Happy National Library Week!
Wow, I love libraries. 

siminiblocker:

New Goodreads illustration! There is supposedly a downloadable poster version they’ll be releasing as well, so keep and eye on their site, if you’re a teacher or librarian or someone who likes books. 

Also, Happy National Library Week!

Wow, I love libraries. 

(via compelledbybooks)

We learn words by rote, but not their meaning; that must be paid for with our life-blood, and printed in the subtle fibres of our nerves.

—George Eliot, The Lifted Veil

And all the best words together couldn’t hold the happiness.

—Katherine Hannigan, Emmaline and the Bunny