“Tears unnumbered ye shall shed; and the Valar will fence Valinor against you, and shut you out, so that not even the echo of your lamentation shall pass over the mountains. On the House of Fëanor the wrath of the Valar left from the West unto the uttermost East, and upon all who follow them it shall be laid also. Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue. To evil end shall all things turn that they begin well; and by treason of kin unto kin, and the fear of treason, shall this come to pass. The Dispossessed shall they be for ever.”
-Mandos (The Silmarillion)
“Peace is a dream, and not even a good one; war is a link in God’s world order. War develops the noblest human virtues … Without war the world would degenerate into a swamp of materialism.”
-Field Marshal Helmut von Moltke (1800-1891), Prussian war hound and member of the General Staff.
“Again she fled, but swift he came.
He called her by her elvish name;
And there she halted listening.
One moment stood she, and a spell
His voice laid on her: Beren came,
And doom fell on Tinúviel
That in his arms lay glistening.”
-The Lay of Luthien (The Fellowship Of The Ring)
“Video games are not sinful, they’re just stupid. They’re stupid in this way. Young, particularly men—and women are joining it—they want to get on a team, be part of a kingdom, conquer a foe, win a great, epic battle, and they do it with their thumbs, AND IT DOESN’T EVEN COUNT! You want to do something? Get off the couch, unplug the electronics, give your life to Jesus, find some other guys, and do something that actually matters. Leave a legacy for women, children, generations, not just the high score on some stupid game.”
-Mark Driscoll (Pastor and Founder of Mars Hill Church)
“…Farewel happy Fields
Where joy for ever dwells: Hail horrours, hail
Infernal world, and thou profoundest Hell
Receive thy new Possessor: One who brings
A mind not to be chang’d by Place or Time.
The mind is its own place, and in it self
Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.”
-Paradise Lost 1.249-255
“Can you justify this donkey?”
-Unnamed literary professor during a needlessly complex discussion on the Kantian ‘Sublime’.
“HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
“Some day, Locke Lamora,” he said, “some day, you’re going to f**k up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee. And I just hope I’m still around to see it.”
“Oh please,” said Locke. “It’ll never happen.”
―The Lies of Locke Lamora
“If God had wanted us to be concerned for the plight of the toads, he would have made them cute and furry.”