"He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sun rise."
— W. Blake
"I write a great many juvenile stories. I like doing these, but I should like it better if I didn’t have to drag a ‘moral’ into most of them. They won’t sell without it, as a rule. So in the moral must go, broad or subtle, as suits the fibre of the particular editor I have in view. The kind of juvenile story I like best to write — and read, too, for the matter of that — is a good, jolly one, ‘art for art’s sake’, or rather ‘fun for fun’s sake’, with no insidious moral hidden away in it like a pill in a spoonful of jam!"
— L.M. Montgomery, The Alpine Path
"The cheese-mites asked how the cheese got there,
And warmly debated the matter;
The Orthodox said that it came from the air,
And the Heretics said from the platter.
They argued it long and they argued it strong,
And I hear they are arguing now;
But of all the choice spirits who lived in the cheese,
Not one of them thought of a cow."
— Arthur Conan Doyle, Songs of Action
"WITTGENSTEIN says, ‘The world is all
that is the case.’ Once I wrote it: ‘The word
is all that is the case.’ (Also: ‘Pubic parks.’ Oh well.)"
— from Love, An Index by Rebecca Lindenberg
"Toys and games are the preludes to serious ideas."
"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all."
— Oscar Wilde [affirms Italo Calvino’s assertion that “the classics are those books about which you usually hear people saying: ‘I’m rereading…’, never ‘I’m reading…’”]
(Source: , via explore-blog)