Quotation of the Day

“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach…Now, for a moment, his own fate, and even his master’s, ceased to trouble him.”
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Quotation of the Day: The Ballad of the White Horse

“But you and all the kind of Christ
Are ignorant and brave,
And you have wars you hardly win
And souls you hardly save.

“I tell you naught for your comfort,
Yea, naught for your desire,
Save that the sky grows darker yet
And the sea rises higher.

“Night will be thrice night over you,
And Heaven an iron cope.
Do you have joy without a cause,
Yea, faith without a hope?”
-Book 1: The Vision of the King

Quotation of the Day

“Almost every man’s thoughts, while they are general, are right; and most hearts are pure while temptation is away. It is easy to awaken generous thoughts in privacy; to despise death when there is no danger; to glow with benevolence when there is nothing to be given. While such ideas are formed they are felt, and self-love does not suspect the gleam of virtue to be the meteor of fancy.”
-Dr. Johnson, The Life of Alexander Pope