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J.R.R. Tolkien

“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 for ever beyond its reach” (the Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien).

J.R.R. Tolkien

“But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them” (The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien).

Timothy Keller

“the essence of sin is not wanting things that are bad, but rather wanting things too badly.”

C.S. Lewis

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us” (C.S. Lewis).

Charles Bukowski

“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us” (Charles Bukowski, an atheist).

Terry Tempest Williams

“Art, by its nature, is expressive and creates this emotional reaction in the public. When my eyes are turned upward and inward at the same time, this is where I find my depth” (Finding Beauty in a Broken World, Terry Tempest Williams).

C.S. Lewis

“To love at all is to be vulnerable, love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make of keeping it intact… you must give your heart to no one not even an animal… lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—It will change, it will not be broken it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable” (C.S. Lewis, the Four Loves).