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My name is Erica.

It's not about me.

I love Jesus more than anything or anyone.

I'm a small town girl.

I love to laugh.

I love the smell of laundry.

I eat apples with a knife.

I love to cook. I'll cook anything you like.

I think everyone should read one of John Dufresne's books. He's a beautiful writer.

I love to read. And drink tea. Preferably at the same time.

Old music from the 60s and 70s is the best. Though I do like The Killers, too.

I grew up on the Gulf Coast.

I speak French. I'm learning Irish.

I really like sports. Especially basketball. And football.

If you put God first, you will never be able to count all of His blessings.

If you ever want to talk, I'm here.

God has a purpose and a plan for my life. He will never forget me or leave me behind. He loves me, absolutely loves me. I am loved, cherished, valued. I am a daughter of the King!

How fantastic is it to know He loves you just as much?!

I am excited for the future, whatever it may bring, because I know You are with me.

God is Love

I want to travel. There are so many places I want to visit. My short list (it has just countries):
Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Wales

These are my favorite quotes.

"Have you ever/Walked through a room/But it was more like the room/Passed around you/Like there was a leash/Around your neck that pulled you through/Have you ever/Been at some place/Recognizing everybody's face/Until you realized/That there was no one there you knew/Well I know/Some days my soul's confined/And out of mind/Sleep forever/Some day I'll get it straight/But not today/Have you ever"

"Still lookin' for that/Blue jean baby queen/Prettiest girl I've ever seen/See her shake on the movie screen"

"Now I understand/What you tried to say/To me/And how you suffered for your sanity/And how you tried to set them free/They would not listen/They did not know how/Perhaps they'll listen now"

"And the sign said/'Everybody welcome/Come in, kneel down and pray'/But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all/I didn't have a penny to pay/So I got me a pen and a paper/And I made up my own little sign/I said, 'Thank you, Lord, for thinkin' 'bout me/I'm alive and doin' fine'"

"Sunshine go away today/I don't feel much like dancin'/Some man's gone/He's tryin' to run my life/Don't know what he's askin'/He can't even run his own life/I'll be damned if he'll run mine"

"You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek. But first, first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril. Mm-hmm. You shall see thangs, wonderful to tell. You shall see a, a cow, on the roof of a cotton house, ha. And, oh, so many startlements. I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the obstacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward. Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation."

"Yeah, well, sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand."

"What we have here is a failure to communicate."

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you."

"This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will. Before God I swear this creed: my rifle and myself are defenders of my country, we are the masters of my enemy, we are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace. Amen."

"Anybody can see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl she used to be. A great artist can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is... and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be."

"They'd rather be alive than free, I guess. Poor dumb bastards."

"Faith is like a glass of water. When you're young, the glass is small, and it's easy to fill up. But the older you get, the bigger the glass gets, and the same amount of liquid doesn't fill it anymore. Periodically, the glass has to be refilled."
"You're saying I need to get filled?"
"In more ways than one."

"You place too much importance... on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!"

"All are doomed to love/All are doomed to die"

"She's hanging all her hopes on the stars"

"'My mistress's eyes are nothing like the sun. Coral is far more red than her lips. If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun. If hair be wires, black wires grow on her head. I have seen roses damasked, red and white, but no such roses see I in her cheeks. And in some perfumes there is more delight, that in the breath from my mistress reeks. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know that music hath a far more pleasing sound. I grant I never saw a goddess go... my mistress when she walks treads on the ground. And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare as any she belied with false compare.' What kind of girl is Shakespeare describing here? Is she, is she the most beautiful girl?"
"Is she a goddess? Physically perfect? The kind of girl who.. uh.. stops traffic when she walks down the street?"
"So, he's... not in love with her?"
"Yeah. He is."
"Well, why is that? Why is her in love with her?"
"She's not just a fantasy. She's got, like flaws. She's real."
"Thank you."

"One of these days, everyone's gonna pay attention to me. Because I'm gonna fly, too."

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."

"Most people can't think, most of the remainder won't think, the small fraction who do think mostly can't do it very well. The extremely tiny fraction who think regularly, accurately, creatively, and without self-delusion--in the long run these are the only people who count."

"I'm gonna take these broken wings/And learn to fly/And learn to fly away"

"Feelings/Nothing more than feelings/Trying to forget my/Feelings of hate"

"Goin' to the chapel/And we're gonna get married"

"There's a calm surrender to the rush of day/When the heat of the rolling world can be turned away/An enchanted moment, and it sees me through/It's enough for this restless warrior just to be with you"

"A bullet had found him/His blood ran out as he cried/No money could save him/So he laid down and died/Ooh, what a lucky man he was"

"Blue jean baby/LA lady/Seamstress for the band/Pretty eyed/Pirate smile/You'll marry a music man/Ballerina/You must have seen/Her dancing in the sand"

"Even though I know how very far apart we are/It helps to think we might be wishing underneath the same bright star"

"It's a marvelous night for a moondance/A fantabulous night to make romance"

"You are the Dancing Queen/Young and sweet/Only seventeen/Dancing Queen/Feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah/You can dance/You can jive/Having the time of your life/See that girl/Watch that scene/Dig in the Dancing Queen"

"You're one in a million/You're once in a lifetime/You made me discover one of the stars above us"

"Before you accuse me/Take a look at yourself"

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end"

"If we weren't all crazy we'd all go insane"

"I'm proud to be an American/Where at least I know I'm free/And I won't forget the men who died/Who gave that right to me/And I proudly stand up/Next to you/And defend her still today"

"Sorry seems to be the hardest word"

"Just slip out the back, Jack/Make a new plan, Stan/You don't need to be coy, Roy/Just get yourself free/Hop on the bus, Gus/You don't need to discuss much/Just drop off the key, Lee/And get yourself free"

"I want you to want me/I need you to need me/I'd love you to love me"

"He that does not know love does not know God; for God is love."

"You don't have to be old to be wise"

"All that we got here is American made/It's a little bit cheesy, but it's nicely displayed"

"Holidays and salad days/And days of moldy mayonnaise/Caress me/Caress me/Caress me Aunt Jemima"

"Once upon a time I was falling in love/Now I'm only falling apart/Nothing I can do/A total eclipse of the heart"

"The words of the prophets/Are written on the subway walls/And tenement halls/And whisper'd in the sounds of silence"

"You don't tug on Superman's cape/You don't spit into the wind/You don't pull on the mask of old Lone Ranger/And you don't mess around with Jim"

"We're just two lost souls/Swimming in a fish bowl/Year after year"

"Now I'm steppin' into the Twilight Zone/This is a madhouse/Feels like being home/My feet they can't move/Under moon and star/Where am I to go/Now that I've gone too far/You will come to know/When the bullet hits the bone"

"We've got a thing that's called Radar Love/We've got a light in the sky"

"You take it on the run baby/If that's the way you want it baby/Then I don't want you around/I don't believe it/Not for a minute/You're under the gun so you take it on the run"

"Burn out the day/Burn out the night/I can't see no reason to put up a fight/I'm living for givin' the devil his due/And I'm burnin'/I'm burnin'/I'm burnin' for you/I'm burnin'/I'm burnin'/I'm burnin' for you"

"Come on baby...don't fear the reaper/Baby take my hand...don't fear the reaper/We'll be able to fly...don't fear the reaper"

"Everybody wants to be loved/Every once in a while/We all need someone to hold on to/Just like a helpless child yeah/Can you whisper in my ear/Let me know it's alright/It's been a long time coming down this road/And now I know/What I've been waiting for/And like a lonely highway/I'm trying to get home/Ooo loves been a long time coming/You can look for a lifetime/You can love for a day/You can think you got everything/But everything is nothing when you throw it away/Yeah then you look in my eyes/And I have it all/Once again"

"And when he speaks to you believe in him/Though his voice may shatter your dreams/As the north wind lays waste the garden/For even as love crowns you/So shall he crucify you/Even as he is for your growth/So is he for your pruning"

"I love you/I love every little thing about you/Your sexy smile, the sound of your voice/The magic in your eyes/I love your gentle touch/And the warmth I feel at your side/I love dreaming about you/I love discovering you and letting go with you/I love each and every/Once-in-a-lifetime moment I share with you"

"Real love hurts/Real love makes you totally vulnerable and open/Real love will take you far beyond yourself/Therefore real love will devastate you/If love does not shatter you/You do not know love"

"I proceeded to take that mitten full of the deadly yellow snow crystals and rub it all into his beady little eyes with a vigorous circular motion"

"Tosses her head and flips her hair/She got a whole bunch of nothing in there"

"What kind of man can name a child Moon Unit?"

"Environmental laws were not passed to protect our air and water, they were passed to get votes"

"I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but by Me."

"I guess that's why they call it the blues/Time on my hands/Could be time spent with you"

"Stop insulting our intelligence! President Bush says he wants to put an end to wildfires by 'forest thinning,' which is just code for 'logging.' Basically, he wants to prevent forest fires by chopping down all trees. It's an idea he and Dick Cheney came up with while working on another program: eliminating shark attacks through oil tanker spills."

"Look, I'm firmly against taxing fast food. Your fat ass is your fault. And I don't understand all this Atkins and South Beach Diet crap. A diet book should have two pages in it: 'Page 1 – Eat right. Page 2 – Exercise. Acknowledgements: My common sense.' But I'm also a firm believer that it's time that we, as a nation, reduced McDonald's to one of those run-down scary-looking franchises in a bad neighborhood that you would never even think of going into. Like Popeye's Chicken."

"This year's Super Bowl will be brought to you by competing boner pills Cealis and Levitra. We've all seen the not-too-subtle commercial where the older guy takes out the football and starts tossing it through the hole in the tire swing - laces up for her pleasure. It's more than a little ironic that, just a week after the President uses the State of the Union Address to rail against performance-enhancing drugs, we hold a Steroid Bowl brought to you by - you guessed it - performance enhancing drugs."

"We all have our reasons for ingesting what we ingest. We are a nation dependent upon drugs to act as an antidote to everything from our boredom and depression to our impotence and the poisoning effects of our toxic food supply. To arbitrarily single out certain drugs and certain drug users as immoral, while others skate (and profitably I might add) is a complete hypocrisy."

"According to the Washington Post, this is what our WMD hunt has turned up so far. They describe it as 'secret sketches for two illegal long-range missiles, one using two engines and one using five boosters.' I describe it as what third-graders draw in their notebooks during history class. I mean, come on - I've made better drawings with lipstick on a bar napkin at 3 a.m. But hey, when a smart guy like Dick Cheney looks at these doodles and sees a 'mortal threat,' who am I to judge?"

"And now I'm hearing a lot of people say they don't think they're 'comfortable' with Mr. Kerry. To which I would like to counsel: Who cares if you're 'comfortable!' He's not running for national game show host. You don't have to fuck him, just vote for him. Even if he's a prick – I hope he is a prick, if he's a prick who gets things done, who makes the right decisions – I would love a prick like that in the White House. In fact, I think that should be his slogan: 'A prick in the White House!'"

"Gay marriage won't lead to dog marriage. It is not a slippery slope to rampant inter-species coupling. When women got the right to vote, it didn't lead to hamsters voting. No court has extended the Equal Protection Clause to salmon. And for the record, all marriages are same sex marriages. You get married, and every night, it's the same sex."

"You know, you have to be a Christian before you believe that you've sinned."

"I mean, why don't we just tax people and spend the money on what needs to be spent?"
"Once again, you're not an American, are you? You just don't get the way we do things over here."
"I've never minded paying tax. And the more I earn, the more tax I pay, that's fine with me."

"You have bewitched me, body and soul."

"You know that someone is going to play the 'kid' card with this. They're going to say, 'My God, she - it's not so bad, except children could be listening.' Because - exactly - because what are kids doing Sunday morning? They're listening to NPR."
"Ah, the kids! Ah, protect the kids."

"The fear - let me make the point - for a long time, all religions, I guess, but especially this Christian nation, Christianity has filled us with fear, shame and guilt about the human body. It's evil, it's dirty. And the sex act and the parts of the body engaged in the sex act. And this has happened for so long it is now practically, I think, genetic in us, that there is this fear."

"Can I just say that if you never encounter anything in your community that offends you, you're not living in a free society."

"The President can have sleepovers. This week's news tells us that it turns out President Bush puts up some of his big name donors in the Lincoln Bedroom just like Clinton! And you know what? I still don't care! If Bush wants to get in his feetsy pajamas and have CEO's over to play 'Battleship,' fine. If that's all Bush donors are getting for their money, it's not called a scandal, it's called 'a good start.'"

"Well, if there is a God, he's got a whole lot of explaining to do."

"Who do you vote for on November 2?"
"Well, you don't vote for George W. Bush, that's for sure."
"Do you vote for John Kerry or do you vote for Ralph Nader?"
"Well, you don't vote for Ralph Nader either. What was my last choice?"

"From Carolina down to Georgia/Smell the Jasmine and Magnolia/Sleepy sweet home, Alabama/Roll Tide Roll/Muddy water, Mississippi/Blessed Graceland whispers to me/Carry on, carry on/Sweet southern comfort, carry on"

"That whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life/For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life/For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved."

"One NASA scientist was quoted as saying the existence of water on Mars was 'the $64,000 question.' No, it's the $800 million dollar question, you've answered it, and now we'd like our money back."

"People say education is the cornerstone of our democracy. They're wrong, of course. It's campaign cash and lots of it. But shouldn't education still count for something? As the President himself might say, 'We can do gooder.'"

"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle."

"The only thing that stopped him from abandoning his post under fire and scurrying back through the crawlway like a yellow-bellied rat was his unwillingness to entrust the evasive action out of the target area to anyone else. There was nobody else in the world he would honor with so great a responsibility. There was nobody else he knew who was as big a coward."

"That men would die was a matter of necessity; which men would die, though, was a matter of circumstance."

"Some men are born great, some men achieve greatness, and some men have greatness thrust upon them."

"Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them."

"Yes, sir."
"I don't think you have to call me 'sir,' sir. You outrank me."
"Yes, sir. I may outrank you, sir, but you're still my commanding officer."
"Yes, sir, that's right. You may outrank me, sir, but I'm still your commanding officer. So you better do what I tell you, sir, or you'll get into trouble."

"I used to get a big kick out of saving people's lives. Now I wonder what the hell's the point, since they all have to die anyway."
"The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can."

"From now on I'm going to make every son of a bitch who comes to my intelligence tent sign a loyalty oath. And I'm not going to let that bastard Major Major sign one even if he wants to."

"I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep; for You, Lord, only makes me dwell in safety."

"The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.'"

"In sleep he sang to me/In dreams he came/That voice which calls to me/And speaks my name/And do I dream again?/For now I find/The phantom of the opera is there/Inside my mind"

"Touch me, it's so easy to leave me/All alone with the memory/Of my days in the sun/If you touch me, you'll understand what happiness is/Look, a new day has begun"

"Good morning Baltimore/Every day's like an open door/Every night is a fantasy/Every sound's like a symphony/Good morning Baltimore/And some day when I take to the floor/The world's gonna wake up and see/Baltimore and me"

"The Bible says two men ought not lay together. But I don't reckon the Good Lord would send anybody like you to Hades."

"A cult is a religion with no political power."

"If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent Him."

"Sometimes, Jake, style can get you killed."

"You're a good grifter, man. It's hard to tell when you're lying."

"No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid."

"Nighttime sharpens/Heightens each sensation/Darkness stirs and wakes imagination/Silently the senses/Abandon their defenses/Helpless to resist the notes I write/For I compose/The music of the night"

"Open up your mind/Let your fantasies unwind/In this darkness which/You know you cannot fight/The darkness of/The music of the night"

"Floating, falling/Sweet intoxication/Touch me, trust me/Savor each sensation/Let the dream begin/Let your darker side give in/To the power of the music that I write/The power of the music of the night"

"It's confidence, just confidence."

"A dream itself is but a shadow."

"I absolutely believe in God... and I absolutely hate the fucker."

"They say most of your brain shuts down during cryo-sleep. All but the primitive side, the animal side. No wonder I'm still awake."

"There's no gene for fate."

"Do you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your circumstances?"

"What do you want in your omelet, sir?"
"Nothing in the omelet, nothing at all."
"Well, that's not technically an omelet."
"Look, I don't want to get into a semantic argument, I just want the protein."

"Why are trying so hard to fit in when you are born to stand out?"

"I just wanna live/I don't wanna fit/If that makes me crazy/Then I am"

"Come on here’s your chance/Don’t let it slip right through your hands/Are you ready for the ride of your life/Dreams are riding on the wind/Just reach out and pull them in/Get ready for the ride of your life"

"The world needs modern troubadours."

"The quest for the Holy Grail is the quest to kneel before the bones of Mary Magdalene. A journey to pray at the feet of the outcast one."

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

"But who is more ignorant? The man who cannot define lightning, or the man who does not respect its awesome power?"

"You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting."

"Baby look at me/And tell me what you see/You ain't seen the best of me yet/Give me time I'll make you forget the rest/I got more in me/And you can set it free/I can catch the moon in my hands/Don't you know who I am/Remember my name/Fame/I'm gonna live forever/I'm gonna learn how to fly/High/I feel it coming together/People will see me and cry/Fame/I'm gonna make it to heaven/Light up the sky like a flame/Fame/I'm gonna live forever/Baby remember my name"

"Wake up! These humans have besmirched everything He's bestowed upon them. They were given Paradise - they threw it away. They were given this planet - they destroyed it. They were favored best among all His endeavors, and some of them don't even believe He exists. And in spite of it all... He has shown them infinite fucking patience at every turn. What about us? I asked you once, to lay down the sword, because I felt sorry for them. What was the result? Our expulsion from Paradise! Where was His infinite fucking patience then? It's not right! It's not fair! We've paid our debt. Don't you think it's time... don't you think it's time we went home?"

"Excrement. That's what I think of Mr. J. Evans Pritchard. We're not laying pipe. We're talking about poetry. How can you describe poetry like American Bandstand? 'Well, I like Byron, I give 'im a 42, but I can't dance to it.' Now, I want you to rip out that page. Go on. Rip out the entire page."

"No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world."

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control"

"Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity."

"Imagine all the people/Living life in peace/You may say I'm a dreamer/But I'm not the only one/I hope someday you'll join us/And the world will be as one."

"Life is pretty simple: you do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else."

"Can I keep you?"

"...and then Mommy kissed Daddy, and the angel told the stork, and the stork flew down from heaven, and put the diamond in the cabbage patch, and the diamond turned into a baby!"
"Our parents are having a baby, too."
"They had sex."

"I'll be the victim."
"All your life."

"I'm going to tell you something I wish someone would have told me when I was your age."
"Oh yeah? What's that?"
"Your parents aren't always right."
"No shit."

"To keep the eyes so long on one thing was too much for human patience."

"Droll thing life is - that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose."

"I found myself back in the sepulchral city resenting the sight of people hurrying through the streets to filch a little money from each other, to devour their infamous cookery, to gulp their unwholesome beer, to dream their insignificant and silly dreams."

"The mind of man is capable of anything - because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future."

"Hell with you in it would be heaven for me."

"Even if one believes in nothing at all, there are moments in life when one is of the same religion as that of the temple which happens to be nearest at hand."

"'That's life,' said the philosopher each time he narrowly escaped falling flat on his face. 'It's often our best friends who cause our downfall.'"

"I gave you my music/Made your song take wing/And now how you've repaid me/Denied me and betrayed me/He was bound to love you/When he heard you sing/Christine!"

"You will curse the day you did not do/All that the Phantom asked of you!"

"Past the point of no return/The final threshold/The bridge is crossed/So stand and watch it burn/We've passed the point of no return/Say you’ll share with me/One love, one lifetime/Lead me, save me from my solitude/Say you’ll want me/With you here/Beside you/Anywhere you go/Let me go too/Christine that’s all I ask of..."

"I just wanted you to know, I'm not missing you yet."
"You will."

"When were you most happy?"
"When were you least happy?"

"New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything, for the heart is an organ of fire."

"In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

"Every night I cut out my heart. But in the morning it was full again."

"The only way three people can keep a secret is if two of them are dead."

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature."

"A lot of people are under the impression that you get to choose who you love."

"If two people love each other, but they just can't seem to get it together, when do you get to that point of enough is enough?"

"How does it feel to have all that money?"
"It feels great."
"Stupid question."

"Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy."

"Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me."

"Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It's not about winning. It's about you and your relationship with yourself, your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn't let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is you did everything you could. There wasn't one more thing you could've done. Can you live in that moment as best you can, with clear eyes, and love in your heart, with joy in your heart? If you can do that gentleman - you're perfect!"

"Yes, he felt that his poor, inexperienced heart no longer belonged to him. He had tried to defend it since the day when Christine, whom he had known when she was a little girl, had come back into his life. He had decided that he must struggle against the sweet feelings she aroused in him because, true to his respect for himself and his faith, he had sworn to love and only the woman who would be his wife, and it was naturally out of the question for him to marry a singer. But the sweet feelings had been succeeded by a terrible sensation. Sensation? Sentiment? It was both physical and emotional. His chest hurt, as if someone had cut it open to take out his heart. He felt a dreadful hollowness in it, a real emptiness that could never be filled except by Christine's heart. Such are the symptoms of a psychological malady that, it seems, can be understood only by those who have had the experience commonly described as 'falling head over heels in love.'"

"He had just learned love and hatred in the same evening. He knew that he loved; he wanted to discover whom he hated."

"An old man dies. A young girl lives. A fair trade."

"Ask yourself if that corpse of a slut is worth dying for."
"Worth dying for. Worth killing for. Worth going to hell for. Amen."

"Leave it to me - I'm British, I know how to queue."

"Yes, the great artist, and by this I mean the poet as well as the painter and the sculptor, finds even in suffering, in the death of loved ones, in the treachery of friends, something which fills him with a voluptuous though tragic admiration. At times his own heart is on the rack, yet stronger than his pain is the bitter joy which he experiences in understanding and giving expression to that pain. In all existence he clearly divines the purposes of Destiny."

"Why is it allowed to isolate the head and not portions of the body? Every part of the human body is expressive."

"Art cannot exist without life. If a sculptor wishes to interpret joy, sorrow, any passion whatsoever, he will not be able to move us unless he first knows how to make the beings live which he evokes. For how could the joy or the sorrow of an inert object - of a block of stone - affect us? Now, the illusion of life is obtained in our art by good modeling and by movement. These two qualities are like the blood and the breath of all good work."

"In short, Beauty is everywhere. It is not that she is lacking to our eye, but our eyes which fail to perceive her. Beauty is character expression. Well, there is nothing in nature which has more character than the human body. In its strength and its grace it evokes the most varied images. One moment it resembles a flower: the bending torso is the stalk; the breasts, the head, and the splendor of the hair answer to the blossoming of the corolla. The next moment is recalls the pliant creeper, or the proud and upright sapling."

"That's what I love about Sunday/Sing along as the choir sways/Every verse of Amazin' Grace/An' then we shake the Preacher's hand/Go home, into your blue jeans/Have some chicken an' some baked beans/Pick a back yard football team/Nothin' much of anything/That's what I love about Sunday"

"Art is like love. For many people it is a dream, a psychological complication, a palace, a perfume, a stage scene; but nothing of the sort! The essential of love is the pairing; all the rest is only detail, charming and full of passion, but detail."

"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions."

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud/It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs/Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth/It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres/Love never fails"

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:/A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;/A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;/A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;/A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;/A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;/A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;/A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace."

"I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work."

"There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and find enjoyment in his toil."

"What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun."

"No lightning bolt of any magnitude could extinguish a love so pure."

"Loyalty enforcement facilitators!? Why not just call them cranium and trunk separators?"

"I wish I'd never laid eyes on him, but I also wouldn't trade a thing about my life now. It all pointed to today."

"From death, life. From life, death."

"Maybe I'm wondering about it too. Whatever happened to freedom?"
"We've still got freedom, Jack. These people can decide for themselves whether they want to live or die."

"Sunset was a magical time. The children would be outside, running barefoot up and down the paths and shrieking with laughter while their mother kept a watchful eye on their youngest, a fiery-headed bairn with a wobble in her gait and a devilish gleam in her blue eyes, who found great sport in plucking the flowers out of the ground as soon as her mama planted them. He would go up to his bedroom to remove his sword before joining them in their games, but he always lingered in front of the window to look out beyond the walls. The first sprig of heather blossomed almost as soon as the ruins were torn down, and now the field was alive with the rich, glorious hues, a fitting tribute, his wife believed, to the man who had gone before. The scent of honey mingled with the sound of laughter, and, oh, what a joy it was to be home."

"The heart that is soonest awake to the flowers/Is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns"

"Of all the spirits abroad at this hour in the world, insincerity is the most dangerous."

"Wickedness is always easier than virtue; for it takes the short cut to every thing."

"Truth does not blush."

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."

"Gather the Rose of love, whilst yet is time."

"Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper."

"Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow/For other's good, and melt at other's woe"

"Then come the wild weather, come sleet or come snow/We will stand by each other, however it blow"

"Of this alone even God is deprived, the power of making things that are past never to have been."

"Tell her, if you will, that sorrow/Need not come in vain/Tell her that the lesson taught her/Far outweighs the pain"

"The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart."

"Vengeance to God alone belongs/But, when I think of all my wrongs/My blood is liquid flame!"

"Life often presents us with a choice of evils, rather than of goods."

"Being myself no stranger to suffering, I have learned to relieve the sufferings of others."

"Words that weep and tears that speak"

"Words, like Nature, half reveal/And half conceal the Soul within"

"A hope beyond the shadow of a dream"

"Blaw yer pipes and beat yer drum/The best o' life is yet to come"

"If you want to make God laugh/Tell Him your plan"

"Eighty percent of success is showing up."

"But patience, cousin, and shuffle the cards!"

"The miserable have no other medicine but only hope"

"Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall"

"I have no words: My voice is in my sword"

"But the beating of my own heart/Was all the sound I heard"

"Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't."

"This above all: to thine own self be true"

"For in that sleep of death what dreams may come"

"So you think he set us up?"
"Your friend."
"How can you be so sure?"
"Because he's my friend."

An Old Irish Blessing:
May the road rise to meet you:
May the wind be always at your back,
The sun shine warm upon your face,
The rain fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

"If there was ever a point to death, it was to give life value, to do something with the meager time we had remaining."

"Life isn't about making the best choices, it's simply about making choices."

"One night a man dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. As scenes of his life flashed before him, he noticed that there were two sets of footprints in the sand. He also noticed at his saddest, lowest times there was but one set of footprints. This bothered the man. He asked the Lord, 'Did you not promise that if I gave my heart to You that You'd be with me all the way? Then why is there but one set of footprints during my most troublesome times?' The Lord replied, 'My precious child, I love you and I would never forsake you. During those times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then I carried you.'"

"I went sky diving/I went Rocky Mountain climbing/I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named FuManchu/And I loved deeper/And I spoke sweeter/And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying/And he said someday I hope you get the chance/To live like you were dying"

"You're a Sikh, Catholic Muslim with Jewish in-laws?"

"Marriages aren't always made in heaven, or in hell. Sometimes they're just stuck in purgatory."

"The Utopians marvel that any mortal can take pleasure in the weak sparkle of a little gem or bright pebble when he has a star, or the sun itself, to look at."

"Sometimes I lose my faith in human nature for a time; I am assailed by doubt. But always the Lord restores my faith and reveals to me His bounteous love for His creatures. Not Jewel, the one she had always cherished, not him. He was after that three extra dollars. It was Darl, the one that folks say is queer, lazy, pottering about."

"In a strange room you must empty yourself for sleep. And before you are emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are emptied for sleep, you are not. And when you are filled with sleep, you never were. I don't know what I am. I don't know if I am or not."

"I use no makeup, I don't wear one expression on my face and hide another in my heart. I'm always exactly like myself."

"Now what counts more in attracting men than folly?"

"Few men realize how many different benefits can come from not being ashamed or afraid of anything."

"The price of wanting more, she thought, seemed to be the loss of what you already had. Or perhaps of what you were."

"I thought I knew exactly who I was and wanted to be. Now it's all mixed up in my head."
"When your head won't give you the answer, it's best to look at your heart."
"I don't like the answer it's giving me."
"Then, my dear child, you can be absolutely sure it's the right one."

"You don't even know how to read!"
"It's the Bible, you get credit for trying."

"In Florida, you drive north to reach the South."

"Korben wraps his arms around her and kisses her like he's never kissed anybody before. The white beam, the Divine Light, immediately forms around Leeloo and Korben. The stopwatch hits zero. The Absolute Beam explodes from the top of the pyramid and heads straight into the sky zapping the fireball smack in the middle, slowing it down. Korben and Leeloo kiss like there was no tomorrow."

"According to local legend, when God created West Texas, He made a mistake and forgot to fashion hills, valleys, rivers and trees. Looking at His desolate and barren mistake, He considered starting over, but then had another idea. 'I know what I'll do,' He said. 'I'll just create some people who like it this way.'"

"I know now why you cry. But it is something I can never do."

"Mais, en hiver, cette miserable banlieue se refermait sur elle-meme comme une huitre."

"La vie, vous voyez, ce n'est jamais si bon ni si mauvais qu'on croit."

"And if I cried at the door, would anyone let me out?"

"'You play tennis?' I said. What kind of world had I walked into?"

"In each of us is a little of all of us. I suppose that should have scared me. I felt comforted by it. Like the idea that you can start anywhere and go anyplace."

"Richie Muneyhun was even larger than I could have imagined, biblically large. He was Goliath the Philistine. Six cubits and a span. He was Hoover Dam, a bull mastodon, an armoire, a sequoia, a John Deere harvester, Polyphemus in a sleeveless demin jacket."

"I was back in the schoolyard, standing in front of the captains, hoping to get picked, punching my glove, my pathetic, four-fingered Don Buddin infielder's glove, trying to look like a heavy-hitting-speed-demon. It goes down to the last pick. Paul Assad looks at me and my ripped dungarees and my torn Keds and he says, like it made any sense, 'This kid's no spring chicken,' and he pickes Mouse O'Toole instead of me. Mouse, who couldn't catch a ball in his pocket. Today Paul Assad owns an insurance agency and his face is on billboards. I wouldn't buy an umbrella in a shit storm off Paul Asshole."

"Love at first signt is irresistible and inexplicable. I want to say it's transmundane, but transmundane seems haughty, and love at first signt is not that. It arrives without warning and is earned wthout effort, leaving us so startled and grateful. It is neither reasonable nor calculated. It is like ecstacy, like rapture, like standing outside yourself. It is apprehension not thought, gesture not word. Love at first signt elevates romance above the level of accident - the accident of geography oreconomics or occupation. It is, we may decide, destiny. Love at first sight is sudden, ineffable, profoundly emotional, and absolutely transfiguring. It's what we live for. It's the obliterating focus on the beloved and the eloquent shortness of breath. It is a stroke of lightning, as the French say, a blast of passion. And it can only happen to strangers."

"I wanted to be in that boat. I wanted to drift away. I wanted to look down into the water, watch the sunfish school through the pickerel weed. I wanted to lie back, close my eyes, listen to the water slap at the side of the boat."

"Love is anticipation and memory, uncertainty and longing. It's unreasonable, of course. Nothing begins with so much excitement and hope and pleasure as love, except maybe writing a story. And nothing fails as often, except writing stories."

"And the hardware for comprehending cruelty - the human brain and heart - has yet to be upgraded. On April 16th, they were overloaded."

"His driving was erratic, but this was not unusual in Miami, a place where most motorists obeyed the traffic laws and customs of their individual countries of origin."

"He didn't know whether technology made his life easier or more hectic, he just knew he had to be in the War Room five minutes ago, and he'd be lucky if Director Wright knocked him unconscious before ripping him a new ass."

"The faint sound of Jack's footsteps echoed as he passed uninterpretable sculptures carved from a melange of quarried stone. Jack couldn't decide what the forms represented. At least art hasn't changed, he concluded."

"Look, I'm humble enough to know that I don't understand all the answers. I believe in God. I always have. And I believe that same God created everything in the universe - including those extraterrestrials. If that omniscient presence decided to create mankind here on Earth, who am I to question the method? I'm not pretending to know how and why God decided to bless this world with our species. Whether it was space voyagers - or spit and dirt - the only thing I do know is that we were created. Created by a God - by a presence greater, more mysterious, than simple random mutation."

"Professor Johnson often said that if you didn't know history, you didn't know anything. You were a leaf that didn't know it was part of a tree."

"The fourteenth century was a vanished world, and a dangerous one. It was a religious world; mot people went to church at least once a day. But it was an incredibly violent world, where invading armies killed everyone, where women and children were routinely hacked to death, where pregnant women were eviscerated for sport. It was a world that gave lip service to the ideals of chivalry while indiscriminately pillaging and murdering, where women were imagined to be powerless, yet they ruled fortunes, commanded castles, took lovers at will and plotted assassination and rebellion. It was a world of shifting boundaries and shifting allegiances, often changing from one day to the next. It was a world of death, of sweeping plagues, of disease, of constant warfare."

"Even his pain ws useful because it burned away all unnecessary feeling. He felt stripped down, alert and ready for anything. This was a different world, with different rules."

"Because in the late twentieth century, you couldn't seriously ask other people to think that you believed in honor and truth, and the purity of the body, the defense of women, the sanctity of true love, and all the rest of it."

"Mes compaingnons cui j'amoire et cui j'aim,... Me di, chanson."

"After all, what was the whole wide world but a place for people to yearn for their hearts' impossible desires, for those desires to become entrenched in defiance of logic, plausibility, and even the passage of time, as eternal as polished marble?"

"She only longed for a small measure of happiness for herself. A hope and a future. With a young husband who loved her for all the right reasons."

"In Heaven's happy bowers/There blossom two flowers/One with fiery glow/And one as white as snow/While lo! before them stands/With pale and trembliing hands/A spirit who must choose/One, and one refuse"

"Leana did not envy the girl's bleak future; she only envied her wedding ring."

"A life without love, without a husband, without children. For her it was no life at all. But what if that was the life the Almighty had chosen for her? If it pleased him, could she bear it?"

"Oh! how many torments lie in the small circle of a wedding ring."

"Hear ye not the hum/Of mighty workings?"

"Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important."

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
Isaiah 40:31

"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be shaken."
Psalm 55:22

"Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? Then I said, Here am I; send me."
Isaiah 6:8

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the council of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law does he ponder day and night."
Psalm 1:1-2

"But seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you."
Matthew 6:33

"And you shall seek Me, and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:13

"So that they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us."
Acts 17:27

"Let us therefore come boldly into the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Hebrews 4:16

"Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God"
Psalm 42:5

"The mind of the rash will understand knowledge."
Isaiah 32:4

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Matthew 6:34

"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."
Colossians 3:1-2

"It is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him."
2 Timothy 2:11

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up."
James 4:10

"I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears."
Psalm 34:4

"I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out--plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for."
Jeremiah 29:11

"Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit."
Psalm 51:12

"On the day I called, You answereed me; You increased strength within me."
Psalm 138:3

"The remembrance of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot."
Proverbs 10:7

"My God, I trust in You. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me."
Psalm 25:2

"I will praise You, because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made."
Psalm 139:14

"But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence."
Jeremiah 17:7

"Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved, for You are the one I praise."
Jeremiah 17:14

"If the Lord had not been on our side — let Israel say — If the Lord had not been on our side when men attacked us, then they would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger against us. Then the waters would have engulfed us; the torrent would have swept over us; the raging waters would have swept over us."
Psalm 124:1-5

"I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will."
Isaiah 46:10

"For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love."
Galatians 5:6

"Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful face on an empty head."
Proverbs 11:22

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."
Exodus 14:14

"And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19

"So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."
1 Corinthians 10:12-13

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is true worship."
Romans 12:1

"Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!"
Matthew 7:9-11

"We have this hope, as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure."
Hebrews 6:19
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