"It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless."
"We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed."
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
"It is not enough that you love others. They must know they are loved."
St. John Bosco
"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Go where your best prayers take you."
"Life is a great and wondrous mystery, and the only thing we know that we have for sure is what is right here right now. Don’t miss it."
"All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair. And though in all the lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."
"Always considered writing my duty on earth, and the preachment of universal kindness, which hysterical critics have failed to notice."
"I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something… That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for."
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien