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  1. #471
    “Although the sight of water made her feel ten times thirstier than before, she didn’t rush forward and drink. She stood as still as if she had been turned into stone, with her mouth wide open. And she had a very good reason; just on this side of the stream lay the lion.

    It lay with its head raised and its two fore-paws out in front of it, like the lions in Trafalgar Square. She knew at once that it had seen her, for it eyes looked straight into hers for a moment and then turned away– as if it knew her quite well and didn’t think much of her.

    ‘If I run away, it’ll be after me in a moment,’ thought Jill. ‘And if I go on, I shall run straight into its mouth.’ Anyway, she couldn’t have moved if she had tried, and she couldn’t take her eyes off it.

    How long this lasted, she could not be sure; it seemed like hours. And the thirst became so bad that she almost felt she would not mind being eaten by the lion if only she could be sure of getting a mouthful of water first.

    ‘If you’re thirsty, you may drink.’

    They were the first words she had heard since Scrubb had spoken to her on the edge of the cliff. For a second she stared here and there, wondering who had spoken.

    Then the voice said again, ‘If you are thirsty, come and drink,’ and of course she remembered what Scrubb had said about animals talking in that other world, and realized that it was the lion speaking.

    Anyway, she had seen its lips move this time, and the voice was not like a man’s. It was deeper, wilder, and stronger; a sort of heavy, golden voice. It did not make her any less frightened than she had been before, but it made her frightened in a rather different way.

    ‘Are you not thirsty?’ said the Lion.

    ‘I’m dying of thirst,’ said Jill

    ‘Then drink,’ said the Lion.

    ‘May I—could I—would you mind going away while I do?’ said Jill.

    The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience. The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.

    ‘Will you promise not to—do anything to me, if I do come?’ said Jill.

    ‘I make no promise,’ said the Lion.

    ‘Do you eat girls?’ she said.

    ‘I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,’ said the Lion. It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.

    ‘I daren’t come and drink,’ said Jill.

    ‘Then you will die of thirst,’ said the Lion.

    ‘Oh dear!’ said Jill, coming another step nearer. ‘I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.’

    ‘There is no other stream,’ said the Lion.”

    –C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

  2. #472
    1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

    2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

    3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

    4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

    5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

    — Psalm 2

  3. #473
    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

    2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

    3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

    4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

    5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

    — Psalm 2

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  4. #474
    There’s nothing in the street
    Looks any different to me
    And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
    The parting on the left
    Is now parting on the right
    And the beards have all grown longer overnight

    — The Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again

  5. #475
    I don’t care if my liver is hanging by a thread
    Don’t care if my doctor says I ought to be dead
    When my ugly big car won’t climb this hill
    I’ll write a suicide note on a hundred dollar bill

    ‘Cause if you wanna run cool
    If you wanna run cool
    Yes if you wanna run cool
    You got to run on heavy, heavy fuel
    Heavy, heavy fuel
    Heavy, heavy fuel

    Dire Straits
    Orange Man Bad!

  6. #476
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    “If Charley hadn’t shaken and bounced and said “Ftt,” I might have forgotten that every night he gets two dog biscuits and a walk to clear his head. I put on clean clothes and went out with him into the star-raddled night.

    And the Aurora Borealis was out. I’ve seen it only a few times in my life. It hung and moved with majesty in folds like an infinite traveler upstage in an infinite theater. In colors of rose and lavender and purple it moved and pulsed against the night, and the frost-sharpened stars shone through it. What a thing to see at a time when I needed it so badly!”

    ― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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    “Maybe what I want ain't anywhere in the world, but I want it, so I think there is such a thing. I want a guy that's wide open. I want him to be a real guy, maybe even a tough guy, but I want a window in him. He can have his dukes up every other place but not with me. And he got to need the hell out of me. He got to be the kind of guy that if he aint' got me he ain't got nothing. And brother, that guy's going to have something!”

    ― John Steinbeck, Sweet Thursday

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    “When a man is one of a kind, he will be lonely wherever he is.”

    ― Louis L'Amour, The Lonesome Gods

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    “I was amazed by the fact that I was not the only writer living, not the only young man "with a locomotive in his chest, and that's a fact," not the only youth with a million hungers and not one of them appeasable, not the only one who is lonely among multitudes, and does not know why.”

    ― Jack Kerouac

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    “There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.”

    ― Vincent van Gogh

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