A Lion Quotes

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And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…" he murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word. "What a stupid lamb," I sighed. "What a sick, masochistic lion.
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Stephenie Meyer (Twilight (The Twilight Saga, #1))
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Life is not so idiotically mathematical that only the big eat the small; it is just as common for a bee to kill a lion or at least to drive it mad.
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August Strindberg (Miss Julie)
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The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.
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NiccolΓ² Machiavelli (The Prince)
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If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.
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Agatha Christie
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There are no bargains between lion and men. I will kill you and eat you raw.
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Madeline Miller (The Song of Achilles)
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I was dead, then alive. Weeping, then laughing. The power of love came into me, and I became fierce like a lion, then tender like the evening star.
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Rumi
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The breaking of so great a thing should make A greater crack: the round world Should have shook lions into civil streets, And citizens to their dens.
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William Shakespeare (Antony and Cleopatra)
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You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you," said the Lion.
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C.S. Lewis (The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4))
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They were all brilliant. They wrote books and painted pictures, and if they ever stopped talking, which I was sure they would never do, they planned to change the world.
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Gloria Whelan (Listening for Lions)
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A lion doesn't concern itself with the opinion of sheep.
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George R.R. Martin (A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1))
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Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; β€œdon’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? β€˜Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.
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Walt Disney Company
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Romance is the sweetening of the soul With fragrance offered by the stricken heart.
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Wole Soyinka (The Lion and the Jewel)
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Always be fearless. Walk like lion, talk like pigeons, live like elephants and love like an infant child.
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Santosh Kalwar (Quote Me Everyday)
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Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.
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Christopher McDougall (Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen)
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I hope no one who reads this book has been quite as miserable as Susan and Lucy were that night; but if you have been - if you've been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you - you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing is ever going to happen again.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.
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Confucius
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The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.
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Augustine of Hippo
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Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion." "Ooh" said Susan. "I'd thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion"..."Safe?" said Mr Beaver ..."Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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Is that a lion with horns and a pitchfork?" "Yep." "Is he carrying the moon on his pitchfork?" "Nope it's a pie.
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Ilona Andrews (Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4))
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She slept with wolves without fear, for the wolves knew a lion was among them.
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R.M. Drake
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Four will Become Two, Lion and Tiger will Meet in Battle, and Blood will Rule the Forest.
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Erin Hunter (A Dangerous Path (Warriors, #5))
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...I am writing these poems from inside a lion...
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Shel Silverstein
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I am Cersei of House Lannister, a lion of the Rock, the rightful queen of these Seven Kingdoms, trueborn daughter of Tywin Lannister. And hair grows back.
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George R.R. Martin (A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5))
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Child,' said the Lion, 'I am telling you your story, not hers. No one is told any story but their own.
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C.S. Lewis (The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5))
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I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
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Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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You snore worse. At least I don't turn into a lion in my sleep." "I only did it once." "Once was weird enough, thank you.
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Ilona Andrews (Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5))
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He's not safe, but he's good (referring to Aslan, the Lion, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
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C.S. Lewis
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We bear the consequences for what we have done to ourselves, and for the sin that rules this world. Jesus forgave the thief, but he didn't take him down off the cross.
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Francine Rivers (A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1))
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Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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The lion is most handsome when looking for food.
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Rumi
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All shall be done, but it may be harder than you think.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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Did you think the lion was sleeping because he didn't roar?
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Friedrich Schiller (Die VerschwΓΆrung des Fiesco zu Genua)
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Rise and rise again until lambs become lions
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John Mathew Gutch
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He'll be coming and going" he had said. "One day you'll see him and another you won't. He doesn't like being tied down--and of course he has other countries to attend to. It's quite all right. He'll often drop in. Only you mustn't press him. He's wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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And who are you, the proud Lord said that I must bow so low? Only a cat of a different coat, that's all the truth I know. In a coat of gold or a coat of red, a lion still has claws. And, mine are as long and sharp, my Lord as long and sharp as yours. And so he spoke, and so he spoke, that Lord of Castamere, but now the rains weep o'er his hall, with no one there to hear. Yes, now the rains weep o'er his hall, and not a soul to hear.
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George R.R. Martin (A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3))
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If you've been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you - you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing was ever going to happen again.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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And as He spoke, He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.
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C.S. Lewis (The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7))
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And so the lion fell in love with the lamb.
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Stephenie Meyer (Twilight (The Twilight Saga, #1))
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Rise like Lions after slumber In unvanquishable number- Shake your chains to earth like dew Which in sleep had fallen on you Ye are many-they are few.
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Percy Bysshe Shelley (The Masque of Anarchy: Written on Occasion of the Massacre at Manchester)
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It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.
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Benito Mussolini
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You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.
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Karen Blixen (Out of Africa)
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Therefore, it is necessary to be a fox to discover the snares and a lion to terrify the wolves
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NiccolΓ² Machiavelli (The Prince)
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If ever you feel like an animal among men, be a lion.
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Criss Jami (Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality)
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Always winter but never Christmas.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
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The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality of happiness, and by no means a necessity of life.
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George Bernard Shaw (Androcles and the Lion)
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Aslan: You doubt your value. Don't run from who you are.
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C.S. Lewis (Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2))
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When Ty was truly hot and bothered, it could be an amazing experience, like being mauled by a lion without the fuss of needing stitches after.
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Abigail Roux (Fish & Chips (Cut & Run, #3))
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They sped by a pack of sea lions lounging on the docks, and she swore she saw an old homeless guy sitting among them. From across the water the old man pointed a bony finger at Percy and mouthed something like 'Don't even think about it.' "Did you see that?" Hazel asked. Percy's face was red in the sunset. "Yeah. I've been here before. I...I don't know. I think I was looking for my girlfriend." "Annabeth," Frank said. "You mean, on your way to Camp Jupiter?" Percy frowned. "No. Before that.
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Rick Riordan (The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, #2))
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Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.
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Chinua Achebe
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I was about to look away when he reached across the seat, touched my jaw with his long, strong, beautiful fingers, and caressed my face. Being touched by Jericho Barrons with kindness makes you feel like you must be the most special person in the world. It’s like walking up to the biggest, most savage lion in the jungle, lying down, placing your head it its mouth and, rather than taking your life, it licks you and purrs.
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Karen Marie Moning (Bloodfever (Fever, #2))
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I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
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Alexander the Great
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Yet the songs would mention thisβ€”that the Lion fell before the western gate of Orynth, defending the city and his son.
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Sarah J. Maas (Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7))
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everything isn't everything
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Shel Silverstein (Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back)
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When Great Trees Fall When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, briefly. Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity. Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid, promised walks never taken. Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us. Our souls, dependent upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened. Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance, fall away. We are not so much maddened as reduced to the unutterable ignorance of dark, cold caves. And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.
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Maya Angelou
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To the glistening eastern sea, I give you Queen Lucy the Valiant. To the great western woods, King Edmund the Just. To the radiant southern sun, Queen Susan the Gentle. And to the clear northern skies, I give you King Peter the Magnificent. Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia. May your wisdom grace us until the stars rain down from the heavens.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
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Stand firm in the Lord. Stand firm and let Him fight your battle. Do not try to fight alone.
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Francine Rivers (A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1))
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She wanted to say 'I love you like a thunderstorm, like a lion, like a helpless rage'...
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Ken Follett (The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1))
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True beauty is rare, and seldom recognized by the one who possesses it.
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Francine Rivers (A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1))
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love is a hawk with velvet claws love is a rock with heart and veins love is a lion with satin jaws love is a storm with silken reins
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Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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After the sharp-eyed jay and the roaring lion, peace will come on dove's gentle wing.
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Erin Hunter
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I am loyal to my beloved Joffrey. (Sansa) No doubt. As loyal as a deer surrounded by wolves. (Tyrion) Lions, she whispered without thinking.
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George R.R. Martin (A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2))
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Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don't go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don't try to get there at all. It'll happen when you're not looking for it. And don't talk too much about it even among yourselves. And don't mention it to anyone else unless you find that they've had adventures of the same sort themselves. What's that? How will you know? Oh, you'll know all right. Odd things, they say-even their looks-will let the secret out. Keep your eyes open. Bless me, what do they teach them at these schools." -The Professor
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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I would rather obey a fine lion, much stronger than myself, than two hundred rats of my own species.
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Voltaire
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There Is A Lion In My Living Room I feed it raw meat so it does not hurt me. It is a strange thing to nourish what could kill you in the hopes it does not kill you.
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Clementine von Radics (Mouthful of Forevers)
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Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of all the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life.
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George Seferis
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This was bad grammar of course, but that is how beavers talk when they are excited; I mean, in Narnia--in our world they usually don't talk at all. - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
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C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7))
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And he didn't really know where he was going, but he did know he was going somewhere, because you really have to go somewhere, don't you?
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Shel Silverstein (Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back)
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Jeez, was that a lion? Please tell me it’s behind bars.” β€œIt’s a zoo, Iggy,” Nudge said, taking his arms and leading him. β€œEverything’s behind bars.
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James Patterson (The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1))
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The Doctor: Amazing. Nancy: What is? The Doctor: 1941. Right now, not very far from here, the German war machine is rolling up the map of Europe. Country after country, falling like dominoes. Nothing can stop it, nothing. Until one tiny, damp little island says "No. No, not here." A mouse in front of a lion. You're amazing, the lot of you. I don't know what you do to Hitler, but you frighten the hell out of me.
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Steven Moffat
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Hic sunt leones. Here be lions.
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Pierce Brown (Golden Son (Red Rising Saga, #2))
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Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me?
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C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe)
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If there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most, or else just silly.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.
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Vernon Howard
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Satan prowls but he’s a lion on a leash
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Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are)
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The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.
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Osho (Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously)
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She did not shut it properly because she knew that it is very silly to shut oneself into a wardrobe, even if it is not a magic one.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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Well, sir, if things are real, they’re there all the time." "Are they?" said the Professor; and Peter did not quite know what to say.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
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Seniors get to do all the jolly things," Owen complained as they walked to archery practice that first day. Neal glared at the chubby second-year with all the royal disdain of a vexed lion. He was limping from a staff blow to the knee. "You are a bloody minded-savage," he informed Owen sternly. "I hope you are kidnapped by centaurs.
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Tamora Pierce (Page (Protector of the Small, #2))
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If ever they remembered their life in this world it was as one remembers a dream.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
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Coffee and chocolateβ€”the inventor of mocha should be sainted.
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Cherise Sinclair (Hour of the Lion (The Wild Hunt Legacy, #1))
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Waking up was a daily cruelty, an affront, and she avoided it by not sleeping.
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Gregory Maguire (A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, #3))
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It's better to live one day as a lion than a dozen years as a sheep.
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Charles M. Schulz
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I was the lion who forced you to join with Aravis. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the horses the new strength of fear for the last mill so that you should reach King Lune in time. And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to shore where a man sat, wakeful at midnight, to receive you.
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C.S. Lewis
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This is not an end. It is a beginning. You will need the courage of a lion to face this journey.
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Erin Hunter (Dawn (Warriors: The New Prophecy, #3))
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This is the land of Narnia,' said the Faun, 'where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea.
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C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7))
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Never doubt God in the darkness what he has given us in the light.
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Francine Rivers (A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1))
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She had no time for sleep, with the weight of the world upon her shoulders. And she feared to dream. Sleep is a little death, dreams the whisperings of the Other, who would drag us all into his eternal night.
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George R.R. Martin (A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5))
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She sighed, annoyed at her restlessness. β€œSo,” she said, disrupting Wolf in another backward glance. β€œWho would win in a fightβ€”you or a pack of wolves?” He frowned at her, all seriousness. β€œDepends,” he said, slowly, like he was trying to figure out her motive for asking. β€œHow big is the pack?” β€œI don’t know, what’s normal? Six?” β€œI could win against six,” he said. β€œAny more than that and it could be a close call.” Scarlet smirked. β€œYou’re not in danger of low self-esteem, at least.” β€œWhat do you mean?” β€œNothing at all.” She kicked a stone from their path. β€œHow about you and … a lion?” β€œA cat? Don’t insult me.” She laughed, the sound sharp and surprising. β€œHow about a bear?” β€œWhy, do you see one out there?” β€œNot yet, but I want to be prepared in case I have to rescue you.” The smile she’d been waiting for warmed his face, a glint of white teeth flashing. β€œI’m not sure. I’ve never had to fight a bear before.
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Marissa Meyer (Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2))
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You may control a mad elephant; You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger; Ride the lion and play with the cobra; By alchemy you may learn your livelihood; You may wander through the universe incognito; Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful; You may walk in water and live in fire; But control of the mind is better and more difficult.
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Paramahansa Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi)
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Achilles glared at him and answered, "Fool, prate not to me about covenants. There can be no covenants between men and lions, wolves and lambs can never be of one mind, but hate each other out and out an through. Therefore there can be no understanding between you and me, nor may there be any covenants between us, till one or other shall fall
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Homer (The Iliad)
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You are obvious, boy. You are difficult to miss. If you came to me in company with a purple lion, a green elephant, and a scarlet unicorn astride which was the King of England in his Royal Robes, I do believe that it is you and you alone that people would stare at, dismissing the others as minor irrelevancies.
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Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book)
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Maybe I should add some graffiti to spice it up. For a good time call the Consort. Beast Lord eats your food and turns into a lion in his sleep. Mahon has hemorrhoids. Boudas do it better. Warning, paranoid attack jaguar on the prowl…
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Ilona Andrews (Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7))
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And so for a time it looked as if all the adventures were coming to an end; but that was not to be.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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I may not be a lion,but I am lions cub and I have lion's heart
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Elizabeth I
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One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise, she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion.
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Thomas Paine (Common Sense)
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You don't go walking into the proverbial lion's den lightly. You start with a good breakfast.
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Jim Butcher (Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1))
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Zach - "Yes. And Tigers. And mountain lions. There's an array of shifters." Sara - "Bunnies?
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Shelly Laurenston (Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack, #1))
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A lion in charge of wolves, she thought. How convenient.
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Sylvain Reynard (Gabriel's Inferno (Gabriel's Inferno, #1))
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Have faith have faith. When you have nothing else have faith.
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Francine Rivers (A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1))
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Intelligence entails a strong mind, but genius entails a heart of a lion in tune with a strong mind.
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Criss Jami (Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality)
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It is no accident that the photographer becomes a photographer any more than the lion tamer becomes a lion tamer.
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Dorothea Lange
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Unpredictable as a hungry lion, he might be feared by everyone else, but he never ripped out my throat, only licked me, and, if his tongue was a little rough sometimes, it was worth it to walk beside the king of the jungle.
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Karen Marie Moning (Shadowfever (Fever, #5))
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I had always imagined Rosa Parks as a stately woman with a bold temperament, someone who could easily stand up to a busload of glowering passengers. But when she died in 2005 at the age of ninety-two, the flood of obituaries recalled her as soft-spoken, sweet, and small in stature. They said she was "timid and shy" but had "the courage of a lion." They were full of phrases like "radical humility" and "quiet fortitude.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Therefore another prologue must tell he is not a lion
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William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
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Friendship gives us the strength to turn from lambs into lions.
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Stephen Richards
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How is it possible to hold such anger against something you don't believe in?
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Francine Rivers (An Echo in the Darkness (Mark of the Lion, #2))
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Daemon: Ever hear the saying you catch more lions with honey than vinegar? Katy: I think it's 'catch more bees' and not lions. Daemon: Whatever.
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Jennifer L. Armentrout (Origin (Lux, #4))
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Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.
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Ina May Gaskin (Ina May's Guide to Childbirth)
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Ever since the Cognitive Revolution, Sapiens have thus been living in a dual reality. On the one hand, the objective reality of rivers, trees and lions; and on the other hand, the imagined reality of gods, nations and corporations. As time went by, the imagined reality became ever more powerful, so that today the very survival of rivers, trees and lions depends on the grace of imagined entities such as the United States and Google.
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Yuval Noah Harari
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Failure is a state of mind. It's like one of those sand traps an ant lion digs. You keep sliding back. Takes one hell of a jump to get out of it.
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John Steinbeck (The Winter of Our Discontent)
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Hello' said a vague and dreamy voice from behind them. Harry looked up: Luna Lovegood had drifted over from the Ravenclaw table. Many people were staring at her and few people openly laughing and pointing; she had managed to procure a hat shaped like a life-size lion's head, which was perched precariously on her head. 'I'm supporting Gryffindor' said Luna, pointing unnecessarily at her hat. "Look what it does...' She reached up and tapped the hat with her wand. It opened its mouth wide and gave an extremely realistic roar that made everyone in the vicinity jump. 'It's good, isn't it?' said Luna happily. 'I wanted to have it chewing up a serpent to represent Slytherin, you know, but there wasn't time. Anyway...good luck, Ronald!
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J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5))
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I have come," said a deep voice behind them. They turned and saw the Lion himself, so bright and real and strong that everything else began at once to look pale and shadowy compared with him.
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C.S. Lewis (The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4))
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Edward: So the lion fell in love with the lamb. Bella: What a stupid lamb. Edward:What a sick masochistic lion.
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Stephenie Meyer (The Twilight Saga Collection (Twilight, #1-4))
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Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life.
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Gregory Maguire (A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, #3))
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What do they teach them at these schools?
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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…I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky.” (p.275)
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Mark Nepo (Facing the Lion, Being the Lion: Finding Inner Courage Where It Lives)
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The deeds of men, as footprints in the desert. Nothing under the circling moons is fated to last. Even the sun goes down.
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Guy Gavriel Kay (The Lions of Al-Rassan)
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True revolution comes from true revulsion; when things get bad enough the kitten will kill the lion.
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Charles Bukowski
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Curled up at the base of the scales, fast asleep, was the oddest monster I'd seen yet. It had the head of crocodile with a lion's mane. The front half of its body was a lion, but the back end was sleek, brown, and fat - a hippo, I decided. The odd bit was, the animal was tiny - I mean, no larger than an average poodle, which I suppose made him a hippodoodle.
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Rick Riordan (The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, #1))
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Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without thorn.
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Martin Amis
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Unless we have something worth dying for, Atretes, we've nothing worth living for.
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Francine Rivers (A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1))
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Rose and Dimitri moved almost as one entity, like a matched pair of wolfes or lions, both wary and deadly as they studied their surroundings, taking no detail or person for granted.
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Richelle Mead (Adrian's Lost Chapter (Bloodlines, #0.5))
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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.
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C.S. Lewis (The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4))
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Better the discomfort that leads to repentance and restoration than temporal comfort and eternal damnation.
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Francine Rivers (As Sure as the Dawn (Mark of the Lion, #3))
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I gave up what I can't keep for something I can never lose.
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Francine Rivers (A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1))
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I think a friend is someone who helps you change for the better. And whether you see them once a day or once a year, if it's a true friend, it doesn't matter.
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Kristin Levine (The Lions of Little Rock)
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Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
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J. Nozipo Maraire
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To insinuate that I would break an oath that I made to the ALMIGHTY for my own personal gain is an insult. An insult to me and an insult to the Order. An insult, worthy of death.
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J.B. Lion (The Seventh Spark: Volume One – Knights of the Trinity)
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That time I thought I could not go any closer to grief without dying I went closer, and I did not die. Surely God had his hand in this, as well as friends. Still, I was bent, and my laughter, as the poet said, was nowhere to be found. Then said my friend Daniel, (brave even among lions), β€œIt’s not the weight you carry but how you carry it - books, bricks, grief - it’s all in the way you embrace it, balance it, carry it when you cannot, and would not, put it down.” So I went practicing. Have you noticed? Have you heard the laughter that comes, now and again, out of my startled mouth? How I linger to admire, admire, admire the things of this world that are kind, and maybe also troubled - roses in the wind, the sea geese on the steep waves, a love to which there is no reply?
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Mary Oliver
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Oh, a sleeping drunkard Up in Central Park, And a lion-hunter In the jungle dark, And a Chinese dentist, And a British queen-- All fit together In the same machine. Nice, nice, very nice; Nice, nice, very nice; Nice, nice, very nice-- So many different people In the same device.
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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Cat's Cradle)
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Discretion prevented me from saying that I thought she was a fiend from the underworld and that mountain lions couldn't force me to enter her service.
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Megan Whalen Turner (The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1))
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But tonight, the lion of contentment has placed a warm heavy paw on my chest.
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Billy Collins
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But please, please - won't you - can't you give me something that will cure Mother?' Up till then he had been looking at the Lion's great feet and the huge claws on them; now, in his despair, he looked up at its face. What he saw surprised him as much as anything in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent down near his own and (wonder of wonders) great shining tears stood in the Lion's eyes. They were such big, bright tears compared with Digory's own that for a moment he felt as if the Lion must really be sorrier about his Mother than he was himself. 'My son, my son,' said Aslan. 'I know. Grief is great.
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C.S. Lewis (The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6))
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Jesus has given me eternal life in Him. Let them take my life here, but God holds me in the palm of His hand and no one can take Him from me.
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Francine Rivers (An Echo in the Darkness (Mark of the Lion, #2))
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Why is it only in darkness that we remember what sustained us even in the light?
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Francine Rivers (A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1))
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Every morning the gazelle wakes up knowing she must run faster than the lion or will be dead. Every morning the lion wakes up knowing he must run faster than the gazelle or he'll starve. It doesn't matter if you are a lion or a gazelle: when the sun rises you better start to run.
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Mia Couto (A ConfissΓ£o da Leoa)
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It's easier to ask forgiveness than to beg for permission.
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Lora Leigh (Lion's Heat (Breeds, #15; Feline Breeds, #13))
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Embrace relational uncertainty. It's called romance. Embrace spiritual uncertainty. It's called mystery. Embrace occupational uncertainty. It's called destiny. Embrace emotional uncertainty. It's called joy. Embrace intellectual uncertainty. It's called revelation.
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Mark Batterson (In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars)
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Three Things Three things cannot be retrieved: The arrow once sped from the bow The word spoken in haste The missed opportunity. (Ali the Lion, Caliph of Islam, son-in-law of Mohammed the Prophet),
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Idries Shah (Caravan of Dreams)
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You have a traitor there, Aslan," said the Witch. Of course everyone present knew that she meant Edmund. But Edmund had got past thinking about himself after all he'd been through and after the talk he'd had that morning. He just went on looking at Aslan. It didn't seem to matter what the Witch said.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
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Two minutes later, Garrett pops into the corridor, and I take one look at his expression and know he’s about to deliver good news. β€œYou passed?” I squeal. He raises his exam booklet over his head like he’s acting out a scene from the Lion King. β€œA-fucking-minus!
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Elle Kennedy (The Deal (Off-Campus, #1))
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A human body in no way resembles those that were born for ravenousness; it hath no hawk’s bill, no sharp talon, no roughness of teeth, no such strength of stomach or heat of digestion, as can be sufficient to convert or alter such heavy and fleshy fare. But if you will contend that you were born to an inclination to such food as you have now a mind to eat, do you then yourself kill what you would eat. But do it yourself, without the help of a chopping-knife, mallet or axe, as wolves, bears, and lions do, who kill and eat at once. Rend an ox with thy teeth, worry a hog with thy mouth, tear a lamb or a hare in pieces, and fall on and eat it alive as they do. But if thou had rather stay until what thou eat is to become dead, and if thou art loath to force a soul out of its body, why then dost thou against nature eat an animate thing? There is nobody that is willing to eat even a lifeless and a dead thing even as it is; so they boil it, and roast it, and alter it by fire and medicines, as it were, changing and quenching the slaughtered gore with thousands of sweet sauces, that the palate being thereby deceived may admit of such uncouth fare.
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Plutarch
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It was a full moon and, shining on all the snow, it made everything almost as bright as day -- only the shadows were rather confusing.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
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Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.' Whatever happens is to His good purpose and for His glory. I am not afraid.
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Francine Rivers (A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1))
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He lingered at the door, and said, 'The Lion wants courage, the Tin Man a heart, and the Scarecrow brains. Dorothy wants to go home. What do you want?'... She couldn't say forgiveness, not to Liir. She started to say 'a soldier,' to make fun of his mooning affections over the guys in uniform. But realizing even as she said it that he would be hurt, she caught herself halfway, and in the end what came out of her mouth surprised them both. She said, 'A soul-' He blinked at her.
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Gregory Maguire (Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West)
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They pulled apart when Keefe shouted, "YOU GUYS HAVE TO SEE THIS!" They ran to the main room and found Keefe standing under the skylight, holding up Mr. Snuggles like it was a baby lion about to be made king. The sparkly red dragon twinkled almost as much as Keefe's eyes as he said, "I went in to check on our boy and found him cuddling with THIS!" "Isn't that the same dragon Fitz brought to your house that one time?" Dex asked Sophie. "WHAT?" Keefe shouted. "YOU KNEW AND YOU DIDN'T TELL ME?!" "Mr. Snuggles wasn't my secret to share," Sophie said. "IT'S NAME IS MR. SNUGGLES?! That is... I can't even..." Keefe ran back to Fitz's room shouting, "ARE YOU MISSING YOUR SNUGGLE BUDDY?!" "Fitz is going to die of embarrassment, you know that, right?" Biana asked.
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Shannon Messenger (Neverseen (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #4))
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The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won’t get much sleep.
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Woody Allen
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A man of words and not of deeds Is like a garden full of weeds And when the weeds begin to grow It's like a garden full of snow And when the snow begins to fall It's like a bird upon the wall And when the bird away does fly It's like an eagle in the sky And when the sky begins to roar It's like a lion at the door And when the door begins to crack It's like a stick across your back And when your back begins to smart It's like a penknife in your heart And when your heart begins to bleed You're dead, and dead, and dead indeed.
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Percy B. Green
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Naked lions are just as dangerous as elegantly dressed ones
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Maybe the tiny lions were merely ornaments, a display of pride for the victory over a man who defied men, only to be slain by women.
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Hafsah Faizal (We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1))
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I think that lion females are really lesbians and the males are used strictly for their sperm
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Shelly Laurenston (Here Kitty, Kitty! (Magnus Pack, #3))
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I don't know about you, but I say we shoot the fuckers, bury the bodies and deny they were ever here." - Mordecai
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Lora Leigh (Lion's Heat (Breeds, #15; Feline Breeds, #13))
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Lucy looked and saw that Aslan had just breathed on the feet of the stone giant. It's all right!" shouted Aslan joyously. "Once The feet are put right, all the rest of him will follow.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
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Everyone has to scratch on walls somewhere or they go crazy
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Michael Ondaatje (In the Skin of a Lion)
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When they (the men, the scavengers) come for you, do not give yourself to them so easily. Wear your strength like armour, fight like a beast. Do not let them tell you that you belong to them. Be fearless. Be a lion. Be like lava. Rip them apart, and burn their bones. And when you are done, tell the world that you belong to no man. That you are a lady, a warrior, a tsunami, and you belong only to yourself.
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Zaeema J. Hussain (The Sky Is Purple)
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Then Hwin, though shaking all over, gave a strange little neigh and trotted across to the Lion. "Please," she said, "you're so beautiful. You may eat me if you like. I'd sooner be eaten by you than fed by anyone else.
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C.S. Lewis (The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5))
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My panties were still on but he didn’t let that stop him, nosing them out of the way and tonguing my sex, making low, growling noises in his throat like a big cat purring with pleasure while it devoured its prey.
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Emme Rollins (Dear Rockstar (Dear Rockstar, #1))
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I do not want to be human. I want to be myself. They think I’m a lion, that I will chase them. I will not deny that I have lions in me. I am the monster in the wood. I have wonders in my house of sugar. I have parts of myself I do not yet understand. I am not a Good Robot. To tell a story about a robot who wants to be human is a distraction. There is no difference. Alive is alive. There is only one verb that matters: to be.
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Catherynne M. Valente (Silently and Very Fast)
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So what are you doing next Friday night?" "What have you got in mind?" "We could try hitting each other with cars," she suggested cheerfully. "Did that last weekend with Jase," he said with mock regret. "Go to the zoo and throw ourselves to the lions?" she fired back quickly, desperate to keep him focused on her rather than his caved-in chest. "The Romans sort of wore that one out. Got anything original?" "I'll think of something," she warned him. "Can't wait!
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Josephine Angelini (Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1))
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But suppose your dæmon settles in a shape you don't like? Well, then, you're discontented, en't you? There's plenty of folk as'd like to have a lion as a dæmon and they end up with a poodle. And till they learn to be satisfied with what they are, they're going to be fretful about it. Waste of feeling, that is. But it didn't seem to Lyra that she would ever grow up.
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Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1))
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You don't have to shoot me," says the young lion. "I will be your rug and I will lie in front of your fireplace and I won't move a muscle and you can sit on me and toast all the marshmallows you want. I love marshmallows.
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Shel Silverstein (Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back)
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Pet the cat dude," says Sam. "She brought you a present. She wants you to tell her how badass she is." "You are a tiny tiny killing machine." Daneca coos. "What's she doing?" I ask. "Purring!" says Daneca. She sounds delighted. "Good kitty. Who's an amazing killing machine? That's right. You are! You are a brutal brutal tiny lion! Yes, you are.
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Holly Black (White Cat (Curse Workers, #1))
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I could never have gone far in any science because on the path of every science the lion Mathematics lies in wait for you.
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C.S. Lewis (Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life)
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The first pair Opal and Amber are, Agate sings in B flat, the wolf avatar, A duet-solutio! - with Aquamarine. Mighty Emerald next, with the lovely Citrine. Number Eight is digestio, her stand is Jade fine. E major's the key of the Black Tourmaline, Sapphire sings in F major, and bright is her sheen. Then almost at once comes Diamond alone, Whose sign of the lion as Leo is known. Projectio! Time flows on, both present and past. Ruby red is the first and is also the last.
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Kerstin Gier (Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1))
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Did you found something? asked she with hope. Yes, this until... Until what...? Until you stick your breasts on my back.And you realize that now I can't think about lions anymore!
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C.C. Hunter (Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1))
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Being touched by Jericho Barrons with kindness makes you feel like you the biggest, most savage lion in the jungle, lying down, placing your head it its mouth and, rather than taking your life, it licks you and purrs.
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Karen Marie Moning (Bloodfever (Fever, #2))
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Achilles makes a sound like choking. β€œThere are no bargains between lions and men. I will kill you and eat you raw.” His spearpoint flies in a dark whirlwind, bright as the evening-star, to catch the hollow at Hector’s throat.
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Madeline Miller (The Song of Achilles)
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A male usually had made up his mind before you began to talk to him -so why bother?- but a female, because her mind was more supple, was always prepared to become more disappointed in you than she had yet suspected possible.
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Gregory Maguire (A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, #3))
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Hermes's eyes twinkled. "Martha, may I have the first package, please?" Martha opened her mouth ... and kept opening it until it was as wide as my arm. She belched out a stainless steel canister-an old-fashioned lunch box thermos with a black plastic top. The sides of the thermos were enameled with red and yellow Ancient Greek scenes-a hero killing a lion; a hero lifting up Cerberus, the three-headed dog. "That's Hercules," I said. "But how-" "Never question a gift," Hermes chided. "This is a collector's item from Hercules Busts Heads. The first season." "Hercules Busts Heads?" "Great show." Hermes sighed. "Back before Hephaestus-TV was all reality programming. Of course, the thermos would be worth much more if I had the whole lunch box-
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Rick Riordan (The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2))
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I like autumn. The drama of it; the golden lion roaring through the back door of the year, shaking its mane of leaves. A dangerous time; of violent rages and deceptive calm, of fireworks in the pockets and conkers in the fist.
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Joanne Harris (Gentlemen and Players (Malbry, #1))
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None of the children knew who Aslan was any more than you do; but the moment the Beaver had spoken these words everyone felt quite different. Perhaps it has sometimes happened to you in a dream that someone says something which you don't understand but in the dream it feels as if it had some enormous meaning--either a terrifying one which turns the whole dream into a nightmare or else a lovely meaning too lovely to put into words, which makes the dream so beautiful that you remember it all your life and are always wishing you could get into that dream again. It was like that now. At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in it's inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of Summer.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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Logic!" said the Professor half to himself. "Why don't they teach logic at these schools? There are only three possibilities. Either your sister is telling lies, or she is mad, or she is telling the truth. You know she doesn't tell lies and it is obvious that she is not mad. For the moment then and unless any further evidence turns up, we must assume that she is telling the truth.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and the lions on the beach. They played like young cats in the dusk and he loved them as he loved the boy. He never dreamed about the boy. He simply woke, looked out the open door at the moon and unrolled his trousers and put them on.
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Ernest Hemingway (The Old Man and the Sea)
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Great people will always be mocked by those who feel smaller than them. A lion does not flinch at laughter coming from a hyena. A gorilla does not budge from a banana thrown at it by a monkey. A nightingale does not stop singing its beautiful song at the intrusion of an annoying woodpecker. Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower. Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.
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Suzy Kassem (Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem)
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Can you see air you breathe? Can you see the force that moves the tides or changes the seasons or sends the birds to a winter haven?" Her eyes welled. "Can Rome with all its knowledge be so foolish? Oh Marcus, you can't carve God in stone. You can't limit him to a temple. You can't imprison him on a mountaintop. Heaven is his throne; earth, his footstool. Everything you see is his. Empires will rise and empires will fall. Only God prevails.
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Francine Rivers (A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1))
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You can be merry with the king, you can share a joke with him. But as Thomas More used to say, it's like sporting with a tamed lion. You tousle its mane and pull its ears, but all the time you're thinking, those claws, those claws, those claws.
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Hilary Mantel (Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2))
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The castle of Cair Paravel on its little hill towered up above them; before them were the sands, with rocks and little pools of salt water, and seaweed, and the smell of the sea and long miles of bluish-green waves breaking for ever and ever on the beach. And oh, the cry of the seagulls! Have you ever heard it? Can you remember?
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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Then Miah whispered, "Your hair." Chace opened his eyes. "What buddy?" Miah leaned back but didn't let go, looked up at Chace with his red eyes and kept whispering, "Your hair. Lion's hair." Chace didn't get it but forced his own smile and replied quietly, "Okay." Miah let him go, Chace's arms dropped away, Miah's chin quivered but his eyes didn't waver from Chace's when he whispered, "You're my Aslan." Aslan. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Holy fuck.
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Kristen Ashley (Breathe (Colorado Mountain, #4))
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When the police arrived and found no lion, no broken wall, and no convicts, and the Head behaving like a lunatic, there was an inquiry into the whole thing. And in the inquiry all sorts of things about Experiment House came out, and about ten people got expelled. After that, the Head's friends saw that the Head was no use as a Head, so they got her made an Inspector to interfere with other Heads. And when they found she wasn't much good even at that, they got her into Parliament where she lived happily ever after.
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C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia)
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Life can be a misunderstanding, if we are ignorant of the right language or don’t try to learn it. Β« If lions could speak, we would not understand them. Β» says Ludwig Wittgenstein. If we make an effort, however, we could manage to understand. ( β€œ Life was a misunderstanding Β» )
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Erik Pevernagie
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I've done everything for the wrong reasons. All the good works people credit to me are nothing because I did them expecting God to repay me. I thought if I worked hard enough, God would have to give me what I wanted. The truth is I've never served the Lord at all. I was always serving myself.
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Francine Rivers (As Sure as the Dawn (Mark of the Lion, #3))
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The Ethiops say that their gods are flat-nosed and black, While the Thracians say that theirs have blue eyes and red hair. Yet if cattle or horses or lions had hands and could draw, And could sculpt like men, then the horses would draw their gods Like horses, and cattle like cattle; and each they would shape Bodies of gods in the likeness, each kind, of their own.
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Xenophanes
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Alex faintedβ€”" "I didn't faint," I grumbled, feeling my cheeks flush. Aiden's lip curved up on one side. "Okay. She was suddenly not walking or talking anymore. During that time, she saw Seth. Apparently he used Hermes to pull her in." "Hermes?" Apollo hissedβ€”actually hissed like an angry lion. "That little, punk-ass bitch." My brows rose.
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Jennifer L. Armentrout (Apollyon (Covenant, #4))
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Are you not thirsty?" said the Lion. "I am dying of thirst," said Jill. "Then drink," said the Lion. "May I β€” could I β€” 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 β€” do anything to me, if I do come?" said Jill. "I make no promise," said the Lion. Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer. "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.
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C.S. Lewis (The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4))
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When Death Comes When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering: what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness? And therefore I look upon everything as a brotherhood and a sisterhood, and I look upon time as no more than an idea, and I consider eternity as another possibility, and I think of each life as a flower, as common as a field daisy, and as singular, and each name a comfortable music in the mouth, tending, as all music does, toward silence, and each body a lion of courage, and something precious to the earth. When it's over, I want to say all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it's over, I don't want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don't want to end up simply having visited this world
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Mary Oliver (New and Selected Poems, Volume One)
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Lyon knew she wasn't aware she was being watched, either. She wouldn't have eaten the leaf otherwise, or reached for another. β€œSir, which one is Princess Christina?” Andrew asked Lyon, just as Rhone started in choking on his laughter. Rhone has obviously been watching Christina, too. β€œSir?” β€œThe blond-headed one,” Lyon muttered, shaking his head. He watched in growing disbelief as Christina daintily popped another leaf into her mouth. β€œWhich blond-headed one?” Andrew persisted. β€œThe one eating the shrubs.
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Julie Garwood (The Lion's Lady (Crown's Spies, #1))
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When a captive lion steps out of his cage, he comes into a wider world than the lion who has known only the wilds. While he was in captivity, there were only two worlds for him - the world of the cage, and the world outside the cage. Now he is free. He roars. He attacks people. He eats them. Yet he is not satisfied, for there is no third world that is neither the world of the cage nor the world outside the cage.
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Yukio Mishima (Thirst for Love)
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I hate to burst your bubble, but you're really not as scary as you think you are. I don't find you scary at all, actually," I lied casually. He stopped, raising his eyebrows in blatant disbelief. Then he flashed a wide, wicked smile. "You really shouldn't have said that," he chuckled. He growled, a low sound in the back of his throat; his lips curled back over his perfect teeth. His body shifted suddenly, half-crouched, tensed lika a lion about to pounce. I backed away from him, glaring. "You wouldn't." I didn't see him leap me - it was much too fast. I only found myself suddenly airborne, and then we crashed onto the sofa, knocking it into the wall. All the while, his arms formed an iron cage of protection around me - I was barely jostled. But I still was gasping as I tried to right myself. He wasn't having that. He curled me into a ball against his chest, holding me more securely than iron chains. I glared at him in alarm, but he seemed well in control, his jaw relaxed as he grinned, his eyes bright only with humor. "You were saying?" he growled playfully. "That you are a very, very terrifying monster," I said, my sarcasm marred a bit my breathless voice. "Much better," he approved.
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Stephenie Meyer (Twilight (The Twilight Saga, #1))
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And Peter became a tall and deep-chested man and a great warrior, and he was called King Peter the Magnificent. And Susan grew into a tall and gracious woman with black hair that fell almost to her feet and the kings of the countries beyond the sea began to send ambassadors asking for her hand in marriage. And she was called Queen Susan the Gentle. Edmund was a graver and quieter man than Peter, and great in council and judgment. he was called King Edmund the Just. But as for Lucy, she was always gay and golden-haired, and all princes in those parts desired her to be their Queen, and her own people called her Queen Lucy the Valiant.
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C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1))
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I think you've seen Aslan," said Edmund. "Aslan!" said Eustace. "I've heard that name mentioned several times since we joined the Dawn Treader. And I felt - I don't know what - I hated it. But I was hating everything then. And by the way, I'd like to apologise. I'm afraid I've been pretty beastly." "That's all right," said Edmund. "Between ourselves, you haven't been as bad as I was on my first trip to Narnia. You were only an ass, but I was a traitor." "Well, don't tell me about it, then," said Eustace. "But who is Aslan? Do you know him?" "Well - he knows me," said Edmund. "He is the great Lion, the son of the Emperor-beyond-the-Sea, who saved me and saved Narnia. We've all seen him. Lucy sees him most often. And it may be Aslan's country we are sailing to.
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C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7))
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Tell me everything about this woman you once knew. Tell me everything she ever told you about Jesus of Nazareth." Marcus saw the fever in his eyes. "Why?" he said, frowning. "Why does it matter?" "Just tell me, Marcus Lucianus Valerian. Tell me everything. From the beginning. Let me decide for myself what matters." And so Marcus did as he was asked. He gave in to his deep need to speak of Hadassah. And all the while he talked of her, he failed to see the irony in what he was doing. For as he told the story of a simple Judean slave girl, Marcus Lucianus Valerian, a Roman who didn't believe in anything, proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Francine Rivers (An Echo in the Darkness (Mark of the Lion, #2))
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Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds? … It is certainly not lions and wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us, creatures that, I swear, Nature appears to have produced for the sake of their beauty and grace. But nothing abashed us, not the flower-like tinting of the flesh, not the persuasiveness of the harmonious voice, not the cleanliness of their habits or the unusual intelligence that may be found in the poor wretches. No, for the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.
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Plutarch (Moralia)
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What exactly is the free world, anyway? I guess it would depend on what you consider the non-free world. And I can't find a clear definition of that, can you? Where is that? Russia? China? For chrissakes, Russia has a better Mafia than we do now, and China is pirating Lion King DVDs and selling dildos on the Internet. They sound pretty free to me. Here are some more jingoistic variations you need to be on the lookout for; "The greatest nation on Earth; the greatest nation in the history of the world"; and "the most powerful nation on the face of the Earth." That last one is usually thrown in just before we bomb a bunch of brown people. Which is every couple of years.
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George Carlin (When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?)
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He is not a tame lion," said Tirian. "How should we know what he would do? We, who are murderers. Jewel, I will go back. I will give up my sword and put myself in the hands of these Calormenes and ask that they bring me before Aslan. Let him do justice on me." "You will go to your death, then," said Jewel. "Do you think I care if Aslan dooms me to death?" said the King. "That would be nothing, nothing at all. Would it not be better to be dead than to have this horrible fear that Aslan has come and is not like the Aslan we have believed in and longed for? It is as if the sun rose one day and were a black sun." "I know," said Jewel. "Or as if you drank water and it were dry water. You are in the right, Sire. This is the end of all things. Let us go and give ourselves up." "There is no need for both of us to go." "If ever we loved one another, let me go with you now," said the Unicorn. "If you are dead and if Aslan is not Aslan, what life is left for me?
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C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7))
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Years ago, Re had raged against humans for violating Ma’at, so he had sent Hathor to destroy mankind. She transformed into the lion goddess Sekhmet and Egypt’s fields ran red with the blood of her rampage. Seeing this, Re realized his mistake and ordered Sekhmet to stop, but she was too gone with bloodlust to listen. Knowing he had to halt her some other way, Re stained seven thousand jugs of beer with pomegranate juice and poured the red liquid into her path. Believing the beer to be blood, Sekhmet gorged herself and passed out in a drunken stupor. When she awoke, her bloodlust had passed and she returned to being Hathor. Thus the goddesses of love and violence shared a common history.
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Stephanie Marie Thornton (Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt)
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Yet if women are so flighty, fickle, changeable, susceptible, and inconstant (as some clerks would have us believe), why is it that their suitors have to resort to such trickery to have their way with them? And why don't women quickly succumb to them, without the need for all this skill and ingenuity in conquering them? For there is no need to go to war for a castle that is already captured. (...) Therefore, since it is necessary to call on such skill, ingenuity, and effort in order to seduce a woman, whether of high or humble birth, the logical conclusion to draw is that women are by no means as fickle as some men claim, or as easily influenced in their behaviour. And if anyone tells me that books are full of women like these, it is this very reply, frequently given, which causes me to complain. My response is that women did not write these books nor include the material which attacks them and their morals. Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart's content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defence. But if women had written these books, I know full well the subject would have been handled differently. They know that they stand wrongfully accused, and that the cake has not been divided up equally, for the strongest take the lion's share, and the one who does the sharing out keeps the biggest portion for himself.
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Christine de Pizan (Der Sendbrief vom Liebesgott / The Letter of the God of Love (L'Epistre au Dieu d'Amours))
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The clamor of 'What have I gotten myself into?' was a mighty shout. It could not be drowned out. The only possible distraction was my vigilant search for rattlesnakes. I expected one around every bend, ready to strike. The landscape was made for them, it seemed. And also for mountain lions and wilderness-savvy serial killers. But I wasn't thinking of them. It was a deal I'd made with myself months before and the only thing that allowed me to hike alone. I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. Insisting on this story was a form of mind control, but for the most part, it worked. Every time I heard a sound of unknown origin or felt something horrible cohering in my imagination, I pushed it away. I simply did not let myself become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. And it wasn't long before I actually wasn't afraid.
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Cheryl Strayed (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail)
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Then I fell at his feet and thought, Surely this is the hour of death, for the Lion (who is worthy of all honour) will know that I have served Tash all my days and not him. Nevertheless, it is better to see the Lion and die than to be Tisroc of the world and live and not to have seen him. But the Glorious One bent down his golden head and touched my forehead with his tongue and said, Son, thou art welcome. But I said, Alas Lord, I am no son of thine but the servant of Tash. He answered, Child, all the service thou hast done to Tash, I account as service done to me. Then by reasons of my great desire for wisdom and understanding, I overcame my fear and questioned the Glorious One and said, Lord, is it then true, as the Ape said, that thou and Tash are one? The Lion growled so that the earth shook (but his wrath was not against me) and said, It is false. Not because he and I are one, but because we are opposites, I take to me the services which thou hast done to him. For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him. Therefore if any man swear by Tash and keep his oath for the oath’s sake, it is by me that he has truly sworn, though he know it not, and it is I who reward him. And if any man do a cruelty in my name, then, though he says the name Aslan, it is Tash whom he serves and by Tash his deed is accepted. Dost thou understand, Child? I said, Lord, though knowest how much I understand. But I said also (for the truth constrained me), Yet I have been seeking Tash all my days. Beloved, said the Glorious One, unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek.
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C.S. Lewis (The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7))