“Because I am exactly where I should be, doing exactly what I should be doing. That is peace.”
“The plain truth can be the hardest thing to see when it's about yourself. If you don't want to know the truth, you'll do anything to disguise it.”
“Sometimes the apple rolls very far from the tree.”
“Oh, let me tell you, feelings are all dangerous. Love, hope... Ha! Hope! You talk about dangerous, eh? No, you can't avoid any of them. We all own a beast called anger. It can serve us: many good things come out of anger at bad things; many unjust things are made just. But first we all have to figure out how to civilize it.”
“no matter how bad things got, we could always make ourselves new again.”
“So which is it? You going back for your home or for your pet? They're the same thing, Peter said, the answer sudden and sure, although a surprise to him.”
“We all own a beast called anger. It can serve us: many good things come of anger at bad things; many unjust things are made just. But first we all have to figure out how to civilize it.”
“You going back for your home or for your pet?” “They’re the same thing,”
“It's a Buddhist concept. Nonduality. It's about oneness, about how things that seem to be separate are really connected to one another. There are no separations...This is not just a piece of wood. This is also the clouds that brought the rain that watered the tree, and the birds that nested in it and the squirrels that fed on its nuts. It is also the food my grandparents fed me that made me strong enough to cut the tree, and it's the steel in the axe I used. And it's how you know your fox, which allowed you to carve him yesterday. And it's the story you will tell your children when you give this to them. All these things are separate but also one, inseparable. Do you see?”
“Oneness is always growing in the world, boy. Two but not two. It's always there, connecting its roots, humming. I can't be part of it--that's the price I pay for taking myself away. But you can be. You can vibrate with its heartbeat. You may be on your own. But you won't be alone.”
“Because I am exactly where I should be, doing exactly what I should be doing. That is peace. Eat.” Peter”
“but distrust is no match for kindness administered consistently and unmeasured, especially in creatures new to the world.”
“This war that is coming—are you sure it will harm all in its path? Even the youth? Everything. It will destroy everything. Pax”
“[A] baseball field was the only place where he felt he was exactly where he was born to be.”
“Pax? That’s his name? It means ‘peace,’ you know.” Peter knew that—lots of people had told him. “But”
“Vola: So which is it? You going back for your home or for your pet?
Peter: They're the same thing.”
“We all own a beast called anger. It”
“Because I am exactly where I should be, doing exactly what I should be doing. That is peace. Eat.”
“She said it meant that no matter how bad things got, we could always make ourselves new again.”
“what if he was like his father, with that threatening kind of anger, the kind that was always simmering, the kind that could boil over at any time and hurt everyone in the way? The apologies afterward never healed the damage.”
“It is now. But a trip like this? You will find something to fill it with. A truth of your own, that you discover on your own.”
“Oh, let me tell you, feelings are all dangerous. Love, hope...Ha! Hope! You talk about dangerous, eh? No, you can't avoid them. We all own a beast called anger. It can serve us: many good things come of anger at bad things; many unjust things are made just. But first we all have to figure out how to civilize it" -Vola”
“Vola eyed him as she sawed a slice off a ham joint”
“I have twenty acres of trees to care for. And I’m a wood-carver. You thought they were weapons?” Peter”
“You’re going to work some puppets for me. Marionettes. That sound too hard?” “Marionettes?”
“Hello," Lilly said."Movie. Of your life.You were portrayed as shy and awkward."
"I am shy and awkward," I reminded her.
"They made your grandmother all kindly and sympathetic to your plight," Lilly said."It was the grossest mischaracterization I've seen since Shakespeare in Love tried to pass off the Bard as a hottie with a six-pack and a full set of teeth.”
“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. —Winston Churchill (or George Orwell)”
“Shh,” Cobweb said with a well-time jab of the elbow, “we might be able to get some dignity out of this, if we play our cards right.”
“Behind Nat someone chuckled. Nat turned. Dr. Bentley was looking at him with a twinkle. "Is this a political argument?"
Nat shrugged. "No argument at all. Ben's got an article there that talks against the President. I said I didn't want to hear it. I said that sort of thing ought to be stopped."
To Nat's amazement, Dr. Bentley shook his head. "No, Nat. We can't have freedom—unless we have freedom."
Nat stiffened. "Does that mean right to tell lies?"
Dr. Bentley smiled. "It means the right to have our own opinions. Human problems aren't like mathematics, Nat. Every problem doesn't have just one answer; sometimes you get several answers—and you don't know which is the right one.”
“The first is about forgiveness. It is never done well in little bits and dabs. Do it all at once and never look back, or do not do it at all.”
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