Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Beautiful sentences.

Yesterday I spotted this list from Buzzfeed on my Twitter feed.
I loved reading it!  I think you will too.



51 of the most beautiful sentences in literature: Buzzfeed



But I want to do a QLCS version.

  Because I think, while these are all beautiful sentences, indeed, the commenters from this blog will come up different ones that will be equally beautiful ..but they will have a certain quiet life tone.



Now that ^^^^ is a beautiful sentence!

I want to read your sentences too.

So I will leave this up for two days and then I will post all of the beautiful sentences on this blog.

Then we will all be 10% happier.





Lots of love friends!
I am so excited to read your favorite, beautiful sentences from literature.

Donna

p.s. Repeats from the Buzzfeed list are acceptable.









75 comments:

  1. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

    That is the first one that came to mind. I'm going to think on this more.

    If you can not comment on this blog, feel free to email me. booshay6@charter.net

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  2. I have two, and they go together:

    "We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are" Madeleine L'Engle - Walking on Water

    ~ and

    "You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Christopher Robin to Pooh.

    Ah, the encouragement of a true friend.

    And the urging to press forward that we hear from the Lord himself.

    Thanks for this place of sharing, Donna. Now ... time to drink my coffee xxx

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  3. P.S. I was quick like a bunny with mine, because they are taped to the inside of my wardrobe door. Then - I looked at the link. What beauty!!! These are to be savored; I'm leaving that link up for awhile.

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  4. I'll limit myself to one biblical sentence -- that will be hard! - but I will:

    We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who comes from the Father, full of grace and truth.

    --more to come...

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    1. Full of grace and truth. Ahhh.

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  5. So many to choose from. Here are a few I have saved throughout the years.

    "When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you are the one smiling and everyone around you is crying."

    “People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care”
    ― John C. Maxwell

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  6. For now, Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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  7. “He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”
    ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

    I just love Marquez!

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  8. "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." - Henry David Thoreau, Walden [sorry, that was 2 sentences]

    One more if I may ... not really from literature, but from his writings and notable:

    "When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die." - Jim Elliot, martyred missionary

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  9. “I remember it as October days are always remembered, cloudless, maple-flavored, the air gold and so clean it quivers.”
    ― Leif Enger, Peace Like a River

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    1. I LOVE that line, that book xxx

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    2. Uhm did you finish this BTW?!?!

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    3. Anonymous1:14 PM

      That book was one gorgeous line after another.

      hmbalison

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  10. “the darkness is a cresting wave. It sweeps me up out of my body until I float among the stars, those tine bright pores on the sky's skin. If only I could pass through them, I would end up on the other side, the right side, shadowless, perfectly illuminated, beyond the worries of this mundane world”
    ― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Sister of My Heart

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  11. “I don't want sunbursts and marble halls. I just want YOU. [....] Sunbursts and marble halls may be all very well, but there is more 'scope for imagination' without them. And as for the waiting, that doesn't matter. We'll just be happy, waiting and working for each other—and dreaming. Oh, dreams will be very sweet now.”

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  12. L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the island. Ahhhhhh.....

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  13. Anonymous3:51 PM

    I thought it was interesting that they had lines from children's books listed, so as you can imagine, I have dozens of favorites...."Now the first thing we'll do is pick out a name that sounds just right for you. There's an old Bible name that I think rhymes with meek. I know! It's Ezekiel. For short that is Zeke." Bill Peet The Pinkish, Purplish, Bluish Egg (our younger son's favorite book)

    "Don't stop! Farther up and farther in!" C. S. Lewis The Last Battle

    And then there are the philosophers: "The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity." Seneca

    "Death may be the greatest of all human blessings" Socrates

    Finally from a favorite song (not literature, but the photograph made me think of it): "It's a marshmallow world in the winter...." love and prayers, jep

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  14. I can't resist:

    "We are starlight, we are golden, and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden".

    Joni Mitchell, Woodstock

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    1. This is perfect.

      DI

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    2. It is. She is. Siiiiiigh.

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  15. Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting
    The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
    Hath had elsewhere its setting,
    And cometh from afar:
    Not in entire forgetfulness,
    And not in utter nakedness,
    But trailing clouds of glory do we come
    From God, who is our home.
    William Wordsworth Intimations of Immortality

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    1. This is so gorgeous it made me cry.

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  16. "if you wait, all that happens is you get older" Larry McMurtry

    and that is why I'm getting a Maine Coon kitten...

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  17. Beautiful sentences from everyone. I love the imagery in this verse from Nahum 1:
    His way is in the whirlwind and the storm and clouds are the dust of His feet.
    We serve a mighty God!

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  18. Oh, I saw that too, Donna. I shared on my my FB page. It was wonderful.

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  19. You are such a temptress. Instead of folding and putting away laundry I am tearing books off shelves looking for lovely sentences.
    '...our hearts are restless till they find their rest in thee;' St. Augustine
    'Undaunted, sitting astride his horse, the coast guard answered,"Anyone with gumption and a sharp mind will take the measure of two things: what's said and what's done."'

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  20. Anonymous8:33 PM

    Psalms 75:3
    When the earth quakes with all it's people, it is I who keeps it's pillars steady.NIV
    (we are experiencing earthquakes in Ks.)

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    1. {{{LIKE}}} ... says the girl from Alaska! I know a thing or two about earthquakes :-)

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  21. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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  22. Anonymous9:40 PM

    "I was especially perceptive to all things beautiful that morning- raspberries in blue china bowls were enough to make the heart sing."
    from Up A Road Slowly by Irene Hunt

    and...

    "You and me- all that lights upon us, though,
    brings us together like a fiddle-bow
    drawing one voice from two strings it glides along.
    Across what instrument have we been spanned?
    And what violinist holds us in his hand?
    O sweetest song."
    from Love-Song by Rainer Maria Rilke

    Debbie Z.

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    1. Anonymous1:01 PM

      Debbie, I love Up a Road Slowly. I don't think I've ever met anyone else who has read it and loved it. Thank you!

      hmbalison

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    2. Anonymous10:27 PM

      I'm so glad hmbalison! It is a very fond memory of my early teen years. There are so many kindred spirits who read Donna's wonderful blog.

      Debbie Z.

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  23. My dad used to say this to me ... he's been gone 25+ years and I hear his voice often ... from A.A. Milne: "If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together ... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart ... I'll always be with you."

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    1. I love this quote. It always makes me cry as it makes me think immediately of my own children.

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  24. "There are only two ways to live your life ~ one is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein

    " Always do right ~ it will gratify some and astonish the rest." Mark Twain

    "The brick walls are not there to stop us or keep us out ... the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something." Dr. Randy Pausch

    "I would rather possess eyes that know no sight, ears that know no sound, hands that know no touch than a heart that knows no love."

    I keep a small "journal" that I jot meaningful quotes into whenever I see them. Thanks, Donna, for this exercise ... it's been a joy. Linda

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  25. Psalm 139:14King James Version (KJV)
    14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

    I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.
    Charles Dickens.

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  26. Anonymous9:24 AM

    If I don’t get my Christmas cards done, it will be due to this post. I came here last night and it sent me down the rabbit hole of taking books off my shelves and looking for my favorite passages. It was wonderful! I have quotes from Charles Dickens, E.B. White, A.A. Milne, J.K. Rowling, Jane Austen, L.M. Montgomery, Leon Uris, Louisa May Alcott and so many others! Don’t want to hijack the comments section and put them all, but I will try to narrow it down to my absolute favorites soon. :)

    Mary Z

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    1. Me too Mary. There must be something you love grom Les Miz...no?

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    2. Anonymous5:20 PM

      How could I forget Victor Hugo??
      “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

      “To love another person is to see the face of God.”

      “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”

      “Life's great happiness is to be convinced we are loved.”

      “There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.”

      What brilliance!

      Mary Z

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  27. It is not often someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.
    Charlotte was both.
    E.B White Charlotte's Web

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    1. Well take mine why don't ya

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  28. When he shall die,
    Take him and cut him out in little stars,
    And he will make the face of heaven so fine
    That all the world will be in love with night
    And pay no worship to the garish sun.
    William Shakespeare
    Romeo and Juliet

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    1. My absolute favorite from all of Shakespeare!

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  29. I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice.

    John Irving
    A Prayer for Owen Meany

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  30. How far that little candle throws his beams!
    So shines a good deed in a weary world.

    William Shakespeare
    The Merchant of Venice

    and Willy Wonka

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  31. "It's so much easier ... the being happy. It's so much easier to learn to love what you have instead of yearning always for what you're missing, or what you imagine you're missing. It's so much more peaceful." -Anna Quindlen, One True Thing

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  32. KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

    - Dr. Seuss

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  33. Anonymous1:09 PM

    Here are three for the holiday season from two of my favorite holiday books:

    "I'll wager at the very end a body realizes the Lord has already shown Himself. That things as they are"--her hand circles in a gesture that gathers clouds and kites and grass and Queenie paywing earth over her bone--"just what they've always seen, was seeing Him. As for me, I could leave the world with today in my eyes."--A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

    "Oh my, it's fruitcake weather!"."--A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

    "This is a story about wishing. ..." The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden

    hmbalison

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  34. Anonymous1:12 PM

    “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”


    ― Dr. Seuss

    hmbalison

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    1. Anonymous8:36 PM

      I LOVE this story. I have a favorite quote I once included in Christmas cards, about the whirring of the beaters, etc. I read the story every year at Christmas time. Almost time to do so!

      Sandy C.

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    2. Anonymous8:38 PM

      Oops. That reply belonged above on the Christmas Memory quote. That's what I get for trying to post right before bedtime. :)

      Sandy

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    3. Love Suess quote...

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  35. "Yes, David...I love you!" From No, David by David Shannon We read this book about 30 times a week and it is so true...despite all the nos in parenting it always ends in love :)

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    1. Anonymous9:14 PM

      That book is a favorite in my house!

      Sarah P. from Iowa

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  36. Anonymous8:34 PM

    "It was one of those moments that you know at the time will stay with you to the grave: the sweet pie, the gaunt man playing the old music, the coals in the stove glowing orange, the scent of kerosene and hot bread." William Least Heat Moon "Blue Highways"

    I first read this book around 1982 and have re-read it several times. I've bought and given away several copies, including one last summer I am now reminded to replace. :)

    Sandy C.

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  37. Anonymous9:17 PM

    You is kind. You is smart. You is important.
    ~Kathryn Stockett

    Sarah P. from Iowa

    I can comment tonight! : p

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  38. Music is the science of moving well. — St. Augustine

    From the composts of our efforts, God brings glory. — N.D. Wilson

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  39. "His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead." from James Joyce's "The Dead"

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  40. Anonymous10:39 PM

    "And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!"

    Charles Dickens
    A Christmas Carol

    Debbie Z.

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  41. Anonymous9:11 AM

    "I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

    Abraham Lincoln
    Letter to Mrs. Bixby who lost five sons on the field of battle

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    1. Anonymous10:21 AM

      Yes, Anonymous. Abraham Lincoln was one of the most eloquent writers who has ever lived.

      Debbie Z.

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  42. "Love is an act of endless forgiveness."
    Jan Karon
    Somewhere Safe, With Somebody Good

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    1. I recently brought that book home with me from my travels; can't wait to dive in :-)

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    2. It is absolutely marvelous.

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  43. Anonymous5:23 PM

    "This place was the very river and mountains in the geography of her thoughts and feelings, and away from it they would crumble and decay." -Ernest Buckler

    This quote often comes to mind when I think of the cottage... the place where I feel most complete and alive. It's from one of Buckler's short stories, but apparently I remember this sentence better than I remember the title. The collection that the story is from is called "The Rebellion of Young David".

    Kristin

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  44. I read your post and then read this sentence...sharing: "I pin my hopes to quiet processes and small circles, in which vital and transforming events take place." Rufus Jones

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  45. Anonymous10:19 AM

    "All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged, fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hands in the snow and bring out whatever I can find." A Child's Christmas In Wales by Dylan Thomas illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
    His words and her illustrations make music in my mind. love and prayers, jep

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  46. Anonymous3:20 PM

    Debbie Z and hmbalison,

    I loved Up a Road Slowly! It was one of the first "grown up" books I read as a teen. The story and the characters stuck with me for a long time. I may have to find a copy to read it again....

    Mary Z

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  47. sonjasunshine12:01 PM

    Hope is the thing with feathers
    that perches in the soul,
    and sings the tune - without the words,
    and never stops at all.
    -Emily Dickinson

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    1. I love this. Hope. What a beautiful word.

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  48. I'm late to the party, but this sentence is one of my favorites: "Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigor; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be.” from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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