Classic Children’s Books
“Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”
“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
“Nobody asked your opinion,” said Alice.”
There could not have been a lovelier sight; but there was none to see it except a little boy who was staring in at the window. He had ecstasies innumerable that other children can never know; but he was looking through the window at the one joy from which he must be for ever barred.
‘That proves you are unusual,’ returned the Scarecrow; ‘and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.’
At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done—then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.
The proof that the little prince existed is that he was charming, that he laughed, and that he was looking for a sheep. If anybody wants a sheep, that is a proof that he exists.
If you want to find Cherry-Tree Lane all you have to do is ask the Policeman at the cross-roads.
There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.
Home! That was what they meant, those caressing appeals, Those soft touches wafted through the air, those invisible little hands pulling and tugging, all one way.
The man that I named the Giver passed along to the boy knowledge, history, memories, color, pain, laughter, love, and truth. Every time you place a book in the hands of a child, you do the same thing. It is very risky. But each time a child opens a book, he pushes open the gate that separates him from Elsewhere. It gives him choices. It gives him freedom. Those are magnificent, wonderfully unsafe things.
— Lois Lowry, from her Newberry Award acceptance speech. (via amandaonwriting)
Just get healthy. It’s all anyone asks. Be healthy.
No, actually, all anyone asks is that fat people be thin, because the myth that thin = healthy has become nearly legend.
If “all anyone asks” is that we ALL be healthy, food deserts wouldn’t exist, fast foods would be regulated stringently, and soda companies couldn’t be allowed to put 40 grams of high fructose corn syrup and 150g of salt in one 12oz can. Among many, many other things.
Instead, fat people are bullied, thin people (in the saMe burger king line as a fat person, BTW) snap pictures of fat people’s butts and stomachs and bodies without permission so they can post them online, and thin people who openly live unhealthy lives (binge drinking, never drinking water, smoking, drugs, unprotected sex, stress, over working, eating fast food, etc) are seen as above reproach because they can “eat whatever they want and stay thin”.
No, getting “healthy” is not “all anyone asks”.
And beyond that, what business is it of yours to ask about someone else’s health anyway?
Re. EDUCATORS FOR EXCELLENCE and other well-funded reform groups * Shut up about your merit pay. We work as hard as we possibly can for our students and you insult us by suggesting that if you dangle a carrot in front of our faces, we might be able to pull another 6 hours a day out of nowhere.
“Nikola Tesla was not in this for the money. He wanted to give the world free energy. If we are to implement free energy in the tradition of Nikola Tesla, then we need to replicate not only his science but his humanity.” - Sterling D. Allan
Reblogging for Nikola.
And also for my massive historical crush on Tesla. <3