109/365 – Friendships of Childhood (Alexander McCall)

“You can go through life and make new friends every year
– every month practically –
but there was never any substitute for those friendships of childhood
that survive into adult years.
 Those are the ones in which we are bound to one another with hoops of steel.”
– Alexander McCall Smith
(The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency)

108/365 – The Way to Fairyland (L.M. Montgomery)

“There is such a place as fairyland – but only children can find the way to it.
And they do not know that it is fairyland
until they have grown so old that they forget the way.
One bitter day,
when they seek it and cannot find it,
they realize what they have lost;
and that is the tragedy of life.
On that day the gates of Eden are shut behind them
and the age of gold is over.
Henceforth they must dwell in the common light of common day.
Only a few,
who remain children at heart,
can ever find that fair, lost path again;
and blessed are they above mortals.
They, and only they,
can bring us tidings from that dear country
where we once sojourned and from which we must evermore be exiles.
The world calls them its singers and poets
and artists and story-tellers;
but they are just people
who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.”
– L.M. Montgomery
(The Story Girl)

107/365 – Why God? Why Me? (Stephen King)

“When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed,
Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens,
“Why god? Why me?”
and the thundering voice of God answered,
There’s just something about you that pisses me off.”
– Stephen King
(Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay)

103/365 – Christmas Lights (Maya Angelou)

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens,
or how bad it seems today,
life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person
by the way he/she handles these three things:
a rainy day, lost luggage,
and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
I’ve learned that making a “living”
is not the same thing as making a “life.”
I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands;
you need to be able to throw something back.
I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart,
I usually make the right decision.
I’ve learned that even when I have pains,
I don’t have to be one.
I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.”
– Maya Angelou