Quotes from Literature

Hello dear readers, welcome back. Usually Friday’s Quote of the Day post relates to whatever book I reviewed on the Monday, but I didn’t review a book this week yet.

This week is a bit different, because I have a special book review coming tomorrow, and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise by posting quotes from it today.

Instead you’re getting an ensemble of quotes from different pieces of literature that I have found.

Hope you enjoy!


“Just breathing isn’t living!” – Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

“There are times, young fellah, when every one of us must make a stand for human right and justice, or you never feel clean again.” – The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give. – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

“It seemed to me that where others had prayed before to their God, in their joy or in their agony, was of itself a sacred place.” – Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

“It’s Christmas Day!” said Scrooge to himself. “I haven’t missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can.” – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


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Do people still use libraries?

Libraries have literally been around for thousands of years, and have served some different purposes through time, but generally have had one goal: providing books/knowledge to people.

Whenever I think of a library, the Great Library of Alexandria comes to mind. Probably the most famous library in the history of the world, we unfortunately lost almost all of the contents long ago.

I read somewhere a few years ago that the world’s technology would probably be 100 years more advanced if we hadn’t lost it’s contents.

I don’t know if that’s entirely true, but I feel like there is some truth to it. Libraries used to be for scholars and academics to learn, and advance human knowledge and understanding.

Libraries are places for people to learn, study, and advance the world.

There is near limitless information that can be found in a library…but that’s not what they’re used for any more. They aren’t the epicenter of knowledge any more. That is what our phones are for.

Do people go to libraries to learn? In my opinion no. If people want to learn, (which they tend not to want) they go on their phones, find what information they want, and then forget it almost immediately.

Yeah sure, people at universities or college might use a library because their essay requires them to add a few citations, but do they really use the library? Or do they just go online?

The libraries I have been in have hundreds if not thousands of books, but they sit their unused. They don’t move, except for the very rare occurrence somebody can’t find them online and needs to use an actual book as a reference in their work.

In my opinion, physical libraries are dying, and are also becoming worthless. It hurts me to say that, but I don’t think they’re valued anymore. People don’t use them to learn, people barely use them (physical or online) as it is.

For the most part they’re used a source of free internet access for anyone who just walks in off the street.

I know people do use them, and to those who do, bless your souls because it brings me joy knowing that someone is using a library for it’s original purpose.

Some people use them for movies, or to check out the books they can’t afford to buy, and that’s good. The only problem is, that these people are few and far between.

Am I wrong about libraries? Do people use them for more than I think they do, or do you agree that libraries are dying out, slowly but surely.

Weekly Recap

In case you missed any of my posts this week, here they are:

Monday: Book Review: The Once and Future King

Tuesday: Type It Out Tuesday

Wednesday: Wednesday News

Thursday: Why Reading is Hard

Friday: Quote of the Day

 

Book Review: The Once and Future King

Rating: 4/5

Author: T.H. White

The Kid Who Would Be King is a new movie out in theatres, and it’s yet another movie about King Arthur, or some version of him.

I’m not complaining, because I am a big fan of the Arthurian legend, but when we get a movie adaptation of the story every few years, it’s a little too much.

Now I haven’t read that book, but one Arthurian legend book that I have read is The Once and Future King.

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T.H. White got the name of the book from Sir Thomas Malory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur”, where he claims that King Arthur’s tomb has Hic iacet Arthurus, rex quondam, rexque futurus”. 

For those who aren’t fluent in Latin, basically what that means is “Here lies Arthur, king once, and king to be.”

I heard about it from watching X2 when Professor X talks to Magneto about what a man can do when he has power.

As Arthur becomes king, he attempts to go against the “might is right” attitude that was common at the time in a historical context.

Since Arthur wasn’t a real person, White’s retelling of the story differs slightly from what people commonly associate to Arthur, but it is still the same idea.

The Once and Future King ends just before Arthur’s final battle against his illegitimate son Mordred, but follows the basic story people often know about King Arthur:

  • His training with Merlyn (no battle with Madam Mym though)
  • His seduction by his half sister Morgause, and the adoption of the chivalric order of the Round Table
  • The love affair between Lancelot and Guinevere
  • The eventual downfall of Camelot because of Mordred’s hatred of Arthur/the love affair of Lancelot and Guinevere

Now I’m a sucker for the medieval era with knights and sword fights. I’ve loved that idea since I was a kid, and I probably wont stop, and I think The Once and Future King is a great depiction of the era, using the Arthurian legend to show the code of chivalry that has come and gone through history.

What’s great about it though, is the fact that it really doesn’t much of its time on knights and fighting. I mean yeah, it is part of the story, but probably about 1/4 of it focuses on Arthur’s (or Wart as he is known at the time) training by Merlyn as different animals.

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I always thought that was a movie thing from watching The Sword in the Stone. You know, kids movie, funny talking animals that teach you a lesson. But no, it’s actually how the story was written, and being an adult I kind of understand how the lessons make sense.

I tried not to let my love of knights and the medieval era stain my judgement of this one.

I did genuinely really enjoy The Once and Future King though. I had read it a few years ago and couldn’t stop myself from reading it when I had a free moment.

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Since there are so many different adaptations of the Arthurian legend, what’s your favourite? Let me know in the comments.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book, named after a guy who has a metal heart. Maybe you can guess that one. 

Weekly Recap

In case you happened to miss one of my posts this week here they are:

Manga Review: Bleach

Type it Out Tuesdays

Wednesday News: January 23

Top 5 Manga/Anime Characters

Quote of the Day: January 25

As always I hope you guys enjoy.

Manga Review: Bleach

Rating:2.5/5

Author: Tite Kubo

I’m a big supporter of mangas, and I honestly prefer them over comic books myself.

The biggest determining factor as to whether or not I will read a manga is the art style. If the first 5 chapters have an art style that I don’t like, I quit reading (I give it 5 chapters to see if it grows on me). If I like the art style, I keep reading, usually until the end or until I catch up to the publications.

Bleach was a manga that I had actually first started as an anime, but was interested enough to go explore the manga instead.

Overall, I wasn’t thoroughly impressed with Bleach.

Yeah it had cool fight scenes, and some of the Shinigami had AWESOME weapons, Shikai and Bankai (if you don’t know what those are then time to read the manga!).

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I was even okay with the newcomer and main character being a total bad ass (for a while at least).

What really bothered me about Bleach was 3 things.

I.) The main character (Ichigo) was constantly using main characteritis to do more and more ridiculous things.

I’m okay with the main character being weirdly strong right off the hop, as long as it makes some sort of sense, but when the main character is one of the strongest Shinigami at the time, after only a few weeks of being one, meanwhile some of the people he beats have been for years; or even decades, is something I can’t get over.

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II.) The fact that there was no real idea of bigger and badder enemies in each arc, it felt more like INSERT AUTHOR kept pulling out more and more ridiculous stories just to make some sense.

A manga like Naruto has different villains every arc, but there is an overall villain that is mentioned pretty early on, even if we don’t know much about them when they are first introduced. I think this approach goes a longer way to keeping readers interested in the manga, and enjoying the mystery behind it too.

III.) Bleach suffers from the terrible, “rushing to finish the story so we are gonna make it really bad and have a lot of unhappy readers” disease. 

Not a lot of the mangas I have read suffer from this disease, but when they have a case of it, it’s really bad. I’m not saying the Bleach manga ending is bad, actually I think the opposite. I really enjoyed the ending, I just didn’t enjoy how fast it went.

Again I’m gonna stress this, probably not for the last time, THE END IS JUST AS IMPORTANT, IF NOT MORE IMPORTANT, THAN THE START OF THE BOOK.

Yes, the start of the book is what hooks readers in, and yes the beginning of a book is the first impression a person gets from the book, but in my opinion, the last impression is more important.

When I put down a book for the last time, it’s not after reading the first pages of it, it’s after reading the last pages of the book. If the end of the book is rushed and doesn’t fit the rest of the story, readers are not likely to have fond memories or the book.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book mentioned by Professor X in the original X-Men trilogy (I believe the second one).

Did you enjoy Bleach? Why or why not? Let’s talk about it in the comments.