Eloquent Finds

By Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Words are important. They have immense power to wound or heal, encourage or discourage, inspire or defeat, bring fun and laughter or disgust and cynicism, and lots more. These are words that have brought good to my mind and heart as I've read them, and I hope they do the same for you. I hope they make you smile, laugh, evaluate, and reflect. I hope they maybe inspire you to read or watch something new because of the attributions behind them. Regardless, I hope you see the value in these words and words in general. I hope you start to notice helpful words in your own sphere and appreciate them as well. Without further ado, here are my "eloquent finds" for today.

Brigitta: The women look so beautiful!
Kurt: I think they look ugly!
Louisa: You just say that because you're scared of them.
Kurt: Silly, only grown-up men are scared of women!

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. -Emma Woodhouse, Emma by Jane Austen

My dear, love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike. -The Dowager Countess to Lady Mary Crawley, Downton Abbey: Season 5

No more talk of darkness
Forget these wide-eyed fears
I'm here, nothing can harm you
My words will warm and calm you
Let me be your freedom
Let daylight dry your tears
I'm here, with you, beside you
To guard you and to guide you
-"All I Ask of You" from Phantom of the Opera (Raoul and Christine)

Would who she was really be enough? There was no magic to help her this time. This is perhaps the greatest risk any of us will ever take – to be seen as we truly are. -Fairy Godmother, Cinderella (2015 film)

Oh, all this endless thinking! It's very overrated...I blame the war. Before 1914, no one thought about anything at all! -The Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey: Season 5

To appear whimsical and affected is a common form of self-defence. Silence is another. -Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin

Alan, it doesn't matter how smart you are. Enigma is always going to be smarter. If you really want to solve your puzzle, you're going to need all the help you can get. And they are *not* going help you, if they do not *like* you. -Joan Clarke to Alan Turing, The Imitation Game (2014 film)

I feel as if our household is breaking up...but I suppose that's what happens. People grow up, and move away, and things change. -Lady Mary Crawley, Downton Abbey: Season 5

Somewhere along the way, our worlds grew dim, we got discouraged, and we forgot how much the fairy tale meant. Finding it again is as audacious as holiness, and even though we are tired, we aren't too ruined for it yet.
Goodness. Kindness. Courage. Beauty. Hope. The early tales whisper a promise that a servant girl can stumble into an extravagant grace on the night of her deepest despair and become a great queen as a result. Therein is the gospel, isn't it? Believe, weary one. Believe. Drink from the stream of faith so that you can walk today having courage and being kind. You who wake with labor's ash on your face, with trouble's sorrow in your heart, and with the hunger of loneliness in your belly, you can live from the good old vision again. -Rebecca Reynolds, "The Audacity of Cinderella" {read full article here; I think you will be refreshed when you have}

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