The strong survive, but the courageous triumph.
The credibility of any item in finance is inversely proportionate to the amount of publicity it receives.
There is no such thing as magic. It is a word. A silly, foolish, overused word. There is only your aura...or the Chinese have a better word for it: qi. A life force. An energy. This is the energy that flows within you. It can be shaped, molded, directed.
The problem with contemporary art is that no one bothers to do the research necessary to give people what they want.
He is many things -- dangerous and devious, cunning and deadly, a good friend and an implacable enemy -- but he comes from an age when a man's word was indeed precious.
Good or bad is a matter of perspective. I met an immortal hunami once, a man called William Shakespeare, who wrote that there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
Research is always the best part. As we dug deeper into the history and mythology behind each of the hallows, we discovered more and more stories -- some of them deserving of novels in themselves.
A good story is always a journey. It is about taking the journey, the people the hero meets along the way and how they change him or her. All stories are journeys. They don't have to be shocking or outrageous: they simply have to be interesting.
One of the oldest secrets of alchemy is that every living thing, from the most complex creatures right down to the simplest leaf, carries the seeds of its creation within itself.
Artists want to sell their work, sure. But they aren't out there asking questions about what people want and what they don't want, now are they?
When in doubt, we follow our hearts. Words can be false, images and sounds can be manipulated. But this...' He tapped his chest, over his heart. 'This is always true.
Being immortal must have a lot of attractions. You can travel all over the world, see everything, do everything. But what happens if you are immortal and your friends and family are not? You are then destined to watch them age and die.
You know I hate disappointing even one person, and I really hate disappointing everyone but I love burlington coat factory.
You might argue that the history of contemporary art is a series of avant-garde movements, each new wave outraging the last.
What you call magic is nothing more than an act of the imagination fired by the senses, then given shape by the power of your aura.
The best moment is when you walk into a bookstore and see a pile of your books -- that is the oddest experience in the world!
I am a writer (and one day I'll be an author). For a long time I was a bookseller (who wrote) or a TV producer (who wrote), but for the last decade or so, its been writer.
I wanted to be a librarian from a very young age. Some of my earliest memories are being taken to the local library. I ended up working as a bookseller. Becoming a writer was the logical offshoot of being a reader.
Most writers, I'm afraid, live very boring lives sitting in front of a screen. However, having said that: every writer puts a bit of themselves into the characters to bring them alive.
Negotiations are about controlling things, about being in the driver's seat and make one tiny mistake; you're dead. I made one tiny mistake, I wore women's clothes.
There was no honor in war, less in killing, and none in dying. But there was true dignity in how men comported themselves in battle. And there was always honor to be found in standing for a just cause and defending the defenseless.
What is it like being single? I like it! I like starting each day with a sense of possibility. And I'm optimistic, because everyday I get a little more desperate. And desperate situations yield the quickest results.
We had little or no emotion. We lacked the capacity to feel fear, to experience love, to enjoy the sensations of happiness and delight.The finest warriors are not only those who do not fear, but those who are without anger.
Ah. In my experience, when people say they don't know whether they love someone, they usually mean no.
But magic, like everything else, follows certain natural laws. Magic needs energy wherever it can find it. If no other source of energy is available, it will take the life force of the magician who created it. That is why every use of magic weakens the magician.
I am a great believer that all the primary research has to be done before principle writing begins. I'm a huge advocate of plotting.
The Alchemyst had discovered that the seats revolved and had been amusing himself by swinging back and forth. His chair squeaked with each turn.Finally Prometheus turned and glared at the immortal. If you do that one more time, I'm going to feed you to the Lotan myself. And I will help, Niten added.
In fact, writing for younger adults is tougher. They remember everything and if they spot a problem, they'll be sure to let you know.
My advice is to write about what you are interested in. If you read science fiction and fantasy, then write in that genre. If you read romance novels, then try writing one.
My mom always used to say that average people are the most special people in the world. And that's why God made so many.
The SUV was the only car moving. Josh had his foot pressed flat to the floor, and the needle on the speedometer hovered close to eighty. He was becoming more comfortable with the controls--he hadn't hit anything for at least a minute.
It's always been Apple's goal to ship something we were proud of and something people would be proud to own, and I think that's still true from thirty years ago.
Making sure that the geography and timelines work is always the hardest part of writing. But you owe it to the readers to get it right!
Even if he could not see them, several lifetimes of listening to emperors, kings, princes, politicians and thieves had taught him that it was often not what people said, but what they did not say that revealed the truth.
When it is going well, it is the best job writing in the world. For those few hours, you are god, in control of everything. However, for me, the great joy of writing is that it has allowed me to travel the world in search of stories.
TMI? Too Much Information. Its just easier to say 'TMI'. I used to say 'don't go there', but that's lame.
All great literary works influence us as writers, not their stories as much as their storytelling ability.
Good collaboration essentially boils down to personalities who work well together and are able to integrate each other's notes and ideas without killing each other.
Just as a pebble thrown into the water creates ripples, so our thoughts create similar effects on our palms.
Her hands flew to her mouth. 'Are we even twins?' Josh rested his hand on her shoulder and brought his forehead to rest against hers, strands of their blond hair mingling. 'I will always be your brother, Sophie. I will always look after you.
I have a few regrets. There was a girl I should have married, a war in which I should never have fought, a loaf of bread I should have shared, a lie to which I should never have listened. And there is a story I should have told.
Werewolves and silver bullets! Shakespeare coughed a quick laugh and shook his head. Lord, what fools these mortals be!
My specialty is mythology.There are artifacts like the hallows scattered through just about every mythology. However, what makes the Celtic hallows so interesting is that they are a self-contained group of objects.
I have been very lucky: my writing has taken me across the world, and I have seen some extraordinary sites and sights.
I am thrilled when I read about fans using my stories as springboards to read about either the historical characters or the myths and legends in the books.
I published my first book in 1982 -- a collection of Irish folklore called Irish Folk and Fairy Tales. It is still in print today. My first young adult book was published a couple of years later, and I've been writing in both genres ever since.
Guess what? I have flaws. What are they? Oh I donno, I sing in the shower? Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally I'll hit somebody with my car. So sue me -- no, don't sue me. That is opposite the point I'm trying to make.
OK, Josh said evenly, I've seen men made of mud, I guess I can accept spying rats. Do they talk? he wondered aloud.
Don't be ridiculous, Flamel snapped, They're rats.
Josh really didn't think it was a ridiculous suggestion.
I was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and it is still home to me. My writing has taken me all over the world, but this is the place I come back to and the place where I find it easiest to write.
I don't want somebody sucking up to me because they think I am going to help their career. I want them sucking up to me because they genuinely love me.
I never avoid something that challenges my guts and my heart. While I might occasionally puke my guts out, I have never puked my heart out.
Presents are the best way to show someone how much you care. It is like this tangible thing that you can point to and say, Hey man, I love you this many dollars-worth.
You must learn to heed your senses. Humans use but a tiny percentage of theirs. They barely look, they rarely listen, they never smell, and they think that they can only experience feelings through their skin. But they talk, oh, do they talk.
When I said that I was king of forwards, you've got to understand that I don't come up with this stuff. I just forward it along. You wouldn't arrest a guy who was just passing drugs from one guy to another.
I swore to myself that if I ever got to walk around the room as manager, people would laugh when they saw me coming, and would applaud as I walked away.
First up, the lost and found has gone missing. It itself, is lost. So please try not to lose anything until we find it.
Wait. Look. Notice. If you keep those three words in mind, you just might survive the next few days.
Abraham Lincoln once said that if you are a racist, I will attack you with the north. And those are the principles that I carry with me in the workplace.
The line between confidence and arrogance is very fine, and the line between arrogance and stupidity even finer.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.
Sometimes I'll start a sentence and I don't know where it's going. I just hope to find it somewhere along the way. Like an improv conversation. An improversation.
You don't call retarded people retards. It's bad taste. You call your friends retards when they are acting retarded.
Her hands flew to her mouth. 'Are we even twins?'
Josh rested his hand on her shoulder and brought his forehead to rest against hers, strands of their blond hair mingling. 'I will always be your brother, Sophie. I will always look after you.
Here, you can walk into a bookstore and pick up a Bible or Christian literature and learn. Over there, they are lucky if they have one Bible for a whole village.
Typically, in the cities there can be resistance to the gospel or just to Americans, or anybody that's Western. When you get back into the villages, the people are very welcoming. Then when you get into Muslim areas, it definitely gets a little more difficult.
Our covering ministry is Challenge for Christ ministries, and Travel the Road was solely our mission arm, designed to expose people to what missions are, then connect them with agencies that send people out.
People get caught up in asking whether Americans should be going here or there. What it boils down to is the call of the Lord. If the Lord has called you to a specific area, that's where you are going to see the fruit.
When they were in Papua New Guinea, God just totally grabbed a hold of Will's heart and totally changed him. And within three months he was saved and he's never looked back since.
What the guys have learned is that whether you're preaching to one or 10,000, it really doesn't matter. That one person you touch may change the nation -- could be the Billy Graham of Ethiopia.
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