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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,
Gorgeous talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates
others." -- Nelson Mandela, 1994 Inaugural Speech
|Cherie's Favorite Books|
@ Book & Movie Reviews
Jun 30 2003 - 10:04 PST
cherie writes: I have a passion for books.
I adore books that give the reader a glimpse of another world, the passions and pains of another life. I devour books, inhale their characters, and for a moment, see the world from the intimacy of another's perspective.
"Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head."--Paul Auster.
"Through the use of books, I had the whole world at my feet, could travel anywhere, meet anyone, and do anything."--Benjamin Carson.
"In every work of genius, we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty."--Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A great book should leave you...slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it."--William Styron
"The best moments in reading are when you come across something--a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things--which you had thought unique and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours."--Alan Bennett
Here is a list of some of my favorites and a list of what I am currently reading.
Cherie’s Favorite Books:
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
The Alchemist: a Fable about Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho
Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
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