Excerpt of the Month < May

“A man who calls his kinsmen to a feast does not do so to save them from starving. They all have food in their own homes. When we gather together in the moonlit village ground it is not because of the moon. Every man can see it in his own compound. We come together because it is good for kinsmen to do so.”

― Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

30 Day Book Challenge |30

Your favorite book of all time.

“Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that’s the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing. Nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or a valley. For fear will rob him if he gives too much.”

– Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton.

30 Day Book Challenge |17

Favorite quote from your favorite book.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

The Man In The Arena by Theodore Roosevelt. And it’s not a book. It’s a speech he delivered at the Sorbonne on the 23rd of April 1910, Paris France titled Citizenship In A Republic.

30 Day Book Challenge | 11

A book you hated.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. A beautiful title, an easy read, what would have been a most wonderful storyline and it all comes up empty. No hope. This book gives us no hope. And I quote, The future belongs to those who give the next generation a reason for hope. – Pierre Tielard de Chardin

Excerpt of the Month < January

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

– The Man In The Arena , Theodore Roosevelt [Citizenship In A Republic Speech delivered at the Sorbonne Paris, France April 23, 1910]