Many of my favourite quotes are from books I read as a child and ones I’ve read to/with my son. Here’s one — quote, not book :o) — we have on our fridge that’s printed on a magnet I found in a shop in Solvang while my husband was a student at Brooks Institute of Photography a few years ago.
A little context first . . .
The Queen has just asked Alice how old she is. Alice answers, “I’m seven and a half exactly.”
“You needn’t say ‘exactly,'” the Queen remarked: “I can believe it without that. Now I’ll give you something to believe. I’m just one hundred and one, five months and a day.”
“I can’t believe that,” said Alice.
“Can’t you?” the Queen said, in a pitying tone. “Try again; draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”
“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass
Recently, I found a wonderful blog that takes the idea just a little further, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. :o) I highly recommend a visit there for anyone who loves books.