It is never quite safe to think we have done with life. When we imagine we have finished our story fate has a trick of turning the page and showing us yet another chapter. ~ Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul. ~ Invictus by William Ernest Henley
You pay for what you get, you own what you pay for… and sooner or later whatever you own comes back home to you. ~ It by Stephen King
It is curious to look back and realize upon what trivial and apparently coincidental circumstances great events frequently turn as easily and naturally as a door on its hinges. ~ Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard
“This whole act’s immutably decreed. ‘Twas rehearsed by thee and me a billion years before this ocean rolled. Fool! I am the Fates’ lieutenant; I act under orders.” ~ Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Sir Henry Rider Haggard, better known as H. Rider Haggard, was an English writer of adventure novels. He was born in 1856 and died in 1925.
He was born at Bradenham, Norfolk. In his youth Haggard traveled to South Africa to work in the British government. Later he would draw upon his experiences and knowledge of Africa as a writer. He married Marianna Louisa Margitson in 1880. The couple had a son named Jack (who died of measles at age 10) and three daughters, Angela, Dorothy and Lilias.
King Solomon’s Mines, one of his most famous books, was published in 1885 and introduced the character of Allan Quatermain.
Out of the dark we came, into the dark we go. Like a storm-driven bird at night we fly out of the Nowhere; for a moment our wings are seen in the light of the fire, and, lo! we are gone again into the Nowhere. ~ King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Dawn The Witch’s Head King Solomon’s Mines She Allan Quatermain Jess A Tale of Three Lions Maiwa’s Revenge, or the War of the Little Hand Colonel Quaritch, VC Cleopatra Beatrice The World’s Desire Eric Brighteyes Nada the Lily An Heroic Effort Montezuma’s Daughter The People of the Mist Heart of the World Joan Haste The Wizard Doctor Therne Swallow: A Tale of the Great Trek Lysbeth Pearl Maiden Stella Fregelius: A Tale of Three Destinies The Brethren Ayesha: The Return of She The Way of the Spirit Benita Fair Margaret The Ghost Kings The Yellow God The Lady of Blossholme Morning Star Queen Sheba’s Ring Red Eve The Mahatma and the Hare Marie Child of Storm The Wanderer’s Necklace The Holy Flower The Ivory Child Finished Love Eternal Moon of Israel When the World Shook The Ancient Allan She and Allan The Virgin of the Sun Wisdom’s Daughter Heu-Heu Queen of the Dawn The Treasure of the Lake Allan and the Ice-gods Mary of Marion Isle Belshazzar
The western sky was clear and flushed with vivid crimson, towards which the prairie rolled away in varying tones of blue. ~ Blake’s Burden by Harold Bindloss
The whole earth was brimming sunshine that morning. She tripped along, the clear sky pouring liquid blue into her soul. ~ Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
Who has not in his great grief felt a longing to look upon the outward features of the universal Mother; to lie on the mountains and watch the clouds drive across the sky and hear the rollers break in thunder on the shore, to let his poor struggling life mingle for a while in her life; to feel the slow beat of her eternal heart, and to forget his woes. ~ Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard
It’s lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened. ~ The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
His love of danger, his intense appreciation of the drama of an adventure–all the more intense for being held tightly in–his consistent view that every peril in life is a form of sport, a fierce game betwixt you and Fate, with Death as a forfeit, made him a wonderful companion at such hours. ~ The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. ~ Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
By this, he seemed to mean, not only that the most reliable and useful courage was that which arises from the fair estimation of the encountered peril, but that an utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward. ~ Moby Dick by Herman Melville