One white man on the platform in south carolina asked us where we were going--we had got off the train to get some fresh air and to dust the grit and dust out of our clothes. When we said africa he looked offended and tickled too. Niggers going to africa, he said to his wife. Now i have seen everything.
To remember love after long sleep; to turn again to poetry after a year in the market place, or to youth after resignation to drowsy and stiffening age; to remember what once you thought life could hold, after telling over with muddied and calculating fingers what it has offered; this is music, made after long silence. The soul flexes its wings, and, clumsy as any fledgling, tries the air again
But i dont think ive ever known such a natural at potions! Said slughorn. Instinctive, you know like his mother! Ive only ever taught a few with this kind of ability, i can tell you that, sybill why even severus and to harrys horror, slughorn threw out an arm and seemed to scoop snape out of thin air toward them.
If you meet a sectary, or a hostile partisan, never recognize the dividing lines; but meet on what common ground remains,--if onlythat the sun shines, and the rain rains for both; the area will widen very fast, and ere you know it the boundary mountains, on which the eye had fastened, have melted into air.
Shakespearean words, foreign words, slang and dialect and made-up phrases from kids on the street corner: english has room for them all. And writers - not just literary writers, but popular writers as well - breathe air into english and keep it lively by making it their own, not by adhering to some style manual that gets handed out to college freshmen in a composition class.