SLYTHERIN: “I am war itself.” -Patrick Ness (Ms Quill: Class: The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did)
RAVENCLAW: “Oh, I wasn’t talking about the weaponry. I myself never go armed. No, the greatest arsenal any man can bring to the party consists of the resources of his own mind. His intelligence, his strategins, his force of will. And you, my young friend, have all of those in spades.” –Greg Weisman (Lex Luthor: Young Justice: Satisfaction)
HUFFLEPUFF: “I will love you if I never see you again, and I will love you if I see you every Tuesday.” –Lemony Snicket (The Beatrice Letters)
GRYFFINDOR: “He knew he could fight and he meant to show it. He was not thinking of anything else. The hopelessness of their chances had no important place in his thoughts. Even the sound of the digging, clearer already, only set him thinking of the best way to sell his life as dearly as he could.” -Richard Adams (Watership Down)
SLYTHERIN: “Extraordinary men are always most tempted by the most ordinary things.” -Chris Carter + David Duchovny (The Smoking Man: The X Files: The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati)
RAVENCLAW: “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” –Friedrich Nietzsche (The Dawn)
HUFFLEPUFF: “Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.” –Hermann Hesse (Siddhartha)
GRYFFINDOR: “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” -Thomas Paine
“I just changed the pace of the roll when I cast the die
Fate, hear the pastor cry
You may be a mastermind
But if you’re my prey
then there’s no chance you’ll last the night.”
-Dan Bull (Hitman Epic Rap)
RAVENCLAW: “Never fear shadows. They simply mean there is a light shining somewhere nearby.” –Anonymous
HUFFLEPUFF: “Wherever goodness lay, it did not lie in ritual, unthinking obeisance before a deity but rather, perhaps, in the slow, clumsy, error-strewn working out of an individual or collective path.” –Salman Rushdie (The Enchantress of Florence)
GRYFFINDOR: “Act for act, wound for wound! Never exult in Hades, swordsman; here, you are repaid. By the sword you did your work and by the sword you die.” -Aeschylus (Clytaemnestra: Agamemnon)
SLYTHERIN: “There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.” -Fred Rogers
RAVENCLAW: “There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art… The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous.” –Raymond Chandler (Great Thought)
HUFFLEPUFF: “You love these people so much, I know, but–but– wonder if you are too generous. Now here is another one who knows about our country, and perhaps he will tell others. Look at de Lusus. Look at Mylius. They reveal our secrets.”
Nicholas stared at the sky. ”Secrets are worthless until you give them away” he said softly. “If this one tells, and I think he won’t, the story will only bring more hope into the world, and that is what I desire.“
–Brittney Ryan (Tundra + Nicholas: The Legend of Holly Claus)
GRYFFINDOR: “He fought because he actually felt safer fighting than running.” -Richard Adams (Watership Down)
“You couldn’t hope to hold down her heart
any more than you could shackle the stars to the Earth.”
-Beau Taplin (Cosmic Event)
RAVENCLAW: “Empower yourselves with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.”
“Greetings, stranger. You are welcome here.
After you’ve had dinner, you can tell us what you need.”
–Homer (Telemachus: The Odyssey)
“So here I am and I will not run,
Guts over fear, (The time is here)
Guts over fear, (I shall not tear)
For all the times
I let you push me around
And let you keep me down
Now I got guts over fear,
guts over fear.”
-Eminem + Sia (Guts Over Fear)
SLYTHERIN: “Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say yes!” -Bill Murray + Harold Ramis (Winston Zeddmore: Ghostbusters)
RAVENCLAW: “Son, if you can’t say something nice, say something clever but devastating.” –Emily Flake (New Yorker Cartoon)
“Some men say an army of horsemen, others
Say foot soldiers, still others say a fleet
Is the finest thing on the dark earth.
I say it is whatever one loves.”
–Sappho (Fragment 16)
GRYFFINDOR: “Only the fearless may proceed. Brave ones, foolish ones. Both walk not the middle road.” -Toby Fox (Undertale)
SLYTHERIN: “There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” -Francis Ford Coppola + Mario Puzo (Michael Corleone: The Godfather Part II)
“Heavy is the burden of the wise ones
when no one understands a word they say”
–S.J. Tucker (Cheshire Kitten (We’re all mad here))
HUFFLEPUFF: “Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious. Life is too short to be petty or unkind.” –Phillips Brooks
“Can you hear me now, can you hear me now
I’m comin’ back for more
Do you feel me now, do you feel me now
I’m breakin’ down your door
I’m not speakin’ under my breath
‘Cause the harder you push, the rougher I get
‘Cause I’m not shakin’, when the earth starts quakin’
Got my own foundation with no hesitation”
-Shinedown (State of my Head)
SLYTHERIN: “So what I told you was true – from a certain point of view.” -George Lucas + Lawrence Kasdan (Obi-Wan Kenobi: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
“Life is my creation
Is my best friend
Is my defense”
–Kerli (The Creationist)
“A smiling face is an Earth-like star
A frown can’t bring out the beauty that you are
Love within and you’ll begin smiling
There’re brighter days ahead”
–Stevie Wonder (Smile Please)
COWARDLY LION: What is it?
OZ: Well, if it were inside of you, it would be courage. You know, of course, that courage is always inside one; so that this really cannot be called courage until you have swallowed it.”
-L Frank Baum (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
SLYTHERIN: “He had taken a risky turning in playing such a boastful card, and at the moment it could not be proved either a failure or a success; but this he did know, that to be able to take risks was the key note of the successful man.” -Mervyn Peake (Titus Groan)
RAVENCLAW: “Genius could be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.” –Charles Bukowski (Upon the Mathematics of the Breath and the Way)
HUFFLEPUFF: “My duty is not affected by what others may or may not do to discharge their own.” –David Weber (Honor Harrington: On Basilisk Station)
“I did my best, but it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you”
-Leonard Cohen (Hallelujah)
Do your best, but if you absolutely can’t, you can cite them as by Anonymous.
SLYTHERIN: “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” -Anne Rice
RAVENCLAW: “Mr Honeyfoot and Mr Segundus, being magicians themselves, had not needed to be told that the library of Hurtfew Abbey was dearer to its possessor than all his other riches; and they were not surprised to discover that Mr Norrell had constructed a beautiful jewel box to house his heart’s treasure.” –Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell)
HUFFLEPUFF: “I’ve seen the youngest of children remind us through their actions and their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees, or work for peace, and, above all, to look out for each other.” –Barack Obama (Farewell Address)
GRYFFINDOR: “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” -L Frank Baum (Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
SLYTHERIN: “Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.” -L Frank Baum (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
First of all, sorry for taking so long to get back to you! Things have been pretty crazy on our end…
Now, second of all, yes, that works just fine.
Thank you so much!
xo Carmen + Fiona
RAVENCLAW: “The theory of quantum electrodynamics describes Nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And it agrees fully with experiment. So I hope you can accept Nature as She is – absurd.”
–Richard Feynman (QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter)
HUFFLEPUFF: “Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated and this was an immutable law.” –James Baldwin (Notes of a Native Son)
GRYFFINDOR: “It takes more than a pulse and a pair of working lungs to call a life living.” -Beau Taplin (The Pulse)
SLYTHERIN: “When the wind of change blows, some build walls while others build windmills.” -Chinese proverb
“Mapping out a sky.
What you feel like, planning a sky.
What you feel when voices that come
Through the window
Until they distance and die.
Until there’s nothing but sky.”
–Stephen Sondheim (Sunday in the Park with George: Finishing the Hat)
HUFFLEPUFF: “It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” –Antoine De Saint-Exupéry (The Fox: The Little Prince)
GRYFFINDOR: “And a lean silent figure slowly fades into the gathering darkness, aware at last that in this world, with great power there must also come great responsibility.” -Stan Lee + Steve Ditko (Amazing Fantasy #15)
“And when my time is up,
have I done enough,
will they tell my story?”
-Lin-Manuel Miranda (Eliza Schuyler: Hamilton: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?)
RAVENCLAW: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” –King James Bible (James 1:5)
“If I was beautiful like you
I’d have so many friends
All fighting for my time to be next in line
So if I hurt one I wouldn’t have to make amends
That will never be
That will never, never be
‘Cause I’m not beautiful like you
I’m not beautiful like you
I’m not beautiful like you
I’m beautiful like me”
“ANAKIN: We lost something.
OBI-WAN: Not to worry – we’re still flying half a ship.”
-George Lucas (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
“So I said to myself,
‘Now, I’ll just have to start
To be twice as careful
and be twice as smart.
I’ll watch out for trouble
in front and back sections
By aiming my eyeballs
in different directions.’”
-Dr Seuss (I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew)
RAVENCLAW: “I love storms. I love how loud they scream. For they know what I know about us, the broken ones. For our torment, even the skies scream, burdened with the weight of our lost, forgotten dreams.” –Nikita Gill (Why I Love Storms)
HUFFLEPUFF: “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” –King James Bible (1 John 4:20)
“And no matter where we stand
We’ll never be divided
All the lions in the sky
Always keeping a watchful eye
Fierce, fast and brave and strong!
Look out, here comes the Lion Guard!”
-Beau Black (Here Comes the Lion Guard)
RAVENCLAW: “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.” –George Lucas + Leigh Bracket + Lawrence Kasdan (Yoda: The Empire Strikes Back)
“Don’t be told what you want
Don’t be told what you need”
-Sex Pistols (God Save the Queen)
HUFFLEPUFF: “I get it. New look, new attitude. You think you need to do this on your own. But you don’t.“ –Jim McCann (Clint Barton: New Avengers: The Reunion Vol 1 #1)
GRYFFINDOR: “Fear is the path to the dark side.” -George Lucas (Yoda: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
SLYTHERIN: “Do not allow the magic inside you to go stale because someone else is blinded by your light. It isn’t your job to dull your personality so that they can be more comfortable, but it IS your responsibility to shine.” -Nikita Gill
RAVENCLAW: “They say there is a fine line between a genius and an idiot. But a genius is just an idiot, except at one or two activities. Unfortunately, people assume that genius at one thing means genius at all things. The solution? Listen to people about their area of expertise, and otherwise be wary.” –Zach Weiner (SMBC: 2010-01-29)
HUFFLEPUFF: “Remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.“ –Noel Langley + Florence Ryerson + Edgar Allan Woolf (The Wizard of Oz)
“Don’t you see?
We’re meant to be
The prodigies that came to show the way
‘Cause I don’t wanna rule the world alone
None of us can make it on our own”
-Cryoshell (Closer to the Truth)
RAVENCLAW: “As any honest magician knows, true magic inheres in the ordinary, the commonplace, the everyday, the mystery of the obvious. Only petty minds and trivial souls yearn for supernatural events, incapable of perceiving that everything – everything! – within and around them is pure miracle.” –Edward Abbey (Abbey’s Road)
GRYFFINDOR: “Wolves have no kings.” -Robin Hobb (FitzChevalry FarSeer: Royal Assassin)
HUFFLEPUFF: “True happiness only exists when a love is shared.” –Sian Evans (Henrik Hanssen: Holby City: Say a Little Prayer)
RAVENCLAW: “I can’t think of anything more rewarding than being able to express yourself to others through painting. Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul.” –Bob Ross (The Joy of Painting)
GRYFFINDOR: “You’re gonna have to run me over with a car to get rid of me, Sunshine.” -Dean Ambrose
SLYTHERIN: “In place of the Dark Lord you will set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All shall love me and despair!” -JRR Tolkien (Galadriel: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring)
HUFFLEPUFF: “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” –King James Bible (Romans 13:10)
“The spark of creation won’t let me rest at all
Until I discover or build or uncover
A thing that I can call my celebration”
–Stephen Schwartz (Eve: Children of Eden: Spark of Creation)
GRYFFINDOR: “See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.” -King James Bible (1 Thessalonians 5:15)
SLYTHERIN: “Ain’t no thing like me, except me!” -James Gunn + Nicole Perlman (Rocket Raccoon: Guardians of the Galaxy)
RAVENCLAW: “Houses, like people, are apt to become rather eccentric if left too much on their own.” –Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell)
HUFFLEPUFF: “[War] is instinctive. But the instinct can be fought. We’re human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands! But we can stop it. We can admit that we’re killers… but we’re not going to kill today. That’s all it takes! Knowing that we’re not going to kill – today!” –Gene L. Coon + Robert Hamner (Jim Kirk: Star Trek: A Taste Of Armageddon)
SLYTHERIN: “Be wary around your enemy once, and your friend a thousand times. A double-crossing friend knows more about what harms you.” -Dennis J Stevens (City Boys and Girls: Assassins, Predators and Lovers)
HUFFLEPUFF: “Take care of your loved ones, particularly when they are doing everything in their power to push you away. A broken heart, like a wounded beast, will often lash out at those it is nearest, but that does not mean they don’t need you.” –Beau Taplin (The Wounded Beast)
“HANS GRUBER: Who are you then?
JOHN MCCLANE: Just a fly in the ointment, Hans. The monkey in the wrench. The pain in the ass.”
-Jeb Stuart + Steven E de Souza (Die Hard)
GRYFFINDOR: “The world may not go on forever. But that does not mean we cannot try to make tomorrow better.” -Robert Jackson Bennett (City of Blades)
SLYTHERIN: “To fight evil, you have to understand the dark.” -Nalini Singh (Heart of Obsidian)
RAVENCLAW: “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” –Henri Bergson (Creative Evolution)
HUFFLEPUFF: “The ways of the Lord are not comfortable, but we were not created for comfort, but for greatness, for good.” –Pope Benedict XVI
GRYFFINDOR: “A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to make the turn.” -Helen Keller
SLYTHERIN: “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” -Mark Twain (Following the Equator)
RAVENCLAW: “Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines – it’s hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.” –Robin Sloan (Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore)
HUFFLEPUFF: “Ma luna aʻe o nā lāhui a pau ke ola ke kanaka (Above all nations is humanity)” –University of Hawaiʻi motto
GRYFFINDOR: “Greatness, in the last analysis, is largely bravery – courage in escaping from old ideas and old standards and respectable ways of doing things.” -James Harvey Robinson
SLYTHERIN: “And Lord help the fool who said you’d better quit while you’re ahead.” -Mary Chapin Carpenter (Heroes and Heroines)
RAVENCLAW: “When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your life does.” –Nora Ephron + Delia Ephron (Kathleen Kelly: You’ve Got Mail)
HUFFLEPUFF: “Just because it’s what’s done doesn’t mean it’s what should be done.” –Aline Brosh McKenna + Chris Weitz (Cinderella)
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HOUSE: “Quote.” -Speaker/Author/Band/Artist/Screenwriter/Playwright (Character: Book/Song/Play/TV Show: Episode)
SLYTHERIN: “When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way.”
–Stephen Sondheim (The Jets: West Side Story: Jet Song)
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GRYFFINDOR: “Any good coach will tell you that if you go in thinking you’re going to lose, you probably will.” -David Anez
SLYTHERIN: “It is by an extreme capacity for defiance that certain unusual people who have everything to hope and everything to fear from one another will always recognize one another.” -André Breton (Nadja)
RAVENCLAW: “Sometimes great possibilities are right in front of us but we don’t see them because we choose not to. I think that we need to be open to exploring something new.” -Kai Wu + Joe Peracchio (Barry Allen: The Flash: The Fury of Firestorm)
HUFFLEPUFF: “What a terrible feeling to love someone and not be able to help them.” –Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places)
GRYFFINDOR: “My life is simply unbearable without a bit of courage.” -L Frank Baum (The Cowardly Lion: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
SLYTHERIN: “Endings are heartless.” -Stephen King (The Dark Tower)