1. “You want to run – I’ll run with you.”

2. “If there’s going to be a story, don’t you think I’ve got as good a right as anyone to choose it?” 

3. “You know how you let yourself think that everything will be all right if you can only get to a certain place or do a certain thing. But when you get there you find it's not that simple.” 

4. “We all have to meet our match sometime or other.”

5. “Human beings say, "It never rains but it pours." This is not very apt, for it frequently does rain without pouring. The rabbits' proverb is better expressed. They say, "One cloud feels lonely": and indeed it is true that the sky will soon be overcast.” 

6. “Who wants to hear about brave deeds when he’s ashamed of his own, and who likes an open, honest tale from someone he’s deceiving?”

7. “You're trying to eat grass that isn't there. Why don't you give it a chance to grow?"

8. “I’d rather succeed in doing what we can than fail to do what we can’t.” 

9. “There is not a day or night but a doe offers her life for her kittens, or some honest captain of Owsla his life for his Chief Rabbit's. Sometimes it is taken, sometimes it is not. But there is no bargain, for here, what is, is what must be.” 

10. “To come to the end of a time of anxiety and fear! To feel the cloud that hung over us lift and disperse—the cloud that dulled the heart and made happiness no more than a memory! This at least is one joy that must have been known by almost every living creature.”

11. “A rabbit has two ears; a rabbit has two eyes, two nostrils. Our two warrens ought to be like that. They ought to be together—not fighting.”

12. “My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today.” 

 

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