I was searching for some personal inspiration, and decided to post a few quotes I found, since they seem Narnia-ish and challenge-worthy.
#1. "Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible." - Stanislaw Lem (1926 - 2006).
The challenge here? A fic of any length - but not about Susan! :) A few points of view I think would be interesting. . . Aslan, Tumnus, Oreius, Edmund, Jadis (aka the White Witch). And it doesn't even have to be about the quote - it could just be inspired by. *grin* Giving you license to do . . . well, anything, really.
#2. "Great services are not cancelled by one act or by one single error." -Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881).
I like this quote so much, and I think it has so much potential _whatever_ you do with it (even the obvious choice here like Edmund) that I just want to see what happens when I turn it loose on you.
#3. "The first duty of love is to listen." - Paul Tillich (1886 - 1965)
Again, so much potential here that I don't really have any restrictions on it. If you want some parameters, just for kicks, it makes me think about the Pevensie parents, and whatever moment of revelation occurred for them in regards to their children and Narnia. But honestly, this one could go anywhere, and I'm having a hard time deciding if it's better as a "set-in-Narnia" fic or a "post-Narnia-real-world" fic. :)
And now for something completely different . . . *grin* Those were the tame ones. Here's some that are going to be a little more difficult.
#4. My own modification of a Louis Pasteur quote, here it is - "Chance favors the prepared mind."
*blink* I _told_ you these were going to be esoteric.
#5. "Look in the mirror. The face that pins you with its double gaze reveals a chastening secret." -Diane Ackerman
Or in the same theme, something I was going to discard for morbidity but refused to be trashed . . . "Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead." - Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790).
#6. "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)
While you could go traditional with the Pevensies on this one, it struck me as one quote that might very well apply to some of the Narnia characters living in the 100 Year Winter before the arrival of the Two Sons of Adam and Two Daughters of Eve. The Beavers, Tumnus, the Fox Spy of the movie who was never named . . . :)
And I was going to stop, I really was, and then I saw this.
#7. "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
And there were just so many ways to turn it that I will simply smile and leave you to it.
My absolute last contribution here is a quote passed on to me from another fandom that spurred 500 words from me in one frenetic hour of life in which this quote siezed my brain and shook it like a terrier with a bone. :)
"Stories, of course, do not begin with the birth of the protagonist."
To get these quotes and others, I reccommend www.quotationspage.com