Anyhow, I'm not doing so well with the file. I've only got about a dozen quotes, so far: I keep forgetting to write them down quickly enough. Luminous quotations are a bit like dreams - terribly vivid at the time, and you think you'll never forget them or the way you felt when you heard them - and then they're gone.
Still, here's one that I keep coming back to. It's from C. S. Lewis again, but from a fairly ephemeral source: his 1954 Time and Tide review of The Lord of the Rings. (Actually, it was reprinted in Of this and Other Worlds, but even that's not a very well-known book.) Put the collective unconscious to one side, and see what you think of it, because to me it's the most exquisitely succinct statement of a profound idea, sexist pronoun notwithstanding:
“A myth points, for each reader, to the realm he lives in most. It is a master key; use it on what door you like.”
Perhaps this shines particularly brightly at the moment, because the book I think I've just written has it as its underlying principle. But it's just so right!
Or maybe you think otherwise...?