All books start as a set of blank sheets until a writer starts filling those pages of words, that turn into sentences that eventually turns into a masterpiece of pure wisdom. Who doesn’t love books? And why wouldn’t you? I mean, books are an escape from reality.
It allows us to set our minds free, to think that everything is possible, that limits are self-imposed. But most importantly it teaches us life lessons. It makes us grow as a human being. (Of course, I am talking about the real deal, literature at its pinnacle, not some Twilight s*&t kind of books)
So, here is a list of 31 quotes from books that are great advises, and you should definitely listen to them.
1. “Not being heard is no reason for silence.” – Les Misérables, Victor Hugo.
2. “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” – A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin.
3. “It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is; it doesn’t hurt you.” – To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee.
4. “Wanna fly, you got to give up the sh?* that weighs you down.” – Song of Salomon, Toni Morrison.
5. “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.” – Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt.
6. “Being a hero doesn’t mean you are invincible, it means you are brave enough to stand up and do what’s needed.” – The Mark of Athena, Rick Riordan.
7. “Once you’ve decided that something’s absolutely true, you’ve closed your mind on it, and a closed mind doesn’t go anywhere. Question everything. That’s what education’s all about.” – Belgarath the Sorcerer, David Eddings.
8. “And now that you don’t have to ve perfect, you can be good.” – East Of Eden, John Steinbeck.
9. “It’s impossible to go through life unscathed. Nor should you want to. By the hurts we accumulate, we measure both our follies and our accomplishments.” – Inheritance, Christopher Paolini.
10. “The best thing for being sad is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails.” – The Book of Merlyn, T. H. White.
11. “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” – The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho.
12. “People don’t complete us. We complete ourselves. If we haven’t the power to complete ourselves, the search for love becomes a search for self-annihilation; and then we try to convince ourselves that self-annihilation is love.” – Fear of Flying, Erica Jong.
13. “To look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.” – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith.
14. “The more you expect from life, the more your expectations will be fulfilled. By laughing, you do not use up your laughter, but increase your store of it. The more you love, the more you will be loved.” – Life Expectancy, Dean Koontz.
15. “Life isn’t fair. It’s just fairer than death, that’s all.” – The Princess Bride, William Goldman.
16. “Can’t nothing heal without pain, you know.” – Beloved, Toni Morrison.
17. “When you’re unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. And you get to take yourself oh so very seriously. Your truly happy people, which is to say, your people who truly like themselves, they don’t think about themselves very much. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence.” – Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins.
18. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – A Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett.
19. “Life does not have to go how you think it will. Not even when you are very sure what is going to happen.” – More Than This, Patrick Ness.
20. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling.
21. “You are bored. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it’s boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be.” – Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple.
22. “Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from the inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.” – The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom.
23. “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently here.” – The Go-Between, L.P. Hartly.
24. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” – The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
25. “Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn’t exist and never shall. There is only now.” – Eldest, Christopher Paolini.
26. “People always think that happiness is a faraway thing, something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains – a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re alone – just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness.” – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith.
27. “In the end we always wear out our worries.” – Duma Key, Stephen King.
28. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho.
29. “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Dune, Frank Herbert.
30. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
31. “Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.” – The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde.