Saturday, December 20, 2014

THE PROFOUND, THE HEART GRIPPING, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Inspired Words from Literature

 “One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” —Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices

From the immortal words of Shakespeare to the poetry of Yeats; the tragic romance of Wuthering Heights to the terrifying beauty of Dracula, words continue to make our hearts beat a little faster, our lungs breathe in a little deeper, and our eyes see a little more clearly of all the deeper meaning that lies in every single moment of life.  


A good writer is extremely powerful.  His or her ability to put ink on paper in such an order that our emotions are moved in several different directions--often in the very same page--as we sit in our favorite chair eagerly devouring the story is nothing short of miraculous.  Words nourish us, hurt us, build us up, tear us down, make our hearts swell with love and romance or puncture with the most gut wrenching pain; words can leave us empty, in a puddle of our own tears while bystanding family members stand in wonder and confused dismay.


I have finished books before and been left a complete wreck; I have looked around at the world and wondered, "How can everything continue on as normal, as if none of this story ever happened?  Why isn't everyone else as heartbroken as I am right now?  How can they smile?"  I have also been left by a book thinking that life is more beauteous and amazing and miraculous than I have ever managed to notice before; that language is the same thing as art and that pages of what I just finished reading should be framed, and hung on the walls of the Getty and Louvre.  



Marcus Zusak is telling us over and over in The Book Thief in that special, gorgeous, metaphorical way of his that words are the keys to power.  Shakespeare knew it when he said  "The pen is mightier than the sword."  This Buzz Feed author who wrote the article in the link I am sharing with you  knows it, too.  Here, she has compiled what she claims are 51 of the most beautiful lines of literature.  While I have no idea how anyone could narrow it down to 51, I have to agree that every one of these lines belongs on a list of this description.  As I read some of them, I stopped, closed my eyes, and drank in the words like some sort of liquid nirvana.  Does that sound crazy?  I know what you're thinking:  How does Mrs. Caraway get so excited about a specific arrangement of words in a sentence?


Maybe I am a literature geek.  If that's the label that means I am obsessed with words, their power, and a life-changing story, then I wear the label proudly.  My cast (aka my Odyssey family) just finished their sixth performance of Romeo and Juliet, a performance of the words that Shakespeare organized in a script to tell an ancient story of violence and feudal hatred that is shot through the very heart by a love that transcends time.  We can debate the historical fact about whether the story is completely true or not, but here is something I do know for a fact: The appeal of  Romeo and Juliet isn't that it is real, but something about it is universal.  It is what, in our hearts, we truly believe love to be:  powerful, heartbreaking, beautiful.  It's timeless.  Every time I watched my cast perform, it was like I was watching it all for the first time.  The words of this story clutched my heart, and they always will.


Whether it's Shakespeare or Stroker,  Whitman or Wilde, the words of a skilled word artist will do that to us time and time again.  And you know what?  Thank goodness they do.  For when we are sitting in our favorite chair, drowning in a puddle of our own tears and torn hearts, cursing the writer for putting us in that condition while our family members look on bewildered and concerned, we know, in that moment, we are alive.  We are human.  We can feel the depths of sorrow and the limitlessness of joy.  As a writer and a reader, I celebrate that.


Read through this list, pick a quote that speaks the loudest to you, and reflect on it.  What does it mean?  How does it speak to your heart?  What do you love about it?  THEN, (you are not done yet!) share a quote NOT on this list from a favorite book and tell us why you love it.


Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and don't ever stop believing....in the great and mighty power of words.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jenniferschaffer/i-am-i-am-i-am#.mdB5JA85Nw



58 comments:

  1. My favorite quote is: “Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” To me, this quote means that when people read, they live different lives. They experience what the character does and they think and feel like the character. Because we feel like that, we feel the same pressures and stress as the person in the book. We are putting on unnecessary weight to our lives because we experience different lives on top of our own. It speaks to me because it's the explanation to why I love to read. I love to read so I can experience different lives and to look at the world differently.

    One of my favorite quotes is from Ignite Me by Taherah Mafi. It says: "I’ve been shackled, a prisoner to my own mind.” This is one of my favorite quotes because I feel like everyone is trapped in their own head. We always think the same and act the same. No matter what we do, we're always the same person.

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    1. I love what you wrote, Madisyn, because your interpretation of the bones quote was so different from how I read it, but now I think I love yours better. This is why this post excites me because of the various perspectives they are certain to ignite. Thanks so much for sharing it, and thanks also for your amazing insights and deep reflections you are sharing about The Book Thief in your journal. :)

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  2. My favorite from the list was "You don't have to live forever, you just have to live." ~Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting. I haven't read a lot of the books, and this one spoke to me because it feels true in my heart and because I understand the context of the quote. For me, it's saying that it doesn't matter how long you live, and that you don't have to live forever to be yourself and mark your place in the world. Just go and live how ever feels right. Be yourself and those people around you will be your mark on the world because you have loved and have been loved. It all sounds very cliche, but it feels true to me. In so many books, people are striving to live forever and they often find out it isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Explore the world around you while you can and don't yearn for the impossible or else the beauty around you is dimmed.

    Outside of the list, the quote that came to mind before I even read the list is "She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something." ~ Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park. I had written that quote down the first time I read it because it's so true. People can be beautiful, and look nice, and that's fantastic. But unless that person makes me feel something, then I don't even bother being friends with them or anything.

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    1. I LOVE what you wrote, and I love your quote, too! I had not heard that one, but WOW, does it ring with truth. I have met people in my life who have made me think; what is it about them that is so attractive? At first glance, they aren't what the world or Vogue magazine might define as beautiful, but they are striking, and they commanded my attention. That is what great art does--and great poetry and music, for that matter. Great quote and thoughts. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  3. My favorite quote from the list was “She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”—J. D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew” I've always loved when one sentence can create a picture. It's not an easy thing to do. In such a poetic way I can see a woman leaning up against a balcony with a soaking in everything that life has thrown at her. Although I know nothing about this woman and yet I feel a connection to her. I can almost see myself as her after a long day or even after a good day.
    A quote I enjoy “Life, he realize, was much like a song. In the beginning there is mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but it's in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.” Nicholas Sparks- The Last Song. Kind of a cheesy quote and kind of a cliche of an author but I really adore it. I feel lyrics and rhymes tell so much about a person as well as about yourself. Sometimes I'll catch myself listening to a song I've heard a thousand times but in that moment the words speak to me a little more then they used to and I feel like that be a clear guideline on how we are actually feeling in that moment. I've never connected a song to life before but I feel like that's pretty spot on. Such as a story there's a beginning and an end but how we got to that ending is what makes the ending worth it.

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    1. Love the imagery of the balcony quote. You can really sense the speaker's infatuation with the beautiful girl! I have not read Nicolas Sparks, but I did see The Notebook, and loved that one. Sounds like a great metaphor quote for life, too! :)

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  4. “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
    —Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

    I've never heard this quote and it's the most inspiring out of the 51.

    (My last post deleted itself so now I'm typing it all over again I apologize for the mediocrity)

    For me, I see that this quote explains the first moment when a boy finds a girl appealing to be with, platonically or romantically. A laugh is something that is given out in moments of amusement, and I would assume that a boy wants only his favorite girl to laugh at something he does or says to her.
    If I can, I'll share a memory that ties into this quote and it'll explain why this one just stuck out to me.
    When I was in eighth grade, it was my first year at Odyssey and for reasons that I laugh at now and just pat my past self on the head and move on.
    I was sitting at my desk, crying, and my friend was sitting across from me, handing my tissues and talking quietly so no one else in the class knew that I was silently allowing tears to roll down my face.
    A boy that I sat next to in class, noticed me of course, and instead of teasing me like he usually did, he asked my friend why I was upset. She explained what had happened in a short summary, and he turned to me, asking me if I was okay. I nodded, and then listened to him start to angrily tell m friend about how the person that made me cry should bury himself in a pit and burn. After class started I began to wonder why all of a sudden he was giving me space to breathe and relax myself. Some minutes passed during lesson, and I reached out to tap his arm. When he turned I asked him why he cared.
    His response, "Because you're an ugly crier and I want you to stop."
    Instead of being offended by him, that goofy smirk on his face and the way he had been acting before just made me laugh, my eyes now dry and my lips no longer trembling. From that moment on he is still one of the funniest people I have known. He made an impact on my life, and I do remember noticing that when he first made me laugh he stared at me for a few seconds and then laughed along with me. Maybe it was then we experienced what it meant to want to make someone smile?
    For me, my favorite quote is "Be in it to win it, stop talking and start doing." I've looked it up and I don't know who it's by, but my Mom bought this big canvas at the store and brought it home to me so I could hang it above my headboard. I like this quote because it's very inspiring, and it's so true. I can say all day that I want A's and B's, but if I don't put forth the effort then what is the point?

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    1. Another quote like that I love (from Unbroken, the movie) "If I can take it, I can make it." Not easy, but worth it. ;)
      Great movie, great message.

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  6. Oh dear, there were so many to choose from.. :P
    I couldn't decided between the quote from The Outsiders (Love that book) or the quote by Tolstoy. I decided to choose Tolstoy's quote which was: "He stepped down, Trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking". I love, love, love this quote. It makes me think of those sunny days where you look up at the sun and when you close your eyes and sometimes when you just look away even, the sun leaves this big black dot in it's place that seems to follow your eye sight for a while. It's almost like having a picture of the sun with you for a short period of time without having to look at it and burn your eyes out of your face. I feel that when you truly have deep feeling for a person it's so easy to have their picture just imprinted into your head for a while. And it's hard to not notice it, because its just like the sun, it stays there even after you close your eyes and look away. That's the power we have as humans when it comes to our minds and memories.. It's truly a beautiful thing.. I had to go digging for this quote because i loved it once before and i forgot what the quote was exactly, i know it's terrible.. how can it be my favorite quote if i forgot it..? EH I don't know :P
    I know it isn't some fancy quote like most of these are but it's something that got to me when i finished this book. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas has been my favorite book so far in my reading career. And the quote I chose was "Wait and Hope". When looking back on the story, it make me smile a bit because the whole book was Mr. Dantès waiting and hoping to get his revenge on those who betrayed him. Very charming man. It also stuck with me because not all good things come right away and you don't always get what you want in life. So all you can really do is wait and hope that the good things in life might take a detour and head in your life's direction.

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    1. Love Count of Monte Cristo. Best character arc EVER written!! He comes full circle and back again. The Tolstoy quote is very romantic. Sad book, too. Makes me wistful!

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  7. There was something from all those quotes that was inspiring and could be expanded on. It is crazy to be thinking of all the other quotes I've heard and read that have hit me just as hard. How can this list only contain 51? How could anyone narrow down a list to only 51? I could never do it! I couldn't even pick just one from the list. I had about 8 that stopped me and made me read them over. And still, I hope it is okay that I have kept two.
    I feel the two quotes relate to each other. The first was “Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.” —Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. This quote hit me because at this moment in time, this period in my life I'm supposed to be becoming something, deciding who I want to be and what I want to do. It is a lot more difficult than being 5 years old and wanting to be a princess or a fireman. These decisions will shape my life, my happiness, my family, my income, my experiences. It is scary. When I read this is described in one sentence what might take me this entire post and maybe more. At times I become a pile of mush thinking about all the lives I could be living whether they seem easier, better, smarter, happier, or prettier than the one I'm living. It hurts me to think that there is so little time in this life that there is no way I can accomplish all the things I want to be or do in this life and I can feel it physically straining me.
    The second quote I couldn't eliminate was from Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, “‘Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.’” It seems like this quote also came from my heart and said something I could never say so perfectly even though I have said it different ways everyday. I hope to always be doing something of value, and good works at every moment of my life making it worth my time.
    Redeeming love is the most life changing book I've read so far in my life. On the last page of the book Francine Rivers writes “Love the Lord your God, and love one another. Love one another as He loves. Love with strength and purpose and passion and no matter what comes against you. Don't weaken. Stand against the darkness, and love. That's the way back into Eden. That's the way back to life.” Of course having the book as background makes this quote so much more powerful but even just reading it now months later it reminds me of what the purpose of life is. It is to love as God loves and become more like him.
    It is wonderful to be that words can make emotions stir inside a person whether good or bad, whether it is at noon or midnight, whether there are people around or not. I have to thank God for words because without them what would we be?

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    1. I'll have to read that book. I read a really great trio by Francine Rivers set in Roman times. GREAT books, stories, and well researched. :)
      I love words, and I love that creation was spoken into existence. From the very beginning, we have learned words are the ultimate power. If you can dream it, you can become it. If you can speak it, it can happen and be. :)

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  8. This was really hard for me. Words are powerful, and though some may describe them like a dagger to the chest, I believe in this instance it was more like a papercut. Not so painful that you can't do other things, but dreadfully annoying. Just when you forget about it, it brings your attention back to it somehow. That's what the quote, "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same" did to me. It captivated my mind, I assume. I kept reading every quote and I kept going back to that one. I feel like it's the simplest quote, but it has a lot to say.
    It's easy to tell you that this quote is referring to soulmates. Although, personally, I don't believe in that. To me, the quote is more of a luck of the draw sort of thing. You can search the whole world and not find that "perfect" person. However, when you turn around and divert yourself from the path, maybe someone will be there that you least expected. This quote talks about how much two people can have in common; literally being able to look at them and know their life story. It would be an overwhelming emotion, so making a quote so simple really was the best way to go. It makes it so each person can fit it specifically to them. To say that two people have the same or similar souls is saying that they are connected in a way that no other two people are. Everything you hear about is, feeling from the soul. To me, that's a greater place than your heart, because it's always been something that's true. When you were younger, your heart was where you carried the weight of your love. However, as you aged, you realized that it's almost just a figment someone created. It is real, but not used for that specific purpose. The soul is a great argument. Some people don't even believe we have one. When someone feels from their soul, they are feeling from their very being. To me, your soul is something that defines you. It is what you are all about. When two people share the same soul it's as if you were (cliché moment here) meant to be together. I believe love is one of our greatest journeys in life. From when you were very young and got to watch the signs from afar, to when you're grown and get married to your high school sweetheart. You never stop wanting it, no matter how much you convince yourself otherwise. I think that's why this quote caught my attention; you may be able to branch it out however you want, but there's an underlying truth there.
    I was reading David Copperfield a couple of Summers ago, and the first quote on the first page got me as soon as I opened it. People always try to start off their books with a good hook, but I really liked this one: "Wether I shall be the hero of my own life, or wether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show" -Charles Dickens (David Copperfield). There was something about it that made me think. It definitely has a truth to it. There is always one thing that can be asked when you're nearing the end of your life; who was the hero? It makes you reflect on all of the choices you've made to decipher who exactly it was. Maybe the hero wasn't someone who saved you from a burning building, but maybe they were a wake up call to get back up again. Sort of like Leisel was to Max. I believe that she was the hero in his life. As of now, I don't think I have one. I guess it's something you figure out as time goes on. However, think about it. What would you have to do to be the hero of your own life? Would it be a decision? That's the only thing I can think of that would save you, and maybe not save your life, but save your sanity; preserve who you truly are. That is how I see it anyway.

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    1. Great quote from Copperfield! Dickens is a master of words, for sure. Loved his opening lines from Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." Works well for Book Thief. I love your analysis of who is the hero in your life. I think we all have several, ultimately, and then we also hope to be a hero to someone else.

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  9. felt that number 16, the Steinbeck quote, was the most moving to me. "And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good". I felt this was probably one of the most relatable on the list, and also one of the most succinct. We've all felt that we don't measure up at one point or another. We've felt as is we're just not where we need to be, and we know that we don't have to be perfect, but we're still struggling to be anyways. In 13 words, John Steinbeck gives the solution. I think it's a message we all should learn, to just relax, give it our best, and not worry about it being "THE best". It also suggests that maybe failure is more of a chance to re-evaluate one's goals and perspective. Perhaps readjust them if need be. So much of modern life is rushed and fiercely competitive. It would do a lot of people good to slow down and focus on being the best person they can be. And who knows, maybe in the end, your best could be "THE best".

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    1. Nice! Yes. It is a freeing revelation, not having to be perfect, isn't it? Do you have a quote off this list that you love?

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  10. So through out this article I came across a few quotes that stuck out with me:
    “And now that you don’t have to perfect, you can be good.” ... “Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living” … “it does not do well to dwell on the dreams and forget to live, remember that”. All these quotes to me seem to have something all in common. Just to live life to not stress about how “perfect” you are, what life you’re not living and just go live life, enjoy. I think these speak to me mostly and why I love them the most is because I am the type of person that constantly stresses on being perfect and doing everything perfectly so I can live a life in the future or to please all the people around me, and then I forget to live the life I have now and just to be me. I waste all my time trying so hard in school and work and volleyball and clubs just so I can get somewhere in life in the future and then when I stop to think I realize I’ve wasted so much of the time I have now stressing, and not living.
    Quotes are also a huge part of my life. When you said to choose a quote, tons of quotes crossed my mind. To choose one, I’m going to choose a John Green quote. “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try and do something remarkable”. I love this quote because I catch myself just waking up and going through the normal routine. Wake up, School, Volleyball, Work… but its all part of this routine that has been put in place for my day, yet I haven’t gone out and enjoyed the little time I have to live, and what’s the point of being alive if you don’t live.

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    1. Great Green quote. I can see a pattern in the quotes you pick! That is good. You recognize what your heart most needs to hear right now, and you drink it in.
      Yes, Green is speaking poetically of risk taking, isn't he? Life is not really purposeful if we don't chase our passions and try to discover our purpose. It can be scary, but it is also always exciting that way, too.

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  11. I really like #10.
    “‘Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.’”
    —Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    I have never read "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Actually, I've never heard of it. So, my interpretation of these words may be completely out of context. But anyways, the simple impact of this quote makes me want to read it! My prayer is often the same. I want to do great things. I want to be great things. But, sometimes I feel like I don't have the motivation, knowledge, or willingness to do so. I want to make impacts everyday. I want to serve God. But, there are so many distractions. Being great is hard. Watching T.V is easy, along with so many other things. I pray that opportunities arise to "be someone". Or maybe they are already there, but I don't pay attention.

    I think my favorite book ever is The Help. Such a powerful story. One of my favorite quotes is, “All I'm saying is, kindness don't have no boundaries.”. You can never be too kind and the great thing is that it never runs out! There are so many chances to show kindness. New Years Resolution! :)

    Overall, quotes are so, so powerful. It really is amazing how people can put letters together to form words and then words into mind blowing, eye opening quotes. Thanks for sharing the article! I enjoyed it!

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    1. The Help is such a beautiful story! You would like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, I'll bet!

      I am so glad you enjoyed the article! :) Was hoping it would be light and fun, and maybe a little inspiring, too for the holiday and new year!

      Happy 2015!

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  12. Wow. So many beautiful quotes. How does one person only choose one?There are so many different paths in life, so many different aspects. I think thats why God made so many of us. Life is but an instant, we are here and then we vanish away. It takes a great person to be remembered in time. Shakespeare, Martin Luther King Jr., and Socrates, all followed their own path instead of busying themselves with other peoples dreams. The truly great recognize that you don't have to live forever, you just have to live.
    But what is life today? What is beauty today? What is love or faith or honor? Have the definitions changed or have the people? In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart. I believe that at some point we all recognize beauty, love and greatness. We ask ourselves, "Do I dare / Disturb the universe?". Sometimes we are young when we come to realize this, sometimes we are old and in that brief moment you become infinite.
    How can one choose only one quote? How can one choose only 50? It happens. Our circumstances often make us make choices we're not ready to make (or more on point they make us make the choices we don't want to make). But we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
    I think that often I'm a dreamer, living in other worlds, solving others problems. But it does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, I need to remember that.

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    1. He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking. These quotes are so beautiful. I think that this last quote not only embodies how one might feel love for another person but how one might feel about life itself. We feel the sun, not only because of its warmth on our skin but we feel it in the depths of our hearts. We know its presence is there, we see it in our minds and imagine its beauty. For me personally thats how I feel about life itself. I can't or don't always see the embodiment of life, mine or others but I imagine its grand scale, it's never-ending beauty. Sure, the sun might do some damage just the same as people do but in the end it brings us life and never-ending fire in our souls.
      I have many favorite quotes, and many that come from TFIOS. Since, I honestly can't just choose one I'm going to give you a few in response. "There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it." This quote is kinda the way I feel about life. (John Green you've done well in summing up thoughts as mine I'm afraid I can't even fathom into constellations). We can't all be remembered forever, and we won't. This speaks to me because we are all given little infinities to live. I'm going to give you a piece of a poem I made last year that sums up some of my feelings on this quote.
      Some infinities are bigger than other infinities and thats a fact. We are only human. Sometimes we need to betray ourselves in order to find ourselves again. To be alive- Find friends- Find faith. If your're honest you won't always find honesty but can’t live your little infinity alone forever. You can’t choose who you hurts you in this world, but you do have a say in who hurts you. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and put the killing thing between your teeth, to be your own self-aggrandising bastard and eventually make a perfect evangelical betrayal.
      You have to make the most of what you were given. All too often the marks we leave as humans are scars. In my heart, I want to make the most of what I was given and hopefully make my own evangelical betrayal with the least amount of scars.

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  13. Love your observations in your first entry. Yes, it is the people who don't busy themselves worrying what everyone else thinks of them, but instead busy themselves working on discovering their unique purpose and then living it out (Shakespeare, Socrates, Martin Luther King, Jr.) It takes bravery and risk-taking, but that is the only way to live if you want to feel alive.

    Good quotes from TFIOS. That was a great story. I read it this summer, but it stayed with me, too.

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  14. I chose to do the quote from Dracula which is: “There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” This quote makes me think of everything in the universe can be dark but we have the sun to give us light, but that is taking everything too literally. I think what the author was trying to say is that a lot of people aren’t the best and they can create a lot of darkness (bad) in our lives while others create a lot of light (good) in our lives, but in the end it is ultimately up to ourselves to make the brightest light of all or presumably join the darkness and create that for ourselves.
    A quote I really like which is from To Kill a Mockingbird is: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” and I like this quote because I feel like people make a lot of assumptions about others but you ultimately don’t really know what it is truly like to be them and how they truly see things unless you have walked in their shoes and seen what they have seen and how they have seen it.

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    1. Oh, I LOVE the quote you chose from Mockingbird. SO true, and if everyone remembered that, our world would be a peaceful place!!

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  15. The quote I chose to analyze was, "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." It caught my attention because, I believe that everyone has someone out there for them, someone who when you meet them, it starts a fire in your soul that shows you compatibility. It also spoke to me because I am plainly just a hopeless romantic. To me it means that throughout life, we spend our time trying to figure out what we are made up, what makes us, US. I interpret that Emily Bronte was saying that whatever that make up her soul was made from, that his soul was put together with as well. I love that it speaks that she found someone who was made for her, who is compatibly made up of whatever she is. I love that through a personal experience, it speaks that everyone has someone who is compatible with them.
    I spend a majority of my time reading quotes. Whether I need inspiration, motivation, words of wisdom, words to explain my hurt, or infatuation with someone or something, I know I can find a grouping of words that will speak to me. Considering I read many quotes and have more than one favorite, I cannot say it is my number one favorite, but definitely powerful to me. The quote I chose to share is, "and like the moon, she had a side of her so dark, that even the stars couldn't shine on it; she had a side of her so cold, that even the sun couldn't burn on it" by Abigail J. Hartman. Man, I love this quote. It leaves a lingering feeling in my chest every time I read it. I am absolutely obsessed with this quote because it's so relatable to my character as an individual. I can be bright and cheery, but also wickedly dark. So warm, and so cold. Like in the Book Thief when Marcus compares the amounts of good an evil in a person, I feel this quote compares that as well, in a different way.

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    1. Yes! That quote totally relates very well to The Book Thief! :) I would LOVE for you to read Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. That quote, in context, will completely turn the knife. It is SO sad and heartbreaking. Isn't it so cool how context can give us different perspectives, too?

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  16. I've always loved the quote "and in that moment we where infinite" by Stephen Chbosky from the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I've read this book a dozen of times and every time I read that line it makes me feel powerful. I sometimes have a moment where I feel like I can do anything. It's like an adrenaline rush for success and freedom. This quote reminds me of that feeling. Of course their is more to this quote than that; the meaning behind this quote is very powerful. A young boy who has had problems at home and outside his home is suddenly exposed to drug use, alcohol and sexuality after meeting a certain group of people who would take him in as a real friend. These group of people changed his life and made him be happy and feel alive again, without worries. So in a moment, he felt like he could do anything and that's feeling he could never forget. I love this quote because one day I want to be able to feel the way Charlie did (character who said the line). To feel young and wild and still at the same time be filled with so much happiness.

    My favorite quote is actually from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
    This quote is really powerful because it's something that we need to consider. Especially in our generation. Honestly, all of us are selfish and each one of us know that but we handle is differently. Our generation makes really quick judgments without knowing the situation. I see people being so careless and judgmental and only caring about themselves that they never consider what others might be going through.

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    1. GREAT quote. So happy that you and Devan both love the Mockingbird quote, because that shows some real wisdom. We need people to realize that truth, and breathe it. I have not read the Wallflower book. It is on my list now!

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  17. 2. “In our village, folks say God crumbles up the old moon into stars.”
    —Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

    After I read this very quote I knew i had to read no more. I find it literally magical. I love fantasy stories they are for sure my absolute favorite. I am also very open minded, and this gave me a different outlook on the stars. What if that actually happened, how they are made? It seems like it could be a likely reasoning is you really look at the sky at night. This is why I love this quote so much, because it makes you think... it makes you want to go into it in full detail. These quotes that say things happen that we could never imagine, and makes you actually question if it COULD happen. Just as how this question where stars ACTUALLY come from. Quotes that move the mind are the ones that move me.

    As for my own quote

    "Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.”
    -Brandon Mull, Fablehaven

    Just read it, Let it sink in, then you will understand why its my favorite. Its from my absolute favorite fantasy series so it has an even more greater meaning to me.

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  18. I totally wish I was the real sharp one and could learn from other people's mistakes! Boy, is that the truth. Would save us all a lot of heartbreak. But...I was also a real rebellious one, so....

    I liked the quote you chose, as well. It made me want to read more of that story and get the full picture and context.

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  19. “‘Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.’”
    —Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    I liked this quote the most. I think I liked this one the most because I can relate to it. I havent read this book so I dont know whats going on in the book but what this quote is saying to me is that like this person wants to live their life to fullest and be something every second. I also pray that I will live out my life for God and live to the fullest and I pray that I will be more like the person he wants me to be and desires for me to be. Its hard it really is, life gets in the way and distracts me from being the person God desires me to be. I do want to make a change in the world and I wanna never let anything tear me down to the point where I cannot live my life to the fullest and be and do everything I was called to do.
    I dont really have a favorite book but I do like this quote from Divergent. “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”
    ― Veronica Roth, Divergent
    I like this quote so much because I completely agree. It really only does take one person to make a change, it takes one person to stand up for something, it takes one person to be brave. Theres 7 billion people in the world and 1 person could make a huge change. I wanna be that person. I wanna change the world, I wanna be remembered. So I guess this quote just reminds me that I can be the change I want to see in the world.

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    1. I love the passion you have about your goals in life! :) That is awesome and inspiring. Keep that fire!

      The Veronica Roth quote reminds me of young Sophie Scholl. We need that kind of courage in this strange world!

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  20. Good evening! The lateness of the hour at which this post is published may be attributed to my recent return from the frozen north, but I am happy to say that despite the time I have plenty to share.

    The provided list had an interesting composition of quotes. It seems probable that anyone would be able to find a quote that appealed to some part of them in that list. As for myself, I found several that were of interest, for one reason or another.

    The quote I'll analyze here follows:
    "It might be that to surrender to happiness was to accept defeat, but it was a defeat better than many victories.” -W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

    The quote (taken out of context, at the least) means that happiness is often something that requires our other emotions to yield to it, but despite that, it is often better than the course of other emotions.

    This quote finds its mark in me because I often resist happiness due to circumstances. It may be that I am upset with another person, or a specific situation, or that it simply does not feel proper to be happy in that moment. I feel determined in such moments to hold on to whatever emotion masters my energy, and it seems that to allow myself to be happy would be to surrender. In the moments when I allow myself to be happy, I often feel much better than I do when I stubbornly hold out against it. I appreciate the quote's acknowledgement of the possibility that surrendering to happiness might be a defeat, while still pointing out that it is not necessarily an undesirable one.

    As for my own quote, I chose one that I found in my spare moments this past week, while my mind was carried across the world and through the hearts of men. Curiously, it comes after the grand adventure of the book, and is equally applicable to its contents and to the world around us.
    The quote, found in Steven Englund's afterword entitled Weighing Napoleon to the book Napoleon by Felix Markham reads "we pay too high a price when we seek to resolve our ambivalence by reaching for hasty conclusions". I had to pause and contemplate the quote, and still heard it echoing as I continued to read. It is very natural for us to desire to have certain feelings about someone or something. We want to think in terms of good and bad. But the objects and people we encounter do not fall completely into either category. By trying to quickly and decisively apply the label of good or bad to anything, we blind ourselves to the characteristics that fall into the opposite category, and we deprive ourselves of the chance to understand and act with that understanding.

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    1. I had to stop and contemplate the Napoleon quote, too!

      Did you realize how related the two quotes you chose truly are? Not obvious at first glance, but on closer reading and looking into your interpretation, they are! You know what you need to hear in a quote. That's good-- and that is how they speak to us in a given moment.

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  21. “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”
    —J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

    I love this quote, and probably chose it because I am familiar with it and love Harry Potter. The Harry Potter series was truly inspiring to me. I am guilty of being of dreamer, which is not always a bad thing. My nose is always in a book, but my mind is far away in a land where no one can reach me. It is a gift to be able to dream, to imagine all the wishes in our head. After you dream, you have to do. You can't sit around waiting for the world to magically make your dream come true. That is your job, Dream it then live it. I need to bring in another quote that gives me goosebumps and makes me feel as though I can do anything. "All we have to decide is what to do with the time given to us." - J.R.R Tolkien. Another one of my favorite book series Lord of the rings written by one of my favorite authors J.R.R. Tolkien. We all have a choice, it's a great part of being human. We have the power to decide our fate. Whether we sit and dream until we realize life has passed us by and there is no more time to do. Whether we make the best of everything. Whether we fight for everything we want to make your life successful and everything you want it to be. I hope everyone has the chance to live their dream. Seize the days given to you and show the world what use to only live in your mind.

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  22. Great advice. As a writer, I often prefer to spend hours upon end with my fictional characters in other times and places. I forget that the people who matter most are here. I think that is why I love directing plays that I love--that way, I can be present and in the dream world. ;)

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  23. The quote that stood out to me the most was number 37.

    "Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet."
    - L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

    This quote means that no matter how much you screw up today that tomorrow you will always have another chance to have a great day. Don't spend the day worrying and remembering the mistakes you made, because tomorrow no one will care and you can start fresh all over again. You get a clean canvas everyday to live your life on. If you only use one and add all your paintings on one canvas it becomes a mess just like your life. That is what this quote meant to me.

    A quote that I really like is from Dr. Seuss's book "Oh the Places You'll Go"

    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who'll decide where to go.”

    I really like this quote, because you get to decide what you want to do with your life. No one else can tell you what to do. As long as you have a brain and feet, you can go anywhere or be anything you want to. That is probably my favorite quote ever even if it's from a children's book.

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  24. After reading all of the beautiful quotes, the quote that I found interesting was #24.

    "In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.”
    —Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank

    When I read this quote the first thing that came to my mind was The Book Thief. I thought about The Book Thief because I thought this quote had similarities to Death's comment on humans.
    “So much good, so much evil. Just add water.”
    ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
    Even though humans are capable of doing evil things, wether it be caused by hate or jealousy there is still good in them. We should never give up hope in someone just because their intentions may seem evil. I do believe people have good in them. People also have freewill. They have a choice wether to be evil or be good. Humans choose what they want to be. If someone chooses to be evil, it doesn't mean that they have lost all of their good intentions.

    A quote I like is “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”
    ― John Green, Looking for Alaska

    This is one of my favorite quotes. When I read this book, this quote always stuck out to me. It stuck out to me, because I agree with this quote. When you are suffering, it feels like you are trapped in a maze that you are constantly trying to get out of, but you can never find the way out. You may think that by holding this anger and hatred, you are damaging the one who hurt you, but instead you are only pushing yourself further into the labyrinth. The way I have interpreted this quote is that, once you have forgiven someone, you are letting go of what they did to hurt you. You will not hold it against them in the future. This pain or this certain suffering will be relieved. You may play a role of brining yourself into the maze, but you are also the key who leads the way out. That is how you escape the labyrinth of suffering.

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  25. Reading quotes that relate to my various situations are very essential in my life. I usually lean towards quotes that can help me keep motivated for my success in the future . The quote that stood out to me the most in the list of the 51 Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature was, “We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered.” —Tom Stoppard, Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead. The reason why this quote stuck with me is the fact that it is 100% true. So many bridges have been burnt over the years humans have existed, and little to no change has been created.

    Let’s relate this quote to The Book Thief. In Nazi Germany, during the WWI time period there was so much tragedy and destruction. All of the hardship Liesel faces throughout the book are burnt bridges that evaporate into thin air. Even after all of this chaos the German’s continue on creating more havoc, and terminating more people. Like it says in our quote, “with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered.” The ending of The Book Thief is summed up in this one quote. (HAHA! Notice I did not tell you anything about the ending. You will all have to wait. All I can say is be prepared for the water works.)

    I love collecting inspirational quotes from novels so picking only one was very complicated. The quote I chose for this blogpost is from my all time favorite book The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall. This quote states, “Any discussion of money and success would be lacking if I did not state that money is neither good nor bad. In the hands of good people, money can build places of healing, worship, and learning. In the hands of bad people, money can create destruction, disease, and death.” This is one of my many favorite quotes because money isn’t categorized as good or bad. It is the person who uses the money that decides the outcome of their spending choices.

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  26. My favorite quote from this list is:
    “At the still point, there the dance is.”
    —T. S. Eliot, “Four Quartets”

    This speaks to me because other then being highly involved in dance. I believe in expression over all. A life without expression, to me, is a terrible existence and I believe that people should feel utterly free to do whatever they want in the space created for them.

    My favorite line not mentioned in this list comes from my favorite series, The Lord of the Rings.
    “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” -J.R.R Tolkien

    This quote is important to me because it displays a sort of confidence in places where it usually wouldn't exist. It's inspirational, in a very basic form, and simplistic, proving that you don't need to flourish sentences to make them impactful. It might seem a little underwhelming, however, this quote strips itself of unnecessary words and proves that beauty can come from simple things.

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  27. “' Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every our of my life.’” - Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    I am not quite sure what this quote means in the book because I have never read it before, but for me, it has quite a bit of meaning. I have grown up being told that I am going to do great and mighty things for God, but it is often hard to see how I will, especially at a young age. I remember I got so stuck for the longest time, not knowing what I am going to do with my life and what God is calling me to be and I found myself praying a similar prayer as this girl from this book; “God just let me be a light. Let me do something with my life that will impact the world. God let me do something that shines your light through me.” I cried this out for the longest time until God responded. I think that is why this quote spoke to me. It is not necessarily because of the similar plea, but because of the longing and desperation to make a difference; to make an impact.
    Lastly my favorite quote of probably all time, from my favorite book, is
    “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38; Bible, KJV.
    This verse has not impacted me because it was the moment Mary decided to accept being the mother of Jesus, but because it was the moment that Mary gave herself fully to what God had planned for her. She showed her trust and longing to follow God in this verse. Ever since I have heard this scripture, I have made this my prayer. Basically saying that, God whatever you have planned for me, I say yes.

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  28. I don't know how many quotes I just listed, but these are the ones to affect me, that I don't think others have posted about yet. But I want to go through some of them, I don't know, maybe it will be all of them. I'm sure this is going to be long, so, have fun.
    -Warning, after reading everything I just wrote, I realized that on this particular night, I have decided that I was going to bare some of my soul and write my little shriveled-up heart out, and be completely honest and straightforward and just, completely me to I guess, some sort of core of myself. So, that's, something, I guess. If I completely messed up what we were supposed to do, sorry, but I guess when writers gotta write, they write. So, I suppose here it is.

    “Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.”
    —Khaled Hosseini, "And the Mountains Echoed"
    This just rings so true to life. How often do we see people who are beautiful on the outside, and they're what people look for, the classic pretty and handsome types, but when you get to know them, it's just, blah? I have met a lot of people who are not what others may deem the stereotypically attractive type, who just have these vibrant personalities, or these layered personalities, that make you want to know them more, because they're interesting, they're decent, they seem worth digging deeper about and really knowing, but the outside appearance isn't 'there' in the typical way. Which is so hard to deal with because sometimes when you're not as "pretty" or you're not as "handsome" you get left behind, kind of forgotten about. And it gets harder when you are friends with these people, maybe being one of them yourself, but you just see them and know they're worth so much, and you love them, and you want people to see they are really so beautiful, and they're so great, but no one is willing to go past the skin to discover it. But if I'm being honest, I am probably not one of those beautiful on the outside types. At Least in the typical, and societal way. Stemming from that, the people who I love most, and enjoy being around, talking to, and the ones who I'm probably closest to, probably wouldn't immediately fit the bill for the "beautiful" types either. But they are. Oh my, they are the beautiful ones, they are the ones that I trust with everything, and would like to see myself being around forever. I don't like classic beauty, I want interesting, meaningful, layered, hard-to-deal-with, not-easy-to-see-at-first-glance, beauty all around me. I want untapped, wonderful, weird-but-good, beauty flowing through me, and around me.
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    1. "There is a sense in which we all are each others consequences."
      —Wallace Stegner, "All The Little Live Things"
      We are perhaps all of each others prizes. Gifts. Rewards. But we are most definitely all of each others nightmares. Pain. Grief. But especially, we are everyone's consequences. We are all the causes and results of other people. People are not unhappy because it snowed today. People are unhappy because their car is going to get stuck and their boss is going to be angry at them. But what caused the car to get stuck? People. The car wasn't designed, by people, high enough off the ground, the roads weren't plowed by people. Those people were the cause to the consequence for the stuck person, because of the boss being angry. We are all so connected and intertwined that we are all the reasons for each other's unhappiness, and they are the reason for ours. Because we are a consequence, we are an end. But we are also the great, and wonderful beginning when we had not yet gone to judgement.

      “The pieces I am, she gather them and gave them back to me in all the right order.”
      —Toni Morrison, Beloved
      I love this one so much because it's just what I want to do. I want to pick up everyone's broken pieces, and I want to put them back together the right way, and I want people to be okay. I want the people that I am close to, to just put everything out there, straightforward, and I want to help them. But nobody wants that. Or at least, no one wants to admit that they need that stupid thing called help. But that's all that I want to do. And its really hard for me to deal with when they don't do that though, don't just tell me, because it makes me feel like they don't think I can help. When thats the only thing I want to do. One of the only things I can do as a friend. Because being a friend really just comes down to helping the people you care most about. I just really want to pick up the pieces and help mend them to the right spot, even when its believed it can't happen.

      “We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered.”
      —Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
      The wind was knocked out me. Human repetition and numbness. We do the same things everyday. Same routine, and we just sort of, get through it. We get up, do what has to be done, and once the day is over, it's forgotten. Thats normal, I suppose, on the daily grind of things, to do this. But its so much harder if you've become some sort of essence of numb, or if you're in grief. Because everything changes. And everything becomes so much harder. Because then you are painfully aware of how repetitive things have become, and the fact that you are just burning bridges, and moving faster and faster into some forever future away, waiting until its not like how it is, waiting until you can forget that your eyes don't burn or water anymore, and that all you smell is smoke, that you don't feel anything. And that you're just burning. God. You're just burning...

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      “I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark.”
      —Raymond Carver, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”
      This was said in a movie called "Stuck in Love". I have watched that movie a countless amount of times, and every time I watched it, this quote just stared at me. Telling me that time can just slow down and we can just sit, realizing all of what we are and how we work. Seeing how we are all constantly running. You cannot stop us unless we're dead. We are always functioning, and just being. When you realize we are all just being, you can sit and enjoy it. Enjoy the noise that comes with us. The breathing, the rustling of bodies, the cracks of knuckles, the chattering of teeth, the blinking of our eyes, the grumblings of our stomachs, the intense sound of our heart beat, and the immaculate sound of voices. This quote, is this song for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF9Qbjk8V9I
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    3. “I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”
      —Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
      I've been hurt a lot. And I know a lot of people can say this. And it's probably accurate. But I have been hurt a lot. But I'll start with, I am a grudge holder. Always have been. Probably always will be in some ways. But I am working on it, I swear. Anyway, when I was younger I think it was a mix between fairly easy and incredibly hard to forgive people. I could forgive my 3 of my 4 siblings, but never the fourth, never my sister closer in age to me. We hated each other to the core of our beings, and not matter what either of us did, we would not forgive each other. Shes about 5-6 years older than me. When she was 16 or 17 she moved to Alaska to be with her dad there. When she left, I wasnt sad. My brothers were, but I wasnt. I was kinda happy about it. Less fighting, I still wasnt really a fan. But it was almost over night a couple years later where I didnt feel any resentment towards her. It really was like it just went away. I was probably 12. Looking back, I realize it was more of just a sibling rivalry, we are very alike, and are both so completely stubborn, thus we butted heads a lot. But a different instance in my life has been really incredibly hard to deal with, and regrettably and almost embarrassingly, I think the pain has not quite yet packed and picked up all of its stuff so that I can completely move on with everything.
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    4. My mom messed up a lot with her 5 kids. She loved us quite a lot. But she sucked at showing it. She did a lot of things that when I was young, I could forgive her. Like, if she left for a while, she'd come back and Id be so happy, how could I not forgive her? She still loved me. But as I got older, and found out more stuff, it got harder and harder for me to just turn the cheek and understand. It's still hard. In the beginning of sophomore year, she for the first time, had gotten a house, and it was going to have just me and my brothers there half time, spending the other half with my dad. At this point I was so bitter about everything, with a grudge and hurt building up for years and years and coming to a tipping point. We argued. And only after a week of staying with her, she kicked me out. Which, I guess was what I wanted. To just go live with my dad, where it felt normal. I was just so angry. So, so so, angry, and was holding such a huge grudge. After a week she tried talking to me, a bit after that, she said she wanted me to come back. But I couldn't do that. I couldn't hurt myself more, being around her, where more anger would just pop up. And after a bit, maybe a month tops. She didn't try anymore. She just sent me texts telling me she loved me. Which I selfishly, didn't reply to. So, my brothers still lived with her, and they were coming back from their trip to Camp Chauncey. (I dont know if I spelled that right) They were coming back over to my dads for the weekend, but had to get stuff from my moms. We went over there. No answer to the door. We didn't have keys. My brother climbed the fence, sliding door wasn't open. So we couldn't get in. This was around the 7th of October perhaps. So we brushed it off. We were used to her being gone and not answering the door, or the phone, or texts. We went through our weekend, had a family get-together, everyone wondering where she was. And Monday, the 14th of October finally rolls around. I get in the car after school. My Dad and Stepmom are both there. Weird. We get off at the exit to go to my grandmas. Weirder. Pull up to my grandmas, there are quite a few more cars there than usual. And I recognize them as relatives. Weirdest. For a Monday. I walk in the house. And I see my Mom's mom. My Nana. And I just know. Something horrible has happened. my siblings are ushered into a room. My sister who was in college, already there. My mom's dad in there. Then i see my Nana and my Dad look at eachother. And I knew. I started crying. I was trying not to, just in case, but my Grandpa starts talking. He went to go see if my mom was at her house. He had a key. He told us he walked into the house, and he could tell something was wrong. He went upstairs. He went to my moms bedroom. She was there. Thats when I really started crying. He found his daughter, dead. She was dead. My mom was dead. Everything went from anger to pure and utter agony.
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    5. At 14, I didnt have my mom anymore. And at 38 she didnt have her life anymore. It was horrible. It still is horrible. But on the day before the year anniversary, in October, after a year of waiting, and wishing I could put pieces together, I found out how she died, that was late at night. I went to sleep and the next day, when I should have been completely distraught with every emotion I still carried, grief, anger, hurt, sadness, emptiness, I felt like in the middle of the night, some sense of closure and a bit of forgiveness had been opened up in me. As if a broom closest had been cleaned out. There was a lot left, but it was a start. Forgiveness had finally found some way to snake into me. And while I was still all of those emotions, I had less of them. Since then, it has gotten easier, in the last 3 months. It really is like the grudge and pain I had towards her, has almost completely left. Maybe they've forgotten some hair products. Eye drops, perhaps. And while I still feel her absence like a truck hitting me from the back, I don't feel so angry anymore. I have gotten some of my muchness back. (Alice in Wonderland) I feel like Im allowed to live and be happy again, because she'd want me to. And because I have started on the road to forgiving the things I cannot change. And realizing that I regret a lot of things, but I can forgive myself for them too. It just came in the night and packed it bags, and I guess that's the only time you'll ever hear that sentence in a good way.
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    6. Here you are the last one. There's the essay I just wrote, and hes the conclusion. I'm really sorry to anyone who has to scroll through this. I'm also sorry you had to read so much. But like I said, writers gotta write, and so I did. I guess.

      “Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.”
      —Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
      This final quote just sums up what I want. I want for my life, after everything I've gone through in my short, barely 16 years, I want everything to be beautiful and I want nothing to hurt. And I want this for everyone, really. I want everyone, especially the ones I care for and love, but especially, especially me, to just be able to breathe these words out and feel them radiating all throughout us, like on a perfect summer day in Indiana when its 80 degrees and the sun is shining and you can just close your eyes.
      And you can say, after everything.
      Everything was beautiful.
      And nothing hurt.

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    7. I just read what to do again, and I guess I wasn't completely done, so, here are quotes that I love. And I believe what you have already read shows you exactly why they mean what they mean to me.
      All are from Harry Potter. And all, if I could, would be in ink, on me.
      "The ones that love us never really leave us."
      "He had a powerful kid of ache inside him, half-joy, half terrible sadness."
      "I want you to listen to me very carefully, Harry. You're not a bad person. You're a very good person who bad things have happened to. Besides, the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters. We've all got both light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act one. That's who we really are."

      There you go, Finally. The actual end. Sad, I know. But I'm sure on a different post, the same thing will happen, I'll blab for 15 years and we'll both be sick of it.

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  29. “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”
    —L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
    it means that everyday is a new day no matter what, and doesn't matter how many mistakes you did in the past it wont count for the future. It speaks to my heart because, as person who is constantly making mistakes i always have to remind myself that i'm not perfect and that it's fine to do mistakes and to learn from them. I love that it's a daily reminder, as well as an 'everything will be okay' type of moment. "Eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart."
    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    i love this quote because, it's pretty much saying that beauty is temporary, but your personality is forever. As well as, don't judge a book by it's cover, because i know im not the best looking or the best in looks in general...and some people say i have a mean looking face, but once they get to know me, they usually say other wise.

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  30. "You don't have to live forever, you just have to live."
    - Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everything

    I like this quote, because it seems to be for all of the people that are afraid of death so they always try to safe and secluded, Just like the old lady from the twilight zone episode you showed us, and it is trying to tell them that instead of being afraid and trying to live much longer they can just go out and enjoy the finer things in life, because it is always better to live a life filled with wonders, amazement, and meaning full experiences then to live longer while missing out on all other things.

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  31. “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
    —Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

    I've never read this book but now I want to! As I was scrolling through the list, there were a few quotes that made me smile and some that made me want to choose them right away. But once I saw this one, for some reason it made my heart swell up like a balloon and it was engraved in my brain. That was the deal breaker. And I guess it's the hopeless romantic in me that chose this quote.

    I love this quote for a few reasons. This quote starts out being the typical fairy tale beginning, which I happen to love, but the end is what grabbed my attention. "her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering." That is the sweetest thing ever! *girly squeal* The boy wanted to love her forever and if figuring out her laughter was the only way he could be with her, he would just HAVE to figure it out.

    A quote that I love a lot too, is the one at the end of my post. I love this quote because I am a huuuuge hopeless romantic and a daydreamer. So I feel like whoever wrote this relates to how I feel being me. This quote gives me some hope for finding true love even though I'm only 16, but hey, I'm a dreamer and hopeless, so this way of thinking is only normal for me.

    "Here's to the girls who love someone that doesn't love them. The hopeless romantics and the daydreamers. The girls that fall and get hurt, but still stand up smiling. The girls that don't catch everyone's attention at first. Here's to the girls that will someday find that happy ending they dream about."


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  32. Oh, boy. It was hard for me to not choose Cassie Clare's quote; The Infernal Devices is one of my favorite series. But, to be honest with myself, I would have to say the quote that really struck a chord with me was number 15.

    “If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me.”
    —W. H. Auden, “The More Loving One”
    (I actually kind of cried when I read this one...) I really do hate to have any of my blog responses revolve around a romantic theme- especially when it's my own romance- but I will make an exception in this case.
    Oh, the woes of unrequited love. I remember sitting on my bathroom floor, crying, and just generally being overdramatic, and thinking,"... This is awful. How can one person affect me like this?" My heart hurt. I wanted the other person to hurt like he was (inadvertently, of course) hurting me. And then, in a moment of clarity, I realized that there is no way I would ever let anyone else feel this way, even if it means I have to. Now, I don’t know anything about this book. But that one particular moment of clarity, when you realize you would gladly take that kind of feeling away, is universal. I don't need to read the book to understand it. I don't need context. I just need to be a person who hasn't been loved. Does that make sense?

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  33. “A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it.” —Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

    A young boy once fell for a girl, and she for him. They became the best of friends, sticking together through thick and thin. He defended her when she thought no one would, and she saw the good in him even when all he saw was the blackness inside. They dreamed together, and for the first time they didn't feel alone. They dreamed together of a life where they could be together all the time, with no obstacles in their way. They dreamed of when they would be old enough to make a difference in the lives of others. She dreamed of teaching, of leading the next generation. He dreamed of becoming a soldier, following in his family's footsteps.
    Their dreams were cut short, or at least, hers where. He held her as she lay dying, and she smiled, and sang him one last song. The boy hears that song still, the last notes of her song wrapped around him as a cloak. He does not sleep as he knows what he will see, and cruel is the night when he succumbs to exhaustion. He sees them happy, dancing in the rain on the day before spring break. He tried many things to dull the edge of the blade piercing his heart, but he forgot an important lesson all would do well to remember " A sharp knife cuts deep, but the dull knife is what kills a man, it does not slice but only tears, leaving wounds that do not heal fast or without suffering." He suffered silently through his life, and died more inside everyday like an infection had its hold on his heart. No thing he believed could heal his infection, could take away all the pain. Time passed, trees grew and death had his way with many great and terrible beauties. Then a familiar looking woman approached him one day. She looked him in the eyes and said this. " I don't know you, and to be honest you scare me. but I knew your friend and she was very dear to me. She always told me that dreams don't last forever, but that isn't always a bad thing. You can remember that dream, but the thing is, you can find a new dream."

    Dreams are wonderful, they can lead us to new heights, can carry us through the most dangerous of challenges, can be our light shining in the darkness. Sometimes our dreams capture us, and hold us in a thrall so great that we become mindless to all other things. Dreams end, and sometimes this is crushing, but remember, dreaming is what we do. The boy found his new dream, and his inspiration for it was this young girl. He decided that he would leave the dream with her behind, but after leaving the military, he would become a teacher. He would lead the next generation with the lessons he learned from his pain.


    Second quote and mountain dew:
    "Sometimes you realize you're at a crossroads. That there are two paths stretching out ahead of you, and you have to pick one of them." - Jim Butcher, "Skin Game"
    I'd say that this was the great turning point in the story, or that this caused a great realization and changed someone's life. It did not. This man was sitting on the front porch with a friend drinking a beer and holding his daughter with her legs across his lap with a large friendly dog curled around the chair. He has already made his choice, this is him realizing what he has chosen. Even if you think it doesn't matter, even if you think it is not at a key turning point in your story, there are always choices to make. He chose to be a hero, even though he was already a monster. What do you choose?

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  34. With the sheer number of quotes, and how they all have so much more behind them than they seem, it is really difficult to pick a single one. However, the one that stands out to me the most has to be: “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” from William Shakespeare's "Hamlet". Looking at simply the quote, it brings an image of something more than the world, and shows us that there is much more in life than skeptical people see. Taking into account that this play was written by Shakespeare post the death of his son Hamnet, I see this quote as Shakespeare reassuring himself that his son is still out there somewhere, even without him. This entire work, if looked at the correct way, can represent the ideas going through Shakespeare's head at the time of his loss. What stands out to me the most here, though, is that even though I myself am skeptical of anything more than this world, I am drawn to these words. They are words of hope, yet also words of sorrow. Such is the way with those as lost as Hamlet.

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  35. "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." I have to say that this is, and probably will be, my favorite quote ever. I have a huge bias towards The Great Gatsby in general, and I absolutely adore F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing, but this speaks to me on a deeper level. His novel was about Gatsby trying to reach his "American Dream" by reaching into his past and becoming who he thought would help attain this end goal. As humans, we are bound by time. We are chained to our past transgressions and decisions, our situations, and we are tethered to the possibilities of tomorrow's horizons. We constantly strive towards /something/, the end goal varying for each person respectively, but to say that we all don't work towards something would have to be (in my opinion) a lie. This particular quote, to rephrase in a way that would be simpler to understand, it says, "So we move on, against everything pushing us back, carried endlessly into the past." This quote was commenting on a human's tendency to reach towards their futures by reconstructing their past, but we are in a constant struggle; the past simply cannot be forgotten. That's the current, that's the thing that's drawing us back to our perpetual struggle. This is true; maybe, not for everyone, but for a lot of people we are too busy living in the past to be able to enjoy our future.

    As for a quote that wasn't listed, I'd love to comment on this one:
    "You can never visit the same place twice. Each time, it’s a different story. By the very act of coming back, you wipe out what came before." - Maureen Johnson

    I'd like to take a moment to really appreciate the severity of this statement. I think that it can be interpreted in multiple ways, but in my opinion, I think that's its talking about both a physical place and a state of mind. Regardless of what it is, new thoughts and memories are constructed between and during each individual visit towards this place, and the same place isn't going to have the same affect on you because of this. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because it shows that we all have the ability to grow beyond what we think and experience.

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