Monday, September 19, 2016

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.  


In both year one and year two, we are exploring the power of language--the power of words.  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 writes in The Book Thief in that special, gorgeous, metaphorical way of his that words are the keys to power.  We have all heard  "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 50 of the most beautiful lines of literature.  While I have no idea how anyone could narrow it down to 50, 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.  One of my proudest moments in recent years was having the opportunity to direct my Will Power Troupe in 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 necessarily 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 or two 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.


I'll lead off:  my favorite quote on this list is #45 from The Kite Runner.  It absolutely transfixed me the first time I read it in that novel.  It was life changing--a perception of forgiveness that spoke right to my soul.  Another favorite (not on this list) is from a book we will read in year 2 very soon:  Markus Zusak's The Book Thief.   It is one I always go back to...not just because of the words, but because of what they mean now that I connect them to the story as a whole: "I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right."  When you read the book, you'll see why.  


Now...it's your turn!  Quote away!  Feel the power of the words that tug on your heart!

Link:  http://pulptastic.com/50-beautiful-sentences-literature/



101 comments:

  1. The quote I chose was number 7. “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. To me this quote means that we have our own lives to live, but it doesn't hurt to try other things. The perspective of life that this quote gives me is that we can choose to live the life or lives we want. There is adventure waiting and so much more outside of our comfort zones that can provide us with life experiences we can't just hear from others. To give yourself a life experience is the greatest gift you can give yourself. One of my favorite quotes is "Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs."-Charlotte Brontë.
    This quote rings true to life. If we spend all of our time focusing on the bad in our life, we miss out on the best things life has to offer.

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    1. You had me at Bronte! :) LOVE Jane Eyre!

      The first quote you chose is also so effective: you can really feel the strain he describes clearly. The exhaustion at the end of a hard day, yet you still have so much you want to do and experience! If only our bodies had no limits and the days were longer!

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  2. The quote I chose was Jk Rowling’s in her book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The quote reads,“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”

    The sentence is trying to tell the reader that dreaming can only fulfill you so much and living your life is truly the better lifestyle. I believe the quote is asking the reader to not preoccupy themselves with fantastical ideas and dreams. The text doesn’t say it obviously, but it's essentially telling the reader to not be a “dreamer”. Rather, the author wants to pull the reader down to earth and show them what they can do if they choose to live their life. Dreams, passion, and expectations very often lead to disappointment, and guiding your decisions off these principles would be the equivalent of “forgetting to live”, as the author puts it. It’s often easy to escape the pressures of the world and start thinking of pleasant alternatives for the future. Though it's important to have ideas and expectations, I love this quote because it's giving the reader real and tangible advice within a fictional world dominated by wizards and giant spiders. I enjoy the harry potter series and it's nice to see the author using quotes like these to not only develop characters and plot but also to inspire and teach the reader.

    A favorite quote of mine is “If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.” in Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand. Not only is this my favorite book, it is a book that I believe everyone should read at least once in their lives. It’s a 500 page book full of conflicting philosophies, and is a very interesting read. I love this quote because it embodies a value I can connect with. As a scholar, I strive to have a “growth” mindset. A growth mindset is a personality characteristic that accepts challenge and wants to train the brain like its a muscle, getting stronger as it pushes myself. Fear of not-knowing, a characteristic of the “fixed” mindset, treats intelligence as a static point that cannot be developed. I believe it's better for someone to approach a challenge with the mindset that they can learn to overcome it. This quote embodies that belief and I think it helps readers reach this state of growth.

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    1. Love your comment about "growth" mindset. I have not thought of it in that way (growth vs. static) but that is extremely descriptive of a truth. :) Glad to hear you embrace growth. We all need a chance to go through the pains of becoming who we are, and then work to expand that.

      As one who has always wanted to travel to Narnia, I think there is great wisdom to be found in worlds with wizards and giant spiders (though the giant spiders are terrifying to me!)

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  3. The quote I chose was number 31 from "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin, “She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.”
    I love this quote because it relates to me very well. Everyday I put up a wall in front of people - a wall that is not me. Then, every day, I have to work to tear it down. I challenge myself every morning to do at least two things that are way out of my comfort zone. This quote talks about a girl doing the same thing. She is finding herself through the moments when she does not feel the need to hide behind something almost evil which she has created. The girl is learning to be free. By reading this quote, I realize there are other people who deal with this too and I feel less alone. Maybe the character is not real, but Kate Chopin has created this character who relates to me perfectly. I love this quote most of all because it shows the inner struggle of those who want to be themselves but feel that who they are is not good enough so they build a new person for everyone else to see.
    Another quote that I love is also from The Book Thief: “It's hard to not like a man who not only notices the colors, but speaks them.”
    This book is by far the best book I have ever read. When I was reading it (for the millionth time!) this quote jumped out at me. I love the use of color throughout the book and I have always thought of speech as color. Each person, when they speak, have a different arrangement of color. Some people use the same tone over and over, but the ones who use the whole spectrum are the ones who intrigue me. I have noticed it is not only the creative ones either who speak in color, but the ones who are the complete opposite. Passion creates color and staleness creates blandness. I look for the people who love words and the use of them. I know many people who are definite thinkers who still speak art. When I read this quote, I finally had words for something I had felt my whole life.

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    1. PROFOUND, Sarah! This is a beautiful reflection! I want to first commend you on your insights about who you are and your willingness to share that. Definitely counts as stepping outside the safe/comfort zone, so cheers to that!

      Could not agree more on your choice in favorites. The Book Thief and The Kite Runner have long held the place of my two favorites, and depending on the moment, one pushes into first. :) I believe that there is an art (and color) to be found in anything. The key is, the passion in it, I think. You are so right, and you say it beautifully!

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  4. My favorite quote was number 23. “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.” This quote made me feel a rush of emotions, I've never seen love described like that. There is something about the quote that is memorable but it also makes my heart melt.I think this might be my new favorite sappy love quote.

    I really don't have an all time favorite quote so I started looking for one and I found a quote from Oscar Wilde, "Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing." This quote has a deeper meaning but this really just made me think about what I value and this quote is true for me. I put too much priority on money and not enough on my real values.


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    1. That #23 is sweeping, isn't it? I can imagine the author pretty much patted his own back after coining that phrase! :) Great one!

      That is a profound one by Wilde. He has a lot of really thought provoking quotes, to be sure!

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  5. 10- “‘Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.’”

    When I saw this quote I was immediately like ME! ME! ME! I think that what this sentence is trying to convey is hope and faith. I am a firm believer in God and I believe that we all have some sort of purpose. I often wonder am I living my life wrong? Is this how i'm supposed to spend my existence? Therefore I understand what she means when she says this.

    In Maya Angelou's book "I know why the caged bird sings", she says ''There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” I have to say that this quote inspires me and just motivates me to tell my whole truth! I don't want to die without somebody knowing my real story.

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    1. LOVE your passion, and your hope and faith. I share that belief FIRMLY in my heart. When my kids are nervous about something coming down the pike in their life (college acceptance, a test, waiting to hear on an opportunity) I tell them (and a little bit of myself, too!) Remember: whatever happens, God has a big plan for you and it's going to be great. You will matter, and you are serving a bigger purpose that you can see right now. Live in faith and excitement always. :) Great quote choices!! LOVE Angelou!

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  6. “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”
    —L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

    This quote to me, means that we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Lately I’ve been trying to cultivate patience and stop worrying, and seeing this quote was a nice coincidence. This quote is inspiring and charming, and it validates some of my recent thoughts.

    “The half life of love is forever.”
    —Junot Diaz, This Is How You Lose Her

    This quote is very beautiful. I am young, so I’m obviously a hopeless romantic, and I enjoyed this quote because of it’s charm. I like the idea that love lasts forever, and this is a witty and cute way of saying such.

    “When you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries while you rejoice”
    ― David Arnold, Mosquitoland

    Mosquitoland is my all time favorite book. This quote means a lot to me personally because I find it inspiring. I’ve heard things like this said many times before, but I love the wording and unique tone of David Arnold’s voice, and the feeling it gives me when I read it.

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    1. Okay, the Mosquitoland quote? AMAZING. I had not heard that one, but since reading this post, I shared it with my family. VERY profound, and as a person of faith, it rings true for me. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  7. "And in that moment, I swear we were infinite"
    -Stephen Chbosky, Perks of Being a Wallflower

    I'm going to start of by saying that that was one of the hardest decisions, that I have ever had to make. I could relate to so many quotes, which is ultimately what I look for in any kind of text: . Having read Perks of Being a Wallflower (and completely loving it!) it was easier to choose the quote because I knew the context and was able to relate it once. To me, it's the symbol of being young and loving life in the moment, and not worrying about tomorrow. This is the way that I imagine life to be and it's a beautiful way to live.

    “So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
    -John Green, Looking for Alaska

    This is my favorite John Green book, ever. The quote captures how someone can make such a huge impact on you. It also makes you want to appreciate some of the craziness that is around you. The whole thing is just a beautiful metaphor for life, friendship, and love all at once. I also consider myself a 'drizzle' because I'm the 'calm before the storm' type, usually the one with the answers for others, but completely clueless when it comes to myself, which is very similar to Miles (the guy who says the quote).

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    1. GREAT quotes! And I can relate to your struggle. I loved SEVERAL of the quotes, so I went with the one that had the context I most loved. Loved the John Green quote you shared. That's lovely!

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  8. First I want to start off by saying that I completely agree with Ashley!
    I chose the quote by Stephen Chbosky in Perk of Being a Wallflower,"And in that moment, I swear we were infinite". I hate to admit it, but I saw the movie before I read the book! Both were very good, but the book is of course my favorite. This quote channels the innocent relations with friends that can unexpectedly turn into a heightened, unbreakable bond that can change someone's life forever. Since the main characters of these books are young, adventurous, and slightly reckless teenagers, I can find relate-able qualities which strengthens my connection. I also value friendships and close relations with the people in my life like the main characters, so when the main character describes their friendship as finite, I immediately appreciate my friends for all their remarkable qualities.

    The quote that I chose is by Scott F. Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby,“Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.”. This quote captures the hopeless romantic that is buried inside of me. I also love the internal struggle that the main character is dealing with and how heart wrenching this situation was for him. Should he stay and fix things or should he leave? The Great Gatsby has always been a favorite of mine and when I came across this quote again, I knew immediately that this would be the quote that I would choose.

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    1. Ah, the tragedy of Gatsby. It is such a wistful book that always makes me cry a little. Great analysis of your quotes! Right on point.

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  9. My favorite quote from the list provided has to be "Stay gold, Ponyboy" from The Outsiders written be S.E. Hinton. I have read this book before and the moment I read that quote, it meant a lot to me. This quote all begins when the character Ponyboy recites a poem to Johnny when they're hiding out in a church. He reads to Johnny, "Nothing gold can stay," Which means that all good things never last, come to an end. But later on in the story, Johnny, on his deathbed, says his last words, "Stay Gold, Ponyboy." Which means to me, don't let the bad conquer you, stay good, etc. I love this quote because it's positive and meaningful. I also think of this quote as really motivational. I want to be a good person.

    NOW, a quote from my favorite book, Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, "Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures. No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh." I love this quote because it so completely true. Words can be so much more painful mentally. I also love how the author decided to describe this, it's powerful. I love to read on my free time, but I wish I had more time to do so because of school work.

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    1. POWERFUL word quote! Yes, words are little ninjas, for sure--especially when put together is a specific way.

      Maybe give yourself the give of 45 minutes on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) while you are doing laundry and you're waiting for the dryer or something and have that be your reading time. Reading makes us stronger writers. Give yourself that permission. :)

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  10. The two quotes I chose were # 16: "And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good",
    and #49: "It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that."

    There's something just so profound in those two small sets of words that makes these quotes really stand out to me. I would probably need to know a little background for the first quote but I feel it still has the same impact. I feel like maybe this quote isn't really addressing one person, as it very well may be in the book, but everyone. It addresses the fact that no one is perfect, so you don't have to try to be. To make errors is to be human. Knowing this we should still try to be "good" or the best we possibly can, but recognize that we'll make mistakes along the way.

    This second quote can loosely be related to the saying "don't count your chickens before they hatch". This quote is saying we shouldn't focus so much on the future that we rob ourselves of now. We always have to enjoy every moment of life because every moment counts. As important as it is to have dreams and ambitions, we can't forget to make the most of every moment now. Life is precious and it is special, don't waste it because you only get one.

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    1. I like that your quotes you chose seem to have a theme that reflects your season in life right now. Let them encourage you....look at them when you feel like you are not good enough or that you are too busy to look around and breathe in life in your youth. You are headed for adventure. Live in the anticipation and excitement for now. There are big plans for you. :)

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  11. My favorite quote from the list is," And the rest is rust and stardust" Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita. It has such a melancholy feeling, but it isn't sad. I like equating rust to stardust. Rust is what happens when something is exposed to the elements, and not taken care of, but on a greater scale it represents the inevitability of aging. Stardust is always just out of reach, fantastic and beautiful.I looked up the basic plot of Lolita, and I think Humbert is the rust, and Haze the stardust, both beautiful in their own way, but not meant to be together. That being said, I think I like the quote better without the context of the story.

    My personal quote is from one of the Story Girl, a book by L.M. Montgomery. The quote is too long to include it in its entirety (it spans a paragraph) but here is the last line, "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.” The Story Girl had just told her friends a story about fairyland, and her friends ask if it is real. The narrator Beverly King, looking back on his life explains that all children have access to fairyland, but most grow out of that skill, barred as if from the garden of Eden. I find the idea beautiful that our artists are just giving us a glimpse of the imagination we used to have, bringing us to a place we wish we hadn't grown out of. The idea is a bit fanciful for what I usually prefer, but this quote touched me, and is similar to the first quote I chose, so I'm putting it.

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    1. Okay, as a deep Romantic, that quote you shared from The Story Girl gave me chills. LOVE that. That imagination and the freedom it brings...lovely!

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  12. This was a really hard choice to make because a lot of them really spoke to me but I feel that this quote I felt that touched me the most “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.” I really felt this quote because I'm always thinking about tomorrow, what do I have to do, is there anything planned? Do I have homework/tests,appointments,games; etc? But this true is so true,that's why I feel like I really connected to it, tomorrow is like a new start, you just live at the moment and take it a step at a time.
    My favorite quote is from a book by André Gide,Autumn Leaves
    "It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not."
    I love this quote so much because it never good to pretend to be someone your not, and I feel that this quotes is very inspiring. You might as well be hated for what you than for what you aren't. Because if you're hated for what your not why just not be yourself and see what happens?

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    1. Ooooh! Love that quote from Autumn leaves. That is a LOT to think about! Thanks for sharing that!

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  13. The quote that stuck out to me the most was #11 “The curves of your lips rewrite history.” —Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray. This stood out to me because of the accuracy, the way most people tell things is either altered or said from a different perspective. Connecting to the rewriting of history if one word is changed from the previous text, it is automatically altered or transformed in a different way.

    One of many quotes from The Book Of Awesome by Neil Pasricha, “Dad’s holding you steady as you pedal, pedal, pedal. Then you suddenly realize you’re still going, so you look over your shoulder and he’s way back there, waving and cheering you on.” I’ve never had this experience (since I learned off training wheels, lame I know but hey, I know how to ride a bike, that’s all that counts) but I know when I see fathers teaching their kids how to ride a bike, I’m filled with joy, just because they look happy.

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    1. I learned from training wheels, too--but there is that moment when they come off that you need that push, and then, you are flying. :)

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  14. The two following quotes really stood out to me from the list:
    7. “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

    32. “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

    Number 7 effected me because I related to the statement, it crosses my thoughts many times a day. Every time I make even the most trivial of decisions, I reflect on it's effect on my future. I have one life to live and I must choose from the opportunity of so many.

    Number 32 reminds me of the thought to forgive and forget. It's saying that we cross and burn our bridges in life, continuing towards the next bridge. To me these are events in our lives. As we burn bridges, we only have the memory of smoke's scent filling our body and mind. We will always remember the smell of smoke, but it will all fade progressively. In the end it doesn't matter because smoke is in our pasts and futures, what is important is knowing we crossed the bridge and made it to the other side.

    These quotes both touched me just like a quote from Ralph Ellison's, Invisible Man(1952):
    "Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat."

    This quote is one that makes me take a step back and process the greater meaning of it like the other two did. I have to take it and apply it to my life.I have not actually read this book yet but due to this quote I want to read the book. I love the idea, the thought, and the greater meaning. I found it reminding me to live and to thrive; even in my times of struggle, to thrive.

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    1. WOW! Loved your analysis of your quotes. Really made me stop and think--your interpretations were beautifully worded. Crossing the bridge is the important part. The smell of smoke in our memory teaches us for the next time. Forgiveness is freeing. Really loved your quote from Ellison, too. Fight on. :)

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  15. The quote that stood out to me was the quote from Tuck Everlasting, which I have not read or watched/listened to, but have heard about from my brother. Despite this background, it was the quote itself that stuck out to me before I recognized the title. Often in life, people live such busy lives, focused on working, happiness, surviving, etc., that they forget to simply live. While this quote is probably meant literally in context to the story, in our world we know that our lives are limited and one day we die. To me, this quote is a reminder to get up and get out and do something with my life. Enjoy every moment, the good, the bad, the happy, the painful; it's all a part of life and there is a beauty in all of it. There is more to life than just surviving.

    I love reading quotes and finding ones that touch me, which made choosing one difficult. On top of that, many quotes that I love do not come from books, but rather TV shows or simply an author. After scrolling through my liked quotes on Goodreads, however, I found one that stuck out to me the most: "He'd do what he always did, find the sweet among the bitter". This quote is from Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which I stole from my brother while he was reading it at school and read it for myself. This quote strongly connects to the ideas of the book, and its title, but also speaks to each of us in life. It also relates,in my mind, to the quote I chose from this list, as everything in life is meant to be enjoyed. We go through rough seasons for a reason, and there is always something sweet to cherish, or something to be thankful for, even in the midst of despair.

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    1. LOVED your quote: There is so much more to life than just surviving. So true! Hard to remember in difficult times, but it also brings hope during those difficult times. Nothing stays the same...at some point, tides will turn, and we will find relief and solace. Very nice reflection!

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  16. My favorite quote from the list would have to be "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past," (The Great Gatsby.) I actually was specifically looking to see if this quote was on here because I have always loved this quote. I like it because it just sounds flowy and magical. It paints a picture in the readers head in such a beautiful way. Another one of my favorite quotes is from a book called We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach. "'Red Rover, Red Rover, send Ardor right over,'" Eliza said. They laughed. The asteroid was a little bigger now, brighter, and still they went on laughing. Laughing in the face of what they couldn't predict or change or control. Would it be fire and brimstone? Would it be Armageddon? Or would it be a second chance? Eliza held tight to her friends, laughing, and a pair of hands land soft as feathers on her shoulders, like the hands of a ghost, laughing and laughing as Ardor swept along its fated course, laughing and through that laughter, praying. Praying for forgiveness. Praying for grace. Praying for mercy." This is sort of a long quote, but I think it's absolutely beautiful. It puts all of the characters feelings throughout the entire book into one passage in such an amazing way.

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    1. LOVE that quote from the Great Gatsby. There is something about that book that just speaks to me...the tragedy of Romantics and idealists, right? Really liked the second one, too. LOVE when authors can magically capture everything in their book in a passage...like they are handing us their theme on a golden platter. :)

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  17. On the list of quotes I found so many that just pulled at every fibre of my being, like the quotes from Wild and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but the one that kills me every time is Sylvia Plath’s from The Bell Jar. In it’s entirety, “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart; I am, I am, I am.”. I read the novel when I was going through a really difficult time in my life, and I just really connected with it. I understood Sylvia in that moment of how she spoke and she tried to connect with the world around her. I think that is what makes it beautiful, that fact that it can connect for so many years across a wide range of audiences.

    My personal favorite quotes is from the novel Stardust by Neil Gaiman, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at the stars because we are human?”. For many years this quote as inspired me and torn me apart as I try to answer the question. His words are so thought provoking and promote a better understanding of the world around us, making my mind return over and over again. Stardust is just one of those novels for me, a novel in which you can entirely lose yourself to the world of the novel and the words the author has created for you.

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  18. This articles if full of quotes that touched me in one way or another. However, the one that I really 'connected' with was from Shakespeare's Hamlet: "There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." I connected with this quote on a personal level. The difference between who I am today, and who I was less than a year ago, is the level of confidence I have in myself. Something changed in me that has driven me to become a much more surefooted person. So much so that, upon reading this quote, I have begun to wonder if I have grown to be more self-centered than truly confident. Perhaps there is more to Heaven and Earth than I have dreamt of in my philosophy. This quote has driven me to begin fearing myself for possibly growing into the type of person I never wanted to be.

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  19. “What are men to rocks and mountains?”

    I think as creatures that have been able to evolve, and create machines capable beyond ever imaginable. We tend to forget that we are still within the animal kingdom. Somewhere along the way we somehow disconnected ourselves to to the very place that gave us birth. Mother Earth. Our lives are so focused on doing things quickly or how to be faster. We never just take a second to slow down and take a step back to think if we really are the masters that roam these lands. We think so highly of ourselves as intelligent creatures that are superior to everything else. But are we really? Rocks and Mountains can be distorted but so can we. We are so weak for creators that think so strong of ourself. Everything can kill us. From the water we drink everyday to the air we need to survive. We are fragile.But rocks and mountains that have been here longer than time itself. So when comparing ourself to the powerful nature of rocks and mountains that answer is that we are nothing. Nothing more then flees that won't stop itching and pestering.
    One of my favorite quotes comes from a poem Called “Our Greatest Fear ”. And it states
    “It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.”
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  20. Out of all the quotes I read, the one that struck me the most was number seven from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I liked many other quotes as well, such as number six and eight due my ability to relate to their underlying meanings, but number seven was most impactful to me because of the world’s current situation. There is so much hurt, pain, and conflict occurring between nations and people that it is hard to ignore. The media’s coverage of these events doesn’t make the world’s situation seem any better either and overall makes me feel worse about it, so much so, that it feels like “my bones [are] straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living” (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). This is the exact feeling I have everyday when I hear of another horrific event, another conflict, another atrocity and it is captured beautifully and perfectly in number seven.


    Another one of my favorite quotes is from Jane Eyre because it sums up the human struggle between choosing good or evil in our lives. On top of it, the quote outlines how the purpose of our morals is to prevent us from making the wrong decisions in times of hardship or temptation. The quote is also very powerful as well just by itself which makes it so much better. Here is the quote:

    “Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be. If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth? They have a worth—so I have always believed; and if I cannot believe it now, it is because I am insane—quite insane:”

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  21. There are two quotes that stood out to me from the article, although all of them were inspiring. They are:

    “‘Dear God’, she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life’”.

    “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet”.

    The first quote caught my attention because I think this is how most people feel. Everyone wants to be something great, make an impact in this world, and have a purpose to their life; we just have a hard time getting there. I also admire the fact that this quote is so short and simple, yet it conveys such meaning in a beautiful way.

    The second quote reminds me of the motto at my church that states: "A church that cares where you're going and not where you've been". I love this motto and the quote because they are both conveying the message to focus on the future instead of dwell on the past. The person you used to be doesn't matter as much as the person you are/ want to become. You should keep moving forward and set goals while learning from your past mistakes. I also like how the quote uses the word "yet" because nobody is perfect, and mistakes are inevitable. It just means that tomorrow is a new day to improve and make the most of your life.

    The other quote I chose is by David Arnold:

    “When you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries while you rejoice”.

    I had not known this quote before hand, but before writing this response I looked at a couple of comments, and I stumbled upon Summer’s. Never has a quote stood out to me so much (not even one from the article). I had to stop and sit there in amazement for a minute because of how profound and beautifully written this is. This is a very good life motto to live by, and I agree with it 100%. It is a neat perspective to think about.




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  23. The two quotes that I liked were:

    "And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good." - John Steinbeck, East of Eden

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

    The first quote I found very beautiful because of the idea shaped from it. I feel that we are all striving for perfection all the time that when this happens it is not always the good or right thing to do. Striving to be perfect in the eyes of the world is what corrupts us. But when we just let go of the idea of being perfect we become good and our natural selves.

    The second quote I thought was profound from the way that I read it. I read it "Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.... yet." I don't know if this is how it was meant to be read but when I read it this way I felt it was very powerful. It showed that yes you wake up with no mistakes but after that moment the mistakes begin to pile on. Reading it in this way made me think about the real meaning to it. The word, yet, reminds me of the word "but" because it means that everything before the word is irrelevant. After yet there will be mistakes that will happen. A lightening to this quote is that you can look at the fact that we still will make mistakes or that yes there were mistakes today but there will be a new day tomorrow that starts with no mistakes. Giving us a chance to make fewer mistakes than yesterday.

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  24. It was so hard for me to pick a quote, because I connected with almost all of them, and they each spoke to me in one way or another. After looking at every one, the one that stood out to me is by Anne Frank and it states:

    "In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart."

    I think this quote is important, because it speaks the truth, even though a lot of us tend to forget that. At the end of the day, everyone just wants to be happy, and live the life they deserve to live. I found this quote very inspirational, especially coming from Anne Frank's point of view, and and where she came from. Everyone has a good heart, and we need to recognize that.

    The second quote is familiar to me because I've read it in various places, and I'm familiar with the author, it's by Emily Bronte, and it states:

    "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."

    This quote stands out to me, not because it is about being in love with a certain person, but I think it emphasizes the connection people have with each other, whether they're in love or not. It's so good to have a genuine connection with people, and connecting with them at a level that other people can't is really important, because it greatly impacts us.

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    1. Yes! That second quote in its context takes on a very dark romantic (tragic) connotation (Wuthering Heights) but I love it. It is haunting and true.

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  25. First off, I like the inclusion of the picture with the woman hugging the "man book" it represents this blog really well. Sometimes all a book deserves is appreciation for the amazing story it has to offer.
    Number 38, "You don't have to live forever, you just have to live." by Natalie Babbitt was my favorite quote. People have always wanted to live forever. New medicines are created each year to be able to live another day, but what they don't realize is that living forever doesn't mean anything if you don't enjoy the life that is given to you. There are things everyone wants to do but if they wait thinking they will have enough time, they will be stuck waiting their whole lives. This quotes inspires me to not worry so much and just live my life.
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte has a similar quote that goes, "Life appear to be too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs." Just another reminder to not worry about little things and live in the now with an idea of who you are going to become and where you're going.

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    1. Lovely! Yes, that quote from Tuck Everlasting is a very good reminder. Living life fully and authentically is so much more important than living long!

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  26. I found it very hard to narrow down the quote that spoke to me the most. So I chose three. The first is that of Jonathan Safran, "Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” This one caught my attention because sometimes I feel exactly like this too. I sometimes imagine to myself how I would live and act if I were born into different lives, circumstances, et cetera. It makes one realize just how important it is to cherish the circumstances you DO have, and in how many ways you are blessed in this life.
    The second quote I chose was by Khaled Hosseini, who said, "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.” This quote just spoke to me because of the vivid imagery which it evoked inside of me. The personification of what pain was, and how it leaves you eventually, allowing you to forgive someone. This quote emphasized the importance of time in healing any wound, especially that of the emotional kind.
    The last quote that I chose was that of J.K. Rowling's, where she said, "It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that." This quote, to me, just summarized the position in life that too many people encounter. That position of just giving into the relentless waves of pressure society and life puts on people. It reminds me not to give up on my passions and accept normalcy, because I know that I, as well as everybody else has a potential they are meant to fill. It tells me to stop dreaming about what should be, but rather literally make my dreams happen; do the things I know I have to do to achieve my goals.
    The quote I chose is from my favorite author, Rick Riordan, specifically from his book the "Sea of Monsters." It is from the perspective of Hermes, and he says,"If there's one thing I've learned over the eons, it's that you can't give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it." This quote is a powerful thing I think everybody needs to keep in mind. That, no matter what deeds or negative actions anybody in your family has committed, whether at you or otherwise, you cannot give up on them. It may be tempting to do so, but we all know that deep down, forgiving and taking care of your family is the right thing to do.

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    1. Such great choices! As you know, I very much agree with the Hosseini quote. He is a favorite of mine!

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  27. The first quote that I choose was #32 “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. I have never read the book but this quote really stood out to me and I had to sit for a minute and just think about it. I really connected with it as we all try and deal with whatever comes our way and then act as if it never happened or try and continue on as we always have. But by doing this we feel like we haven’t accomplished anything and haven’t learned anything from our actions. However I don’t feel that this quote is a warning or instruction but rather a fact, it’s what we have done and it’s what we will continue to do.

    It was really hard for me to pick an overall favorite quote but I finally choose one from Laini Taylor’s book Daughter of Smoke and Bone, “It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry 'Monster!' and looked behind him.”. I really liked this quote because it really highlighted both perspective and the difference in how you view yourself versus how others view you. I also liked the overall message of how your actions could impact others in ways that you didn’t intend.

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  28. One of the quotes that I really liked was #30 "She was lost in her longing to understand"- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera. This quote really speaks to me because a lot of the time I want to understand something, I become engulfed by it until I either figure it out or I give up on it. There have been situations in my life where someone said or did something to me and I could not understand why they would do that no matter how much I thought about it or tried to figure it out. Because this has happened to me more than once, this quote really spoke to me and made me feel like I am not alone.
    A quote from Kafka on the Shore that I like is, "Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart." I really like this quote because memories are something that we all have, whether they are good or bad. This quote is very true because the happy memories make you feel good or happy but the bad memories make you upset.

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    1. I love what you said about that quote helping you realize that you are not alone--someone else has felt that way, too. That is a power I have discovered in books time after time. It's so comforting!

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  29. My favorite quote from this list was the quote from Natalie Babbitt's, Tuck Everlasting. It says, "You don't have to live forever, you just have to live". I like this quote because it gives people a breather. Many, if not most people want to live an extraordinary life and so extraordinary things. This quote begs to differ. It expresses that it doesn't matter how famous you are, how much you've done for society, or all of the amazing things you've achieved. All that matters is that by the time you die, all that matters is that you've lived a life that has value in your eyes.
    A quote from my favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen reads, "I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve". This is my favorite quote because I can personally identify with it. I find myself in certain situations where I feel like I do not deserve some things. In these times I have to take a step back and give myself some credit. We often, as humans, like to find fault in all aspects of our life but it is important to give credit where credit is due.

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    1. Yes! It is part of accepting grace: that wonderful gift that we never really deserve, but we SO appreciate. :) Relish it!

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  30. As I read down the list of quotes I found myself falling in love with almost all of them. In the end I decided on #13, "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are not the same." -Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights. I have never read the book, therefore I do not know the background of this quote. A problem with today's society is that everyone is trying to be better than one another, but sometimes it is just impossible because no one is alike. Unfortunately someone is always going to be better at something, because it is what they are just built to do. I really connected with this quote because being in high school and in a sport, there is always a competition to be better than those around you.

    When I think about a meaningful quote from a book I have read, my mind immediately goes to, "Even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise." -Victor Hugo, Les Misérables. This quote is saying that your worst days will end and things will get better. This means a lot to me, because this helps remind me to keep my head up, and that the hard situations are only temporary.

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    1. I LOVE that Victor Hugo quote! He has many good ones, but that is a gem. It reminds us that no matter what happens, we will always have hope!

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  31. 7. “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 speaks to me and is relatable to me. I usually reflect a lot when I have free time. I wonder of basically everything that happen to me and past experiences. I wonder what would of happen if I went to a more prestigious elementary school, would I become more smart, better grammar, math, and maybe even more studious. What if I was born in a different environment... What if my mom and dad never left Vietnam... All these things I think about almost everyday... I get it... the weight of all that reflecting really stresses a person out... Am I really being the best I can be. All these lives I could have lived, I wonder how I would be and if my personalities will be different from the lifestyle or environment I'll be in.

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    1. It's almost overwhelming, right? We will never know what choices have all impacted us and led us to the right now.

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  32. Even though I related to all of these quotes on a spiritual level, I had to chose the quote that impacted me the most, number 28:
    “Do I dare / Disturb the universe?”
    —T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
    I'm always wondering if I'm doing enough with my life; if I'm just getting by, or if I truly am alive. I'm not afraid to admit that there have been times where I have tried repeatedly to muster up the courage to follow my dreams, but my fears and insecurities stop me. I've been scared of what everyone else was going to think of me, but I've been trying my best to get out of my comfort zone and face my anxiety. This quote is a personal reminder to me, to ask myself, “Am I brave enough to make a difference in the world?” And one day I want to be able to confidently answer, “Yes.”

    One of my favorite quotes of all time is from Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and it reads “Maybe there's something you're afraid to say, or someone you're afraid to love, or somewhere you're afraid to go. It's gonna hurt. It's gonna hurt because it matters." This quote goes along with the T.S. Eliot quote, as it has been a reminder to me that, yes I'm going to get hurt by trying to face the unknown, but that's because I'm doing something that's important, something that I'm passionate about. It's a reminder that I'm human and that I care. I'm supposed to feel, and love, and hate, and hurt, and be destroyed over and over again. Because that's the point. That is humanity, that is being alive, and I shouldn't try to extinguish it.

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    1. So beautifully written, Karla! Loved your interpretation and personalization of those quotes! You made the Eliot quote stand out more to me. :)

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  33. The quote I found the most interesting was number 7; “Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives in not living” by Jonathan Safran Foer.
    This quote speaks to me because I think it’s saying that although we each have individual lives that we are meant to live, it never hurts to try new things. Although I am set in my ways on how I want to live my life, it doesn't mean that I will never get the opportunity to change it. I will always be able to change my life course when I feel that I need too. I just have to learn how too. I think thats Its so easy to relate to a quote, but It's hard to explain why you think you can relate. This quote makes me think of a thousand things, I just can't completely express it.
    "Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.", By Ralph Ellison from the Invisible Man. I chose to use this quote because when I think about this quote I think about how no one has the power to control me, that nobody can tell me how to live my life or tell me what I can and cannot do. The last part of the quote makes me think of how I need to continue on, even when things are hard. So if I ever feel like I have hit rock bottom, the only way to improve, is to keep going.

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  34. My favorite quote on the list provided is number 49 from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, written by J.K. Rowling. When I saw this quote on the list, it opened up my eyes to the fact that most people in my life talk about their dreams, both from the past and for their future. People will talk about their dreams, but they do not actually achieve them or try to live up to those standards. This quote really made me see that if we get so caught up in our dreams and what we want to do, we are not really living our life. We are so caught up on what could be or what was, and not what is. An quote not on this list that I chose comes from Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief. The quote says, “If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.” I often find that my parents try to get me to do things that they feel they should have done in highschool but did not, or things that they did in highschool that they feel would benefit me. They usually do not ask my opinion on the topic and instead tell me that I have no choice. I normally get annoyed with what they tell me, even if their intentions are good. I want to live my life the way I want, and I do not want someone else to live their life through me. This quote was able to put into words what I have been feeling, which is why it is one of my favorites.

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  35. The quotes that stood out the most to me were:

    12.) "The curves of your lips rewrite history." First of all, I love the wording of this. The romanticism portrayed here is beautiful. The way it's written leaves me smiling.

    37.) "Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet." This quote speaks to me because not only is it hopeful and inspirational, but it has a subtle hint of passive-aggressiveness by stating that there are no mistakes in tomorrow. It implies that there were possible mistakes made today or yesterday.

    A quote that I personally enjoy is “It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn’t the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.” This quote is from the novel Looking For Alaska by John Green and it is a truly great one at that. The entire book makes you feel things. This quote particularly struck a chord with me because I think everyone can relate to it far more than they wish.

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  36. 10. “‘Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.’”

    This quote really struck a chord with me as I read it as it was something I was able to easily connect to. I am a strong believer in the Christian faith and I feel this quote is coming from someone who may of felt the same. At times I will begin to worry that I am not making the most out of the time I have, and have found myself praying this same type of prayer at times.

    The quote I chose was “Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.” from the Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This quote purveys something that many people including myself at times do throughout their day, hiding their pain and pretending everything is alright. Whether this be physical pain or pain on a more emotional level, this is something that I could relate to and I feel everyone has done in some way or another throughout their life.

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  37. 23. “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

    This quote I thought was really awesome and it showed the love that this person had for the little things that brought him joy in life. This shows the passion that humans can have for one another and I think that its beautiful.

    The quote I chose was from the song Desperado by the Eagles that says "Now, it seems to me some fine things Have been laid upon your table, But you only want the ones that you can't get" I chose this quote because its a daily reminder to be happy with what you have and to always be great full. I love the song too!

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  38. 23. “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

    This quote I thought was really awesome and it showed the love that this person had for the little things that brought him joy in life. This shows the passion that humans can have for one another and I think that its beautiful.

    The quote I chose was from the song Desperado by the Eagles that says "Now, it seems to me some fine things Have been laid upon your table, But you only want the ones that you can't get" I chose this quote because its a daily reminder to be happy with what you have and to always be great full. I love the song too!

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  39. The quote that stuck out to me the most was #17 from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I remember watching the movie and that was the part I remember the most. I felt as if it was about the endless opportunities we have as a young adults and how much we have experience in only 16-18 years and how much more of life we still have left to live. It seems endless and very inspiring to do the best with what you have. This quote also reminds me of a quote form The Fault in Our Stars "You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.” in the book she is talking about how there are unlimited numbers within numbers then she translates that into time. And I try to remember that in my life to cherish every moment within each moment of life because they are fleeting if you're not aware you'll miss it and you'll never get it back.

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  40. The quote I chose was number 36, “There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”—Bram Stroker, Dracula. This quote spoke the loudest to me in a emotional and silly way. To me, this quote means that there are many happy and many sad moments in life, but there is one person in life that can bring a lot more happiness. This speaks to me, because there is at least more than one person in my life that brings me the light that I need. There are my parents and some of my very close friends (including my boyfriend). What I love about it is that it brings back a memory of when I asked my parents if I could be the girlfriend of the person who is currently my boyfriend. What I told them was this, "He's the reason that my life has become more happier than it was before." This memory popped into my mind once I read the quote that I chose and it made me laugh quite a bit.

    A quote that I personally love is “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” ― Lois Lowry, The Giver. I love this quote because I can relate to this, and I feel that a whole bunch of others relate to this as well. To me it says that keeping our memories brings us pain and it makes us feel lonely when they are not shared. But it is a relief when these memories are shared, it brings back color to one's mind.

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  41. The quote that spoke to me most was #50. “One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
    —Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices
    This quote spoke to me as it is so very true. I personally relate to this because not only do books change us in the way I think, but it also changes the way I write, as I feel the large number of books has helped me become very literate in the way that I read and write and establish and explain ideas. Not only do words from a book influence literacy, but they can be so powerful as to influence millions of individuals. Books like the Bible are such a great example of this, and how powerful and convicting words on a page can be.

    One quote not on the list is one from the Holy Bible (the ultimate book), and it states in Romans 8: 38-39:
    "(38) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, (39) neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
    This quote really speaks to me because it shows just how vast Jesus' and God's love is, which is something I feel so many people need to realize, that no matter what it is, he'll always love us and forgive us when we ask. Jesus' love goes across boundaries of space and time to every single human being, which is why if Jesus love's everyone, so should we, as we should all strive to be like him and be the proper "images of God" that He designed us to be in the first place.

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  42. The quote that stood out to me the most would be number 37 "Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.” by L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables. This quote stood out to me because it is referring to people who tend to focus on their past rather than moving on and focusing on the future. You should not let the past influence your future, you should just look forward and move on.

    My personal quote is by H.Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do." I chose this quote because I think that our generation is too focused on the consequences of doing something rather than forgetting about them and doing it just because they may never get a chance to and will regret it for the rest of their lives. I can relate to this quote because I have wanted to take risks but have always been afraid to fail and look bad. Overall I think that we shouldn't think so much of the consequences and just do it, unless its really bad in that case don't do it.

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  43. Sentences In Literature: 24. “In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.”
    —Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank.

    This is not just a historical quote but also a timeless sentence. I chose this because of it's strong meaning and it's background. To think about Anna Frank's tragic history and what she went through is just so melancholic and unfair, but there's other people in her situation out there! More than millions of humans has lost their faith in goodness and one another, but with this quote they can maybe get some of it back. I think mainly because of the deeper meaning (and my favorite word) which is almost written in neon: hope. Hope for a better future, for love in every's heart and for peace.

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  44. The quote that speaks to me the most out of all 50 is number 27:
    "How wild it was, to let it be.”
    —Cheryl Strayed, Wild
    To me, this quote shows how extraordinary and freeing it is to be accepting of anything and everything that you come across in life. The reason I believe I connected with this quote personally and why I love it is because I also believe that it is amazingly freeing to live a life accepting of everything. This quote speaks to me personally because accepting everything that comes in life is something that I aim to do. I also believe I love the quote because it puts this idea in a simple but also very beautifully written statement. One of my favorite quotes that I have discovered on my own is by the author Deepak Chopra. Chopra quotes from one of his books:"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you". This is one of my all time favorite quotes, mainly because it focuses on the importance of inner/mental strength. I believe that it is important, especially in such a fast paced and ever-changing world, that one remains them selves and sure of them selves. I think that it is important to maintain a calmness and create assurance within yourself to aid you whenever you may go through something in life. Deepak Chopra is someone who very simply, yet impact-fully shares these ideas. He assists me at times whenever I may go through something as well. These are one of his many quotes that I keep in mind.

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  45. The quote I liked was 37. “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”
    —L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

    My interpretation of the quote is that despite what may happen today, there is always tomorrow and tomorrow is a day to start over and become something entirely new. Tomorrow is a completely new day and it's up to you on whether you dwell in the past of today or move on to tomorrow and fix the mistakes that you made yesterday. It's always fresh if you plan to start out fresh and it's up to the person on whether they make their days fulfilling or not.

    One of my favorite quotes is from a Makoto Shinkai Novel, Five Centimeters Per Second, which was translated by L.H. Yeung. The quote that is my favorite from the translated novel is, "It was just as if it was a painting of a certain spring scene. That's right. At least in my memories that moment of time was like a painting. You could say they were just a collection of images. When I try to gather those old memories, I feel as if I'm gazing from outside a frame at a little distance."

    Just the way the quote states how memories are similar to paintings and images that we collect really stood out to me in a way. Especially when it stated how when we try to collect those old memories, we are similar to those who admire them from afar, like someone who is in an art museum who admires a painting. It also gave off the idea that we can't ever go back to those memories in person, yet we can always admire them in our thoughts from the past. It really gives off a good interpretation of what nostalgia is.

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  46. “What are men to rocks and mountains?”
    —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

    To me... This quote means a lot. I really feel that I am in the same boat as a ball player because if I can make it to the majors, I can completely change the future for my family. But, sometimes you can get a little cocky. This quote speaks to me and it is a reminder to stay humble because there are much bigger things in life than 'my career'. People are putting their life on the line every day for a country that allows me to have a chance to play a game for a living some day. The quote is talking about how small man is compared to rocks and mountains. They have been around much longer than we have and now we understand them. There is a much bigger world out there that doesn't need men (like to commercial that Mrs. Caraway showed us in class).

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  47. “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”
    —L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

    This quote stood out to me, because what lies in the future is in our hand. We can make it become anything we want or desire. The future hasnt been written, but we as people are the writers of our future. It really makes you think what will you do? And how will you do it?

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  48. The quote that stood out to me was 24. “In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.”—Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank. I interpreted this quote as regardless of the damage and harm people may cause to others, they are still human and they deserved to be valued and forgiven. This speaks to me because I too believe and try to embody this quote daily. I get upset and hurt others and people hurt me but at the end of the day, I think people deserve to be remembered as humans, not remembered by their mistakes. I love how this quote is so simple yet it makes someone reflect and reevaluate their grudges, punishments, and hate they have towards other. Some people may seem very cruel and pointlessly destructive, but they still have a heart whether they show it or not. My favorite quote is “Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.” -Bil Keane. I love this quote because it’s a reminder that no matter how bad my day may have been, it won’t ever repeat itself and there is so many beautiful things to look forward to tomorrow.

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  49. I chose quote 10, “‘Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.’”
    —Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. To me, I can relate to this quote because I aspire to be something and with my beliefs, I do pray that God plans and pushes me to become something in my short life. I felt like that quote was so relatable because it is a common thought that everyone wants to be successful and well known. My other favorite quote that is not on the list is a verse from The Holy Bible, found in Phil 4:13: "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." To me, this quote always reminds me of everything that I am able to do and more, as long as I have a relationship with Christ. It is a great reminder that no matter what, I can do anything I set myself to and He will be there with me every step.

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  50. The quotes that spoke the most to me were quotes 10 and 50. 10 is "'Dear God,' she prayed, 'let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.'" This quote means that the character wants to make something of herself in her life and do something meaningful with her life. This quote I think speaks to every person in the world. Everyone wants to do something with their life. I know that I want to be something in life and do something great with my life. 50 says "One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us." This quote is saying that what we read can affect us positively or negatively depending on what the text is. This quote really speaks to me because books are my life and influence me so much. I use books as my escape from reality and sometimes I have to remember how to differentiate from reality and fiction because I forget that I'm not a character in a fictional world. 

    My favorite quote is "She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live." By Annie Dillard in her book called The Living. I have never actually read The Living and didn't even realize that the quote was from a book since I had found it off a website full of quotes. I love it so much because even though it was a description of a character, it felt like Annie Dillard was describing me. I can't live without books. Books are my escape from reality. They help make me feel better. I go through books quickly because I become the main character. I get to live through their eyes and feel what they feel and live as someone else for a few minutes at a time and take a break from my own life and troubles. Books are my lifeline to other worlds. So I really do "read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live."

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  51. The quote that most stood out to me was number 36 on the list.

    “There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”
    —Bram Stroker, Dracula

    From my understanding of the quote, I believe that it means that this person is talking about is someone that he loves very much, and who is someone who has brought a sense of light and goodness into his seemingly dark life. I felt a connection to this quote because ever sense I was young, I have hoped to find a person who lights up my world. Every girl wants a prince charming; regardless of if their lives are dark and depressing, or happy.

    My favorite quote not on the list is from the book "We Were Liars" By E. Lockheart.


    “What if we could stop being different colors, different backgrounds, and just be in love?”

    I absolutely LOVE this quote because this is a message that I will preach until I die. I think that people are people, and love is love. If you are in love with someone you should be able to be with them regardless of where they come from or the color of their skin or the gender they may be. The world needs more love.


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  52. I chose quote 49 because I love those books and it really is an important lesson many people learn the hard way. Pursuing dreams is wonderful, but sometimes people need to be realistic. Many people blindly follow dreams that will never come true.
    One quote I love is from A Song of Ice and Fire. I like it because it's simple but has a very deep meaning. It's the fan favorite, "you know nothing, Jon Snow". As much as Jon thinks he knows, there is much more that he doesn't know. You can never know everything. It's an incredibly humbling way to look at life. There's always room for improvement.

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  53. Quotes are absolutely amazing. I love them, and I can spend hours and hours reading them without getting bored. “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. This quote, so powerful yet so simply worded. It seems as though people spend a majority of their lifetime looking for the "one" looking for that person that can make their life complete. To think, that a laugh of a girl, can have one boy fall in love, fall in love enough to spend the rest of his life trying to figure out why he loved it so;why it was so special to him, is, to me, absolutely amazing. The second quote I chose is, 27. “How wild it was, to let it be.” —Cheryl Strayed, Wild. Now imagine that, a world without order, no set thing, time was no longer a restraint, most would think such a thing as a chaotic system forged by the very hands of man but oh, how wild it would be indeed. Not to try one's best to manipulate a variable, to not set things in place, but to just "let it be" and watch things unfold for themselves would truly be something amazing. What a powerful quote.
    As mentioned earlier, I love quotes and though I have hundreds and hundreds of favorites, I share two that have I have recently come upon. The first is, "We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to to take us" -Charles Bukowski. Live life to your fullest, take chances, forget the odds and their probability, forget the "what if I can't?" and the "no, you can't", and just do. Live life so well, so freely, live it with so much love that death himself will have trouble taking you away from the life you lived with so much wonder on this Earth. The other quote is by Beau Taplin from the novel, "A certainty." The quote reads" You were a risk, a mystery, and the most certain thing I'd ever known." Such a quote doesn't need an analysis, but rather some time to drink the powerful words slowly, and savor them for as long as possible.

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  55. Quote number 17, expressing that "And in that moment, I swear we were infinite." (-Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) is actually a quote I come across and ponder frequently, and I'm quite happy that I can now say where it came from. From this, I believe there exists the idea of these infinite moments being not infinite in a single moment, but infinite within our hearts and memories. The moments that make a lasting impact on our lives and characters throughout our own timelines as we progress, develop, and reflect are something that lives on in us forever and through infinity.

    However, my favorite quote in the world is not from a novel or other written work of literature, but instead a lyrical one. In Streetlight Manifesto’s Somewhere in the Between, they say, “So you were born, and that was a good day. Someday you’ll die, and that is a shame. But somewhere in the between was a life in which we all dream, and nothing and no-one can take that away.”

    This exceptionally speaks to me because, as one of those people who often takes on a bit much more than she should, I often feel at a loss and want to retract from the world. As I face challenges such as my current struggling search for a university where I can refine my passions for design, I begin to ponder, “Is it really worth it? Why do I even bother looking for such a whimsical path? I should give up and choose something more sensible.”. But I remember, it’s what happens in our lives that matter ~ those eternal moments, the illuminating experiences, the junctures in the timeline where you become so impassioned and overflowing with emotions such as love, joy, ecstasy, and everything else that makes life worth living. Whenever you get scared or knocked down, get up and smile. Whenever you feel hopeless and defeated in your journey, remember why you’re there and tread on.


    You do not only live once, you die once. You get to live every day, and enjoy your time as you explore somewhere in the between.

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  56. From Mia Felton:

    One of the quotes that stood out to me was...
    “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
    -John Steinbeck, East of Eden
    I think this quote stood out to me because it really points out that nobody is perfect, but you don't have to be perfect to be something important. Being good is more important than being perfect, because it is hard to be good when everyone else isn't. I think it shows more character for someone to be good than to seem perfect.
    Another quote that I enjoyed was...
    “At the still point, there the dance is.”
    —T. S. Eliot, “Four Quartets”
    I think I enjoyed this quote, because I am a dancer and i can really relate to the significance of still movement in a dance. I love dancing and creating a story through my dance, and I think it is always impactful when there is a moment of stillness to let the audience feel the emotion of a dance

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  57. I thought this posted awhile back but I looked through the comments and couldn't find it so I'm going to post it again and hopefully it shows up :)

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    One if the quotes that I found interesting in the list was:

    # 11 “The curves of your lips rewrite history.”
    —Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

    I like short and beautiful quotes that can mean almost anything from anyone's point of view, I love how it seems sexy / seductive and almost mysterious too when it says "curves of your lips". And to me it's trying to say that anything that you say can affect people's actions and "rewrite history" like many others have done in the past, because most of the history that we study is from somebodies mouth. I just adored this quote and loved it's simplicity and it's ethical meaning as well.

    I don't really have a favorite quote, it's not because I don't ever enjoy quotes. I have a lot of quotes and things that I have heard and thought to myself, "oo I like that I should remember that one day", but I NEVER do!! And I can never remember any quotes or statements that I enjoyed, thought were clever, or relate to. And if someone asked me in person if I had a quote in general that spoke to me, I wouldn't be able to answer that either. So, I just picked a quote that I not only adored but found relatable to my situation of never remembering.
    The other quote that I chose was (which is supposed to be more clever but I can never remember my favorite my favorite statements in any text! It's getting to be a real problem):

    #43 “For poems are like rainbows; they escape you quickly.”
    —Langston Hughes, The Big Sea

    I chose this quote because as I was contemplating in my head what my favorite quote was and couldn't remember anything! this quote caught my eye because it is almost exactly (that didn't make sense but it's how it feels!) my situation. These pieces of text that are usually made to stick with someone or influence a reader because of it's importance or message escape me to easily! I believe the quote is also trying to say that even the most beautiful things you sometimes can never remember, which is true, and who can disagree that rainbows are beautiful?!?? they just are! As I mentioned before, I am fascinated and like quotes that are shorter and more simplistic but can have the greatest message that is too big for the amount of words that is written, I just love the concept! It is extremely enticing to me!

    Maybe I should start writing them down somewhere..





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  58. Out of this list of quotes the one that stood out to me the most would have to be;
    “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
    To me this quote means that sometimes that to sacrifice your own happiness for victory is worse than accepting defeat.
    One other quote that isn't part of this list was:
    “There is no pain greater than this... Nothing burns in your heart like the emptiness of losing something, someone, before you truly have learned of its value.”
    ― R.A. Salvatore, Homeland
    To me this quote has affected me deeply and when I first read it I was stunned and reflected on how true this is and realized that loss can happen to any if us and at anytime and all we have to do is just to enjoy what we have

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    1. Hmmmm, I may have to disagree with your assessment on the first quote...read it again and see what you think. ;)

      The second one though, I agree. :)

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  59. The quote that spoke most to me was #32 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.” Because, this quote really just spoke to me and I am sure as we all know we struggle so hard in life and sometimes we focus a little too much on ourselves only to find that once we have completed every one of our dreams the feeling of, "now what?" and I just like how this quote was able to say it in just the right way. Another quote that I truly enjoy is from a book by the name of Brisingr by Chritopher Paolini, and it is "Death is part of who we are. It guides us. It shapes us. It drives us to madness. Can you still be human if you have no mortal end?" and I enjoy it because even though it speaks of the hopelessness of a tyrant it really just connects with me and how no matter what, I would rather live life to the fullest then never have it end.

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  60. “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”
    -J.K. Rowling
    I like this quote a lot not only because Harry Potter is one of my favorite book series of all time, but it rings true in a lot of situations in life. Basically it's saying that you need to focus on reality and get things done instead of dream all the time. However, it could have a double meaning by saying that instead of wishing your dreams happened, go out and do something about it to make them reality.
    “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.”
    ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
    This quote really hits me because it says a lot about who you should be. It's saying that whether or not you get praised for it, always do the right deeds. I use this as one of the principles that run my life on a daily basis, and Tolkien puts it into words very nicely. I believe that if you always do the right thing and you always treat people well, it will come full circle. Sometimes it's the unnoticed deeds that are the most important.

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  61. The quote I chose from the link says, "And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good" by John Steinbeck. I decided to choose this quote and analyze it because it reminds me of a quote I really like by Teddy Roosevelt. This quote and the way this quote is written stands out to me because it at first allows you to relax, almost telling you not to worry. It knows that we cannot be perfect no matter how hard we try. Nevertheless the second part continues by saying we can be good, as close to perfect as we can. We still need to try out best no matter the circumstances and make sure we are working hard in all regards.

    I can't think of a favorite quote from a book I've read but one of my favorite quotes and I mentioned it before is by Teddy Roosevelt and it reads, "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are". I thought this quote applied really well to Steinbeck's quote and further justifies trying your best. Take what you have to make the best you can make with it and if it's not perfect is doesn't matter because you worked your hardest and tried your best.

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    1. I really like how detailed your analysis was of both the quotes Gabe. Good job.

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  62. “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 like this quote because it reminds people to live the life that they are destined to live, even if it's not the life they THINK they want to live.

    "Don't panic" - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    I know this quote is intended to be comical, but i still love it. Not only do I love the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy series, this quote has true meaning. When in a stressful or alarming situation, it is always best not to panic. It only makes things worse and clouds your mind. Clear, concise thinking is key in any type of critical decision making or stressful situations.

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  63. A quote that really grabbed my attention from the article was... "He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he still saw her, like the sun, even without looking." -Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina. I love the comparison made between the sun and her presence. The comparison made is just so easily identifiable that everyone would understand it because everyone knows the sun.

    “Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to keep the truth of loneliness at bay.” ― Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising. Is one of my favorite quotes in the Grisha trilogy. I love it so much because it shakes the foundation of the thing most people confide in and look forward to.

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  64. Okay I'm so psyched for this blog post!! I Love love love LOVE quotes especially from my favorite books or songs!
    So the quote I picked from the list was --“Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.”
    —Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
    This quote was just... wow.
    I kept coming back to this one over and over again. I couldn't get over it. It was spoke to me the most because in most cases if you really look and REALLY pay attention you'll see that there really is beauty in everything and it is a gift but sometimes there are not so beautiful things. It really is a random gift but a nice surprise when it is given. I love this quote because of its subtle truth. The way this quote is presented is just beautifully written. I would like to read it over and over haha.
    Ohmygoodness time for my quote. I have a LOT of favorite quotes. I honestly have one every day that I post every day. I'll just go with something more recent I guess.
    So the most recent book I've read is Perks of Being a Wallflower. I've read this book and watched the movie several times and it makes me cry every time.
    The quote I have chosen is "If you care about someone, you should want them to be happy, even if that means you wind up getting left out."
    Every time I read that quote I kinda tear up. I was always left out as a kid, even with my own cousins and foster family. It hurt me a lot. But as I got older (like 5. Not much older lol) I kinda just left them alone because I couldn't change them and make them like me. Even though I loved them and I wanted them to love me like I did them it just wasn't going to happen and I had to be okay with that and be happy that they were happy.
    So whoohoo I did it!!

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  65. I chose to examine quote number 23. “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 think that this quote is just really beautiful. If you simplify the quote then you can see it as just a boy so in love with a girl so much that he wants to spend his entire life to learn every tiny detail about her and why those things are the way they are. I can really picture this scene in my mind and it makes me think of a couples whole life together. I can picture two people growing old together and never growing tired of each others presence because they're just learning every tiny thing there is to notice about another person.

    One of my favorite quotes is “I didn't want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that's really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you're so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare" (Vizzini, It's Kind of a Funny Story). This quote comes from It's Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini, a book about depression and love. I've always loved this book and especially this quote. This quote looks at a dream world and applies it to the real world which I think turns fears into a reality. The whole book is fantastic and really speaks to the reader.

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