Some of our favorite authors can weave a phrase together so eloquently that in a mere few words, we are inspired. These quotes from some of the most loved books continue to stick with us.
1. “Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Technological advances have brought great things to this world, but they have also made it easier to spread strife and animosity, criticizing strangers near and far for the slightest of wrongs or differences in personality or culture. This poignant quote of Bronte’s pulls us back to reality, reminding us that such negativity wastes the precious minutes that life grants to us.
2. “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
In this succinct, harsh quote from one of Atwood’s best novels, she reminds us that there are people in the world who we should just not let influence us. If we can’t admire someone for who they are as a person, we should not let them bring us down.
3. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Some of the most simple truths about life can be found in the pages of children’s books. There is a reason that Winnie the Pooh and his friends continue to live on in our hearts: they taught us that those we love always do.
4. “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided…. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
It seems that every word that comes out of Albus Dumbledore’s mouth is quotable. Though he doesn’t make a lot of appearances throughout the Harry Potter series, Dumbledore’s words make a profound impact on the tone of the books, and he is one of the most oft quoted characters.
5. “All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Taken from one of the most beloved children’s books, this quote reminds us adults that we would do well to reflect on childhood, and it reminds children to hold onto their innocent youth.
6. “There’s only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and forget everybody else! It sounds egotistical, but it’s actually the only cure for those suffering from self-pity.”
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
One of the most influential personal accounts committed to paper, Anne Frank reminds us that, even in the most difficult of circumstances, we must retain the ability to laugh.
7. “Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss has delighted us with his words and touched our hearts with his characters. He consistently reminds children and adults alike to be ourselves, as quirky or strange as that may be. The people who really matter in our lives will either appreciate these qualities or, in the very least, accept them.
8. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
The Soul of Man Under Socialism by Oscar Wilde
Life is about more than just getting by or getting through the day. To really live, we must experience life in an entirely unique way. Savor moments, explore the world, and taste new things. Do the things that makes life meaningful.
9. “For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.”
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
Perspective is everything. Each of us are clouded by our own experiences and personality, whether it be for good or for bad.
10. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
We must consider the perspectives of others in our interactions, judgments, and decisions. Experiences vary so widely that unless we make the effort to really put our self in another persons shoes, or skin, it is unlikely we will understand them or the world.
11. “The moment where you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever being able to do it.”
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Faith in ourselves is the most important quality that will lead to success. While Barrie wrote these words long ago, they have since been researched and shown to be true. If you don’t believe in yourself, you won’t be able to accomplish your aspirations.
Words have a profound influence on us. The affect of a simple quote can change how we view ourselves and the world. Look a little deeper. What do these quotes mean to you?
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