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  • #1
    Charlotte Brontë
    “I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

  • #2
    Lemony Snicket
    “No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don't read is often as important as what you do read.”
    Lemony Snicket

  • #3
    Mark Twain
    “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
    Mark Twain

  • #4
    Ian McEwan
    “You can tell a lot from a person's nails. When a life starts to unravel, they're among the first to go.”
    Ian McEwan, Saturday

  • #5
    John Green
    “You can learn a lot about government from donkey balls.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #6
    Rick Riordan
    “Hades raised an eyebrow. When he sat forward in his throne, shadowy faces appeared in the folds of his black robes, faces of torment,as if the garment was stitched of trapped souls from the Fields of Punishment, trying to get out. The ADHD part of me wondered, off-task, whether the rest of his clothes were made the same way. What horrible things would you have to do in your life to get woven into Hades' underwear?”
    Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

  • #7
    Pablo Neruda
    “I can write the saddest poem of all tonight. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.”
    Pablo Neruda

  • #8
    Elie Wiesel
    “The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”
    Elie Wiesel

  • #9
    Sylvia Plath
    “because wherever I sat—on the deck of a ship or at a street café in Paris or Bangkok—I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

  • #10
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “Humans are the only animal that blushes, laughs, has religion, wages war, and kisses with lips. So in a way, the more you kiss with lips, the more human you are. And the more you wage war.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • #11
    A.A. Milne
    “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"

    "What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"

    "I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.

    Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.”
    A.A. Milne

  • #12
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “When I was a girl, my life was music that was always getting louder.
    Everything moved me. A dog following a stranger. That made me feel so much. A calendar that showed the wrong month. I could have cried over it. I did. Where the smoke from a chimney ended. How an overturned bottle rested at the edge of a table.
    I spent my life learning to feel less.
    Every day I felt less.
    Is that growing old? Or is it something worse?
    You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

  • #13
    Victoria Alexander
    “Silly of me not to have realized it. One often finds Greek temples lurking in the woods of English estates. Sneaky things, temples.”
    Victoria Alexander, The Husband List

  • #14
    Douglas Coupland
    “Time ticks by; we grow older. Before we know it, too much time has passed and we've missed the chance to have had other people hurt us. To a younger me this sounded like luck; to an older me this sounds like a quiet tragedy.”
    Douglas Coupland, Life After God
    tags: life

  • #15
    “As far as I can tell the only thing worth looking at in most museums of art is all the schoolgirls on daytrips with the art departments.”

  • #16
    George Bernard Shaw
    “The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #17
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That's the only lasting thing you can create.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

  • #18
    Jim Henson
    “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”
    Jim Henson

  • #19
    Nicole Krauss
    “Part of me is made of glass, and also, I love you.”
    Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

  • #20
    Henry Rollins
    “I'll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.”
    Henry Rollins, The Portable Henry Rollins

  • #21
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #22
    Dave Eggers
    “3. There are bears and there are small dogs. Be strong like bear! If they take out your teeth, sit on the dogs. Bears always forget they can just sit on the dogs. Sit on the dogs.”
    Dave Eggers, You Shall Know Our Velocity

  • #23
    Stephen Chbosky
    “Five minutes of a lifetime were truly spent, and we felt young in a good way.”
    Stephen Chbosky

  • #24
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “Do you think I'm wonderful? she asked him one day as they leaned against the trunk of a petrified maple. No, he said. Why? Because so many girls are wonderful. I imagine hundreds of men have called their loves wonderful today, and it's only noon. You couldn't be something that hundreds of others are.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

  • #25
    Haruki Murakami
    “What do you think? I'm not a starfish or a pepper tree. I'm a living, breathing human being. Of course I've been in love.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #26
    Richard Adams
    “Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality.”
    Richard Adams, Watership Down
    tags: evil

  • #27
    John Green
    “Just deleting vandalism on the Chuck Norris page," Radar said. "For instance, while I do think that Chuck Norris specializes in the roundhouse kick, I don't think it's accurate to say, 'Chuck Norris's tears can cure cancer, but unfortunately he has never cried.”
    John Green

  • #28
    Brad Meltzer
    “We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day.”
    Brad Meltzer

  • #29
    Vladimir Nabokov
    “I confess I do not believe in time. I like to fold my magic carpet, after use, in such a way as to superimpose one part of the pattern upon another. Let visitors trip. And the highest enjoyment of timelessness―in a landscape selected at random―is when I stand among rare butterflies and their food plants. This is ecstasy, and behind the ecstasy is something else, which is hard to explain. It is like a momentary vacuum into which rushes all that I love. A sense of oneness with sun and stone. A thrill of gratitude to whom it may concern―to the contrapuntal genius of human fate or to tender ghosts humoring a lucky mortal.”
    Vladimir Nabokov

  • #30
    J.K. Rowling
    “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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