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  • #1
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Destiny, I feel is also a relationship-a play between grace and willful self-effort. Half of it you have no control over, half of it is absolutely in your hands and your actions will show measurable consequences. Man is neither entirely a puppet of the gods, nor is he entirely the captain of his own destiny; he’s a little of both. We gallop through our lives like circus performers balancing on two speeding side-by-side horses-one foot is on the horse called “fate” the other on the horse called “free will”. And the question you have to ask everyday is, Which horse is which? Which horse do I need to stop worrying about because it’s not under my control, and which do I need to steer with concentrated effort?”
    Elizabeth Gilbert

  • #2
    Paulo Coelho
    “Sometimes life is very mean: a person can spend days, weeks, months and years without feeling new. Then, when a door opens - a positive avalanche pours in. One moment, you have nothing, the next, you have more than you can cope with.”
    Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes
    tags: life

  • #3
    J.K. Rowling
    “Cinderella? Snow White? What's that? An illness?”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • #4
    John Green
    “Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for plannning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future--you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #5
    John Green
    “Peeing is like a good book in that it is very, very hard to stop once you start.”
    John Green, Paper Towns

  • #6
    Nicholas Sparks
    “No, it's not that. It's not what you're thinking. I was serious when I said 'all of it'. I can remember every moment we were together, and in eachof them there was something wonderful. I can't really pick any one time that meant more than any other. The entire summer was perfect, the kind of summer everyone should have. How could I pick one moment over another? Poets often describe love as an emotion that we can't control, one that overwhelms logic and common sense. That's what it was like for me. I didn't plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt if you planned on falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us. We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has happened only once, and that's why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory. I'll never forget a single moment of it.”
    Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

  • #7
    Richelle Mead
    “Did you mean it... that if Victor did tell...that you'd..." I couldn't finish. I couldn't bring myself to say the words have him killed.
    "I don't have much influence in the upper levels of Moroi royalty, but I have plenty among the guardians who handle the dirty work in our world."
    "You didn't answer the question. If you'd really do it."
    "I'd do a lot of things to protect you, Roza.”
    Richelle Mead, Shadow Kiss
    tags: love

  • #8
    Nicholas Sparks
    “This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy, thank you for loving me and receiving my love in return. Thank you for the memories I will cherish forever. But most of all, thank you for showing me that there will come a time when I can eventually let you go.
    I love you, T.”
    Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

  • #9
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? Just for a few months of one's life, is it so awful to travel through time with no greater ambition than to find the next lovely meal? Or to learn how to speak a language for no higher purpose than that it pleases your ear to hear it? Or to nap in a garden, in a patch of sunlight, in the middle of the day, right next to your favourite fountain? And then to do it again the next day?”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #10
    William W. Purkey
    “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
    Love like you'll never be hurt,
    Sing like there's nobody listening,
    And live like it's heaven on earth.”
    William W. Purkey

  • #11
    Sarah Dessen
    “There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you'd better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you'll never understand what it's saying.”
    Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

  • #12
    John Green
    “Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (...) You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”
    John Green, Looking for Alaska

  • #13
    Sarah Dessen
    “But wasn't that always the way. It's never something huge that changes everything, but instead the tiniest of details, irrevocably tweaking the balance of the universe while you're busy focusing on the big picture.”
    Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

  • #14
    Wendelin Van Draanen
    “My heart stopped. It just stopped beating. And for the first time in my life, I had that feeling. You know, like the world is moving all around you, all beneath you, all inside you, and you're floating. Floating in midair. And the only thing keeping you from drifting away is the other person's eyes. They're connected to yours by some invisible physical force, and they hold you fast while the rest of the world swirls and twirls and falls completely away.”
    Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped

  • #15
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • #16
    Sarah Addison Allen
    “Fate never promises to tell you everything up front. You aren't always shown the path in life you're supposed to take. But if there was one thing she'd learned in the past few weeks, it was that sometimes, when you're really lucky, you meet someone with a map.”
    Sarah Addison Allen

  • #17
    Sarah Addison Allen
    “Happiness is a risk. If you’re not a little scared, then you’re not doing it right.”
    Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper

  • #18
    Sarah Addison Allen
    “She never thought she was good at making friends. But maybe she was just trying to be friends with the wrong people.”
    Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper

  • #19
    Sarah Addison Allen
    “If anyone had been paying attention to the signs, they would have realized that air turns white when things are about to change, that paper cuts mean there's more to what's written on the page than meets the eye, and that birds are always out to protect you from things you don't see.”
    Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper

  • #20
    Mitch Albom
    “We've got a sort of brainwashing going on in our country, Morrie sighed. Do you know how they brainwash people? They repeat something over and over. And that's what we do in this country. Owning things is good. More money is good. More property is good. More commercialism is good. More is good. More is good. We repeat it--and have it repeated to us--over and over until nobody bothers to even think otherwise. The average person is so fogged up by all of this, he has no perspective on what's really important anymore.

    Wherever I went in my life, I met people wanting to gobble up something new. Gobble up a new car. Gobble up a new piece of property. Gobble up the latest toy. And then they wanted to tell you about it. 'Guess what I got? Guess what I got?'

    You know how I interpreted that? These were people so hungry for love that they were accepting substitutes. They were embracing material things and expecting a sort of hug back. But it never works. You can't substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship.

    Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. I can tell you, as I'm sitting here dying, when you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you're looking for, no matter how much of them you have.”
    Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

  • #21
    William Shakespeare
    “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
    William Shakespeare, Hamlet

  • #22
    Mitch Albom
    “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. Let it come in. We think we don’t deserve love, we think if we let it in we’ll become too soft. But a wise man named Levin said it right. He said, “Love is the only rational act.”
    Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

  • #23
    Mitch Albom
    “The problem, Mitch, is that we don't believe we are as much alike as we are. Whites and blacks, Catholics and Protestants, men and women. If we saw each other as more alike, we might be very eager to join in one big human family in this world, and to care about that family the way we care about our own.
    But believe me, when you are dying, you see it is true. We all have the same beginning - birth - and we all have the same end - death. So how different can we be?
    Invest in the human family. Invest in people. Build a little community of those you love and who love you.
    Morrie Schwartz”
    Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

  • #24
    Paulo Coelho
    “Right, from now on, whenever you want to find out about something, plunge straight in.”
    Paulo Coelho

  • #25
    Dr. Seuss
    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
    Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

  • #26
    Jodi Picoult
    “Just because you had every right to feel sorry for yourself didn't mean you ever took the opportunity to do so.”
    Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care
    tags: sorry

  • #27
    Jodi Picoult
    “There are kinds of pain that you can't speak out loud.”
    Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care
    tags: pain

  • #28
    Robert T. Kiyosaki
    “In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk.”
    Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

  • #29
    Nicholas Sparks
    “You can't live your life for other people. You've got to do what's right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.”
    Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

  • #30
    David Nicholls
    “You can live your whole life not realizing that what you're looking for is right in front of you.”
    David Nicholls, One Day

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