Lives Quotes

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Theodore Roosevelt
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
Theodore Roosevelt

William  Martin
“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
William Martin, The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents

J.D. Stroube
“A complete stranger has the capacity to alter the life of another irrevocably. This domino effect has the capacity to change the course of an entire world. That is what life is; a chain reaction of individuals colliding with others and influencing their lives without realizing it. A decision that seems miniscule to you, may be monumental to the fate of the world.”
J.D. Stroube, Caged by Damnation

Matt Haig
“Of course, we can't visit every place or meet every person or do every job, yet most of what we'd feel in any life is still available. We don't have to play every game to know what winning feels like. We don't have to hear every piece of music in the world to understand music. We don't have to have tried every variety of grape from every vineyard to know the pleasure of wine. Love and laughter and fear and pain are universal currencies. We just have to close our eyes and savour the taste of the drink in front of us and listen to the song as it plays. We are as completely and utterly alive as we are in any other life and have access to the same emotional spectrum.”
Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

Frank Herbert
“The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.”
Frank Herbert

Haruki Murakami
“We survived. You and I. And those who survive have a duty. Our duty is to do our best to keep on living. Even if our lives are not perfect.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Holly Black
“People said that video games were bad because they made you numb to death, made you register entrails splattering across a screen as a sign of success. In that moment, Val thought that the real problem with games was that the player was suppossed to try everything. If there was a cave, you went in it. If there was a mysterious stranger, you talked to him. If there was a map, you followed it. But in games, you had a hundred million billion lives and Val only had this one.”
Holly Black, Valiant

Hanya Yanagihara
“But then, didn’t everyone only tell their lives – truly tell their lives – to one person?”
Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life
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Amal El-Mohtar
“Adventure works in any strand—it calls to those who care more for living than for their lives.”
Amal El-Mohtar, This Is How You Lose the Time War

Kamand Kojouri
“Maybe love at first sight isn’t what we think it is. Maybe it’s recognising a soul we loved in a past life and falling in love with them again.”
Kamand Kojouri

Anthony Doerr
“War is a bazaar where lives are traded like any other commodity: chocolate or bullets or parachute silk.”
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

Julianne Davidow
“Erotic longing is really a longing to merge with something greater than oneself. For every kind of love is a force that holds the promise of taking us beyond the limitations of our individual lives.”
Julianne Davidow

James Baldwin
“Perhaps he is a fool or a coward but almost everybody is one or the other and most people are both.”
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room

Steve Maraboli
“September 11… I will never forget feeling scared and vulnerable… I will never forget feeling the deep sad loss of so many lives… I will never forget the smell of the smoke that reached across the water and delivered a deep feeling of doom into my gut… I will never forget feeling the boosted sense of unity and pride… I will never forget seeing the courageous actions of so many men and women… I will never forget seeing people of all backgrounds working together in community… I will never forget seeing what hate can destroy… I will never forget seeing what love can heal…”
Steve Maraboli

Neil Gaiman
“Lives are snowflakes - unique in detail, forming patterns we have seen before, but as like one another as peas in a pod (and have you ever looked at peas in a pod? I mean, really looked at them? There's not a chance you'd mistake one for another, after a minute's close inspection.)”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Ann Voskamp
“In our rushing, bulls in china shops, we break our own lives.”
Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Markus Zusak
“It makes me wonder, Do we spend most of our days trying to remember or forget things? Do we spend most of our time running towards or away from our lives? I don't know.”
Markus Zusak, Fighting Ruben Wolfe

Sherrilyn Kenyon
“Every time I think that it’s not worth it – that the people in it deserve the misery of their lives – I come across someone who makes me rethink that.”
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Invincible
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Daniel Willey
“If we live our lives looking for the excitement and exhilaration that change can bring, we will be much happier than when we are eventually forced to accept it anyways.”
Daniel Willey

Paulo Coelho
“… "That at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what´s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That´s the world´s greatest lie." - The Alchemist, Paulo Cohelo -”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Brian  Doyle
“Everyone thinks that the old days were better, or that they were harder, and the modern times are chaotic and complex, or easier all around, but I think people's hearts have always been the same, happy and sad, and that hasn't changed at all. It's just the shapes of lives that change, not the lives themselves.”
Brian Doyle, Mink River

Bill Willingham
“Murderers don't get forgiven just because we promise to be good from now on. We have to earn our way back. One hundred is the price. One hundred lives for each we took. That seems fair. That's how we get whole again and that's our work, from now until as long as it takes.”
Bill Willingham, Fables, Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland

Victoria Aveyard
“For their lives, for their children's lives, they will give up what little freedom they had left.”
Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

Molly Friedenfeld
“An act of kindness may take only a moment of our time, but when captured in the heart the memory lives forever.”
Molly Friedenfeld, The Book of Simple Human Truths

Anita R. Sneed-Carter
“Dear Heavenly Father, We pray for those who are living silence, locked in the room of depression to where they are taking their own lives. This is the enemy trying to take souls away before they can hear "The Word" and accept it. We pray for a breakthrough, and a releasing from the enemies grip, and that the spirit of depression is sent back into the pits of hell where it belongs! We call it done right now in the MIGHTY name of Jesus we pray, amen.”
Author Anita R. Sneed-Carter

Glennon Doyle Melton
“There are only two lives we might live: our dream or our destiny. Sometimes they are one in the same, and sometimes they're not. Often our dreams are just a path to our destinies.”
Glennon Melton, Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed

“Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.”
Kenneth Hildebrand

“Lena realized that a fundamental layer of their happiness depended on the four of them being close to one another. Their lives were independent and full. Their friendship was only one aspect of their lives, but it seemed to give meaning to all the others.”
Ann Brashares, Sisterhood Everlasting

Haruki Murakami
“Our lives really do seem strange and mysterious when you look back on them. Filled with unbelievably bizarre coincidences and unpredictable, zigzagging developments. While they are unfolding, it’s hard to see anything weird about them, no matter how closely you pay attention to your surroundings. In the midst of the everyday, these things may strike you as simply ordinary things, a matter of course. They might not be logical, but time has to pass before you can see if something is logical.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore

Atul Gawande
“All we ask is to be allowed to remain the writers of our own story. That story is ever changing. Over the course of our lives, we may encounter unimaginable difficulties. Our concerns and desires may shift. But whatever happens, we want to retain the freedom to shape our lives in ways consistent with our character and loyalties.”
Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

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