Survival Quotes

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Sarah J. Maas
“No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.”
Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

Albert Camus
“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
Albert Camus

Seneca
“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Suzanne Collins
“We could do it, you know."
"What?"
"Leave the district. Run off. Live in the woods. You and I, we could make it.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

William Goldman
“We’ll never survive!”
“Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.”
William Goldman, The Princess Bride

Michael Bassey Johnson
“If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Infinity Sign

Stephen King
“No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side.

Or you don't.”
Stephen King, The Stand

Douglas Adams
“What to do if you find yourself stuck in a crack in the ground underneath a giant boulder you can't move, with no hope of rescue. Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn't been good to you so far, which given your current circumstances seems more likely, consider how lucky you are that it won't be troubling you much longer.”
Douglas Adams, The Original Hitchhiker Radio Scripts

Cassandra Clare
“Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire

Joss Whedon
“Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don't forget food. You can go a week without laughing.”
Joss Whedon

Mahatma Gandhi
“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Susanna Kaysen
“I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent.”
Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted

Sarah J. Maas
“We each survive in our own way.”
Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

James Baldwin
“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.”
James Baldwin

“You know how sometimes you tell yourself that you have a choice, but really you don't have a choice? Just because there are alternatives doesn't mean they apply to you.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Gail Carriger
“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day."

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)”
Gail Carriger

“We'd stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You'd think that would make us feel brave and invincible. It didn't.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Joseph Heller
“The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Yann Martel
“All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving; it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it, no species would survive.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Tana French
“I've always loved strong women, which is lucky for me because once you're over about twenty-five there is no other kind. Women blow my mind. The stuff that routinely gets done to them would make most men curl up and die, but women turn to steel and keep on coming. Any man who claims he's not into strong women is fooling himself mindless; he's into strong women who know how to pout prettily and put on baby voices, and who will end up keeping his balls in her makeup bags.”
Tana French, Faithful Place

Leon C. Megginson
“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
Leon C. Megginson

Audre Lorde
“and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid
So it is better to speak
remembering
we were never meant to survive”
Audre Lorde, The Black Unicorn: Poems

May Sarton
“Does anything in nature despair except man? An animal with a foot caught in a trap does not seem to despair. It is too busy trying to survive. It is all closed in, to a kind of still, intense waiting. Is this a key? Keep busy with survival. Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.”
May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude

Louis-Ferdinand Céline
“The worst part is wondering how you’ll find the strength tomorrow to go on doing what you did today and have been doing for much too long, where you’ll find the strength for all that stupid running around, those projects that come to nothing, those attempts to escape from crushing necessity, which always founder and serve only to convince you one more time that destiny is implacable, that every night will find you down and out, crushed by the dread of more and more sordid and insecure tomorrows. And maybe it’s treacherous old age coming on, threatening the worst. Not much music left inside us for life to dance to. Our youth has gone to the ends of the earth to die in the silence of the truth. And where, I ask you, can a man escape to, when he hasn’t enough madness left inside him? The truth is an endless death agony. The truth is death. You have to choose: death or lies. I’ve never been able to kill myself.”
Louis-Ferdinand Celine

Laura Hillenbrand
“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man's soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.”
Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption

Betty  Smith
“Who wants to die? Everything struggles to live. Look at that tree growing up there out of that grating. It gets no sun, and water only when it rains. It's growing out of sour earth. And it's strong because its hard struggle to live is making it strong. My children will be strong that way.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Nick Hornby
“You don't ask people with knives in their stomachs what would make them happy; happiness is no longer the point. It's all about survival; it's all about whether you pull the knife out and bleed to death or keep it in...”
Nick Hornby, How to Be Good

Steve Maraboli
“Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“To have endured horrors, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that honorable and brave— that was magical.”
Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Carl Sagan
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.”
Carl Sagan, The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God

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