Surviving Quotes

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John Green
“We just did an awesome job of not dying.”
John Green, Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

“You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.”
Shaun Hick

James Frey
“The clock holds me nowhere. Nowhere. Nowhere. There is nothing else but now and the shifting depth of the night. I sit at a table alone smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee and listening and surviving. I should not be here or anywhere. I should not be breathing or taking space. I should not have been given this moment or anything else. I should not have this opportunity again to live. I do not deserve it or deserve anything yet it is here and I am here and I Have it all of it still. I won't have it again. This moment or this chance they are the same and they are mine if I choose them and I do. I want them. Now and as long as I can have them they are both precious and fleeting and gone in the blink of an eye don't waste them. A moment and an opportunity and a life, all in the unseen tick of a clock holding me nowhere. My heart is beating. The walls are pale and quiet. I am surviving. ”
James Frey, A Million Little Pieces

Neal Shusterman
“Fine," Connor tells him. "Think about stuff until your head explodes. But the only thing I want to think about is surviving to eighteen."

I find your shallowness both refreshing and disappointing at the same time. Do you think that means I need therapy?”
Neal Shusterman, Unwind

Rachel Caine
“Don't play his game. Play yours.”
Rachel Caine, Fall of Night

Lemony Snicket
“What do your parents know, about surviving? ”
Lemony Snicket, The End

“You were born a winner, a warrior, one who defied the odds by surviving the most gruesome battle of them all - the race to the egg. And now that you are a giant, why do you even doubt victory against smaller numbers and wider margins? The only walls that exist are those you have placed in your mind. And whatever obstacles you conceive, exist only because you have forgotten what you have already achieved.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“I had a long talk with my dear Fat Mary that night, because I had many questions. Could someone actually be beaten to death by such a nun? Did Mother Rufina, the new Superior, know that Sister Clotilda was so cruel? Who let her work with children? Could nuns go to hell?
Fat Mary told me she didn’t know the answers to my questions, but she reminded me that it was her role to take my worries and burdens and keep them for me until a time when I could understand them.”
Maria Nhambu, Africa's Child

Jillian Michaels
“Thriving. That's fighting... Surviving is barely getting by.”
Jillian Michaels

John Connolly
“There's a difference between living and just surviving. Do something you love, and find someone to love who loves that you love what you do.
It is really that simple.
And that hard.”
John Connolly, The Infernals

Michelle Sagara West
“Is this some sort of test?"
"Everything that doesn't kill you is."
"Mind you," he added, "surviving doesn't always mean you passed.”
Michelle Sagara West, Cast in Secret

Victoria Schwab
“He leans in, resting his weathered hand on the bed. "Treat all the bad things like dreams, Kenzie. That way, no matter how scary or dark they get, you just have to survive until you wake up.”
Victoria Schwab, The Unbound

Oswald Spengler
“This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us . . . to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves, to act in such a way that some part of us lives on. This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us . . . to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves, to act in such a way that some part of us lives on.”
Oswald Spengler

“She looked up. "What I can't figure out is why the good things always end."
"Everything ends."
"Not some things. Not the bad things. They never go away."
"Yes, they do. If you let them, they go away. Not as fast as we'd like sometimes, but they end too. What doesn't end is the way we feel about each other. Even when you're all grown up and somewhere else, you can remember what a good time we had together. Even when you're in the middle of bad things and they never seem to be changing, you can remember me. And I'll remember you.”
Torey Hayden, Torpedo Run / Banners Of Silk / My Left Foot / Trojan Treasure

Jennifer DeLucy
“Why wait? So precious is this life—this gift—this temporary blindness. Burn and drown and embrace the false dark, then grasp the unthinkable height of resulting joy. For in the end, in the light of truth when the flesh is cast off, there is nothing but this.”
Jennifer DeLucy

Ann Aguirre
“More than most, I know the pain of surviving.”
Ann Aguirre, Aftermath

“The best thing you can say to someone going through a tragic loss is not that

"It's going to be alright"

It is:
"Hold on tight because this is going to hurt like hell".”
John Passaro

Junot Díaz
“I certainly couldn't have survived my childhood without books. All that deprivation and pain--abuse, broken home, a runaway sister, a brother with cancer--the books allowed me to withstand. They sustained me. I read still, prolifically, with great passion, but never like I read in those days: in those days it was life or death.”
Junot Díaz

Pooja Agnihotri
“The key to fighting and surviving the competition lies in understanding your customers’ needs.”
Pooja Agnihotri, 17 Reasons Why Businesses Fail :Unscrew Yourself From Business Failure

T.F. Hodge
“The energy it took to exit mother’s womb is the same force required to manifest a dream...a different kind of struggle. Push, push, push!”
T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

“The most marvelous, unbelievable thing about Black people in America is that they exist. Every imaginable monstrosity that evil can conjure has been inflicted on this population, yet they have not been extinguished.”
Michael Harriot, Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

“I managed to survive, when I could not run I did not stop walking, when I could not walk I did not stop crawling, and when I stopped crawling I searched for a spark to motivate myself to try again, to not give up for long!”
Shadi Kamal Kandil

N.K. Jemisin
“We realized it was impossible to protect any one place if the place next door was drowning or on fire. We realized the old boundaries weren't meant to keep he undesirable out, but to hoard resources within. And the hoarders were the core of the problem.”
N.K. Jemisin, Emergency Skin

Seth Grahame-Smith
“Sloths. There's actually nothing to suggest sloths are evil, but seeing as they're the only animal named after a deadly sin, it's probably best to avoid them.”
Seth Grahame-Smith, How to Survive a Horror Movie

Michael Bassey Johnson
“You are the light of the world, and it is your duty to save the darkness.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The fact that I was born does not mean that I am alive.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Michael Bassey Johnson
“A good swimmer is one who knows how to swim through the river of life without drowning.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

John King
“This too shall be passed.”
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert Comic

“What you are about to read is the story of the first war on terror.

No ... wait.

This is actually the origin story of second-wave white supremacy known as "Jim Crow laws."

This is a war narrative. This is a horror story, but it's also a suspense thriller that ends in triumph. It also ends in tragedy. It's a true story about a fantastic myth. This is a narrative, nonfiction account of the all-American fairy tale of liberty and justice for all.

Behold, the untold story of the Great American Race War.

Before we begin, we shall introduce our hero.

The hero of this drama is Black people. All Black people. The free Blacks; the uncloaked maroons; the Black elite; the preachers and reverends; the doormen and doctors; the sharecroppers and soldiers—they are all protagonists in our epic adventure.

Spoiler alert: the hero of this story does not die.


This hero is long-suffering but unkillable. Bloody and unbowed. In this story—and in all the subsequent sequels, now and forever—this hero almost never wins. But we still get to be the heroes of all true American stories simply because we are indestructible. Try as they might, we will never be extinguished.

Michael Harriot, Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

Michael Bassey Johnson
“I see freedom in the sky. I think the whole universe should be turned upside down for man to be free.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

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