My Goodreads tracker indicates that I’ve read 44 books so far this year. I’ve probably read a few more than that because I don’t enter everything I read and in the shuffle, sometimes, I don’t/can’t keep great notes on all the books but I enjoy saving some of the lines that stand out to me, that make an impact, the words that leap off the page and into my very core. I hope, someday, to inspire a reader with my own words but in the meantime, these are a few of those soul-stirring, mind-pondering phrases I’ve encountered:
“I’m not saying that everything is survivable. I’m just saying that everything except the last thing is.” John Green in Paper Towns
“When we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear of the future.” Marie Kondo in The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
“Whom to marry, and when it will happen – these two questions define every woman’s existence, regardless of where she was raised or what religion she does or doesn’t practice… these dual contingencies govern her until they’re answered, even if the answers are nobody and never.” Kate Bolick in Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own (Click to read my full review)
If you wanted to put the world to rights, who should you begin with – yourself or others? Thrive by Arianna Huffington (Click to read my full review)
“The key to life is learning to put up with imperfections. If you expect life to be perfect, you will always be disappointed. If you expect yourself to be perfect, you will never be satisfied. If you expect other to be perfect, you will always be alone.” My Father’s Wives by Mike Greenberg (Click to read my full review)
“More than one thing is never true. People are clearer on what they want than they admit to themselves. They want something or they don’t. They decide to keep working at a relationship or they give up. They love someone or they love someone else.” Laura Dave in The Divorce Party
“Rejection is a human interaction with two sides. It often says more about the rejector than the rejectee, and should never be used as the universal truth and sole judgment of merit.” Jia Jiang in Rejection Proof
“Sometimes an unstable peace can be as destructive as any civil war.” Charles Duhigg in The Power of Habit
“We live in a time when no one wants to remember… What we’ve got now is a blend of fact and fiction that we’re agreeing to call reality.” A. M. Homes in This Book Will Save Your Life.
“How will anyone ever be impressed by your starlike quality if you’re waiting to cultivate that quality until you become a star?” Marianne Williamson in A Return To Love
What are you reading right now? Anything quote-worthy that you’d like to share?
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