I fell in love with books. Some people find beauty in music, some in painting, some in landscape, but I find it in words. By beauty, I mean the feeling you have suddenly glimpsed another world, or looked into a portal that reveals a kind of magic or romance out of which the world has been constructed, a feeling there is something more than the mundane, and a reason for our plodding.
— Donald Miller, To Own a Dragon
A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment from which to look back or from which to look ahead.
— Graham Greene, The End of the Affair
In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did and why you no longer need to feel it.
— Mitch Albom, Five People You Meet in Heaven (via bookmania)
I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time, lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever. Either that, or the latest photos of celebrities’ babies.
— Elizabeth Gilbert, NY Times Book Review (via vikingpenguinbooks)
Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.
— Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (via bookmania)
We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit.
— Audre Lorde (via allthingssoulful)
So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.
— John Green, Looking for Alaska (via bookmania)
- John Lennon: When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
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