I absolutely adore reading - my love for books has had a huge impact on my life! I'm going to grad school to be a children's/YA librarian.
Okay, so this topic was SUPER hard for me, because I can rarely remember quotes. It's really bad. Like, I'll read something that's beautifully worded and I'll totally appreciate it and just be amazed at how eloquently the author can write, but I can never remember things word-for-word. Which is why goodreads quotes function is a lifesaver for this post, haha - I just looked up the books that I remembered having great quotes and then chose my favorites. Read on to see what I picked!
"After all, tomorrow is another day!" - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
There are so, so many quotes I could have chosen from this book. It's one of my all-time favorite novels, and there are so many things that both Rhett and Scarlett say that just speak to my soul. But this one is kind of my mantra in life. I'm a very optimistic person and whenever anything bad happens to me, I try to take the "tomorrow is another day" mentality to heart - yes, today might absolutely suck, but if today's the worst day EVER, that just means that tomorrow will get better! Scarlett kind of uses this phrase as a way to push off her worries - she'll just focus on getting through today, and then worry about less pressing issues tomorrow. I also can think this way at times, but for me, this quote is more about thinking about the positive possibilities that tomorrow holds.
"We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is the same, and worth saving." - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
I love this quote, and I agree with it wholeheartedly. I think that in a world that's full of pessimists, war, and hate, we sometimes lose sight of the fact that we are all human. Just because a person thinks or lives differently than we do does not make them less of a person or less valuable. We as a global community need to value ALL human life more than we currently do. If we did, the world would be a much more peaceful and happier place to live.
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I think all of us here on booklikes can relate to this! Having my own library (as in a room designated as the place for my books, rather than just the collection that I currently have) is one of my goals in life. I will be very disappointed in myself if I do not someday make this dream a reality.
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” - Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is really fantastic advice, in my opinion. The truth is, the feeling of being happy is the emotion of a single moment, but true and complete happiness is an achievement of a lifetime. It requires legitimate satisfaction with one's life, and that does truthfully require effort. Too many people expect happiness to just happen. Happiness is something that must be actively worked for - a conscious effort is required.
“And so, with laughter and love, we lived happily ever after.” - Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
I think what we all want, in the end, is to live happily with someone who loves us, who we love, and who we can have fun with. Sometimes it's our One True Love, other times it's a child, and sometimes, it's simply a good friend. I know this is what I want in life, and I think it's the perfect quote to end this post with - what better ending is there than "happily ever after"? :)
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