The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.
-The Old Curiosity Shop, Charles Dickens
There will be rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.
-Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
-The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.
-Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go…
-Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, Dr. Suess
The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is the create something that will.
-Diary, Chuck Palahniuk
Who, being loved, is poor?
-A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde
Sometimes I can feel the bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.
-Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart; I am, I am, I am.
-The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.
-The Ersatz Elevator, Lemony Snicket
-The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.
-The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
“Sunshine all the time makes a desert.”
“I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be, but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.”
“When it feels scary to jump, that is exactly when you jump, otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life, and that can’t do.”
-J. C. Chandor, A Most Violent Year