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Adolf Hitler
“If you win, you need not have to explain...If you lose, you should not be there to explain!”
Adolf Hitler
Alexandre Dumas
“All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
Lemony Snicket
“It is difficult, when faced with a situation you cannot control, to admit you can do nothing.”
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish
Natalie Babbitt
“Like all magnificent things, it's very simple.”
Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
Hilary Mantel
“It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.”
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
Stephen Chbosky
“Just tell me how to be different in a way that makes sense.”
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Galileo Galilei
“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.”
Galileo Galilei
Jack Kerouac
“My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.”
Jack Kerouac
Audrey Niffenegger
“I won't ever leave you, even though you're always leaving me.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
Richelle Mead
“He stepped back and threw his arms out.
"I'm always crazy around you Rose. Here, I'm going to write an impromptu poem for you."
He tipped his head back and shouted to the sky:
"Rose is in red
But never in blue
Sharp as a thorn
Fights like one too.”
Richelle Mead, Shadow Kiss
John Green
“Here's what's not beautiful about it: from here, you can't see the rust or the cracked paint or whatever, but you can tell what the place really is. You can see how fake it all is. It's not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It's a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: look at all those culs-de-sac, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I've lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.”
John Green, Paper Towns
Robert Frost
“Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.”
Robert Frost
John Keats
“Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?”
John Keats, Letters of John Keats
Stephenie Meyer
“The bond forged between us was not one that could be broken by absence, distance, or time. And no matter how much more special or beautiful or brilliant or perfect than me he might be, he was as irreversibly altered as I was. As I would always belong to him, so would he always be mine.”
Stephenie Meyer, New Moon
Lemony Snicket
“It is always sad when someone leaves home, unless they are simply going around the corner and will return in a few minutes with ice-cream sandwiches.”
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish
Marianne Moore
“Your thorns are the best part of you.”
Marianne Moore
Oscar Wilde
“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan
Victoria Aveyard
“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”
Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen
Aristotle
“No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.”
Aristotle
Lorraine Hansberry
“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.”
Lorraine Hansberry
Charles M. Schulz
“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, 'Where have I gone wrong'.
Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.”
Charlie Schultz
Khaled Hosseini
“Marriage can wait, education cannot.”
Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
Francis Bacon
“If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.”
Francis Bacon, The Oxford Francis Bacon IV: The Advancement of Learning
Ingmar Bergman
“Only someone who is well prepared has the opportunity to improvise.”
Ingmar Bergman
Rainbow Rowell
“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can't Google.)”
Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl
Sharon Pollock
“There is nobility in the struggle, you don't have to win.”
Sharon Pollock
Mother Teresa
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
Mother Teresa
Elizabeth Gilbert
“The Bhagavad Gita--that ancient Indian Yogic text--says that it is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Alexander McCall Smith
“You can go through life and make new friends every year - every month practically - but there was never any substitute for those friendships of childhood that survive into adult years. Those are the ones in which we are bound to one another with hoops of steel.”
Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Kate Chopin
“She wanted something to happen - something, anything: she did not know what.”
Kate Chopin