Past QotW

Past Quotes of the Week

I’m a bookworm and I try to find something new to read weekly, if not daily. During my readings, I like to write down my favorite quotes, which is why I made a “Quote of the Week” feature on this blog. Because I try to change the featured quote on this blog weekly and because I also wanted to be able to remember all of the quotes I post, I created this page. These quotes are alphabetized by the first name of the author.

“Think of all the beauty still around you and be happy.”–Anne Frank

“A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.”–Aristotle

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.”–Arundhati Roy

“Unless you aspire for it, no dream will ever come true.” —Conspiracy in the Court ep.1

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” —C.S. Lewis

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” —C.S. Lewis

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” —Elizabeth Kuber Ross

“No man can truly be free whose liberty is dependent upon the thought, feeling, and action of others; and who has himself no means in his own hands for guarding, protecting, defending, and maintaining that liberty.” —Frederick Douglass

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” —Gilda Radner

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” —Helen Keller

“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.” —Jane Austen

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.” —Jane Austen, from Persuasian

“I’ll tell you a terrible secret — Are you listening to me? There isn’t anyone out there who isn’t Seymour’s Fat Lady.” —J.D. Salinger, from Franny and Zooey

“Things that break – be they bones, hearts, or promises – can be put back together but will never really be whole.” —Jodi Picoult

“She stared at Peter, and she realized that in that one moment, when she hadn’t been thinking, she knew exactly what he’d felt as he moved through the school with his backpack and his guns. Every kid in this school played a role: jock, brain, beauty, freak. All Peter had done was what they all secretly dreamed of: be someone, even for just nineteen minutes, who nobody else was allowed to judge.” —Jodi Picoult (Nineteen Minutes)

“Time is the only critic without ambition.” —John Steinbeck

“You got to live before you can afford to die.” —John Steinbeck, from The Grapes of Wrath

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”Marilyn Monroe

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”–Mother Teresa

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.” —Oscar Wilde

“Whenever I’m watching The Lord of the Rings and I get to a really good part, I stand up and shout “That’s what I’m Tolkien about!”–Owl City

“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show for any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it, nor neglect it. For I shall not pass this way again.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” —Robert Frost

“There ought, I thought, to be a ritual for being born twice – patched, retreaded and approved for the road.” —Sylvia Plath, from The Bell Jar

“If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death, human life cannot be complete.” —Viktor Frankl

“I loved you until then. Starting from now, I won’t love you. Because I didn’t want to leave you with only hurt, I waited for five years, wanting you to forget me and be happy…I have to let you go to be happy in the next life. If you’re unhappy, my heart twists and I won’t rest easy. I’ll be born as a bad-tempered guy who can’t receive love, who can’t love either, who lives unhappily.” —Yi Soo from 49 Days Ep 19

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2 thoughts on “Past QotW

    • Hi Melpomene!

      Haven’t heard from you in a while! Hope you’re doing well! I’m so glad you like the quote. It’s one of my favorite quotes by C.S. Lewis, and it was so poignant I thought it was worth a mention on this blog. 🙂

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