18 Times characters in books gave great advice

Sometimes we all need some good advice, and one of the best places to get some is in books and stories.

Characters in novels always seem to have the best advice, and we’re taking a look at 18 of the best advice given to people in books.

1. “She once told me that the key to happiness was achievable dreams.”
Nicholas Sparks, Dear John

2. “Thomas remembered all too well. ‘Everything crushed in on me at once. Sure made me feel better – don’t feel bad about crying. Ever.'”
James Dashner, The Maze Runner

3. “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.’Whenever you feel like criticising any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.'”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


4. “’Don’t take my advice. Or anyone’s advice. Trust yourself. For good or for bad, happy or unhappy, it’s your life, and what you do with it has always been entirely up to you,’ she said.”
— Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me

5. “My mother taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love, not misplaced disgust for another person’s genetics. That it should be done from necessity, not without exhausting all other options. That it should be done for people who need your strength because they don’t have enough of their own.”
Veronica Roth, Allegiant

6. “Here’s some advice: Stay alive.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games


7. “She told me that her most important work was with the dying, because she considered life so precious. ‘A life is an achievement,’ she said, ‘and dying, the end of that achievement.’ Not only do most of us not see death as an achievement, we don’t see our lives as achievements—and yet, they are. The dying have always been teachers.”
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Life Lessons: How Our Mortality Can Teach Us About Life And Living

8. “‘It’s easy to tell other people what to do,’ she admitted. ‘It’s a whole lot harder to apply your advice to your own life, especially when don’t see it as clearly.'”
J. Sterling, The Sweetest Game

9. “‘What should I do?’ Her mother’s face lost all its stiff artifice and her voice was surprisingly soft.
‘It’s really very simple,’ she said. ‘Don’t take my advice.’
‘Wait… you’re leaving? You didn’t say anything.’
Her mom turned. ‘On the contrary. I said everything that matters.’ 
‘Don’t take your advice?’
— Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me

10. “My dad always said that when you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realise that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as hard as what you’re going through.”
— Nicholas Sparks, Dear John


11. “If Beth taught me anything, it’s to grab hold of what’s in front of me while I can.”
Katie McGarry, Crash into You

12. “Just a bit of fatherly advice—once you start down the wrong path, it’s like entering a savage garden. It’s beautiful until the vines tear you apart.”
— Katie McGarry, Take Me On

13. “You know what they say, it always comes down to just two choices. Get busy living, or get busy dying.” 
― Stephen KingRita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons

14. “Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.” 
― George R.R. MartinA Game of Thrones


15. “My grandpa once told me never to provoke an injured bear, especially one nursing its wounds, but sometimes the bear needs to be poked.”
— Katie McGarry, Crossing the Line

16. “Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
— Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons

17. “My Mama always said ‘You’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on’.”
Winston Groom, Forrest Gump 

18. “My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”
— Winston Groom, Forrest Gump


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