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Quotes from literature that will make you think differently about life

One of the amazing things about books and literature is it’s ability to change the way you think about something, to change your outlook on something. Or, at the very least, make you think twice about something, because you can take so much from understanding another person’s point of view.

Here are 25 quotes from books that will make you think differently about life, and how we live it.

1. “Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

2. “The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it’s the small things that count.”
Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

3. “I like flaws. I think they make things interesting.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

4. “Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can.”
Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight

5. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank, Anne Frank’s Tales from the Secret Annex: A Collection of Her Short Stories, Fables, and Lesser-Known Writings

6. “I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

7. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

8. “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

9. “We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire

10. “Why is it that we wait till the last minute to do the things we should be doing all along?”
Jodi Picoult, Off the Page

11. “What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses.”
Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

12. “Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were heading for shore.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

13. “No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”
Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

14. “Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

15. “This is wonderful news you want to hear,” and I asked him, “Fine, what is it?” and he said, “You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

16. “Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

17. “I want to be in a relationship where you telling me you love me is just a ceremonious validation of what you already show me.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

18. “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”
Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

19. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

20. “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”
Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

21. “We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

22. “You can live your whole life not realizing that what you’re looking for is right in front of you.”
David Nicholls, One Day

23. “My father had taught me to be nice first, because you can always be mean later, but once you’ve been mean to someone, they won’t believe the nice anymore. So be nice, be nice, until it’s time to stop being nice, then destroy them.”
Laurell K. Hamilton, A Stroke of Midnight

24. “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, The Cost of Living

25. “To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

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