Quotes for Every Situation

Quotes for Every Situation

For when you can’t describe how good your book is: “Because when I read, I don’t really read; I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop, or I sip it like a liqueur until the thought dissolves in me like alcohol, infusing brain and heart and coursing on through the veins to the root of each blood vessel.” – Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude

For when you’re insecure about your writing: “Remember, when you write, shoot for the moon, so even if you miss you’ll continue into the cold, unending nothingness of space between the stars, utterly, utterly alone in a featureless black void for the rest of eternity, which is what you and your Art deserves” -anon (This one just cracked me up because it feels a little too true as a writer 😀 )

For when you need a joke to keep in your pocket:What do you get when you cross a joke and a rhetorical question?” -anon

For when you just broke up:But lonely is a freedom that breathes easy and weightless, and lonely is healing if you make it.” -Tanya Davis

For when your dreams are bigger than you can accomplish: “Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” –Jonathan Safran Foer

For when you don’t know about contentment: “We looked at a human life up close and saw that it was just an ordinary Wednesday, again and again and again—and that achieving life happiness was all about learning to be happy on a routine weekday.” -Tim Urban

For when you need a tip on being beautiful: The more I shift my attention to people and places around me, whether it’s chatting with a stranger on the subway or listening my little cousin Goldie practice her ukulele with her hamster on her shoulder, the more beautiful I feel.”  -Stella Blackmon

For when you feel tied to your phone: “GET OUT NOW. Not just outside, but beyond the trap of the programmed electronic age so gently closing around so many people…. Go outside, move deliberately, then relax, slow down, look around. Do not jog. Do not run…. Instead pay attention to everything that abuts the rural road, the city street, the suburban boulevard. Walk. Stroll. Saunter. Ride a bike, and coast along a lot. Explore…. Abandon, even momentarily, the sleek modern technology that consumes so much time and money now…. Go outside and walk a bit, long enough to forget programming, long enough to take in and record new surroundings…. Flex the mind, a little at first, then a lot. Savor something special. Enjoy the best-kept secret around—the ordinary, everyday landscape that rewards any explorer, that touches any explorer with magic…all of it is free for the taking, for the taking in. Take it. take it in, take in more every weekend, every day, and quickly it becomes the theater that intrigues, relaxes, fascinates, seduces, and above all expands any mind focused on it. Outside lies utterly ordinary space open to any casual explorer willing to find the extraordinary. Outside lies unprogrammed awareness that at times becomes directed serendipity. Outside lies magic.” John Stilgoe, Outside Lies Magic

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