The way you don’t forget first sip of alcohol, first love and first time your heart is broken – you don’t forget books that made you laugh, cry and shaped you.
Hello! I have a confession to make, I am having a love affair. My husband knows about this relationship. How can he not? This love affair, may look like an obsession but I am ready to accept it with open heart. I am in love with books. Words. Stories. I remember my father telling me a story of a monkey and an elephant (Panchtantra stories) before bedtime and that started my love affair. I have a habit of writing date and a thought on the very first page of the book, this is like a baptism for my books. I also used to write quotes in a notebook but now I simply preserve in Pinterest Board. Today I thought, I will share some of my favorite quotes from books that changed my outlook towards life.
If you spend too much time trying to find out what is good or bad about someone else, you’ll forget your own soul and end up exhausted and defeated by the energy you have wasted in judging others.— Paulo Coelho, Aleph
“In your books I have flung myself into the bottomless pit, performed miracles, slain, burned towns, preached new religions, conquered whole kingdoms” ― Anton Chekhov, The Bet
“Things usually work out in the end.”
“What if they don’t?”
“That just means you haven’t come to the end yet.”
― Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle
“Love comes like lightning, and disappears the same way. If you are lucky, it strikes you right. If not, you’ll spend your life yearning for a man you can’t have.” ― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions
“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough..” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
“Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep.” ― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Wings of Fire: An Autobiography
It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Zahir
“It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn’t make everything all right. It didn’t make ANYTHING all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird’s flight. But I’ll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting. – Amir”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
“The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space, and they will come back to us in due time.”- Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love (Read more quotes from this book here.)
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
“It’s not about how to achieve your dreams, it’s about how to lead your life, … If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.” ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else … Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.” ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.” —IAIN THOMAS” ― Arianna Huffington, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
Pain makes us crazy. All we want is to throw the live coal of it as far from us as we can, not thinking what we might set afire.” ― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni,
Which book has changed or shaped you in any way? Please comment and let me know.
Lots of love!