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Words of wisdom and beauty...

Bijgewerkt: 26 jan 2019


Part of the beauty of reading is to see an author put into words, an experience or emotion you've felt but couldn't quite articulate yourself. Todays post celebrates the power of a sentence, the comfort in words and the beauty of language: 15 of my favorite book-quotes from recent years.




"Things didn’t go as planned, but I’m not dead, so that’s a win" - Andy Weir, The Martian

"To stay in the gloaming is to hold off the night. But if the night never comes, then neither can the day." - Kirsty Logan, The Gloaming

"I don’t miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as the greater things were crumbling apart. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things, people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in things that made me happy." - Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane


"Don’t think you haven’t lived long enough to have a story to tell." - Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

"When I was a child, sadness was the island – rocky, yes, but small and containable and easy to leave. Now sadness was the sea. So I went in. I knew the water was cold, but to me it felt warm. No-that’s not right. I felt like nothing." - Kirsty Logan, The Gloaming.

"I was okay just a moment ago. I will learn how to be okay again." - Nina LaCour, We are Okay.


"Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light." - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter



"We have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape." - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations


"We are all divided by grief, and somehow united by the same thing." - Brigid Kemmerer, Letters to the Lost


"On the outside, grief was expressed in judders, faltering and unsure, but inside it is felt as constant as breathing." - Kirsty Logan, The Gracekeepers


"I want her to know that this world is made of sugar. It can crumble apart so quickly, but don’t be afraid to stick your tongue out and taste it." - Sarah Kay, Point B



"Why had he assumed time was some sort of infinite resource? Now the hourglass had burst and all he’d always assumed was just a bunch of sand, turned out to be a million tiny diamonds." - Tommy Wallach, We all Looked up


"When a loved one is sick, the days are long but the years are short." - Lindsay Eager, The Hour of Bees



"I take a deep breath and listen to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am." - Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

" I’ ll go to my grave with the memories of bravery in my bones." - Caitlyn Siehl, What we buried


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