"Life itself is a quotation."

–Jorge Luis Borges

“It’s alright to do things the way you want. There is no map to life, no blueprints to survival, you can create your world day by day if you have a clear vision and an unwillingness to give up.”

—   John O’Callaghan

“Within you lies the sun, the moon, the sky and all the wonders of this universe. The intelligence that created these wonders is the same force that created you. All things around you come from the same source. We are all one. Every being on this Earth, every object on this Earth has a soul. All souls flow into one, this is the Soul of the Universe. You see, John, when you nourish your own mind and your own spirit, you are really feeding the Soul of the Universe. When you improve yourself, you are improving the lives of all those around you. And when you have the courage to advance confidently in the direction of your dreams, you begin to draw upon the power of the universe. As I told you earlier, life gives you what you ask of it. It is always listening.”

—   Robin S. Sharma

“Start a program for gifted children, and every parent demands that his child be enrolled.”

—   Thomas Andrew Bailey

“In love, as in life, one misheard word can be tremendously important. If you tell someone you love them, for instance, you must be absolutely certain that they have replied ‘I love you back’ and not ‘I love your back’ before you continue the conversation.”

—   Lemony Snicket

“In the end, we had pieces of the puzzle but no matter how we put them together, gaps remained; oddly shaped emptiness mapped by what surrounded them, like countries we couldn’t name.”

—   Manic Street Preachers, Journal for Plague Lovers”

“Accident ruled every corner of the universe except the chambers of the human heart.”

—   David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars

“My formula for life is very simple: in the morning, wake up; at night, go to sleep. In between I try and occupy myself as best I can.”

—   Cary Grant

“From a withered tree, a flower blooms.”

—   Gautama Buddha

“The best is oftentimes the enemy of the good; and many a good book has remained unwritten…because there floated before the mind’s eye the ideal of a better or a best.”

—   R. C. Trench

“You will lie to everyone you love.
They will love you anyways.”

—   Shinji Moon, The Anatomy of Being

“But what is life if you don’t live it?”

—   James Patterson, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

“And for the briefest instant, it almost feels like we’re together again.”

—   Nicholas Sparks, Dear John

“Well, sometimes I worry that my whole life will be based about what’s comfortable and easy. I’ll care too much about what makes me feel good to ever really reach for anything. And then I worry that even if I do, I won’t succeed.”

—   Julia Hoban, Willow

“How do you get so empty? Who takes it out of you?”

—   Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“God knows I didn’t mean to fall in love with her.”

—   Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell To Arms