Quote #186

From Louis Sachar (Holes)

Louis Sachar

“I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. Nothing in life is easy. But that’s no reason to give up. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish if you set your mind to it. After all, you only have one life, so you should try to make the most of it.”

Quote #182

From William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)…

William Shakespeare

“Be not afraid of greatness.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness,

and others have greatness thrust upon them.” 

[ N. B ]  One of my favourite Shakespeare quotes.  One I fell in love with more after I saw the She’s The Man adaptation of Twelfth Night (I think it’s really good for a modern audience, or maybe I just love how it mixes some of my favourite things together–Soccer, girl dressing as a guy to prove something, etc).  I was going to put a clip here from youtube of the scene where Channing Tatum’s character, Duke, reciting the above lines, but I can’t find a decent clip (well I have one below anyway, because hey, that’s one of my favourite scenes in the whole movie).  So I have a marvel one instead!

I, for one, am definitely not born great, but hopefully, I’ll be able to achieve it.  And I hope all of you out there, also can achieve the greatness you strive for.  Because I believe, we are all great, and shouldn’t be afraid of it.

Quote #181

From John Green (in An Abundance of Katherines)…

John Green

“I just want to do something that matters. Or be something that matters. I just want to matter.”

Quote #180

From Mulan (Walt Disney Movie)….

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”

[N.B.]  Ignoring for a moment all the academic frowny faces this movie and other disney movies gets, Mulan is one of my favourite Disney movies.

Something Kind of Related to this Quote:  The Desert Rose

Quote #179

From Amy Bloom…

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”

[N.B.] I don’t need to explain why this is an important quote!  

Quote #178

From Marily Monroe…

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

Quote #177

From Sun Tzu (Art of War)…

Sun Tzu

“You have to believe in yourself. ”

[N.B] It feels like I need to be reminded of this over and over.  I have so many bridges to cross right now, but each one feels just as big as the other.  SO.  This is today’s famous quote.  Also from Sun Tzu!

Quote #176

From Sun Tzu, The Art of War…

“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”


 (I would also like to think of some of these quotes as related to the Art of Life too lol)

Quote #170

From Sarah Dessen (Just Listen)…

Sarah Dessen

“Don’t think or judge, just listen.”

[ Notes ] Personally one of my favourites books to read and quotes.