Since summer, I’ve received a daily quote from Goodreads, the community website for writers, readers and publishers.
I’ve been saving the quotes that I really like in my inbox. Here’re my top-thirteen (in the order I have received them):
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
- Maya Angelou
Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
- Lemony Snicket
I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
- Alice Walker
I would always rather be happy than dignified.
- Charlotte Brontë
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
- Isaac Asimov
The world was hers for the reading.
- Betty Smith
Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
- Margaret Atwood
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
- Mortimer J. Adler
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
- Haruki Murakami
Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.
- A.A. Milne
Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.
- Lloyd Alexander
Imagination is the golden-eyed monster that never sleeps. It must be fed; it cannot be ignored.
- Patricia A. McKillip
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.
- Elie Wiesel