Post-Election Literary Quotes


An offering of literary quotes to soothe your soul.

 

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 

“What is the point of worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that in itself, whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment.”

― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

 

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

 

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

 

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”

― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

 

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

 

“I hope, or I could not live.”

― H.G. Wells, The Island of Dr. Moreau

 

“‘We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet. ‘Even longer,’ Pooh answered.”

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

 

“Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

 

“There is a stubborness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

 

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

 

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 

“Be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not.”

― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

 

“In a time of destruction, create something.”

― Maxine Hong Kingston, The Fifth Book of Peace (epilogue)

 

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

 

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

 

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think”

― Socrates

 

“Fight till the last gasp.”

― William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, part 1

 

“It was important, Dumbledore said, to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then could evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated. . . .”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

 

“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”

― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections

 

“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.”

― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

 

“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”

― Malcolm X, By Any Means Necessary

 

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 

“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”

― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

 

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

― Plato

 

“You can weep over your misfortunes, or you can pick yourself up and make the best of things, shit though they may be.”

― Joe Abercrombie, Best Served Cold

 

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

 

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

― Anne Frank, Anne Frank’s Tales from the Secret Annex

 

Hold onto love now. Sincerely hoping you find some solace, inspiration or encouragement here.

 

Please add your own selections below.

 

Anna

 

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