If you find solace in literature like I do, then you might like these 5 quotes I frequently return to.
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
― Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
This is a comment made by Professor Albus Dumbledore to Cornelius Fudge with regards to a statement about ‘Muggles’ and ‘Mudbloods’ being inferior to wizards and witches.
It goes beyond the context of witchcraft and wizardry. In its essence, it encourages us to pursue our goals despite what we are born into.
I return to this quote every time I need a little nudge to take back control of my life.
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein
This line is from the poem “All That Glitters Is Not Gold” in Fellowship of the Ring. It is the riddle of the Strider, or Aragorn.
On the surface it’s about Aragorn, the rightful heir of Gondor. Yet it really conveys how people who embark on the journey of life and lose their way can still bounce back in life.
So, if you feel lost in life, rest assured you are only a wanderer. You will eventually figure things out.
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
In this quote from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Jane asserts her autonomy and independence against Mr. Rochester’s will.
She shows us how a strong sense of self and identity can help navigate even the most challenging of circumstances.
Whenever I need a stronger hold of my moral compass, I keep returning to this quote.
“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”
― The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
This quote from Oscar Wilde is just plainly clever.
Pain strengthens our mental muscle and shapes our character. What we ultimately become is defined not by the subtlety, but by how well we take a hit.
When life knocks me down, this quote helps me pick myself up.
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you.”
― The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
This intimate line from The Fault in Our Stars teaches us an important lesson about relationships and vulnerabilities.
If you are ever torn between holding yourself back and being vulnerable with someone, let this quote be your guiding force.
Shafeeka Hafeez grew up escaping into a world of books where she discovered a love for writing and a fascination with trees. When she’s not taking up a new marketing skill, or typing out a blog post, you can find her Googling the best therapy for abandoned cats.