A while ago, book blogger booklovebabbles published a post featuring quotes from favourite novelists.

There are fifty-one quotes in total, selected by bloggers from all over the globe (including me).

The choice of writers is extremely diverse, including Charles Dickens, Lemony Snicket, J.K. Rowling, John Irving, Harper Lee, Alan Bennett, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Some of the quotations:

It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever.

Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.

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

A bee settling on a flower has stung a child. And the child is afraid of bees and declares that bees exist to sting people. A poet admires the bee sucking from the chalice of a flower and says it exists to suck the fragrance of flowers. A beekeeper, seeing the bee collect pollen from flowers and carry it to the hive, says that it exists to gather honey. Another beekeeper who has studied the life of the hive more closely says that the bee gathers pollen dust to feed the young bees and rear a queen, and that it exists to perpetuate its race. A botanist notices that the bee flying with the pollen of a male flower to a pistil fertilizes the latter, and sees in this the purpose of the bee’s existence. Another, observing the migration of plants, notices that the bee helps in this work, and may say that in this lies the purpose of the bee. But the ultimate purpose of the bee is not exhausted by the first, the second, or any of the processes the human mind can discern. The higher the human intellect rises in the discovery of these purposes, the more obvious it becomes, that the ultimate purpose is beyond our comprehension.

A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming.

Click here to read all the quotes. 

 

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