Many of us have this side of being a shopaholic. We love to have everything we need and might need, or so we think, because we don’t exactly need everything we think we do, if anything we need way less than that. Now while buying something new can give us some kind of satisfaction, an attempt to satisfy our needs and feel whole and complete, it can sometimes, if not often, leave us even emptier than we were feeling before buying it. Feeling guilty even. Now I’m not posting this to tell you to stop buying, but I’m posting those quotes that I loved from “Confessions of a shopaholic” and " Shopaholic abroad" by Sophie Kinsella to let you know that you’re not alone, so you don’t have to feel that bad about it, it’s almost common for people to have this side of being a shopaholic:




1- “I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore.”

― Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic



2- “A man will never love you or treat you as well as a store. If a man doesn’t fit, you can’t exchange him seven days later for a gorgeous cashmere sweater. And a store always smells good. A store can awaken a lust for things you never even knew you needed. And when your fingers first grasp those shiny, new bags…”

― Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic



3- “I honestly feel as though I’ve run an obstacle course to get here. In fact, I think, they should list shopping as a cardiovascular activity. My heart never beats as fast as it does when I see a “reduced by 50 percent” sign.”

― Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic



4- “Shopping is actually very similar to farming a field. You can't keep buying the same thing, you have to have a bit of variety. Otherwise you get bored and stop enjoying yourself.”

― Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic



5- “So I buy it. The most perfect little cardigan in the world. People will call me the Girl in the Gray Cardigan. I’ll be able to live in it. Really, it’s an investment.”

― Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic



6- “I did a lot of shopping for her in Tokyo because the colors here are very conservative. A shopaholic would have a coat in every color and lots of accessories”

― Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic



7- “That moment. That instant when your fingers curl round the handles of a shiny, ungreased bag—and all the gorgeous new things inside it become yours. What’s it like? It’s like going hungry for days, then cramming your mouth full of warm buttered toast. It’s like waking up and realizing it’s the weekend. It’s like the better moments of sex. Everything else is blocked out of your mind. It’s pure, selfish pleasure.”

- Sophie Kinsella - Confessions of a Shopaholic



8- “I’m already pushing my way through the doors. Oh God, the relief. The warmth, the light. This is where I belong. This is my natural habitat.”

― Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic



9- “I mean, visiting any shop for the first time is exciting. There’s always that electric buzz as you push open the door; that hope, that belief , that this is going to be the shop of all shops, which will bring you everything you ever wanted, at magically low prices.”

― Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan


10- “God, I adore shopping abroad. I mean, shopping anywhere is always great—but the advantages of doing it abroad are:

1. You can buy things you can’t get in Britain.

2. You can name-drop when you get back home. (“Actually, I picked this up in New York.”)

3. Foreign money doesn’t count, so you can spend as much as you like.

OK, I know that last one isn’t entirely true. Somewhere in my head I know that dollars are proper money, with a real value. But I mean, look at them. I just can’t take them seriously. I’ve got a whole wodge of them in my purse, and I feel as though I’m carrying around the bank from a Monopoly set.”


― Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan



These quotes below are from the movie made out of the book


11- "You know that thing when you see someone cute and he smiles and your heart kind of goes like warm butter sliding down hot toast? Well that's what it's like when I see a store. Only it's better."


Rebecca Bloomwood

12- "When I shop the world gets better, the world is better; and then it's not anymore and I have to do it again."


Rebecca Bloomwood


13- "If a man doesn’t fit, you can’t exchange him seven days later for a gorgeous cashmere sweater.”


Rebecca Bloomwood

14- “I NEED these cashmere gloves because it’s winter…and I have hands.”


Rebecca Bloomwood



The books

Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic




Sophie Kinsella,  Shopaholic Abroad














Anxiety is a common condition, many of us feel it but in different levels especially when faced with situations that pushes us out of our comfort zone, we almost face those situations daily, at work, at school... It’s a normal reaction until it becomes extreme. But the point is, it’s okay to feel anxious because all you have to do is learn how to manage your anxiety. Below is a short list of tips that can help you manage your anxiety and perform more efficiently:





1- Now worried is better than scared, but concerned is even better. You might feel a certain way, you want to put it into a word, and whatever was your choice of words, you’ll feel exactly as the word you chose sounds, for that you’ll have to be accurate, more like less dramatic, might I say. Think more rationally, and don’t exaggerate.



2- Shut it down in your mind and it will cease to exist. It goes for everything sounds, people, feelings, pain… just stop thinking about it. For a second stop thinking about how uncomfortable you feel and try to enjoy the moment. For a moment stop worrying about how you look, and start noticing the world around you.



3- People are good as long as you think they’re good, and they’re bad as long as you think they are. What you expect is what you get, for that, expect the best from people. Instead of thinking that they’re out there to do you harm keep in mind that everyone is self-centered, at different levels and at different times, but still. Just like you, they’re thinking and worrying about themselves. People are quite simple to understand; each one of them is centered on himself while thinking that everyone out there is focused on him.



4- Singing and humming can ease it for you. It’s a distraction, since we’re focusing on ourselves already a little more than necessary, one can always use some distraction every now and then.



5- When you can’t feel good about yourself, remember than the purpose of your existence is to make the world a brighter place and others’ lives a little better. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how you feel about yourself in that particular day, but what you do for others and for yourself. Such attitude will take your focus off yourself and directed, instead, toward other useful things you can do.



6- Keep in mind that you don’t have anything to hide from anyone, for no one knows you. You are not your deeds, your thoughts, you’re not what you said or what you look like. You are much more than that. No one knows you for real, for you’re a new person every day, with every thought. We mostly fear the fact of being bared to someone, especially those who know you, but if you keep in mind that no one can know you that well, you eventually won’t have anything to fear showing, you’ll feel more at ease to be yourself.





7- Try to look good from the outside and eventually, you’ll feel much better about yourself from the inside. Confidence is the key, wear something comfortable and chic at the same time. Wear something you love and take care of your hygiene.





8- You don’t need to fix your life, you just need to live it. What good is a life if you don’t get to live it. Most of our problems aren’t real, they’re just in our minds, so stop trying to sort everything out.



9- Don’t watch people. One gets anxious when being in a group of people, or in public because he thinks that others are watching him. Well, keep in mind that everyone is self-centered, you don’t matter to them like you do to yourself. If you cease watching for who’s watching you, you’ll cease worrying about them, instead you’ll think that everyone is minding himself. It’s all about the way you see it.





These were small actions that, added up, will make a huge difference.










It dawns on you once you become an adult, once you finish college and find yourself alone to decide for your future, that life is hard, not just for a period of time, and that it won’t get any easier. It goes like this, you go through some hard time, thinking that it’ll pass eventually, and it does, only to get you through an even harder time.





1- Take it lightly:

Many of us might feel, every now and then, some sense of responsibility toward someone else. It can be a parent, a partner, or even people you don’t know. You feel like something is expected from you, because you’ve been invested in; your parents had paid your intuition and fees for college, and you feel like you can’t fail them. So you have to do anything to succeed. Now this can be a great motivation to do something good, but at the same time, it shouldn’t push you more than you can bear, and you shouldn’t keep beating yourself up about the standards you think you should meet.

In the end, it doesn’t really matter whether you failed them or not, or whether you impressed them or not. You on the other hand, matter more. Your life, you have to live it up to your own standards. A life spent impressing others is wasted, and what’s the use of having a life if you’re not going to live it. So dare, make mistakes and learn, fail and try again. Don’t let anyone blame you or shame you for the choices you made. It’s your life, it’s your rules. It’s your choice, whether it sounded wise or not to other people, still, there’s no right choice out there, right or not, what does matter is that you’ve chosen.




2- Live in the moment:

While growing, and especially on those twenties’ when you’re full of life and dreams and when you’re all by yourself against the unknown, at some point, your life become full of stress and struggles. And you have the choice whether to stand there longing for your old life, when you had nothing to worry about, when future was a clear path to go through… or to accept the fact that life isn’t getting any easier and all you have to do now, is to shut the problems down, live in the moment and not worry anymore.

Because at some point you learn the hard way that worrying is useless. But oh! not just useless, it’s stealing away your life actually. Short as it is, you don’t need to spend your life worrying. There will always be time to worry, but never enough time to live truly and fully. After all what good is a life if not lived? So you open a good book, laugh heartedly and enjoy a runaway every now and then. Take the opportunities, because that’s all you have and all you need.





3- Have a purpose to live for:


When looking for a purpose for your life, you might end up finding out that it doesn’t matter how you live, or what you get or even who you are. What does really matter, is what you did with the life you got.

You come into this world and you’ll leave pretty soon. What change your existence has made! That’s what matters. So if you helped someone and made his life a little brighter, if you built something for someone, then you might as well say it out loud, “this day counts!”, and your life does matter because it made a difference, a good one.





4- Make your own happiness:

As you start looking for happiness, you try different mantras, and each time you find something that makes you happy, something that works. In the end, you figure out that there are many ways to happiness, gratitude, balance, helping others, feeling good about yourself, doing something you love, loving someone and being loved back, traveling, a good book, a good laugh… a lot to fill your days with. So find happiness in everything in your life.





5- Let yourself dream:

It’s a good thing to be realistic and not to expect much, for expectations brings in disappointments, but expectations aren’t all, the same. You can talk about disappointments when it comes to people, but when it comes to your own dreams, there’s no disappointments but experiences and mistakes to learn from. One can’t do something he can’t imagine doing, and the key to do anything is to think big. In your mind start from the finish line, imagine the success you’ll want to make, then go back through all the steps you’ll have to take to get to that finish line.





Before complaining about how tough and unfair life is to you, consider those who didn’t even got a life to live, who didn’t have a battle to fight. Those who are dying, who are living on treatments and waiting for their time to come. Consider how bad they wish they had a life never mind how hard that life might be. At least you still have a battle to fight, they have nothing at all.

Life isn’t fair, but then no one promised it will be fair. Life isn’t a “wish-granting factory”. It’s you who has to get tougher. You have to create your own exits and escapes, live in the moment and give up the urge to want to have everything sorted out.



Even when struggling and going through a hard time, remind yourself that your life is happening right now, wait no more for anything to pass over. Live now, because now is all you’ve got. You may not be living the best of your life, you might be going through exams, a stressing assignment at work… but even so, live up every moment you’ve got. Life isn’t getting any easier, there’s no problem-free, peaceful life, and it doesn’t have to be any of that. Enjoying yourself is about yourself, not life and circumstances.








Check the part I here: 
22 Quotes That Touched Me From Books (Part I)


“I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.”

― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Because they speak of us best, books can make us feel way better when life gets tough. It feels like home to be understood and some great books feels like home.

Below are some quotes from best selling books, I loved most:




1- “There are days I feel as though the interesting part of my life has happened to me. The curtain has come down, the guests have gone home, and I am here alone, waiting for a ride. This life, the one I made for myself through varying amounts of design and chance, seems to have started and stopped between twenty-five and thirty-five.”


― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love



2- “This is a big moment. A man I love is asking to marry me, and it seems as though everything stops for a moment while my life flashes by. I am sitting on high rock, and everyone I have known is scattered below me like figures in a wax museum. They are all smiling. Where am I going from here? I want to ask them, but I can’t speak."


― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love



3- “Nothing is ever as it seems. We hide our reality from the outside world from each other. We float along the process… what will we have for dinner? Did you call your mother? What time do you think you’ll be home? Phone calls and kisses and thank-you notes. You can lose a whole life on that.”

― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love



4- “I can’t stop thinking about a future I can’t plan. We are in the second our of a horror movie. The calm quite to lull you before the last fright. It appears peaceful, but you look at your watch and you know something bad is coming up because the movie is only half over. That’s how I feel this year.”

― Carole Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love



5- “How can I have loved someone that much in such a short time? And all these things I think about the two of us – did we actually feel what I remember? The further we get from it, the more those six months just seems like this weird … dream.” 


– After you- Jojo Moyes



6- “How could I explain to this girl what Will and I had been to each other, the way I felt that no person in the world had ever understood me like he did or ever would again? How could she understand that losing him was like having a hole shot straight through me, a painful, constant reminder, an absence I could never fill?”


- Jojo Moyes– After you



7- “You’re just another teacher, man, so what are gonna do? Stare down the whole class? Fail the whole class? Get with it, baby. They don’t care about your mood, your headache, your troubles. They have their own problems, and you are one of them.” 


- Frank McCourt - Teacher Man



8- “We could talk around it, we could lose ourselves in brief moments, but love ultimately meant more pain. More damage – to me or, worse, to him. Who was strong enough for that?” 


- Jojo Moyes– After you



9- “You can’t undo something that’s happened; you can’t take back a word that’s already been said out loud. You’ll think about me and wish that you had been able to talk me out of this. You’ll try to figure out what would have been the one right thing to say, to do. I guess I should tell you, Don’t blame yourself; this isn’t your fault, but that would be a lie. We both know that I didn’t get here by myself.” 


- Jodi Picoult- Nineteen Minutes



10- “I had never considered that you might miss a job like you missed a limb – a constant, reflexive thing. I hadn’t thought that as well as the obvious fears about money, and your future, losing your job would make you feel inadequate, and a bit useless. That it would be harder to get up in the morning than when you were rudely shocked into consciousness by the alarm. That you might miss the people you worked with, no matter how little you had in common with them. Or even that you might find yourself searching for familiar faces as you walked the high street.” 


- Jojo Moyes – Me Before You



11-“There are normal hours, and then there are invalid hours, where time stalls and slips, where life – real life – seems to exist at one remove.”

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You



12- “They’ll have a ridiculous wedding, pop out an ankle biter or two, as you put it, buy a place in the country, and he’ll be shagging his secretary within five years… And she will be a little bit cross with him all the time without really knowing why and bitch about him at really awful dinner parties to the embarrassment of their friends, and he won’t want to leave because he’ll be scared of all the alimony… And they will have sex once every six weeks and he will adore his children while doing bugger all to actually help look after them. And she will have perfect hair but get this kind of pinched face –’ I narrowed my mouth ‘– through never saying what she actually means, and start an insane Pilates habit or maybe buy a dog or a horse and develop a crush on her riding instructor. And he will take up jogging when he hits forty, and maybe buy a Harley-Davidson, which she will despise, and every day he will go to work and look at all the young men in his office and listen in bars to who they pulled at the weekend or where they went on a jolly and feel like somehow – and he will never be quite sure how – he got suckered.”

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You




13- “It’s just that the thing you never understand about being a mother, until you are one, is that it is not the grown man – the galumphing, unshaven, stinking, opinionated offspring – you see before you, with his parking tickets and unpolished shoes and complicated love life. You see all the people he has ever been all rolled up into one. I looked at Will and I saw the baby I held in my arms, dewily besotted, unable to believe that I had created another human being. I saw the toddler, reaching for my hand, the schoolboy weeping tears of fury after being bullied by some other child. I saw the vulnerabilities, the love the history. That’s what he was asking me to extinguish – the small child as well as the man – all that love, all that history.

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You





14- “This book – which was actually surprisingly readable – was all about a kind of battle for survival. It claimed that women didn’t pick men because they loved them at all. It said that the female of the species would always go for the strongest male, in order to give her offspring the best chance. She couldn’t help herself. It was just the way nature was.”

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You




15- “The worst thing about working as a carer is not what you might think. It’s not the lifting and cleaning, the medicines and wipes and the distant but somehow always perceptible smell of disinfectant. It’s not even the fact that most people assume you’re only doing it because you really aren’t smart enough to do anything else. It’s the fact that when you spend all day in really close proximity to someone, there is no escape from their moods. Or your own.”

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You



16- “When you are five, you know your age down to the month. Even in your twenties, you know how old you are. I'm twenty-three you say, or maybe twenty-seven. But then in your thirties, something strange starts to happen. It is a mere hiccup at first, an instant of hesitation. How old are you? Oh, I'm--you start confidently, but then you stop. You were going to say thirty-three, but you are not. You're thirty-five. And then you're bothered, because you wonder if this is the beginning of the end. It is, of course, but it's decades before you admit it.”

― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants




17- “My platitudes don't hold their interest and I can hardly blame them for that. My real stories are all out of date. So what if I can speak firsthand about the Spanish flu, the advent of the automobile, world wars, cold wars, guerrilla wars, and Sputnik — that's all ancient history now. But what else do I have to offer? Nothing happens to me anymore. That's the reality of getting old, and I guess that's really the crux of the matter. I'm not ready to be old yet.”

― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants





18- “‘I worked out what would make me happy, and I worked out what I wanted to do, and I trained myself to do the job that would make those two things happen.’

‘You make it sound so simple.’

‘It is simple,’ he said. ‘The thing is, it’s also a lot of hard work. And people don’t want to put in a lot of work.’"

- Jojo Moyes – Me Before You




19- “Although there are times I'd give anything to have her back, I'm glad she went first. Losing her was like being cleft down the middle. It was the moment it all ended for me, and I wouldn't have wanted her to go through that.”

― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants




20- “What else do I have to offer? Nothing happens to me anymore. That’s the reality of getting old, and I guess that’s really the crux of the matter. I’m not ready to be old yet.”

― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants



21- “I took his right hand in mine, and I brought it up close to my chest. ‘I know we can do this. I know it’s not how you would have chosen it, but I know I can make you happy. And all I can say is that you make me … you make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you – even the you that you seem to think is diminished – than with anyone else in the world.’”

- Jojo Moyes – Me Before You



22- “I realized I was afraid of living without him. How is it you have the right to destroy my life, I wanted to demand of him, but I’m not allowed a say in yours?”

- Jojo Moyes – Me Before You




Books featured in this post:


1- Carole Radziwill, What Remains




2- Jojo Moyes- After you




3- Frank McCourt - Teacher Man






4- Jodi Picoult- Nineteen Minutes






5- Jojo Moyes – Me Before You




6- Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants















Because we need to stay constantly inspired in order to live a better life and accomplish more, here is a list of inspirational quotes that will make you day:



1- “Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused” —Unknown



2- “The thing about getting older is that you don’t need everything to be possible any more, you just need things to be certain.” —Monica Ali, Brick Lane




3- “I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.” —Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones




4- "Congratul
ations! You’re not perfect! It’s ridiculous to want to be perfect anyway. But then, everybody’s ridiculous sometimes, except perfect people. You know what perfect is? Perfect is not eating or drinking or talking or moving a muscle or making even the teeniest mistake. Perfect is never doing anything wrong – which means never doing anything at all. Perfect is boring! So you’re not perfect! Wonderful! Have fun! Eat things that give you bad breath! Trip over your own shoelaces! Laugh! Let somebody else laugh at you! Perfect people never do any of those things. All they do is sit around and sip weak tea and think about how perfect they are. But they’re really not one-hundred-percent perfect anyway. You should see them when they get the hiccups! Phooey! Who needs ’em? You can drink pickle juice and imitate gorillas and do silly dances and sing stupid songs and wear funny hats and be as imperfect as you please and still be a good person. Good people are hard to find nowadays. And they’re a lot more fun than perfect people any day of the week."




5- "‘I love you’ means that I accept you for the person that you are, and that I do not wish to change you into someone else. It means that I will love you and stand by you even through the worst of times. It means loving you when you’re in a bad mood or too tired to do things I want to do. It means loving you when you’re down, not just when you’re fun to be with. I love you means that I know your deepest secrets and do not judge you for them, asking in return only that you do not judge me for mine. It means that I care enough to fight for what we have and that I love you enough not to let go. It means thinking of you, dreaming of you, wanting and needing you constantly, hoping you feel the same way for me.




6- It’s hard to accept, but you can’t change the past. You can’t go back and manipulate things to the way you wanted them to happen. Because life would be meaningless and boring and just not worth living. But you can change the future and that’s a beautiful thing about life. Yes, you will make mistakes. And yes, you will have bad days – but as long as you let the past go, you’ll have such a gorgeous and bright future ahead of you. Knowing that things were meant to happen. Knowing that each day you will learn something so that you keep growing to be a better person. Life is like a rope, twined in all its complexities and yet weaved into one marvelous stream that you have the chance you use something amazing from. So grab hold of it."




7- "Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us."




8- "Life is for having fun. Don’t be stupid and waste it on some guy/girl who is gonna act like he/she hates you tomorrow. Never waste it on some one who doesn’t want their friends to know they’re in love with you. Don’t give that person the rest of you tears or a month or a year of your life when he/she treats you badly and doesn’t mind to make you cry. Every person deserves some one who wants to brag about them. Every person deserves some one who makes them smile and laugh at their worst moments. We all deserve at least that."




9- “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was Dostoevsky and Dickens who taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who ever had been alive. Only if we face these open wounds in ourselves can we understand them in other people. An artist is a sort of emotional or spiritual historian. His role is to make you realize the doom and glory of knowing who you are and what you are. He has to tell, because nobody else can tell, what it is like to be alive.” —James Baldwin




10- “Find balance in your life. Work hard but don’t let work take over your life, you will lose yourself. Love, but love for the right reasons. Life is too short for anything mediocre. Know who you are and know that you are worthy of reaching your dreams and that it is never too late to start creating that life you have always dreamed of. Do not compare yourself to others, that’s just deadly. No two souls are the same. You are your own person, you are beautiful and you are unique. Put your trust in the universe. Some things are just meant to happen, and some are not. Let go of whatever is stealing your happiness, it’s hard but it is worth it. Embrace change. Embrace life. Everything happens for a reason, sometimes you just need to breathe, trust and let go.” —Charlotte Freeman



11- “Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” —Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov



12- “I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.” —Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath



13- “What a relationship looks like on the outside isn’t the same as what it’s like on the inside. You can be more in love with someone in your mind than with the person you see every day.” —Jean Kwok, Girl in Translation



14- “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” —Steve Jobs




15- “But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.” —Mitch Albom



16- “I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” —John Lennon



17- “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” —J.K. Rowling




18- “It’s the last thing to go, when you have lost all hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.”—Pittacus Lore




19- “To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.” —Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living


20- “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson




21- “We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.” —Walter Mosley



22- “When you feel happy, really happy, it somehow seems that you’ve always been happy and that you’ll always be happy. The same is often true when you feel sad, or lonely, or depressed, or broke, or sick, or scared. Something, perhaps, to remember.” —Notes From The Universe




23- “Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park… It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself… That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.” —Albert Camus


24- “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” —Margaret Atwood


25- “Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud…” —Yann Martel,Life of Pi




26- “Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.” —Leila Sales, This Song Will Save Your Life




27- “Isolation is aloneness that feels forced upon you, like a punishment. Solitude is aloneness you choose and embrace. I think great things can come out of solitude, out of going to a place where all is quiet except the beating of your heart.” —Jeanne Marie Laskas




28- “Take it all back. Life is boring, except for flowers, sunshine, your perfect legs. A glass of cold water when you are really thirsty. The way bodies fit together. Fresh and young and sweet. Coffee in the morning. These are just moments. I struggle with the in-betweens. I just want to never stop loving like there is nothing else to do, because what else is there to do?” —Pablo Neruda




29- “Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.” —Joseph Campbell, Creative Mythology




30- “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” —Steve Jobs




31- “Me, I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for because it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something and if you find that moment, it lasts forever.” —The Beach




32- “Each of us is alone in the world. It takes great courage to meet the full force of your aloneness. … When you face your aloneness, something begins to happen. Gradually, the sense of bleakness changes into a sense of true belonging. This is a slow and open-ended transition but it is utterly vital in order to come into rhythm with your own individuality.” —John O'Donohue, Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong




33- “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” —Steve Jobs




34- “We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, “Oh, nothing!” Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts— not to hurt others.” —George Eliot, Middlemarch




35- “Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.” —Anne Lamott





36- “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” —Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP





37- “She said, “I’m so afraid.” And I said, “Why?,” and she said, “Because I’m so profoundly happy. Happiness like this is frightening.” I asked her why and she said, “They only let you be this happy if they’re preparing to take something from you.”” —Khaled Hossein





38- “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” —Stephen Hawking


39- “We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”—Anaïs Nin





40- “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself; I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” —Groucho Marx


41- “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” —Jack Kerouac, On the Road




42- “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” —Steve Jobs


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