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51 Of The Most Powerful Pieces Of Advice From Books

"And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good." —John Steinbeck

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2. "Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs."

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë"

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3. "Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you."

A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin

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4. "But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them."

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

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5. "It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you."

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

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7. "Being a hero doesn't mean you are invincible, it means you are brave enough to stand up and do what's needed."

The Mark of Athena, Rick Riordan

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8. "Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live."

Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt

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9. "Go then if you must, but remember, no matter how foolish your deeds, those who love you will love you still."

Antigone, Sophocles

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10. "Once you've decided that something's absolutely true, you've closed your mind on it, and a closed mind doesn't go anywhere. Question everything. That's what education's all about."

Belgarath the Sorcerer, David Eddings

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12. "If you expect to find people who understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way."

White Oleander, Janet Fitch

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13. "It’s impossible to go through life unscathed. Nor should you want to. By the hurts we accumulate, we measure both our follies and our accomplishments."

Inheritance, Christopher Paolini

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14. "The best thing for being sad is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails."

The Book of Merlyn, T. H. White

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15. "The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. The most you can do is live inside that hope, running down its hallways, touching the walls on both sides."

Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver

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17. "People don't complete us. We complete ourselves. If we haven't the power to complete ourselves, the search for love becomes a search for self-annihilation; and then we try to convince ourselves that self-annihilation is love."

Fear of Flying, Erica Jong

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18. "To look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory."

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

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19. "The more you expect from life, the more your expectations will be fulfilled. By laughing, you do not use up your laughter, but increase your store of it. The more you love, the more you will be loved. The more you give, the more you will receive. Life proves that truth every hour, every day. And life continues to surprise."

Life Expectancy, Dean Koontz

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20. "We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be."

Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

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22. “Can't nothing heal without pain, you know.”

Beloved, Toni Morrison

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23. "When you're unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. And you get to take yourself oh so very seriously. Your truly happy people, which is to say, your people who truly like themselves, they don't think about themselves very much. Your unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwellin' on himself and start payin' attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence."

Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins

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24. "Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving."

A Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett

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25. "Life does not have to go how you think it will. Not even when you are very sure what is going to happen."

More Than This, Patrick Ness

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27. "You are bored. And I'm going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it's boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it's on you to make life interesting, the better off you'll be."

Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple

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28. "Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from the inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves."

The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom

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29. "It wasn’t only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you."

Atonement, Ian McEwan

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30. "That sometimes human beings have to just sit in one place and, like, hurt. That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do. That there is such a thing as raw, unalloyed, agendaless kindness."

Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace

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32. "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

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33. "Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn't exist and never shall. There is only now."

Eldest, Christopher Paolini

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34. "People always think that happiness is a faraway thing, something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains – a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re alone – just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness."

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

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35. "In the end we always wear out our worries."

Duma Key, Stephen King

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37. "There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

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38. "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

Dune, Frank Herbert

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39. "That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves."

The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

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40. "And maybe the black slug will always live inside of me. Maybe I'll always have bad days where the heaviness seems unbearable. But as cheesy as it sounds, maybe the good days will make it worth getting through the bad ones."

My Heart and Other Black Holes, Jasmine Warga

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42. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

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43. "The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles."

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

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44. "Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing."

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

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45. "And I came to believe that good and evil are names for what people do, not for what they are. All we can say is that this is a good deed, because it helps someone or that's an evil one because it hurts them. People are too complicated to have simple labels."

The Amber Spyglass, Phillip Pullman

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47. "I am practicing being kind over being right."

The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick

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48. "The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one."

The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger

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49. "Do not by any means destroy yourself, for if you live you may yet have good fortune, but all the dead are dead like."

The Horse and His Boy, C. S. Lewis

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50. "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."

The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood

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51. "We did not ask for this room or this music. We were invited in. Therefore, because the dark surrounds us, let us turn our faces to the light. Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty. We have been given pain to be astounded by joy. We have been given life to deny death. We did not ask for this room or this music. But because we are here, let us dance."

11/22/63, Stephen King

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