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41 Invaluable Lessons Books Taught Us About Life

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the most important lessons they've learned from books. Here are some of their responses.

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2. From Exit to Eden by Anne Rice:

"Like what you like, love who you love, and understand that being different doesn't make you undeserving or incapable of love."

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3. From Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut:

"Accept that things happen. It may not be for a reason, and you may have no control over it, but the first step to getting through it is accepting what it is."

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4. From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë:

"Don't be scared because you don't have all the answers right away. You will learn through your experiences and find your own way to happiness. Don't rely on others to tell you how to be happy or what makes a good life. It's up to you to follow your heart and find happiness from there."

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5. From the A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket:

"Being lonely is OK, and not everyone has to like you. You can't always rely on people."

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7. From The Giver by Lois Lowry:

"Even though change and strife can be terrifying, the beauty of choice and love always outweighs the pain."

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8. From The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas:

"It's never too late to turn your life in a completely new direction, and there is huge importance in just one day."

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9. From The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde:

"Let go of your past, but don't pretend that it never happened."

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10. From The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen:

"Accept things as they are. Life isn't about living in the past or living for the future. It's about living in the now."

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11. From The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien:

"Never deny yourself an experience just because it's unknown or uncomfortable — it may just be a defining and wonderful part of your life."

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13. From The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:

"Changing yourself into someone that is completely different from who you are doesn't lead to anything good. If someone loves you then they should love everything about you, including flaws. Love is about so much more than the superficial things. Be and love yourself."

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14. From Number the Stars by Lois Lowry:

"Good people can make a difference and help to alleviate profound suffering just with simple acts of compassion."

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15. From the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth and the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins:

"You have to fight for what you believe in. Even if you're the underdog, keep fighting and you can conquer."

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16. From The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien:

"Even small creatures can change the world's destiny."

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17. From The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson:

"Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, even those who don't consider themselves heroes."

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19. From Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery:

"There is magic and beauty in this world everywhere you look — just as long as you look for it. Never lose the whimsical notions that come so easily to us as children, yet flee once we age. Stay positive, fight for your friendships and never be afraid to try on different personae — you might find one you like."

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20. From the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman:

"Life is brutal and will break your heart, and you just have to be brave and do the best you can."

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21. From The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank:

"Having a strong imagination in your darkest hour can bring out hidden strengths you never thought you had."

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22. From Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë:

"Listen to your conscience and do the right thing, no matter the cost. You can't put a price on self-respect. Follow your heart. Things may not always work out the way you'd like, but if you live according to your principles, they will work out."

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23. From Looking For Alaska by John Green:

"There is something special about you that cannot be physically measured or duplicated."

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25. From Watership Down by Richard Adams:

"Bravery isn't always lack of fear; sometimes it's a culmination of small risks you take every day just to survive. To live is to be courageous, to believe in yourself is bold. Your willingness to confront danger despite your fears in a world that seems to be forever against you is all that matters."

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26. From the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling:

"With love, friendship, and family (whether they're still with us, or not), we can get through anything."

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27. From City of Thieves by David Benioff:

"The best people — the ones who change your life — might not be around for as long as you'd like. Appreciate those people and cherish the moments you have together."

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28. From Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom:

"It's important to learn as much as you can from those you respect most. It's those people who will help shape you into the person you want to be."

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29. From the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins:

"Family is always the most important thing."

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31. From The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and A Separate Peace by John Knowles:

"Society always tells us that we must be perfect or that we must fit into this mold to be important, but the characters in these books taught me that being imperfect and making mistakes is so much more important and by continuously trying to fit into this perfect version of ourselves, we will only hurt ourselves."

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32. From The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:

"You can't change the past, and what's been lost in the past cannot be regained. You can't dwell on what's happened in the past because it will destroy you."

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33. From the Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner:

"Be loyal to those you believe in and never stop fighting until the end."

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34. From The Fault in Our Stars by John Green:

"Live your life to the fullest and appreciate the world you live in because you can never know when it will be taken away from you."

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35. From Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom:

"Your love leaves a legacy; your love continues on even after you die, so in a sense you're never truly dead if you live a life full of love."

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37. From To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:

"Reputations are not always true and things aren't necessarily what they might seem."

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38. From the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling:

"Love is a powerful force to be reckoned with. Love lives on even after people we care for are gone and it compels us to do things that are hard. Love is found from many different people, whether it's family, friends, mentors, etc. and sometimes can be found from the people you'd least expect."

Suggested by Annie B., via Facebook

39. From Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë:

"Love not in spite of, but BECAUSE of flaws (which applies both to loving yourself and others)."

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40. From One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez:

"The spectrum that love, sex, and desire fall on is as infinite as the spectrum between reality and magic."

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41. From The Book Thief by Markus Zusak:

"Words are valuable and insanely powerful. Words can be used for both good and evil and they should never be used lightly."

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