QUOTE: Thornton Wilder

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“Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.”  ~ Our Town by Thornton Wilder

So true! Often times we’re so busy and caught up in living our own lives that we neglect to stop and appreciate the world around us. WE’RE ON A SPINNING PLANET IN SPACE, PEOPLE. If that isn’t amazing, then I don’t know what is!

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Yours,

HOLLY

QUOTE: Shakespeare

In jest, there is truth.

“In jest, there is truth.”  ~ King Lear by Shakespeare

Oh, Shakespeare- how wise you are! This quote from his tragedy King Lear is short, simple, and definitely true. People often use humor to mask the harsh truth. Don’t we all, at times? That’s why I love when there are Fools in his plays, because they give the best advice in the most ridiculous, hilarious ways.

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Yours,

HOLLY

 

QUOTE: Michael Crichton

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

“Absence of proof is not proof of absence.”  ~ The Lost World by Michael Crichton

Sounds like something Sherlock Holmes would say, doesn’t it? Interestingly enough, this quote is from Michael Crichton’s novel The Lost World, which is the sequel to Jurassic Park. I loved this quote so much when I first read it that I immediately wrote it down to make sure I would remember to discuss it with you all.

These eight words make an incredible amount of sense to me, and I love it. It’s a simple statement with a powerful message: apparent emptiness does not mean total vacancy, darkness does not mean there was never light, etc. In the story it was said in scientific context, but I think it can be applied to so much more.

What do you think of this quote or book? Have you discovered any great quotes recently? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

QUOTE: Neil Gaiman

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“He had noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once.”   ~ Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Written with the charm of Neil Gaiman’s brilliant wit, this quote puts into words something that I’ve experienced many times before but never knew quite how to explain. After reading these words, it dawned on me just how much I can relate to this. One event leads to the next, and before you know it your calendar is filled with tasks to accomplish and changes that have occurred.

For example, within the span of a month or so I graduated from high school, met my college roommate, and applied for (and got!) an internship. These are all pretty big events in my life so far, and I think that the confidence I gained from one helped result in the others. Graduating high school made me feel like I’m on top of the world, which gave me the confidence to come out of my shell a little and meet new people at college orientation. Because of that, I ended up meeting someone there and we decided to be roommates. Feeling confident in that aspect of my life, I then moved onto applying for a summer internship. The process of introducing myself so many times and talking to countless new people at orientation helped me feel more comfortable when interviewing for the internship and interning in general. The connection between these events isn’t always perfectly directly, but it’s there!

Any and every event in your life- no matter how seemingly insignificant it may be- can result in a chain of several events to follow. This is easier to see in hindsight, of course, but perhaps Mr. Gaiman has a point. He put this chain reaction of sorts into words- I wonder what events will come of them?

What do you think of this quote? Have you had any crazy experiences with events coming at you like no tomorrow? Have you discovered any quotes recently? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

QUOTE: Andy Weir

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“If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception.”  ~ The Martian by Andy Weir

This quote from Andy Weir’s novel The Martian is an excellent example of why humans are just so fantastic. There’s so much negativity emphasized in the media these days, from catastrophes and crimes to bad weather and heart-breaking news. But at the core of society, I believe that people have the capability of being genuinely good. We are not a malevolent race, at least not entirely. Sometimes it can be easy to forget how great people can be, to lose the positivity amidst all the darkness that is too often our focus. We can be wonderful- let’s remember that!

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You can never go wrong with a Matt Smith gif!

What do you think of this quote or book? What quotes have you discovered recently? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

QUOTE: Melina Marchetta

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“It happened on the Jellicoe Road. The prettiest road I’d ever seen, where trees made breezy canopies like a tunnel to Shangri-La.”   ~ Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

I absolutely adore this quote. It appears both at the beginning and end of Melina Marchetta’s novel Jellicoe Roadand it never fails to give me a feeling of peace. I just imagine a beautiful road line with tall trees whose leaves shine in the sun. Who wouldn’t want to live near such a road?

What do you think of this quote? What quotes have you discovered recently? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

QUOTE: V.E. Schwab

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“The moments that define lives aren’t always obvious. They don’t always scream LEDGE, and nine times out of ten there’s no rope to duck under, no line to cross, no blood pact, no official letter on fancy paper. They aren’t always protracted, heavy with meaning.”  ~ Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I love this quote from V.E. Schwab’s novel, ViciousIt reminds us that not every day has to be extraordinary in order for it to be important and meaningful and spectacular in its own way. Each day is an opportunity for great things to happen, even if it doesn’t appear that way at first.

For a book about villains, Vicious sure does have some positivity to share!

What do you think of this quote and book? What quotes have you discovered recently? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

QUOTE: Andy Andrews

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“A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, in turn moving more molecules of air— eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet.”   ~ The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

This quote is from an inspiring little book called The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews. Not only is it a great metaphor for how our small actions impact the world around us, but it’s also a really interesting scientific theory. The best part about this is that scientists actually proved that it’s true! It’s a principle of Chaos Theory, which “deals with nonlinear things that are effectively impossible to predict or control, like turbulence, weather, the stock market, our brain states, and so on”. (I’m not really sure about the specifics of it, but if you’re interested I found a great website about it that has more info.)

Apparently, butterflies can cause hurricanes! Who knew?

Do you know anything about the Butterfly Effect or Chaos Theory in general? Have you discovered any great quotes recently? Let me know all about it in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

QUOTE: Maggie Stiefvater

All of us have secrets in our lives.

“All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or keptfrom, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches — that’s what will be left at the end of it all.”  ~ The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

This passage appears in the prologue of Maggie Stiefvater’s novel The Dream Thieves, the second book in the Raven Cycle series. It makes an eerie, ominous, and mysterious opening to this novel, but it also provides us with an interesting discussion point. Is it wrong to have secrets? If everyone has them, is it wrong to keep them?

I think it really depends on what the secret is. If you’re planning a surprise birthday party for someone, you’re certainly not going to tell that person! But if you’re doing something cruel behind someone’s back… obviously that’s not a secret you should have in the first place.

It may seem like obvious common sense, but there are certain situations that aren’t so black and white. Sometimes you see and hear things that don’t necessarily involve you directly, but you still witnessed them. Do you tell? Or do you keep a secret?

In many cases, I think the “right” thing to do- meaning the most honest action with the most integrity- is to tell. However, we all know that can be really difficult!

Where is this discussion going? I guess what I’m trying to say is that this quote made me think about secrets and when it’s okay (and not okay!) to have them.

How do you feel about secrets? What quotes have you discovered recently? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

QUOTE: Charlotte Bronte

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“Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, to absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.”  ~ Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Yes, yes, yes! Score one for equality, courtesy of the lovely Charlotte Bronte in her classic novel Jane Eyre. I adore Jane because she is incredibly independent and not afraid to stand up for herself and what she believes in. Passages like this are sprinkled throughout this novel, which really surprised me. This book was published in the year 1847- over 150 years ago!! If Charlotte Bronte had these thoughts and was willing to publish them, I wonder how many other women also felt like this?

This quote is very telling of just how long women have been fighting for equality. Although we have made amazing strides since then, we certainly still have some work to do. But we can get there eventually!

What quotes have you discovered recently? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY