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21 Lines from Books that can Change your Life

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Books have always been a way of escape for most of the people. Sometimes, just reading through the lines from books and hitting one line can hit you so hard that you just stop reading and start contemplating about what you just read. And these lines could go on to be the life changer for them

Here we have a short list of lines from books that can change your lives too as it did to many readers on reddit.

1.

“How we spend our days is of course, how we spend our lives.”

~ The Writing Life, Annie Dillard

2.

“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.”

~ Frank Herbert, Dune

3.

“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.”

~ George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

4.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

~ Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

5.

“He soon felt that the fulfillment of his desires gave him only one grain of the mountain of happiness he had expected. This fulfillment showed him the eternal error men make in imagining that their happiness depends on the realization of their desires.”

~ Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

6.

“Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity. Those who would like to seem profound to the crowd strive for obscurity. For the crowd believes that if it cannot see to the bottom of something it must be profound. It is so timid and dislikes going into the water.”

~Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

7.

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

~ Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

8. 

“Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste of death but once.”

~ William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

9.

“Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future. I believe there is another world waiting for us, a better one. And I’ll be waiting for you there.”

~ David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

10.

“So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

11.

“Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.”

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

12.

“Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy – in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.”

~ Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

13.

“It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care how you got your money, so long as you have got it.”

~ Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World

14.

“You are who you pretend to be.”

~ Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

15.

“Adversity is like a strong wind. It…tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.”

~ Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

16.

“The price of self-destiny is never cheap, and in certain situations it is unthinkable. But to achieve the marvelous, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.”

~ Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

17.

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”

~ T E Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom

18.

“When one person suffers from delusion, it’s called insanity, when many suffer, it’s called religion.”

~ Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

19.

“Happiness is the highest form of wisdom’.”

~ Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Mercy

20.

“What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.”

~ Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood

21.

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

~ George Orwell, 1984

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  1. Don’t be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.
    Richard Bach -The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

  2. Three of my favorites:

    “There is only one good, that is knowledge; there is only one evil, that is ignorance.” — Aristotle.

    “If you mean to profit, learn to please.” — Winston Churchill.

    “My money; my way.” — my grandma.

  3. Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
    ― Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

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