“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” —Roald Dahl (via faithmckay)
“That is part of the beauty of literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald (via intellectualquotes)
“There are reasons each of us are born. We have to find those reasons.” —Uncle Iroh, Avatar: The Last Airbender (via solarelephant)
“Fear can’t hurt you. When it washes over you, give it no power. It’s a snake with no venom. Remember that. That knowledge can save you.” —Jo from “The Name of the Star” by Maureen Johnson (via jarfuls-of-wisdom)
“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” —C.S. Lewis (via quote-book)
“In thousands of agonies—I exist. I’m tormented on the rack—but I exist! Though I sit alone in a pillar—I exist! I see the sun, and if I don’t see the sun, I know it’s there. And there’s a whole life in that, in knowing that the sun is there.” —Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 1880, trans. Constance Garnett (via proustitute)
“And so I rehabilitate myself— staying up late this Friday night in spite of vowing to go to bed early, because it is more important to capture moments like this, keen shifts in mood, sudden veerings of direction—than to lose it in slumber.” —Sylvia Plath (via petalsquotesandthorns)
I love it when I read books or watch movies that force me to bawl my eyes out, pushing me almost to the verge of sobbing. There could be no similarities between your life and the story, but suddenly there is a strange connection that renders you incoherent.