“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.” - Lemony Snicket
"I have an advanced degree in procrastination and another one in paranoia" - Joanne Harris
This is a very carefully chosen quote. Why, you ask? Because I currently have two reviews to write, a book haul that I’ve been meaning to do for months and the pile just keeps growing as I keep putting it off, a meal to cook, a room to clean, two tests to take, two interviews to transcribe, one assignment to finish and a pile of dishes to wash. What am I doing instead? Sitting in bed looking for quotes on procrastination by an author whose name starts with J, so that I can write this post about procrastination while procrastinating. And that is why I too, have an advanced degree in procrastination.
We’ll talk about the paranoia another time.
“I'm going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed or worse expelled.” - Hermione Granger
Such an epic quote. Probably the most memorable Hermione quote. And since Hermione is one of my favourite characters, this was the obvious choice for H.
"We are afraid to care too much for fear that the other person does not care at all." - Eleanor Roosevelt
I think this is the summary of my life and it’s been particularly relevant to me recently. I like this quote, not only because I believe it to be true and I am a fan of truth, but also because it’s encouraging to know that it’s a sentiment shared by others. It’s also perhaps an incentive to stop. Because this is the kind of thinking that promotes loneliness, misery, lack of compassion and conflict and there’s quite enough of that as it is, we really don’t need more.
"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." - C. S. Lewis
This is the first line from possibly my favourite nonfiction that I’ve ever read: A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis. I don’t read nonfiction that often, but this was a very powerful book. I read it twice in two days, that’s how much I loved it. I highly recommend it. It’s a diary of sorts, written by Lewis when his wife died. C. S. Lewis is one of my favourite authors and intellectuals and his book is very raw and profound.