"Hearts are breakable. And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before." - Isabelle Lightwood
“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.
"All that is gold does not glitter Not all those who wander are lost; The old who is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the darkness shall spring; Renewed be the blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king." - Bilbo Baggins
I love this poem so much! I’m going to tell you a secret. When I was applying for unis a couple years ago, the uni I’m currently attending kept sending me packages in the mail with information and sometimes just random stuff. And one of those packages had a little bookmark with a line from this poem on it. Now, I’m not saying that’s the only reason I chose this uni over the others, but it definitely contributed! That is how deeply my love for this poem goes!
I really love quotes. I have an entire wall in my room back home covered in quotes. So, I thought it would be a nice idea to compile an A-Z list of my favourite quotes and tell you a few words about why I love them. I’m going to do it by author’s first name to begin with and then if I feel like it, I’ll run through the alphabet again using something else because why not. Also, where the quote is from a book, I will use the name of the character who says it, not the author of the book.
I will try to make these a daily thing, but I can make no promises. As I go on, I will be linking to all the quotes here.
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe." - Albert Einstein
I’m not sure Einstein actually said this, but the internet seems to attribute it to him (the internet seems to attribute any quote of unknown origins to him) and I really like this quote and Einstein’s name conveniently starts with ‘A’, so I’ll go with it.
Turns out, whoever the author of this quote is, was right to question the infinity of the universe, because it is actually finite, but the quote doesn’t really lose much of its poignancy. Unfortunately, human stupidity really does seem to be a bottomless pit.