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Are You There, Childhood Memories? It’s 15 Judy Blume Quotes

Today is the 81st birthday of the iconic Judy Blume, author of five decades worth of childhood favorites. You know Blume from her most celebrated children’s and young adult novels: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.SuperfudgeForever…; Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; and Summer Sisters. What you may not know is that she’s one of the most banned authors of the 21st century. Blume’s work may be fun and nostalgic—but it’s also groundbreaking enough to have shaped generations.

 

Judy Blume's novels 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; 'Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret.'; and 'Tiger Eye'

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These days, YA novels explore all manner of dark and often controversial subject matter, not shying away from topics of mental health, addiction, sexuality, and grief. Readers might forget that bookshelves didn’t always look like this. Blume has always explored experiences that are paradoxically universal and yet still taboo: menstruation, masturbation, sex, and death. In the 70s and 80s, other authors weren’t yet willing to write about such topics… but teens were ready to hear their stories told. Blume’s work remains relevant today because coming-of-age is—and always will be—just as timeless.

To celebrate her enduring legacy, let’s take a look at fifteen of her most inspiring quotes on life.

 


 

1. “If being in love means giving up your freedom, not to mention your opportunities, then I haven’t missed anything.”

 


 

2. “I can’t let safety and security become the focus of my life.”

 


 

3. “It’s strange, but when it comes right down to it I never do fall apart — even when I’m sure I will.”

 


 

4. “Life is a series of unlikely events, isn’t it? Hers certainly is. One unlikely event after another, adding up to a rich, complicated whole. And who knows what’s still to come?”

 


 

5. “That’s not a bad word… hate and war are bad words, but fuck isn’t.”

 


 

6. “Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”

 


 

7. “Anything could go wrong any day of the week. What’s the point of worrying in advance?”

 


 

8. “Some changes happen deep down inside of you. And the truth is, only you know about them. Maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be.”

 


 

9. “Not everything has to have a point. Some things just are.”

 


 

10. “What’s the point of thinking about how it’s going to end when it’s just the beginning?”

 


 

11. “A person without curiosity may as well be dead.”

 


 

12. “Nothing matters but the moment. There might be no tomorrow, and, even if there is, nobody gives a damn.”

 


 

13. “You have to come to terms with your parents, your siblings. You can’t deny they ever happened. You can’t deny you ever loved them, love them still, even if loving them causes you pain.”

 


 

14. “The truth will make you odd.”

 


 

15. “Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret. I just told my mother I want a bra. Please help me grow, God. You know where.” 

 


 

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10 Charles Dickens Quotes to Brighten Your Bleakest Days

The guy’s work may have been a buzzkill to read while trying to enjoy high school, but he did indeed have some facts of life to spit. (It’s pretty cool that A Tale of Two Cities was the narrative foundation for The Dark Knight Rises). Yet even as the bleakest of writers, Charles Dickens believed you could find lighter moments in darker times. Here are some quotes from the literary icon… aside from “please, sir, I want some more.”

Happy Birthday, Mr. Dickens.

 

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1. “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”

 


 

2. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”

 


 

3. “There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.”

 


 

4. “We forge the chains we wear in life.”

 


 

5. “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”

 


 

6. “We need never be ashamed of our tears.”

 


 

7. “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”

 


 

8. “The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother.”

 


 

9. “This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.”

 


 

10. “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”

 

 

 

 

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