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Top 10 Literary Quotes to Prepare You for Summer!

 

Summer is here (thank god!) Goodbye freezing winds, slogging through mounds of snow, cold nights, and early sunsets. Say hello instead to warm beaches, cookouts, strolls through the beautiful foliage, and leaping into the pool! Its summer time, book lovers, and we’re sure you all have a lot of reading to catch up on. What better place to read than on a sunny beach listening to the crash of the ocean waves or lying in the soft grass under the shade of a swaying tree in a park? Here are ten quotes from literature to get you hyped for the splash of summer!

 

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1. “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer” – The Great Gatsby.

2. “The summer stretched out the daylight as if on a rack. Each moment was drawn out until its anatomy collapsed. Time broke down. The day progressed in an endless sequence of dead moments” – Perdido Street Station.

3. “The castle grounds were gleaming in the sunlight as though freshly painted; the cloudless sky smiled at itself in the smoothly sparkling lake, the satin-green lawns rippled occasionally in a gentle breeze: June had arrived” – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

4. “August has passed, and yet summer continues by force to grow days. They sprout secretly between the chapters of the year, covertly included between its pages” – Tree of Codes. 

5.“Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing” – Oliver Twist.

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6. The summer night was settling upon the neighborhood like a dark lace veil, casting dappled shadows on the roofs and sidewalks and lawns” – Luisa Across the Bay.

7. “Summer was on the way; Jem and I awaited it with impatience. Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the tree house; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill” – To Kill A Mockingbird.

8. “It was rapture enough just to sit there beside him in silence, alone in the summer night in the white splendor of moonshine, with the wind blowing down on them out of the pine woods” – The Blue Castle.

9. “At these times, the things that troubled her seemed far away and unimportant: all that mattered was the hum of the bees and the chirp of birdsong, the way the sun gleamed on the edge of a blue wildflower, the distant bleat and clink of grazing goats” – The Naming.

10. “The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last for ever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year – the days when summer is changing into autumn – the crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change” – Charlotte’s Web.

 

What are some of your favorite summer books? What’s on your reading list for this summer? Tell us in the comments!

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10 ‘The Outsiders’ Quotes to Help You Stay Gold

Just over fifty years ago, in 1967, S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders became the first YA novel to hit shelves. Its earnest, emotional tone resonated deeply with teenagers… probably because its author was one. At fifteen years old, S.E. Hinton didn’t want to read another book about proms (which, to be fair, tend to have all the emotional depth of the punch bowl). She wanted to write about the socioeconomic divisions she saw altering the lives of her classmates—a phenomenon no one would address. After her friend was jumped on the way home from the movies, Hinton began writing a story about her friend’s beating. But she realized it was more than that.

The manuscript editors would eventually see was Hinton’s third draft of the novel. In the end, they hardly changed any of her writing, making only minor suggestions (example: ‘maybe if Dally whips out a gun, he should have had a gun prior to this scene’). Thus, Hinton’s voice remained earnest and open in a way only a teenager can be.

 

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Hinton’s novel set the precedent for YA fiction, a genre which continues to break conventions and share marginalized voices. The Outsiders is an empathetic and heartfelt novel that encourages people to see beyond their differences (or, more specifically, to see that inequality is the REAL enemy). It also probably made you wish you owned a leather jacket—which you should—and a switchblade—which you probably shouldn’t.

Check out these ten quotes, and remind yourself to stay gold!

 


 

1. “They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.” 

 


 

2. “Can you see the sunset real good on the West side? You can see it on the East side too.” 

 


 

3. “Get smart and nothing can touch you.” 

 


 

4. “I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”

 


 

5. “Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things, not the things you want to learn. Sixteen years on the streets and you see a lot. But all the wrong sights, not the things you want to see.” 

 


 

6. “That’s why people don’t ever think to blame the Socs and are always ready to jump on us. We look hoody and they look decent. It could be just the other way around – half of the hoods I know are pretty decent guys underneath all that grease, and from what I’ve heard, a lot of Socs are just cold-blooded mean – but people usually go by looks.” 

 


 

7. “They used to be buddies, I thought. They used to be friends, and now they hate each other because one has to work for a living and the other comes from the West Side.” 

 


 

8. “You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want. There’s still lots of good in the world.” 

 


 

9. “If we don’t have each other, we don’t have anything.” 

 


 

10. “Stay gold Ponyboy. Stay gold.”

 


 

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13 Author Quotes For This Year’s Day Of Happiness

This week we celebrate the International Day of Happiness, and the theme for this year is “Happier Together”.

 

Sometimes it can be a challenge to stay connected with one another, even if we do care. Here are some quotes from authors that inspire us to hold on tighter to the people that bring us happiness.

 

 

 

  1. Nicholas Sparks (author of The Notebook)

“If conversation was the lyrics, laughter was the music, making time spent together a melody that could be replayed over and over without getting stale.”

 

There are those people who you can just spend time with for hours upon hours and never get tired of them! Never forget those people, they are a big part of the happiness in your life. Just try to be kind when you tell them to stop talking.

 

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2. Criss Jami

To say that one waits a lifetime for his soulmate to come around is a paradox. People eventually get sick of waiting, take a chance on someone, and by the art of commitment become soulmates, which takes a lifetime to perfect.

-Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

 

Relationships, of all types, can be work and there will be issues in the beginning, but many times taking time for the people you love and sharing happiness in life, as best as you can, will be worth it in the end.

 

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3. Fred Rogers (a.k.a Mister Rogers)

Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.
― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

 

Some advice from everyone’s favorite neighbor Mister Rogers. Let’s be kind to one another, and never forget how to love and live happily.

 

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4. Christopher Pike

“Relationships are mysterious. We doubt the positive qualities in others, seldom the negative. You will say to your partner: do you really love me? Are you sure you love me? You will ask this a dozen times and drive the person nuts. But you never ask: are you really mad at me? Are you sure you’re angry? When someone is angry, you don’t doubt it for a moment. Yet the reverse should be true. We should doubt the negative in life, and have faith in the positive.”
― Christopher Pike, Remember Me

 

It’s a fact of life. Someone out there loves you. Believe in that, and in the positive, and you will find that happiness will come to you with more ease.

 

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5. Kurt Vonnegut

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.
― Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage

 

Loneliness should not be an option. Let’s all come together and share joy in each other’s company.

 

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6. John Donne

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”
― John Donne, No man is an island – A selection from the prose

 

What John Donne is saying in these famous lines is that no one can live completely without others, and a loss of life is not just sad for the family, but human kind overall.

So let’s all be open to all people, not just our circle of people. That’s not to say I want everyone to befriend strangers at random, but it’s always good to have a community of people if possible.

 

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7. C.S. Lewis (wrote The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe)

Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another, “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

 

Life is meant to be shared with others, and who better to share it with than your friends.

 

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8. Mark Twain, author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

 

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

 

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9. Elbert Hubbard

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.
― Elbert Hubbard

 

No one is perfect, but everyone deserves someone.

 

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10. Helen Keller

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.
― Helen Keller

 

Let’s try to be there for one another. Even in the darkest of times, when you’re with the people you love you can find happiness.

 

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11. E.B. White, from his book Charlotte’s Web

Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.
― E.B. White

 

There are times when friendship is all that’s needed to make a difference in someone’s life.

 

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12. J. R. R. Tolkien, from his fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

 

You might not know everyone, but you can still care about them. Even if you’re shires apart.

 

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13. Rick Riordan from his novel Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters

“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse…and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”
― Rick Riordan

 

We can’t forget about family, even if they drive us mad. Immortal, mortal, or somewhere in between a loving family will always have your back!

 

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So go share some happiness with your loved ones today in celebration of this year’s Day of Happiness.

 

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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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