The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger:
Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them – if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.
I am by nature a dealer in words, and words are the most powerful drug known to humanity.
Julie and Julia – Julie Powell:
The nice thing about having a friend who is crazier than you are is that she bolsters your belief in your own sanity.
OUR MESSAGE IS SIMPLE:
Where our music is welcome
we will play it loud,
Where our music is challenged
we will play it louder.
Life is too important to be taken seriously.
Henry David Thoreau:
I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee:
I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.
The Road – Cormac McCarthy:
Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he said. You might want to think about that.
You forget some things, don’t you?
Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – F. Scott Fitzgerald:
For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again
Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll:
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
The Diary – Chuck Palahniuk:
We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath:
I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain; and never shut myself up in a numb core of nonfeeling, or stop questioning and criticizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think: to think and live; to live and learn: this always, with new insight, new understanding, and new love.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling:
Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you.
Christopher McCandless – Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer:
Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.
Looking for Alaska – John Green:
So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.