12 Book Quotes that I live by

I am a self professed bookaholic as well as a compulsive quote collector. I often go back to these quotes to draw strength, find meaning and other times just soak in their wisdom.




“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl




“We need to travel. If we don’t offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes don’t lift to the horizon; our ears don’t hear the sounds around us. The edge is off our experiences, and we pass our days in a routine that is both comfortable and limiting. We wake up one day and find we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days.  Don’t let yourself become one of those people. The fear of the unknown and the lure of the comfortable will conspire to keep you from taking the chances the traveler has to take. But if you take them, you will never regret your choice. To be sure, there will be moments of doubt when you stand alone on an empty road in a icy rain, or when you are ill with fever in a rented bed. But as the pains of the moment will come, so too will they fall away. In the end, you will be so much richer, so much stronger, so much clearer, so much happier and so much better a person that all the risk and hardship will seem like nothing compared to the knowledge you have gained and the life you have lived. “

          Letters to My Son, Kent Nerburn



“One of the reasons why we crave love, and seek it so desperately, is that love is the only cure for loneliness, and shame, and sorrow. But some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them gain. Some truths about yourself are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. And some things are just so sad that only your soul can do the crying for you.”

     Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts



“To lose balance for love is sometimes part of living a balanced life.”

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort.  You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”

        Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert



“Sometimes if you are lucky, you meet someone who makes you rise above yourself, makes you see unseen images; opens up windows for you. And when you look out of the window you see a dream and follow it. Years go by and the dream becomes a reality. That is when you realize that you have forgotten the one person who started you on your way.”

  I, Romantic,  Rajeev Jhaveri



“If there was an abundance of misery in the world, there was also sufficient joy, yes – as long as one knew where to look for it.

You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair. In the end, it’s all a question of balance.”

          A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry



“She was subsumed with amazement for life: not her own – but for life, the thing in itself. You cannot ask for more…

Most of all, she wanted to flee her heart itself, its intractable ability to love variously, heroically, idiotically.”

         The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay, Siddharth Dhanvant Sanghvi



“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.”

East of Eden, John Steinback



“For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart.”

        Life of Pi, Yann Martel



“The rainbow is more beautiful than the pot at the end of it, because the rainbow is now. And the pot never turns out to be quite what I expected.”

          Notes to Myself, Hugh Prather



 “You can’t stop time. You can’t capture light. You can only turn your face up and let it rain down.”

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards



“They were things for which it was impossible to prepare but which one spent a lifetime looking back at, trying to accept, interpret, comprehend. Things that should never have happened, that seemed out of place and wrong, these were what prevailed, what endured, in the end.”

          The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

 What are you favorites?


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