One of my favorite quotes from J.K. Rowling, for when I start feeling sorry for myself about completely ridiculous and controllable things:

I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.



Slightly Exhausted

Today I read a good quote about reading that I fell in love with and wanted to share:

A great book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted.

Ain’t that the truth!

New Year, Same Quotes

Every year I buy a new journal in my attempt to keep a resolution to write at least three times a week. On the first page I list the year and my resolutions, and after that I write quotes from authors (from their works or from interviews) I find inspirational to not only start the new year, but to return to throughout the passing months.

These are most of the quotes that make their way to my pages:

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T.S. Eliot

“Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Like the crowd greeting the gladiator. Don’t stop to think, don’t interrupt the scream, exhale, release life’s rapture. Everything is blooming. Everything is flying. Everything is screaming, choking on its screams. Laughter. Running. Let-down hair. That is all there is to life.” – Vladimir Nabokov

“Whatever our destiny is or may be, we have made it ourselves, and we do not complain of it.” – Leo Tolstoy

“No, I must keep to my style and go on in my own way; and though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other.” – Jane Austen

“We all have different desires and needs, but if we don’t discover what we want from ourselves and what we stand for, we will live passively and unfulfilled.” – Bill Watterson

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

“I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling

“It doesn’t matter if one man fights or ten thousand; if the one man sees he has no option but to fight, then he will fight, whether he has others on his side or not.” – Hans Fallada

And this is one of my favorites – this photo was taken in Berlin at the East Side Gallery in September 2010:


Do you have any quotes that get you through a year, or just a hard work day? A quote that makes you happy no matter how many times you read it? Share below!