Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
When I am king they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
Show not what has been done, but what can be. How beautiful the world would be if there were a procedure for moving through labyrinths.
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Time is a funny thing. It can take some people a whole lifetime before they realize they’ve been playing tug-of-war all by themselves.
The Time Between by Karen White
You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
If you care about something you have to protect it – If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
I regret nothing. There have been things I missed, but I ask no questions, because I have loved it, such as it has been, even the moments of emptiness, even the unanswered-and that I loved it, that is the unanswered in my life.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else … Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse