Lauren’s favorites

She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.
Michael Ondaatje   

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man
George Bernard Shaw

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
JRR Tolkien

This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn’t turn out to be like Literature.
Julian Barnes

Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Dylan Thomas

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
William Shakespeare

Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking when you are the answer.
Joseph Campbell

Don’t try to make life a mathematics problem with yourself in the center and everything coming out equal. When you’re good, bad things can still happen. And if you’re bad, you can still be lucky.
Barbara Kingsolver

He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.
Rafael Sabtini

You will hear thunder and remember me, and think: she wanted storms …
Anna Akhmatova

The world is like that – incomprehensible and full of surprises.
Jorge Amado

If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I would simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.
Leo Tolstoy

I will take the sun in my mouth And leap into the ripe air Alive with closed eyes to dash against darkness
E.E. Cummings

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. TO never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of life around you. TO seek joy in the saddest places. To purse beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.
Arundhati Roy

I decided it was better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.
Nedezhda Mandelstam

Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.
Alan Watts

Because I know there are people who say all these things don’t happen. And there are people who forget what it’s like to be sixteen when they turn seventeen. And I know these will all be stories someday and our pictures will become old photographs and we’ll all become somebody’s mom or dad. But right now these moments are not stories. This is happening. I am here and I am looking at her and she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story, you are alive. And you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder, when you were listening to that song on that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in that moment, I swear, we were infinite.
Stephen Chbosky

Most things, even the greatest moments on earth, have their beginnings in something small. An earthquake that shatters a city might begin with a tremor, a tremble, a breath. Music begins with a vibration.
Lauren Oliver

When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
John Lennon