Five Quotes Friday

This is where I share quotes from books I have recently or am currently reading. Hopefully they will make you want to read them, too!

There might not be a meaning to the world, or in it, but that does not mean that what we do has no meaning.

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

Every person is important, at least in the way they affect the people around them. I believe everyone should do their best to be kind.

The fight matters. But in the end it is never truly won or lost, and victory lies in discovering that we are bigger than it is.

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

How I wish my kids would understand how unworthy most things are of the fight we put up for those things. For example, my 3 year old pushed the 1 year old off of the train table because he was worried the 1 year old would destroy the puzzles he had been working on. I asked him what was more important, the puzzle or the brother and surprisingly he answered his brother was more important, but was still reluctant to apologize.

All leaves must fall in time, she had said. The lives we lived fall away from us, but something remains, something that is part of the tree

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

We may change our leaves many times over our lifetimes but the core of us, the part that makes us who we are will always be there.

…she told me not the law… but our history and our stories, the things she knew gave flesh to the bones of our law. She also knew that we could not understand the intent of the lawgivers unless we understood the minds that created the law. She said the stories were the keys that gave you entrance to those minds.

Forever Wolf by Maria Vale

It’s so easy to misinterpret a law if you don’t consider its intentions. In this book “pack law” is everything, but the interpretation is what causes strife. I think this is also true in the real world.

But if there’s one thing I know, it’s that the future is a void that is filled by the present, it wasn’t possible that you wouldn’t be my future too. You did what you thought you had to and left. I did what I thought I had to and stayed.

Forever Wolf by Maria Vale

…awwww. ❤ *sniff*

Five Quotes Friday – 2/21/19

He did all of this for me? Perhaps the man wasn’t so mad after all. Or maybe it’s a madness that I can learn to appreciate.

Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg

I love crazy people that are a nice kind of crazy.

The Soul, having entered into the body, becomes confused and believes that it and the body are one and the same.”

Killing Adam by Earik Beann

The character was explaining that if you cut off your thumb, you don’t lose a piece of your soul. It doesn’t just sit in one magic part of your body… it’s everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

… after losing Mom – I learned that hate could quail the beast of misery. Hate initiates progress, movement; the catalyst to moving forward. Misery is no more than silent drowning in a pool of personal despair thicker than molasses.

Neither was good.

Dawn by B.A. Lenaway (To be reviewed)

That’s a really picturesque way of describing something awful. I wish the rest of the book was written that prettily.

She knows she’s won. When mum loses control, Elsa wins every time.

My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry by Fredrik Backman (To be reviewed)

It takes a fiction book to get great parenting advice. My four year old has admitted on several occasions that he likes making me mad. I didn’t understand why until I heard this in the audiobook. He wants to have control and if making me lose control is the only way to “win” then he will choose that route. Grr. I’ll try to remember this next time!

After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration – and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Perhaps Amor Towles carries the idea a bit too far. After all it is human nature to judge things (especially people). Still, I love the metaphors, and agree with the general principal that we shouldn’t judge. It’s something to aspire to!

Well, I hope you enjoyed these quotes from the books that I am reading, or have recently read. I’m moving slowly through these books, but all progress is good progress!