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The Top Book Quotes that will change your life
The Top Book Quotes that will change your life

You may not know where you were – but you remember the feeling.  The times you read the book quotes that will change your life.

That aha! moment.  The feeling of greater understanding.  The feeling that you were not just some weird middle school kid with a bad dye job, bad eyebrows and braces.  That you weren’t just a weirdo that liked to stay home and read books rather than stay out and party with the jocks (okay, I totally would have had they let me).

You probably underlined it a million times.  Or wrote it in your notebook underneath your illustrations.  The below authors were fearless in their words – and had the courage to write the world as it is in just a sentence or two.

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The quote

“Literature is a struggle over the nature of reality.”  - Richard Wright, Native Son

Why it's life changing

For a book worm, this quote is incredible.  Reality has some wonderful truths.  It also has some tough truths.  Literature as an art form reveals both sides of the story - the beautiful and the difficult.  And that's why it's so important to read.  To better understand the world around us and each other.
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The quote

“A rebel she was, but not of the kind he understood—a rebel who desired, not a wider dwelling-room, but equality beside the man she loved.” - E.M. Forster,  A Room with a View

Why it's life changing

Coming to terms with my identity as both a feminist and a passionate person who loves was a difficult challenge.  Being a feminist does not mean being ‘anti-man’ or ‘anti-love’ though it can be hard not to feel this way when you meet certain obstacles.  What it does mean though is being an equal.  And when you’re in an equal position to the person you love, it makes love so much easier and more wonderful.
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The quote

“When he smiled the fear flew away in little pieces of light...” - William S. Burroughs,  Naked Lunch

Why it’s life changing

Being honest, I think this quote changed my life because it’s beautiful – especially in a book that isn’t so beautiful at times.  Smiles are so powerful and can change how you’re feeling in an instant.
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The quote

“I am not mad because I'm a woman... I'm mad because you're an asshole.” - Margaret Atwood,  Cat's Eye

Why it’s life changing

It’s sad, but I encounter this kind of experience on nearly daily basis – mostly in a (previous) workplace.  As a woman, you need to be able to fight your own corner when people are condescending, mansplain or he-peat.  But when you do, you come off as a crazy person.  I try to repeat this quote every time this sort of situation pops up and remind myself who the asshole is in these scenarios.
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The quote

“It’s never the changes we want that change everything.” – the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Why it’s life changing

I think once you accept that our attempts to swing things in any direction in life are just pointless and silly, you’re much better able to accept when things go to shit and not big yourself up too much when they do. A great quote sandwiched in an even better coming of age story.
By Abbey Jones || 31 oct, 2017