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Words, Wisdom, etc.

Welcome to Words, Wisdom, etc. – a collection of literary quotes. Here I hope you will find a kindred spirit or two. Continue scrolling to browse the latest quotes or search by keyword, author, title, or category using the search bar above.

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Out there might be dark places to be afraid of and lonely islands to escape from and terrifying heights to fall down, but what also awaits are more places to see and people to know and friends to make and experiences to share, and what could be more worth the pain than to open up and let yourself be a part of a sweeping story?The Luster of Lost Things, Sophie Chen Keller

Nothing lasts forever but my love for you will. Then I will teach, Do not waste money or time. Do be proud of who you are. – The Luster of Lost Things, Sophie Chen Keller

Giving up and retreating is no longer an option, and there is nothing to it but to keep trying. – The Luster of Lost Things, Sophie Chen Keller

I stopped trying because I did not want to open up and bare the tender blue-purple of my insides and that is what real bonds require—not just listening and taking in but also giving back some of yourself in kind. There is a risk to connecting that way and I decided it wasn’t worth it, not when I could mimic the feeling of the real thing without the risk. I thought I found an easier way to connect and a place to belong, but even as I longed for friendship I was secretly unwilling, the entire time, to face the truth of what real friendship required. – The Luster of Lost Things, Sophie Chen Keller

I’d told myself that I was alone because I was different… Because of who I was, I would always be lonely, separated. I could not be any other way. But… I am forced to see how I, like [others], have chosen to give up and be alone, and to be content in a world of my own. This was not how I was meant to be; it was how I decided to be. – The Luster of Lost Things, Sophie Chen Keller

That is what matters. I still don’t know what lies ahead and maybe I will fail, but my mind is lucid and my movements too, and my fear is no longer so paralyzing. My newfound courage is frail, still taking root, but I have started, and now I set off… to see what I can find next. – The Luster of Lost Things, Sophie Chen Keller

He realized that by showing a little kindness to the people he came across, he could make his life a little brighter and it would matter that he was there, everywhere he found himself. – The Luster of Lost Things, Sophie Chen Keller

Is Death important? No. Everything that happens before Death is what counts. – Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury

Evil has only the power that we give it. I give you nothing. I take back. – Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury

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