Pieces of fiction · Self-discovery

A compilation of my favorite quotes dedicated to my dearest best friend

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    “I read for growth, firmly believing that what you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.”

  2. “The confidence that individuals have in their beliefs depends mostly on the quality of the story they can tell about what they see, even if they see little.”

  3. “Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”

  4. “If you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.”

  5. “But suppose we are nothing more than the sum of our first, naive, random behaviors. What then?

  6. “People don’t think in terms of information. They think in terms of narratives. But while people focus on the story itself, information comes along for the ride.”

  7. “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”

  8. “We need to be willing to risk embarrassment, ask silly questions, surround ourselves with people who don’t know what we’re talking about. We need to leave behind the safety of our expertise.”

  9. “Liking the person we go on a journey with is the single most important element in drawing us into the story.”

  10. “Omit needless words.”

  11. “If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”

  12. “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

  13. “Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”

  14. “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.”

  15. “You have a masterpiece inside you, you know. One unlike any that has ever been created, or ever will be. If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it. Only you.

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