Words of Wisdom

One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.

Golda Meir

The upside of painful knowledge is so much greater than the downside of blissful ignorance.

Sheryl Sandberg

I like books that aren’t just lovely but that have memories in themselves. Just like playing a song, picking up a book again that has memories can take you back to another place or another time.

Emma Watson

Life isn’t about perfection. There is no rule book. Life has many different chapters and every chapter deserves celebrating.

Reese Witherspoon

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.

Marie Curie

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.

Oprah Winfrey

I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life”.

Maya Angelou

Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.

John Green

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.

Nora Ephron

Words are the only things that last forever.

William Hazlitt

Hour by hour, day by day, life becomes possible.

Sylvia Plath

You can accomplish amazing things, beyond what you ever anticipated, when you put yourself out there and just try.

Renée Brinkerhoff

This is not a rehearsal. This is your life.

Maya Angelou

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Enter this new year with gratitude for this new chance to create your dreams.

Avina Celeste

You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.

Hillary Depiano

The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.

Melody Beattie

That was the nature of presents. You kept them in the giver’s stead. They were a small part of that person to keep.

Paul Magrs

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.

Victor Hugo

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

J.K. Rowling

Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.

Golda Meir

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

Mother Teresa

Grief is the price we pay for love.

Queen Elizabeth II

Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.

Arianna Huffington

We read to know that we are not alone.

C.S. Lewis

Whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it.

Neil Gaiman

The space of dreaming and manifesting is such a powerful source and leads you to achieve more than what you originally thought was possible.

Laverne Cox

Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.

Jean Rhys

We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock.

Queen Elizabeth II

I believe that, young or old, we have as much to look forward to with confidence and hope as we have to look back on with pride.

Queen Elizabeth II

The true measure of all our actions is how long the good in them lasts.

Queen Elizabeth II

Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.

Oscar Wilde

I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.

Harold Kushner

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.

Louisa May Alcott

If we are true to ourselves, we cannot be false to anyone.

William Shakespeare

If someone lacked decency or respect, I didn’t allow that person to stay in my world.

Gabrielle Union

Books are the plane and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.

Anna Quindien

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

If you’re doing something you like, eventually, you’ll get good at it.

Brigitte Kaandorp

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.

James Baldwin

I love the smell of book ink in the morning.

Umberto Eco

All the things you’re worried about are not important. Spend less time tearing yourself apart, worrying if you’re good enough. You are good enough.

Reese Witherspoon

We loved with a love that was more than love.

Edgar Allan Poe

You have been in every line I have ever read.

Charles Dickens

Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are things we can’t see.

Chris Van Allsburg

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.

Robert Louis Stevenson

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

C.S. Lewis

Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all.

Neil Gaiman

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.

Maya Angelou

In case you ever foolishly forget: I am never not thinking of you.

Virginia Woolf

The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us.

Mary Oliver

We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.

Michelle Obama

I try to live in a little bit of my own joy and not let people steal it or take it.

Hoda Kotb

I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said.

Thuli Madonsela

You are never alone when lost in the magic of a book.

Marie Lu

Butterflies are like women – we may look pretty and delicate, but baby, we can fly through a hurricane.

Betty White

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

Charles Dickens

Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

Norman Vincent Peale

Freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night.

John J. Geddes

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.

Brené Brown

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.

Simone de Beauvoir

Think before you speak. Read before you think.

Fran Lebowitz

It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.

Madeleine Albright

I have stood on a mountain of no’s for one yes.

B. Smith

If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.

Erica Jong

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.

Ayn Rand

It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith.

Emma Watson

I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.

Emma Thompson

I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.

Lucille Ball

You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.

Shonda Rhimes

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

Amelia Earhart

Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.

Beyoncé Knowles Carter

I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.

Estée Lauder

The key to success is to start before you’re ready.

Marie Forleo

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

Maya Angelou

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

Bob Marley

I’m sort of in love with what I don’t know. I’m in awe of what is not explainable or predictable.

Meryl Streep

We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.

Sheryl Sandberg

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.

J.K. Rowling

Some women have a weakness for shoes. I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books.

Oprah Winfrey

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face… You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all of your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

Golda Meir

Others will always seek to define you based on what they think you represent or who they think you are. But you have to be the one to control what you do and what you say and how you present yourself.

Loretta Lynch

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

Arianna Huffington

We have the choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place – or not to bother.

Jane Goodall

I will never have this version of me again, let me slow down and be with her.

Rupi Kaur

The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page.

Rachel Anders

If you hear a voice within you say “You cannot paint”, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent Van Gogh

Stories have a way that they can change our hearts and our minds – they can help us see each other in a new light and have empathy to recognize that for all our diversity, we are human first.

Jane Fonda

I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.

Marie Curie

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

C.S. Lewis

Life is either a great adventure or nothing.

Helen Keller

Every now and then it helps to be a little deaf… That advice has stood me in good stead. Not simply in dealing with my marriage, but in dealing with my colleagues.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

We shall never know how much good a simple smile can do.

Mother Teresa

The book to read is not the one that thinks for you, but the one which makes you think.

Harper Lee

The way to bring about change is to be proactive and active.

Octavia Spencer

Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.

Christopher Paolini

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.

Malala Yousafzai

Rarely are opportunities presented to you in the perfect way, in a nice little box with a yellow bow on top… Opportunities, the good ones, they’re messy and confusing and hard to recognise. They’re risky. They challenge you.

Susan Wojcicki

We should all do something to right the wrongs that we see and not just complain about them.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

No one has ever become poor by giving.

Anne Frank

A holiday isn’t a holiday, without plenty of freedom and fun.

Louisa May Alcott

For somehow, not only for Christmas, but all the long year through, the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.

Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

Listen to your instinct, grab the opportunity when it presents itself and then give it your all.

Helen Mirren

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.

Will Rogers

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde

Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.

Doris Lessing

If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.

Shirley Chisholm

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman

Go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.

Oprah Winfrey

One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act too impulsively without thinking.

Margaret Chase Smith

It’s good to push yourself and do what you don’t necessarily want to do, that if you’re not automatically good at it, you should try it. Trying is so important.

Meryl Streep

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve got a woman’s ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.

Margaret Thatcher

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.

Eleanor Roosevelt

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.

Sheryl Sandberg

It’s okay to not be looking at what everyone else is looking at all of the time.

Amy Poehler

Memories of our lives, of our works, and our deeds will continue in others.

Rosa Parks

You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.

Michelle Obama

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.

Audrey Hepburn

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.

Florence Nightingale

You could certainly say that I never underestimated myself, there’s nothing wrong with being ambitious.

Angela Merkel

Everyone wants to be seen. Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone wants to be recognised as the person they are and not a stereotype or an image.

Loretta Lynch

Don’t be humble, you aren’t that great.

Golda Meir

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Jane Goodall

If you take care of your mind, you take care of the world.

Arianna Huffington

Don’t sit down and wait for opportunities to come. Get up and make them.

Madam C.J. Walker

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained.

Marie Curie

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

Dr. Seuss

Don’t look for big things, just do small things with great love.

Mother Teresa

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Anaïs Nin

Failure is impossible.

Susan B. Anthony

What we do and say and show really matters.

Christiane Amanpour

Starting a novel isn’t so different from starting a marriage. The dreams you pin on these people are enormous.

Ann Patchett

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

Maya Angelou

People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.

Neil Gaiman

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

A single death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.


It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

J.K. Rowling

Stepping from the title to the first lines is like stepping into a canoe. A lot of things can go wrong.

Billy Collins

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

A.A. Milne

Be open to change: just because it’s typed on your lovely computer, it doesn’t mean it’s any good.

Tracy Chevalier

A writer, like an athlete, must “train” every day. What did I do today to keep in “form”?

Susan Sontag

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.


We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

Walt Disney

There were a lot of gods. Gods always come in handy, they justify almost anything.

Margaret Atwood

I encourage women to step up. Don’t wait for somebody to ask you.

Reese Witherspoon

Good things can happen when you’re being silly. Does that mean smoking a joint sometimes? For me it does.

Armistead Maupin

We are the hero of our own story.

Mary McCarthy

Burn your bra.


The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts and the stupid ones are full of confidence.

Charles Bukowski

A fanatic is always a fellow that is on the opposite side.

Will Rogers

Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t you think?

L. Frank Baum

A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims… but accomplices.

George Orwell

Keep your butt in the chair. You do it at the same time every day. You never wait for inspiration – it’s ridiculous. It will never come.

Anne Lamott

Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it’s important.

Eugene McCarthy

Don’t give up your job. Get up earlier, make the space. If it matters to you, make it matter.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

There is no place like home.

L. Frank Baum

I don’t want to be struck by lightning and don’t need certain slants of light in order to write.

Toni Morrison

I want to get my book about the future finished by the end of the summer. It advances slowly – and the future becomes more and more appalling with every chapter.

Aldous Huxley

I love the smell of food.

Joseph Heller

The world is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.

Horace Walpole

Discipline allows creative freedom. No discipline equals no freedom.

Jeanette Winterson

Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.

Margaret Atwood

I don’t care what they say about me as long as they spell my name right.


Well-behaved women rarely make history.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Now, everything is funny, as long as it is happening to somebody else.

Will Rogers

One man with courage makes a majority.


I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.

Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Are not there little chapters in everybody’s life, that seem to be nothing, and yet affect all the rest of the history?

William Makeapeace Thackeray

He has been marked by the past, and once that happens, nothing can be done about it. Something happens and then it goes on happening forever.

Paul Auster

When the going gets tough, choose your cliché.

Joanne M. Harris

The world does not deliver meaning to you. You have to make it meaningful.

Zadie Smith

Everybody has to feel superior to somebody. But it’s customary to present a little proof before you take the privilege.

Truman Capote

Always remember you matter, you’re important and you are loved, and you bring to this world things no one else can.

Charlie Mackesy

A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.

L. Frank Baum

You give the air of looking for someone. But I think the missing person is yourself.

John le Carré

Memory believes before knowing remembers.

William Faulkner

Each time you happen to me all over again.

Edith Wharton

Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.

Italo Svevo

Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.

Jane Austen

We have met the enemy and he is us.

Walt Kelly

It is completely unimportant. That is why it is so interesting.

Agatha Christie

According to their rules, any sin is acceptable provided it is carried off in good taste.

Evelyn Waugh

Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.

Aldous Huxley

There’s a fine line between thinking about somebody and thinking about not thinking about somebody, but I have the patience and the self-control to walk that line for hours – days, if I have to.

Jennifer Egan

One’s prime is elusive. You little girls, when you grow up, must be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. You must then live it to the full.

Muriel Spark

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.

Lewis Carroll

It doesn’t matter that you are not here in person as long as you are here in my heart.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

If you work on something a little bit every day, you end up with something that is massive.

Kenneth Goldsmith

Writers have to get used to launching something beautiful and watching it crash and burn.

Ursula K. le Guin

It doesn’t matter where you write so long as you have the walls, typewriter, paper, beer. You can write out of a volcano pit.

Charles Bukowski

Sometimes I think of the books I’ll never read that would have changed my life.

Jonathan Safran Foer

We do not inherit the world from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.


Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations.

Margaret Atwood

Never trust the artist. Trust the tale.

D.H. Lawrence

A man does what he can; a woman does what a man cannot.

Isabel Allende

There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than a book.

Patti Smith

Common sense is not so common.


If you find yourself constantly trying to prove your worth to someone, you have already forgotten your value.


You see things and you say: why? But I dream things that never were, and I say: why not?

George Bernard Shaw

I’ve reached that age where my brain goes from “You probably shouldn’t say that” to “What the hell, let’s see what happens”.


It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.


Rules are like pie crust, made to be broken.


Truth is stranger than fiction.

Lord Byron

Sometimes I have to tell myself: “It’s just not worth the jail time.”


I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

Robert McCloskey

He who has a why to live for can endure almost any how.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s all small stuff.

Robert S. Eliot

My entire life can be summed up in one sentence… “Well, that didn’t go as planned.”


You’re only here for a short while so be sure to stop and smell the flowers.

Walter Hagen

Experience is merely the name we give our mistakes.


The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

Walter Bagehot

Professionals built the Titanic. Amateurs built the Ark.


The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.

Charles de Gaulle

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.


Insanity consists of doing the same thing over and over, hoping for a different result.


Be nice to people on your way up because you will meet them on your way down.

Wilson Mizner

I tried to be normal once. Worst two minutes of my life.


All the things I like to do are either immoral, illegal or fattening.

Alexander Woollcott

What I’m really concerned about is reaching one person.

Jorge Luis Borges

Uncomplicate yourself.

Marcus Aurelius

Every time we try to eat healthy, along comes Christmas, Easter, summer, Friday or Tuesday and ruins it for us.


The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

Charles Baudelaire

Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.

Howard Aiken

Self-criticism, like self-administered brain surgery, is perhaps not a good idea.

Joyce Carol Oates

I’m so old, I can remember going through a whole day without taking a picture of anything.


I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing.

Thomas Jefferson

Never attribute to malice what can be explained by ignorance.

Robert Heinlein

When somebody says, ‘This is not about money, it’s the principle of the thing’, it’s about money.

Kin Hubbard

Sarcasm. Because slapping people in the face is illegal.


Whenever I feel the urge to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.

J.P. McEvoy

I would rather have my column on one thousand refrigerator doors than win a Pulitzer.

Ann Landers

I don’t care where we eat… As long as it’s not the 7 places you just named.


Worst of all I fear mediocrity.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

There are two perfumes to a book. If a book is new, it smells great. If a book is old, it smells even better. It smells like Ancient Egypt.

Ray Bradbury

Adulthood has shown me that you really don’t need fun to have alcohol.


If you steal from one person, it’s plagiarism. If you steal from several, it’s called research.

Wilson Mizner

Everyone has a hidden talent they don’t know about until the tequila is poured.


Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

Cyril Connolly

I regret every nap I never took.


There is no hope for an idea that at first does not seem insane.


Dying is no big deal, the least of us will manage that. Living is the trick.

Red Smith

The first draft of anything is shit.

Ernest Hemingway

A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.

Irina Dunn

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein

Life is long if you know how to use it.


Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes – including you.

Anne Lamott

Follow the accident, fear the fixed plan – that is the rule.

John Fowles

A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.