I was just reading a post (here) and it got me thinking about my favorite books and my favorite lines within those books. You know the ones I am talking about, the ones that grip you, and keep coming to mind years down the road. Which ones do it for you and why? For me, it’s probably a mixture of these 5:
The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
“I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny, old attics; even if they dress in rags; even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses. All of us. Didn’t you father ever tell you that? Didn’t he?”
——I love this, because it reminds me that no matter what we look like, or how much money we have, we are all the same, and we are all worth something.
To Kill a Mockingbird– Harper Lee
“.If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time.it’s because he wants to stay inside.“-Jem
——–I can’t help but think of this when I hear about race riots, or racially motivated crimes. To me, there is only one race; the human race. No one is better than the other.
Listen to the Mustn’ts –Where the sidewalk ends –Shel Silverstein
Listen to Mustn’ts, child, listen to the Don’ts.
Listen to the Shouldn’ts, the Impossibles, the Won’ts.
Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.
Anything can happen, child, Anything can be.
—— – It reminds us that that no matter what anyone says, you always have to keep trying, keep reaching for those impossible dreams.
Alice in Wonderland– Lewis Carroll`
Who are YOU?’ said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, `I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’
——I bolded the part that I really enjoy as to understand it you have to have the whole thing. I love this because it really reminds me of me and how often things can happen that change they way you are. None of us go to bed the same exact person that we woke up as. Each little conversation, each action or reaction that we take has a lasting effect on us.
And the last isn’t a book, per se, but an essay. I had to write a paper on it, during my short-lived “college-days’ (soon to make a return!!) and it’s stuck with me since then:
Series I. Self-Reliance—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself and you shall have the sufferage of the world.
—–Nothing in this world matters but what you think of yourself, nothing. It never will, and never has.