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10 Must Read Excerpts from books for life as it is...

Mithu Mithu Jul 24, 2019 · 8 mins read
10 Must Read Excerpts from books for life as it is...

 

 

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Sometimes all we need is that one line, or phrase to keep us get going... 

We all have been through in our life, a point of time, when everything seems like air, when everything around you seems faded. A point of time, when you feel asleep with all your sprits crushed, or a time when you wake up without your soul the next day... When you no longer feel like yourself.

Whatever might be the reason for that, keep in mind, just one thing, "Life goes on...
I might not be in your situtation, or going through the same phase of your life, but, hope  that atleast one of these phrases touches you, or gives you some strength.

Here are the 10 excerpts collected from books and various sources.

1. Life will break you.

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up.

And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

― Louise Erdrich

2. You are alive.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning. So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them.

And I know these will all be stories some day, and our pictures will become old photographs. We all become somebody’s mom or dad. But right now, these moments are not stories. This is happening. I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story.

You are alive.

And you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song, and that drive with the people who you love most in this world. And in this moment,

I swear, we are infinite.”

― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

3. Solitude isn't always pretty.

"Sometimes it's just lying in bed and staring at the ceiling listening to the same song over and over again as it slowly loses its meaning. Sometimes it's how people go mad beacause they couldn't tame the darkness that was growing withing them over time. Some days it's a girl waking up without her soul. Some nights it's a boy falling asleep with his spirits crushed. Sometimes it's someone wanting to lose themselves to a person, but instead, they push that person away.

Solitude only becomes a prison when you do not love yourself. And even if you do love yourself it's still a very dangerous thing, and the very benifits of it are the stars shining in its purest darkness

Solitude isn't always pretty but also are the truths that we fing within ourselves when we learn to find solace in it."

―Jaunsen Dizon, I Am The Architect of My Own Destruction

4. I am the captain of my soul

"In the fell clutch of circumstance 
I have not winced nor cried aloud. 
Under the bludgeoning's of chance 
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears 
Looms but the Horror of the shade, 
And yet the menace of the years Finds 
and shall find me unafraid. 

It matters not how strait the gate, 
How charged with punishments the scroll, 
am the master of my fate, 
I am the captain of my soul."

― "Invictus" A Poem by William Ernest Henley

5.  You know what you know.

“You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You're on your own.

And you know what you know.

And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

6. I am not sad.

"He awoke each morning with the desire to do right, to be a good and meaningful person, to be as simple as it sounded and as impossible as it actually was, happy. And during the course of each day his heart would descent from his chest into his stomach. By early he was overcome by the feeling that nothing was right, or nothing was right for him, and by the desire to be alone. By evening he was fulfilled: alone in the magnitude of his grief, alone in his aimless guilt, alone even in his lonliness. I am not sad, he would repeat to himself over and over, I am not sad. As if he might one day convince himself. Or fool himself. Or convince others-the only thing worse than being sad is for others to know that you are sad.

I am not sad. I am not sad.

Because his life had unlimited potential for happiness, insofar as it was an empty white room. He would fall asleep with his heart at the foot if his bed, like some domesticated animal that was no part of him at all. And each morning he would wake with it again in the cupboard of his rib cage, having become a little heavier, a little weaker, but still pumping. And by the mid-afterniin he was again overcome with the desire to be somewhere else, someone else, someone else, somewhere else.

I am not sad."

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Everthing is Illuminated

7. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body Love what it Loves.

Tell me about despair, yours,
and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese,
high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again."

― Mary Oliver

8. I built a comfortable home in my sorrow.

“I said I liked sunsets and 
he said “you should see the sunrise,” 
and told me about open fields, where he’d been. 
I listened and he talked and my broken heart ached a little lower and not so hard, and I never told him about it, but I think he knew, for by the end of the night he said he liked that I finally smiled and told me to do so more often, and that was just one of many days that didn’t turn out the way I had planned, 
but just like I needed it to, 
and that’s where I’d like to live. 

So it’s about the endless possibility of every single day. 
Be always on your way.

....I built a comfortable home in my sorrow and settled into a quiet living. No sparks or grand gestures, just a simple daily hymn to comfort. The leaves fell off the trees and coloured this city in all kinds of pretty, and some days that was enough to make me smile at least a little bit, within.”

― Charlotte Eriksson

9. Every Thing on It

“She had blue skin, 
And so did he. 
He kept it hid 
And so did she. 
They searched for blue 
Their whole life through, 
Then passed right by- 
And never knew.”

― Shel Silverstein, Every Thing on It

10. Acceptance

“When the spent sun throws up its rays on cloud 
And goes down burning into the gulf below, 
No voice in nature is heard to cry aloud 
At what has happened. 
Birds, at least must know 
It is the change to darkness in the sky. 
Murmuring something quiet in her breast, 
One bird begins to close a faded eye; 
Or overtaken too far from his nest, 
Hurrying low above the grove, some waif 
Swoops just in time to his remembered tree. 
At most he thinks or twitters softly, 
'Safe! Now let the night be dark for all of me. 
Let the night be too dark for me to see Into the future. 
Let what will be, be.”

― "Acceptance" - Poem by Robert Frost

 

And, thats it for now. :)
Hopefully, you like some of these...
Feel free to comment on as to which one of the above did you like the most.

Keep reading!

 

Most of these phrases/excerpts are collected from a youtube music channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM1uUgv6Q3lU9k52wTod92g
and some other other sources... Feel free to checkout. It's one of my favorite youtube channels.

- Mithu Mondal

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