50 Quotes to Make You Determined To Learn


Published on January 9th, 2018


“I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed!”

-William Shakespeare

“He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.”

-Victor Hugo

“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.”

-Walt Disney Company

“I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren’t all that different.”

-Veronica Roth

“Peter would probably throw a party if I stopped breathing.’

‘Well,’ he says, ‘I would only go if there was cake.”

-Veronica Roth

“And the rest is rust and stardust.”

-Vladimir Nabokov

“People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.”

-Veronica Roth

“It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.”

-Yann Martel

“The bravest people are the ones who don’t mind looking like cowards.”

-T.H. White

“I am selfish. I am brave.”

-Veronica Roth

“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”

-Terry Pratchett

“There is a sacredness in tears….They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.”

-Washington Irving

“Mad Girl’s Love Song

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell’s fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan’s men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you’d return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)”

-Sylvia Plath

“Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.”

-Veronica Roth

“We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.”

-Veronica Roth

“It is thanks to my evening reading alone that I am still more or less sane.”

-W.G. Sebald

“Politeness is deception in pretty packaging.”

-Veronica Roth

“I am different, not less.”

-Temple Grandin

“My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.”

-William Shakespeare

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image.”

-Thomas Merton

“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us.”

-William Golding

“When you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan

“Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”

-Winston S. Churchill

“Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don’t freeze up.”

-Thomas Wolfe

“It must require bravery to be honest all the time.”

-Veronica Roth

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”

-William Shakespeare

“The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.”

-V.S. Naipaul

“Too many of us are hung up on what we don’t have, can’t have, or won’t ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy – if not less of it – doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do.”

-Terry McMillan

“It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.”

-Terry Pratchett

“To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.”

-Victor Hugo

“In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people’s home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!”

-Woody Allen

“Is there no way out of the mind?”

-Sylvia Plath

“I feel like someone breathed new air into my lungs. I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless.
I am Divergent.”

-Veronica Roth

“Life is a mirror: if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.”

-William Makepeace Thackeray

“My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.”

-Warsan Shire

“Books are easily destroyed. But words will live as long as people can remember them.”

-Tahereh Mafi

“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.”

-W.E.B. Du Bois

“What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.”

-Tennessee Williams

“I feel free and strong. If I were not a reader of books I could not feel this way.”

-Walter Tevis

“Every weirdo in the world is on my wavelength.”

-Thomas Pynchon

“Can you understand? Someone, somewhere, can you understand me a little, love me a little? For all my despair, for all my ideals, for all that – I love life. But it is hard, and I have so much – so very much to learn.”

-Sylvia Plath

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”

-Zora Neale Hurston

“Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. It is never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable.”

-Victor Hugo

“To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.”

-T.S. Eliot

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”

-Victor Hugo

“In the summer
I stretch out on the shore
And think of you. Had I told the sea
What I felt for you,
It would have left its shores,
Its shells,
Its fish,
And followed me.”

-نزار قباني

“I have spread my dreams under your feet.
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

-W.B. Yeats

“Threats are the last resort of a man with no vocabulary.”

-Tamora Pierce

“Maybe that’s what we look for in the people we love, the spark of unhappiness we think we know how to extinguish.”

-Tom Perrotta

“Sleep,” he says. “I’ll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.” “With what?” “My bare hands, obviously.”

-Veronica Roth