“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.” — Alan Wilson Watts
This is day 17 of the 30 Day Challenge (look at me go) and this is the start of another series: Quotes. You know when you’re reading something, a book, a poem, anything, and you just have to stop and read and reread the wondrous words on the page because they are just too perfect? I shall be sharing some of these quotes.
The prompt calls for quotes from my actual favorite book(s), but I would spend far too much time geeking out about said books, and we really wouldn’t get anywhere. So we’re just going to look at a few quotes from some books I thoroughly enjoy. Okay? Okay.
We’re going to start off with some of my favorite one-liners.
“Have all beautiful things sad destinies?” – Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
“Maybe humans are just the pet alligators that God flushed down the toilet.” – Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk
“They love their hair because they’re not smart enough to love something more interesting.” – Looking for Alaska, John Green
“I decapitated dandelions all morning, leaving carnage and death strewn into my path.” – Twisted, Laurie Halse Anderson
“Heart and head are contrary historians.” – Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
“All grown-ups were once children…but only few of them remember it.” The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” – The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” – Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurtson
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” The Perks of Beings a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
Maybe I cheated a little bit. Maybe I couldn’t resist adding a couple from my absolute favorite books. What can you do? Any lines you like here? And lines you like I don’t have here? Tell me about it in the comments below.
Have a nice day.