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17 uplifting literary quotes for when you’ve had a bad day

Popular and not so popular authors gathered to make you feel better about your crappy day. Be happier with book quotes!

Have you had a bad day?  Are you feeling grumpy?  Well, feel that way no more, because here are some book quotes to remind you about the good stuff.  We’ve got famous authors, poets and not so famous authors here to cheer you up.

1. “Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451 

2. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

“Coralina” – Neil Gaiman

3. “You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; everything else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”

Tales of Ordinary Madness – Charles Bukowski

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

“Letter to my Daughter” – Maya Angelou

5. “She could walk through a lightning storm without being touched; grab a bolt of lightning in the palm of her hand; use the heat of lightning to start the kindling going under her medicine pot. She turned the moon into salve, the stars into swaddling cloth, and healed the wounds of every creature walking up on two or down on four.”

“Mama Day” – Gloria Naylor

6. “There is always something left to love.”

“One Hundred Years of Solitude” – Gabriel García Márquez

7. “Each moment is a place you’ve never been.”

“New Selected Poems” – Mark Strand

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8. “Feel, he told himself, feel, feel, feel. Even if what you feel is pain, only let yourself feel.”

“The Children of Men” – P.D. James
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9. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

“Lady Windermere’s Fan” – Oscar Wilde

10. “I remember I wanted to get away; I wanted to run. I couldn’t stand any more. But I didn’t want to run. I wanted everything to be perfect; everything was going to be great – I just had to be careful. I was responsible for it all. The clouds coming, I was dragging them towards us; my thoughts were doing it. I was ruining everything. It was up to me. I could control the whole day. All I had to do was make sure that I made no stupid mistakes. Don’t walk on the cracks. Don’t look at the clouds. It’s up to you.”

“The Woman Who Walked Into Doors” – Roddy Doyle

11. “This above all: to thine own self be true”

“Hamlet” – William Shakespeare
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12. “You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”

“Song of Solomon” – Toni Morrison

13. “Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”

“Cosmos” – Carl Sagan

14. “So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

“The Perks of being a Wallflower” – Stephen Chbosky

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15. “The world spins. We stumble on. It is enough.”

“Let The Great World Spin” – Colum McCann

16. “Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”

“1984” – George Orwell

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17. “Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things–childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves–that go on slipping, like sand, through our fingers.”

“Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991” – Salman Rushdie

So, do you feel better? I know I do!  If you still don’t, make sure you head to amazon and buy one of these awesome books. Let’s keep the good feeling going!  Read more books!

Meagan Foy

Meagan Foy

Editorial Fellow Meagan Foy is a student at James Madison University studying English with minors in Italian and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. She is originally from Newtown, CT. She loves reading and pugs.

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