August: Favourite Quotes From the Last Books I Read

Hi everyone,

Today’s post is going to be my favourite quotes from the last books I read in the month of August.


Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

“Thus fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.”

“I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed, rather than what I wanted : and this gave me sometimes such secret comforts, that I cannot express them ; and which I take notice of here, to put those discontented people in mind of it, who cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them, because they see and covet something that he has not given them. All our discontents about what we want appeared to me to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.”

“It put me upon reflecting how little repining there would be among mankind at any condition of life, if people would rather compare their condition with those that were worse, in order to be thankful, than be always comparing them with those which are better, to assist their murmurings and complaining.”

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

“There are two things that men should never weary of, goodness and humility; we get none too much of them in this rough world among cold, proud people.”

“But a word once spoken who can recapture it?”

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

“What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.”

“For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of – to think; well not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others… and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures.”

“And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees
and changing leaves.”

“She felt… how life, from being made up of little separate incidents which one lived one by one, became curled and whole like a wave which bore one up with it and threw one down with it, there, with a dash on the beach.”

“So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric, as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.”

“The very stone one kicks with one’s boot will outlast Shakespeare.”

“It was odd, she thought, how if one was alone, one leant to inanimate things; trees, streams, flowers; felt they expressed one; felt they became one; felt they knew one, in a sense were one; felt an irrational tenderness thus (she looked at that long steady light) as for oneself.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!”

“And yet,to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.”

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss

“It was one of those happy days that God grants us sometimes on earth to give us an idea of the bliss of heaven.”


Thanks for reading!

Love, Zoë xx

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