Happy April! I’m really enjoying seeing Spring rolling in; the blossoms are in bloom, the days are getting longer and brighter (though we are forecast snow next week!) and there’s a feeling of renewed hope as our lockdown measures in the UK are relaxed.
Today’s post is going to be about my favourite quotes from the books I read in the month of March. Enjoy!
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”
“You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?”
“It is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers.”
“Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?”
“Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
“Nobody likes being alone that much. I don’t go out of my way to make friends, that’s all. It just leads to disappointment. ”
“But who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.”
“No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sorrow that comes to us without warning.”
“What makes us the most normal,” said Reiko, “is knowing that we’re not normal.”
“Things like that happen all the time in this great big world of ours. It’s like taking a boat out on a beautiful lake on a beautiful day and thinking both the sky and the lake are beautiful. So stop eating yourself up alive. Things will go where they’re supposed to go if you just let them take their natural course.”
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
“Courage, dear heart.”
“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”
“Adventures are never fun while you’re having them.”
Thanks for reading!
Love, Zoë x