7 of the Most Awe-Inspiring Lines in Fiction


No doubt we’ve all experienced that moment while reading a book when we stumble across a line and are suddenly struck by the sheer genius of it.

We sit there slightly breath-taken, reading and re-reading the line as we let it sink in,

and find that the words echo in our minds for days afterwards.

In one way or another, the words awaken something inside of us and the author forces us to question something,

maybe everything, about our own existence.

That said, here are eight of the most awe-inspiring and memorable lines in fiction…


1. “And In That Moment, I Swear We Were Infinite”

This memorable quote can be found in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a sweet and valued coming of age novel written by Stephen Chbosky,. While the book is littered with memorable quotes, this one stands out above all and makes all of its readers stop for a moment and wonder if they’ve had but a single moment when they’ve felt this way, or if them ever will.


2. “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

The Fault in Our Stars written byJohn Green is an honest portrayal of what life is life living as a teenage cancer patient. Despite the books heartbreaking nature, the young protagonist finds hope and love even in her bleakest hour, spinning us this memorable line as she does.


3. “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”

George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire has reached millions of people across the globe. Within the five books of the uncompleted series, there are countless eye-opening and life-affirming quotes but perhaps none more so than this which comes from the first book in the series, Game of Thrones. If ever there was a quote to make you embrace your true self, this is it.


4. “I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough..”

Nicholas Sparks is famous for his best selling romance/drama novels and most of all for his sensational world class novel The Notebook. This line from the novels hero is truly awe-inspiring and makes its reader sit back and wonder about their own life, their own accomplishments, and their own love story.


5. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Featured in Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde, this quote reminds us of the power of dreams and the importance of belief. It teaches us that even in the bleakest of situations, beauty and hope can always be found in the world and it reminds us that everyone is equal and the only real difference between us is the faith we carry.


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

Written by Neil Gaiman in his novelCoraline, this line teaches us all we really need to know about life. It reminds us that yes, there is going to be a struggle and hard times will fall upon us but that every struggle can be beaten.


7. “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

Taken from Veronica Roth’s young adult novelDivergent, this quote reminds us about the power of self-worth and that ever act of kindness counts and is brave in its own unique way.


15 of the Most Passionate Lines in Romance Novels


Unfortunately, our lives are rarely as passionate as those in romantic literature.

Whether you are reading a paranormal romance or a tried-and-true classic,

the most passionate lines are often found between the pages of great books.

These lines will help you remember the reasons we are so obsessed with true love.




1. “When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. . . . Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. . . . For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away.”

This quote, taken from Mandolin by Louis de Bernières takes on the comparison between lust and love, showing the distinction between the two. That excitement many of us confuse for love is fleeting; love is everlasting.

2. “If all else perished and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”

This Wuthering Heights character knows that her love would always carry her with him when she was gone, but she would have no idea what to do if he was to be no more. This is one line that makes Emile Bronte a classic author.

3. “A soulmate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master.”

While Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love may not be a romance in the traditional sense, it is definitely a love story. In this memoir, Gilbert falls in love not only with a man, but also the world.

4. “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”

Again, A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh is not a romance, but this friendly type of love is so passionate that it cannot go overlooked.

5. “I have for the first time found what I can truly love – I have found you. You are my sympathy – my better self – my good angel; I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wraps my existence about you – and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”

Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is one of the first classic romances many high school students read – and for good reason. This depiction of finding your other half is well-written and passionate to the core.

6. “It has made me better loving you … it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better.”

In The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James describes a love that can make you feel complete, one that leaves you truly satisfied.

7. “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”

In one of her famous journals, Anais Nin wrote not only about the passionate of consummate love, but also the passion involved in those dying sparks.

8. “You said, ‘I love you.’ Why is it that the most unoriginal thing we can say to one another is still the thing we long to hear? ‘I love you’ is always a quotation. You did not say it first and neither did I, yet when you say it and when I say it we speak like savages who have found three words and worship them.”

Jeannette Winterson talks about that “new” feeling of falling in love in Written on the Body. That feeling, as if you are the first person in the world to feel such raw passion, is amazing.

9. “The way her body existed only where he touched her. The rest of her was smoke.”

Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things speaks passionately of intimacy and that feeling of being connected to another person in such a way that you are hyper-focused on every single movement.

10. “He was now in that state of fire that she loved. She wanted to be burnt.”

Anais Nin’s erotic tale, Delta of Venus, depicts a passionate scene in which a woman is so enamored by her lover that she cannot contain her excitement.

11. “I love people. Everybody. I love them, I think, as a stamp collector loves his collection. Every story, every incident, every bit of conversation is raw material for me. My love’s not impersonal yet not wholly subjective either. I would like to be everyone, a cripple, a dying man, a whore, and then come back to write about my thoughts, my emotions, as that person. But I am not omniscient. I have to live my life, and it is the only one I’ll ever have.”

Reading some parts of Sylvia Plath’s Unabridged Journals makes you feel as if you are reading an ode to life. She is passionate about many things, and the mysterious lives of others are among the things she speaks freely of.

12. “I’ve never had a moment’s doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life.”

When Ian McEwan’s Atonement became a movie in 2007, people were shocked by the twist ending. Fortunately, the novel gives us some sweetly passionate lines about love.

13. “She is all the great heroines of the world in one. She is more than an individual. I love her, and I must make her love me. I want to make Romeo jealous. I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain. ”

Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is a depiction of a man exploring sensuality for the first time. In these lines, we catch a glimpse of his exhilarating adoration.

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

As the Elizabethan king of romance, Shakespeare knew how to light a fire. In these lines, he describes a love so overwhelming that he cannot see anything beyond it.

15. “He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.”

Leo Tolstoy wrote about an intimacy that only somebody with real passion would be able to explain – that feeling of truly being one with another human being.

Passion is subjective; however, there is no arguing that these quotes offer a glimpse of romance so overwhelming that the character can no longer contain it.

7 of The Most Inspirational Lines J.R.R. Tolkien Ever Wrote


J.R.R. Tolkien inspired millions of people around the globe

with his epic fantasy series The Lord of the Rings and it’s prequel The Hobbit,

spawning some of the most iconic movies ever made and a fandom that stretches across the globe.

Despite his masterpiece being set in the world of fantasy J.R.R. Tolkien used it to preach some valuable life lessons and inspire millions of people.

Here are seven of his most inspirational lines to brighten your day…




1. ‘Not all those who wander are lost.’—J.R.R. Tolkien

Sometimes it may feel like we’re wandering aimlessly through the dark but in those times remember it’s only a passing phase. Sometimes we all need to get a little lost, we all need to be a little faithless, and it will ultimately help us discover where and who we’re meant to be.


2. ‘Where there’s life there’s hope.’ – Samwise Gamgee

As long as we’re still breathing there’s always hope that things will get better. Don’t despair just because things aren’t going right for you right now – there’s always tomorrow.


3. ‘It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered, full of darkness and danger they were. Sometimes you didn’t want to know the end, because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when there’s so much bad that had happened? But in the end it’s only a passing thing, this shadow; even darkness must pass.’–Samwise Gamgee

Even on the darkest days, those days where there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, keep pushing forward. Remember that no story is over until you’ve reached the happy ending.


  1. ‘Even the smallest person can change the course of history.’–Lady Galadriel

If two hobbits can save all of Middle Earth then that should surely be inspiration enough to get you through the day. It need not matter your size or circumstances, if you believe you can do something then there’s no stopping you. A little self-belief can get you anywhere.


5. ‘If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.’–Thorin Oakenshield

Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of what matters, especially in our 21st century world, but if more of us thought like Thorin the world would surely be a happier place. This is a message we should all try to live by.


6. ‘All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’ — Gandalf

It may seem like we have a million choices to make, a thousand paths before us, but in the end it all comes down to one. One choice. One path. One life. We ought to decide early on how we wish to live and from then on our every breath should push us towards our goal, each day should be an accomplishment and we should value our time.


7. ‘A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.’ — J.R.R. Tolkien

And last but not least comes this gem of a quote, reminding us of the power of believing, hope, and  of having a dream. No matter your circumstances, no matter what the world is like around you, if you have a dream and you believe in something better then there’s no holding you back. So long as you hold your dream tight then no one can take it from you. And, if at the end of your days you find you haven’t achieved your dream at least you’ll be able to look back and say you tried and you didn’t confine yourself within the constraints of society.

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10 Life Lessons From Dr Seuss


While you may think that Dr Seuss wrote only silly nursery rhymes, if you look close enough at his words and read between the lines you’re likely to discover some incredible life lessons and some serious wisdom within his work. Yes, he may have wrote for children however within his stories of cats in hats and adventures in Whoville he shared some memorable life lessons, some of which are taught over the course of an entire story and others which teach a profound lesson in just a single line. That said, here are 10 life lessons from Dr Seuss that may just put you on the course to a happy and fulfilled life…


1. ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’

Here Dr Seuss teaches us that knowledge is power and that we’ll get nowhere in life by being ignorant. Books can transport us to wondrous places and the lessons we learn within them can take us anywhere we desire.


2. ‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’

Despite what you may think, individuals can made a difference and change the course of the future. All it takes is a whole lot of heart and a little compassion to get things moving. Be the change you want to see in the world.


3. ‘If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.’

Don’t be afraid of change and stepping outside of your comfort zone. Change is good, change is fun, change is how we experience life.


4. ‘Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.’

Don’t ever feel like you have to conform to society and don’t ever strive to be anyone other than you. There is only one you and that is who you are supposed to be. Appreciate that and love yourself.


5. ‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.’

When all is said and done, it’s you who determines the course of your own destiny. You choose your life path and it’s your responsibility to see that you get there. Don’t let anyone else hold you back, the choice to live is yours and yours alone.


6. ‘Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.’

Today was today and within it there were likely good moments and bad moments. It doesn’t matter if you had a bad day or the best day ever, all that matters is that you appreciate the present and look forward to the future.


7. ‘It’s high time you were shown that you really don’t know all there is to be known.’

No matter how much you think you know there is always more to learn. Remember that and never stop trying to educate yourself.


8. ‘I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here on the bottom, we too should have rights.’

Everyone, no matter their background or circumstances, deserves to be treated with equal rights and respect. Deserve everyone how you’d like to be treated.


9. ‘Today is your day, your mountain is waiting.  So get on your way.’

You’ll never know what’s out there if you never take the first step towards your dreams. Sure, the journey before you may look tough but you should always believe in yourself and never fear the challenge before you.


10. ‘And when they played they really PLAYED. And when they worked they really WORKED.’

Work hard, play hard. It’s an age old saying but one too many people forget. Work hard at your job to earn what you need but always remember to enjoy the fun things in life as well.

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7 Lessons J. K. Rowling Taught Us About Life


J. K. Rowling is an author who seemingly came out of nowhere yet in just a few short years she captivated the hearts of millions. Children and adults alike were spellbound by the magical world of Harry Potter and year upon year the fandom continued to grow.

While the Harry Potter series may be primarily aimed at youngsters, as we watched Harry, Hermione, and Ron grow from children to adults J. K. Rowling taught us some valuable life lessons.

Her legendary coming of age story is one of loss, love, belief, and friendship, lessons that will no doubt be as valuable a century form now as they are today. That said, here’s seven of those lessons to remind you just what J. K. Rowling has taught us…


1. A Good Heart Outweighs Great Talent

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”- Albus Dumbledore. When all is said and done, living kindly is far more important than living famously. Making the right choices is what counts, not how well we can do certain things.


2. Bravery Comes In Many Forms

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” - Albus Dumbledore. While this lesson was only a minor part of the Harry Potter series it’s certainly one of the most memorable and I think it’s something we should all hold dear and remember frequently.


3. Life Is To Be Lived

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”This is a lesson J. K. Rowling taught us outside of her writing yet it’s a lesson that we ought to remember daily. Live boldly, live freely, and live without fear of failure.


4. Everyone Should Be Respected

Many of Harry’s friends are shunned in the wizarding world for a variety of reasons (Luna because she’s quirky and Dobby because he’s an elf) but despite what society teaches him Harry continuously treats everyone with respect no matter their standing in the world. He gives everyone a chance, sometimes many. Take Draco Malfoy for example – despite being Harry’s adversary  throughout the series Harry still saves his life when all is said and done. He still gives him a chance to be a better person.


5. How To Really See People

“If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”- Sirius Black. Don’t be so quick to befriend someone just because he smiles at you. Be sure to see all of people, not just the side they want you to see.


6. You’re Never Too Old For Children’s Stories

As I said earlier, the Harry Potter series has enchanted millions of children and adults alike, proving that you’re never too old to read children’s stories. No matter what life throws at you and no matter your age, I think we all need to embark on a magical reading adventure once in a while. In the words of Alan Rickman, “When I’m 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I’ll be reading Harry Potter. And my family will say to me, ‘After all this time?’And I’ll say, ‘Always.’”


7. Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover

Okay, so this one follows an age old saying but the saying really rang true when Severus Snape finally revealed what lay beneath his frightful exterior. Despite casting him as one of the most hated characters for the best part of all seven books, come the final few chapters J. K. Rowling finally revealed Snape’s motives, suddenly washing away all the hatred you’d felt for him. You never know what battles people are fighting so be kind. Don’t jump to conclusions.

11 of Hemingway’s Most Badass Lines


Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest writers of all time, is endlessly quotable. But below we list ten of his most interesting, most daring, and most absolutely bad ass lines of all time.


1. “There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.”

Hemingway was a war vet, he drove an ambulance in WWI. So if anyone can write about the hunting of man, and know what’s talking about from first hand experience, it’s this guy. No one captured the life of a soldier or a vet quite the way Hemingway did.

2. “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.”

Only when we are knocked down or defeated, do we learn what it means to be resilient. Sure the world breaks everyone, but it’s during those times that we learn how to truly survive, and face our demons head on. Tough times, when faced with strength, only leave us as better, more capable people.


3. “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”

This line really hits you. We all enter and exit the world identically, but their are infinite possibilities of what can happen in between birth and death. And it’s our job to make the most of it. To distinguish ourselves from our peers by doing something remarkable, and following our deepest passions.


4. “I drink to make other people more interesting.”

While this behavior is a slippery slope to a dangerous habit, there’s truth to it.  After a few drinks, everyone becomes a lot more appealing and easier to stand. As the night goes on and more alcohol is consumed, it suddenly begins to feel like everyone in the world is your friend. And it’s a great feeling – until the hangover hits like a ton of bricks come morning.


5. “When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead.”

This is most certainly a quote to live by. It’s important to ask yourself when you’ve been at a job for a long time, or in a relationship, or just in general, “Am I having fun?” And if the answer is no, change things. When something you once loved becomes tedious work, and stops being enjoyable, then you know it’s time to bow out, and find out the next thing that will make you happy.


6. “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

Everyone talks a big game when they’re drunk – because alcohol gives you a feeling of invincibility, inhibitions are lowered. This advice is so spot on – imagine if we had to actually carry out all the things we swore we’d do as drunken idiots. Suddenly we’d stop being such drunken idiots.


7. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

Only Hemingway could make writing sound so incredibly hardcore. But this quote makes perfect sense when you read his work. You are transported to his pain, and feel what he felt. It takes an incredible writer to be able to communicate all of that to his audience.


8. “To hell with them. Nothing hurts if you don’t let it.”

Only you can determine what affects you. Don’t give anyone the satisfaction of being able to control your emotions. Keep your head held high, ignore the bullshit, the let positive thoughts rush in. No one has the power to affect how you feel, except yourself.


9. “Death is like an old whore in a bar–I’ll buy her a drink but I won’t go upstairs with her.”

To flirt with death is to live dangerously. Take chances, gambles, and risks. Odds are if you’re not living a little bit dangerously, you’re not having very much fun.


10. “Develop a built-in bullshit detector.”

The world is full of people trying to take your money, take your girlfriend, and take advantage. Be one step ahead. Learn to read the signs of a professional bullshitter, and you’ll be a lot better off.


11. “Never sit a table when you can stand at the bar.”

Solid advice. Things happen when you’re at the bar. You can chat up the bartender, lock eyes with strangers, bump into people, get in a fight. It’s a fully alive setting. Sit at a table, and you block yourself of from that world, it discourages people from approaching you. So dive in head first, and stand where the action happens, and order a damn whiskey, neat.hemingway

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9 Quotes That’ll Make You Feel Instantly Nostalgic for Childhood


1.“Some things can only be understood when you’re in a tree house. With a pile of warm chocolate chip cookies.  And a book.” -Dr. SunWolf

I can smell the cookies now. A tree house is the ultimate haven for a child. There were no rules, no chores, and no parents. When you had a good book with you, it was like you were transported to a whole other world. It’s nice to remember how little it took to feel content and happy when you were a kid. We could all learn a little something from that.


2. “…I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.” -Neil Gaiman

Children can always find joy in the small things: catching fireflies, building blanket forts, swinging so high on the swing that it feels like you’re flying. It doesn’t take much for a kid to be thoroughly satisfied with life.  I must admit, getting on a swing as an adult really is just as fun now. Try it.


3. “There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.” -Elizabeth Lawrence

It’s true, it’s like your senses are more in tune when you’re a kid. Or maybe kids just slow down long enough to notice things. Whenever I smell fresh cut grass, I feel like a kid again. It reminds me of spending an entire day outside, playing, hiding, running around, jumping through sprinklers – fresh cut grass meant fun.


4. “There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” -Marcel Proust

A good book is like an old friend. When you’re young, you get especially attached to the characters and the story. It was hard to leave the story once the book ended, because it became a part of you and felt so real. In fact, sometimes I still find it hard to believe that Hogwarts isn’t out there somewhere.


5. “Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.” -Steve Almond

Sure the trick-or-treating part was fun, but the best part was running home and pouring your candy out all over your bedroom floor. I can still hear the sound of it as it hits the carpet. All that candy, all of it for me. It was almost too much to handle.


6. “Whatever our bedtime was as kids, we could stay up an extra half hour if we were reading. My parents didn’t care as long as I was under the spell of a Stephen King or a Douglas Adams.” -Nathan Fillion

One thing we certainly don’t get anymore, is a bedtime story. If you were lucky, your parents did the voices of each character differently. This ritual is how most children first fall in love with books. It was the best way to end the day, drifting off to sleep while hearing the stories of Charlotte’s Web, or The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.


7. “Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present, which very few of us do.” 

-Jean de la Bruyere

When we were kids, taxes and healthcare and paying the bills didn’t even exist to us. We lived in the present because we didn’t have a care in the world. I don’t think there’s any way to hold on to that once adulthood hits, but that feeling of no regrets, or anxiety or worry was incredible while it lasted.


8. “The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?” -J. B. Priestley

Most importantly for a kid, the first fall of snow meant the beginning of the season of snow days. The best days of the year. When school was cancelled, and your only responsibility was to play outside for as long as you could possibly stand the cold. Then sip hot cocoa in front of the fire to warm up, before running back outside and doing it all over again.


9. “Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.”  -Deb Caletti

Summer meant swimming pools, popsicles, camping, lemonade, riding bikes, and most importantly… no school. When that last bell rang marking the end of the school year, we were truly free. There’s nothing like that invincible feeling of busting out the school doors on the last day. In summer, anything was possible.

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