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

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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

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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

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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.

10 Disney Quotes To Brighten Your Day

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Having a bad day? Need a little inspiration? Just and spoonful of sugar and these fifteen Disney quotes are sure to give you the cheerful boost you need.

Some are inspiring, some funny, and a few are just plain wise. Read on…

 

1. “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” Gusteau (Ratatouille)disney 1

Ah, Gusteau. If you’ve seen Ratatouille, chances are you read this quote in the unforgettable deep, French drawl of masterchef Gusteau. He acts as a guide to Remy, who is navigating the difficulties of following his true passion, even when his family disapproves. If you’re chasing a dream, and feeling that no one believes in you, let Gusteau be your guide, too.

 

2. “Who says that my dreams have to just stay my dreams?” Ariel (The Little Mermaid)disney 2

You tell ‘em Ariel! If anyone says your dreams have to stay your dreams – they’re wrong. Just don’t let an evil undersea witch take away your voice in order to get them… In other words, don’t sell your soul!!Chase your dreams without sacrificing any dignity or happiness.

3. “I just needed to get out on my own, live my own life. And I did, and it’s great.” Simba (The Lion King)disney 3

We’ve all been stuck. We’ve all been teenagers who want to live anywhere but under our parents’ roof. Okay, fine, we haven’t all been lion cubs who’s father died right in front of us , but still, we can relate to Simba’s celebration of his independence. It feels so good to be out on your own, in charge of your own fate!

4. “Your talent makes you who you are. You should be proud of it.” Tinkerbell (Peter Pan)disney 5

This Tink quote is like a mantra. We should all recite this to ourselves in the mirror each morning. Especially on those days where we feel like outsiders, or too different to fit in. But those differences are the key to our successes!!

5. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all.” Emperor (Mulan)disney 10

This almost sounds like a proverb. Inspiring, simple, and beautiful. The Emperor should definitely get a twitter.

6. “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. “ Christopher Robin (Winnie The Pooh)disney 11

Christopher Robin, so wise. Sometimes just a simple sentence like this can provide a nice little confidence boost. Wonder what Christopher Robin is up to these days. Probably brightening everyone’s day somewhere in the Hundred Acre Wood.

7. “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” — Edna Mode (The Incredibles)disney 15

This must be read in Edna’s voice…. daaahling. Edna stands about three feet tall, but her confidence makes her seem like the largest presence in any room she occupies. She’s spot on with this line – we can’t change the past, or predict the future, so why not just focus on the present?

8. “Oh, yes the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” Rafiki (The Lion King)disney 4

When he’s not running around like a mad man and painting on young Simba’s face, Rafiki’s lines were almost exclusively brilliant, philosophical statements. A quote like this can make us feel less alone. We’ve all been through tough stuff in the past, and this wise little baboon reminds us that the best way to heal, is to face our problems head on.

9. “You’re mad. Bonkers. Off your head… but I’ll tell you a secret… all of the best people are.” The Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland)disney 16

It feels good when our strange oddities are celebrated. Like all weird people are special and part of an elite group. If this line doesn’t make you want to run outside and yell something crazy at the top of your lungs, then I don’t know what will.

10. “If watching is all you’re going to do, then you’re going to watch your life go by without you.” – Laverne (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)disney 13

Sometimes we need to hear this. At times when all we need is a little push. It’s easy to get into a rut, and fall into routine that we don’t want to be in. Be assertive and active, and don’t let your life go by without doing the things you set out to do.


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Let Shakespeare Be Your Guide! 7 Famous Play Write Quotes to Live By

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Some of the most famous quotes in the world hail from ElizabethanEngland and the ultimate play write himself, Mr William Shakespeare. You may be familiar with his more notorious quotations, “To be, or not to be? That is the question”, but some of Shakespearian literature’s most inspiring sayings have sadly fallen by the wayside. Let’s take a look at seven lesser known, but no less famous Shakespearian quotes that could well improve our lives, if only we took the time to listen to them! Let the Bard be your guide and lose yourself in some truly inspiring lines.

 

“Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.”

 

After all, actions speak louder than words! You can make somebody happy by saying nice things, but a true deed will always lie within an action. So next time you have the choice between saying and doing something good, do it!

 

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves”

 

We have all fallen victim to the belief that our destiny is predetermined by the universe and have let life changing opportunities pass us by because of it. Instead of trusting our own logic and instincts, we sometimes take a back seat and simply trust that things will happen if they are meant to be. Well, stop letting the responsibility of the big decisions fall to the stars and bear Shakespeare in mind when an opportunity arises instead! Remember that YOU have the ability to determine your own future, if you just listen to your heart.

 

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin”

 

If only more people made this Shakespearian quote one to live by! As basic human beings we are often astounded by the simplicity and beauty of nature, but spend our lives both creating and using things that work to destroy it. If we just take the time to heed the wise words of William, we can realise that we’d all be much more united if we kept the world green, in every sense of the word.

 

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”

 

How many times have you sat there and spent time worrying about something someone said, or going over every detail of a conversation that didn’t exactly go how you’d planned? So many you’ve lost count? Me too! Sometimes, our own perception makes something seem either good or bad, when in reality it was neither. Stop fussing over every little detail, accept situations for what they are and move on. Dwelling on words that can’t be changed won’t change them, no matter what you think!

 

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

 

This is one of Shakespeare’s most widely used quotes and it’s not hard to see why. If you make each decision in your life for yourself, you can’t fail! Being true to yourself will always be the best thing that you can do.

 

“No legacy is so rich as honesty”

 

Honesty will empower you, teach you and give you the room that you need to grow; what other lifelong endeavour can offer you more than that?

 

“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt”

 

This is the most important play write quote to live by! If you let go of doubt, you will be open to success. After all, doubt only stops you from trying and if you don’t try, you can’t win!

 

 

 

Charles Bukowski’s Top 10 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life

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Looking for some pointers on how to live an awesome life? Take it from Charles Bukowski, an American author, poet, short story writer, and novelist who shared his unfiltered views and opinions with the world on everything from art to death. He was a renowned and prolific writer, often depicting the experiences of the downtrodden and depraved people of American urban life, and he provided plenty of great tips on how to spend your days. But don’t just take my word for it, soak up the wisdom with this valuable advice from some his most well-known quotes.

1. Don’t settle.

“I wanted the whole world or nothing.”

You shouldn’t settle for anything less than what you absolutely deserve or desire. Strive for the best and don’t accept anything except for what will make you entirely happy. There’s no point in giving up on your goals simply to settle for a sub-par result that will forever leave you wishing for more in regret.

2. Love yourself.                        

I never met another man I’d rather be. And even if that’s a delusion, it’s a lucky one.

No one’s perfect, that’s for sure, but there’s also no point in beating yourself up about it. Stop criticizing every minute thing about yourself that you wish you could change and show yourself some love. That’s not to say to never work on self-improvement, but be your own biggest fan while you’re at it, no matter what.

3. Live life to its fullest.

“What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don’t live up until their death.”

“Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live.”

Want to go skydiving but have never done it? Take the leap. Dying to get that degree in art-history but don’t know how you’ll use it? It’s time to enroll. You only have one life so you might as well live it to its absolute fullest capacity – right now. Why wait until it’s too late?

4. Don’t fear pain, without it, you can’t experience happiness.

“You have to die a few times before you can really live.”

Pain, sadness, anger, frustration, anxiety – negative feelings like that can be miserable and even downright painful sometimes. But you can’t fully appreciate the good emotions that life has to offer without experiencing the hurtful ones. So when you think you’ve hit rock bottom, remember it can only go up from there, and the pain you’re experiencing in the moment will only make the happiness taste so much sweeter later on.

5. Be your own unique self and shamelessly express it in all you do.

It’s better to do a dull thing with style than a dangerous thing without it.

Don’t be afraid to be yourself – Charles Bukowski certainly didn’t hesitate to. Always show your true colors and express your own fantastic personality. It’s better to live your life being your whole self than trying to pretend to be something you’re not, simply for the approval others. Who cares what they think anyways?

6. You’re stronger than you think.

Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside…remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.

Life is full of trials and hardships – you know it, you’ve likely experienced it many times. Yet, no matter what, you always make it through these difficulties in one piece. Always remember that you’re stronger than you may think, and you have it in you to get through the toughest of days.

7. Don’t fear death.

I carry death in my left pocket. Sometimes I take it out and talk to it: “Hello, baby, how you doing? When you coming for me? I’ll be ready.

“There’s nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower.”

Death is unavoidable, so why spend your life worrying about it? Instead of obsessing about when you’ll finally go, take advantage of the life you were given. It’s much more worthwhile to celebrate life instead of fearing death, and you’ll likely be much happier because of it.

8. Have confidence in yourself.

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts.”

You are awesome, and all you have to do to let your true talents shine is believe that fact. Have complete confidence in yourself and you might be surprised with all you can achieve.

9. There are much worse things than loneliness.

“There are worse things than being alone but it often takes decades to realize this and most often when you do it’s too late and there’s nothing worse than too late.”

I wasn’t a misanthrope and I wasn’t a misogynist but I liked being alone. It felt good to sit alone in a small space and smoke and drink. I had always been good company for myself.

It’s easy to fear being alone, and the company of others can often act as some form of a safety blanket. But there are much worse things than loneliness, and there’s no point in getting caught up in being alone when that time can be spent on so many more fulfilling and joyful things. Learn to appreciate yourself without others, and value your time alone.

10. Life happens, don’t always take it so seriously.

“Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.” 

Unexpected, even crazy things are bound to happen in life, and sometimes you just have to go with it. Don’t get caught up in perfection and make sure to lighten up sometimes. There’s no point in taking everything seriously, and sometimes you just need to have some fun.


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What’s your favorite Charles Bukowski quote?

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