Inspirational Lois Lowry Quotes

Lois Lowry (born March 20, 1937) is an American writer credited with more than thirty children’s books. This post features some Inspirational Lois Lowry Quotes.

She has won two Newbery Medals, for Number the Stars in 1990 and The Giver in 1994. As an author, Lowry is known for writing about difficult subject matters within her works for children. She has explored such complex issues as racism, terminal illness, murder, and the Holocaust among other challenging topics.

Lois Lowry Quotes
Lois Lowry Quotes

Lois Lowry Quotes

“Take pride in your pain; you are stronger than those who have none.”
― Lois Lowry

“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come.”
― Lois Lowry

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
Lois Lowry

“Fear dims when you learn things.”
― Lois Lowry

“Memory is the happiness of being alone.”
― Lois Lowry

“For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.”
Lois Lowry quotes

“Mama was crying, and the rain made it seem as if the whole world was crying.”
― Lois Lowry

“And here in this room, I re-experience the memories again and again it is how wisdom comes and how we shape our future.”
― Lois Lowry

“It be better, I think, to climb out in search of something, instead of hating, what you’re leaving.”
― Lois Lowry

“It is very risky. But each time a child opens a book, he pushes open the gate that separates him from Elsewhere.”
― Lois Lowry

“If you were to be lost in the river, Jonas, your memories would not be lost with you. Memories are forever.”
― Lois Lowry

“Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.”
― Lois Lowry

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”
― Lois Lowry

“It’s the choosing that’s important, isn’t it?”
― Lois Lowry

“It is much easier to be brave if you do not know everything.”
― Lois Lowry

“I knew that there had been times in the past-terrible times-when people had destroyed others in haste,in fear, and had brought about their own destruction.”
― Lois Lowry

“They were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on. And he was angry at himself, that he could not change that for them.”
― Lois Lowry

“But there was nothing left to do but continue.”
Lois Lowry quotes

“The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”
― Lois Lowry

“He wept, and it felt as if the tears were cleansing him, as if his body needed to empty itself.”
― Lois Lowry

“I don’t know what you mean when you say ‘the whole world’ or ‘generations before him.’I thought there was only us. I thought there was only now.”
― Lois Lowry

“There is something about that moment, when literature becomes accessible, and a door of the world opens. ”
― Lois Lowry

“Ellen had said that her mother was afraid of the ocean, that it was too cold and too big. The sky was, too, thought Annemarie. The whole world was: too cold, too big. And too cruel. ”
― Lois Lowry

“Even trained for years as they all had been in precision of language, what words could you use which would give another the experience of sunshine?”
― Lois Lowry

“It’s just that… without the memories it’s all meaningless.”
― Lois Lowry

“I feel sorry for anyone who is in a place where he feels strange and stupid.”
― Lois Lowry

“There’s much more. There’s all that goes beyond – all … that is Elsewhere – and all that goes back, and back, and back. I received all of those, when I was selected. And here in this room, all alone, I re-experience them again and again. It is how wisdom comes. And how we shape our future.”
― Lois Lowry

“He knew that there was no quick comfort for emotions like those. They were deeper and they did not need to be told. They were felt.”
― Lois Lowry

“She fell asleep, and it was a sleep as thin as the night clouds, dotted with dreams that came and went like the stars.”
― Lois Lowry

“It’s hard to give up the being together with someone.”
― Lois Lowry

“What if they were allowed to choose their own mate? And chose wrong?”
― Lois Lowry

“Behind him,across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps it was only an echo.”
― Lois Lowry

“Today is declared an unscheduled holiday.”
― Lois Lowry

“His mind reeled. Now, empowered to ask questions of utmost rudeness-and promised answers-he could, conceivably (though it was almost unimaginable), ask someone, some adult, his father perhaps: “Do you lie?”
But he would have no way of knowing if the answer he received was true.”
― Lois Lowry

“Genius disregards the boundaries of propriety. Genius is permitted to shout if shouting is productive.”
― Lois Lowry

“Teasing’s part of the fun that comes before kissing.”
― Lois Lowry

“It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.”
― Lois Lowry

“He hunched his shoulders and tried to make himself smaller in the seat. He wanted to disappear, to fade away, not to exist.”
― Lois Lowry

“He wept because he was afraid now that he could not save Gabriel. He no longer cared about himself.”
― Lois Lowry

“…now he saw the familiar wide river beside the path differently. He saw all of the light and color and history it contained and carried in its slow – moving water; and he knew that there was an Elsewhere from which it came, and an Elsewhere to which it was going”
― Lois Lowry

“If everything’s the same, then there aren’t any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things!”
― Lois Lowry

Inspirational Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quotes

Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014) was a Colombian novelist, and journalist. This post features some Inspirational Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quotes.

He is affectionately as Gabo or Gabito throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century and one of the best in the Spanish language, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quotes
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quotes

Gabriel García Márquez Quotes

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez quotes

“There is always something left to love.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“A lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, more lasting than truth.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
Gabriel García Márquez

“Nothing in this world was more difficult than love.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Sex is the consolation you have when you can’t have love.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but … life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Do not allow me to forget you.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Perhaps this is what the stories meant when they called somebody heartsick. Your heart and your stomach and your whole insides felt empty and hollow and aching.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“But when a woman decides to sleep with a man, there is no wall she will not scale, no fortress she will not destroy, no moral consideration she will not ignore at its very root: there is no God worth worrying about.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Never stop smiling not even when you’re sad, someone might fall in love with your smile.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“She would defend herself, saying that love, no matter what else it might be, was a natural talent. She would say: You are either born knowing how, or you never know.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez quotes

“The world must be all fucked up,” he said then, “when men travel first class and literature goes as freight.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“She had never imagined that curiosty was one of the many masks of love .”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Don’t let yourself die without knowing the wonder of fucking with love.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Fiction was invented the day Jonah arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Crazy people are not crazy if one accepts their reasoning.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“He is ugly and sad… but he is all love.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Tell him yes. Even if you are dying of fear, even if you are sorry later, because whatever you do, you will be sorry all the rest of your life if you say no.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Amputees suffer pains, cramps, itches in the leg that is no longer there. That is how she felt without him, feeling his presence where he no longer was.”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez quotes

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Be calm. God awaits you at the door.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“A true friend is the one who holds your hand and touches your heart.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Then he made one last effort to search in his heart for the place where his affection had rotted away, and he could not find it.”
― Gabriel García Márquez

“He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past. But when he stood at the railing of the ship… only then did he understand to what extent he had been an easy vicitim to the charitible deceptions of nostalgia.”
― Gabriel García Márquez

“He really had been through death, but he had returned because he could not bear the solitude.”
― Gabriel García Márquez

“They were so close to each other that they preferred death to separation.”
― Gabriel García Márquez

“No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quotes

“She would not shed a tear, she would not waste the rest of her years simmering in the maggot broth of memory.”
― Gabriel García Márquez

“Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself.”
― Gabriel García Márquez

“She knew that he loved her above all else, more than anything in the world, but only for his own sake.”
― Gabriel García Márquez

“To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else’s heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell.”
― Gabriel García Márquez

“The adolescents of my generation, greedy for life, forgot in body and soul about their hopes for the future until reality taught them that tomorrow was not what they had dreamed, and they discovered nostalgia.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.”
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Inspirational John Steinbeck Quotes

John Steinbeck (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author. This post features some Inspirational John Steinbeck Quotes.

The winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, he has been called “a giant of American letters”. His works are widely read abroad and many of his works are considered classics of Western literature.

John Steinbeck Quotes
John Steinbeck Quotes

John Steinbeck Quotes

“Man has a choice and it’s a choice that makes him a man.”
― John Steinbeck

“Muscles aching to work, minds aching to create – this is man.”
― John Steinbeck

“All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.”
― John Steinbeck

“I shall revenge myself in the cruelest way you can imagine. I shall forget it.”
― John Steinbeck

“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”
― John Steinbeck

“I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.”
― John Steinbeck

“There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do.”
― John Steinbeck

“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”
John Steinbeck

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”
― John Steinbeck

“I was born lost and take no pleasure in being found.”
― John Steinbeck

“A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.”
― John Steinbeck

“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.”
― John Steinbeck

“And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.”
― John Steinbeck

“If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.”
― John Steinbeck

“I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.”
― John Steinbeck

“It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.”
― John Steinbeck

“When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you’ve got two new people.”
― John Steinbeck

“A man so painfully in love is capable of self-torture beyond belief.”
― John Steinbeck

“Don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”
― John Steinbeck

“To be alive at all is to have scars. ”
John Steinbeck quotes

“People who are most afraid of their dreams convince themselves they don’t dream at all.”
― John Steinbeck

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
― John Steinbeck

“But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.”
― John Steinbeck

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”
― John Steinbeck

“Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.”
― John Steinbeck

“All great and precious things are lonely.”
― John Steinbeck

“How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?”
― John Steinbeck

“Do you take pride in your hurt? Does it make you seem large and tragic? …Well, think about it. Maybe you’re playing a part on a great stage with only yourself as audience.”
― John Steinbeck

“Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.”
― John Steinbeck

“Don’t make everyone know about your sadness.”
John Steinbeck quotes

“People like you to be something, preferably what they are.”
― John Steinbeck

“Anything that just costs money is cheap.”
― John Steinbeck

“We can shoot rockets into space but we can’t cure anger or discontent. ”
― John Steinbeck

“Being at ease with himself put him at ease with the world.”
― John Steinbeck

“You know how advice is – you only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyways.”
― John Steinbeck

“It’s a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it.”
― John Steinbeck

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”
― John Steinbeck

“It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them.”
― John Steinbeck

“Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.”
― John Steinbeck

“A man without words is a man without thought.”
― John Steinbeck

“Intention, good or bad, is not enough.”
― John Steinbeck

“Perhaps it takes courage to raise children..”
― John Steinbeck

“He never fell,
never slipped back,
never flew.”
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“There’s more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.”
― John Steinbeck

“No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.”
― John Steinbeck

“No one who is young is ever going to be old.”
― John Steinbeck

“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
― John Steinbeck

“When a man says he does not want to speak of something he usually means he can think of nothing else.”
― John Steinbeck

“I am happy to report that in the war between reality and romance, reality is not the stronger.”
― John Steinbeck

“And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.”
― John Steinbeck

“I guess there are never enough books.”
― John Steinbeck

“So many old and lovely things are stored in the world’s attic because we don’t want them around us and we don’t dare throw them out.”
― John Steinbeck

“Can you honestly love a dishonest thing?”
― John Steinbeck

“An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There’s a punishment for it, and it’s usually crucifixion.”
― John Steinbeck

“I guess I’m trying to say, Grab anything that goes by. It may not come around again.”
― John Steinbeck

“Maybe– maybe love makes you suspicious and doubting. Is it true that when you love a woman you are never sure– never sure of her because you aren’t sure of yourself? ”
― John Steinbeck

“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.”
― John Steinbeck

“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.”
― John Steinbeck

“My imagination will get me a passport to hell one day.”
― John Steinbeck

“Perhaps the less we have, the more we are required to brag.”
― John Steinbeck

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
John Steinbeck quotes

“We value virtue but do not discuss it. The honest bookkeeper, the faithful wife, the earnest scholar get little of our attention compared to the embezzler, the tramp, the cheat.”
― John Steinbeck

“The quality of owning freezes you forever in “I,” and cuts you off forever from the “we.”
― John Steinbeck

“As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.”
― John Steinbeck

“Guy don’t need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus’ works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain’t hardly ever a nice fella.”
― John Steinbeck

“I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I’ve lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment.”
― John Steinbeck

“It has always seemed strange to me…The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”
― John Steinbeck

“I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one. . . . Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil. . . . There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?”
― John Steinbeck

“You’ve seen the sun flatten and take strange shapes just before it sinks in the ocean. Do you have to tell yourself every time that it’s an illusion caused by atmospheric dust and light distorted by the sea, or do you simply enjoy the beauty of it?”
John Steinbeck quotes