TOP 10

Here is a list of my 10 favourite quotes of the week! 

01

"Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day." - E. B. White

The author E. B. White wrote a letter in 1973 in response to a Mr Nadeau who had fears for the future of humanity. E. B. White's response is still very relevant today, and is something I find very comforting. I can't put the whole thing here so have settled for just the closing line. 

 

02

"Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly." - Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections

I'm ashamed to say I haven't actually read this book! But this is a quote I tend to think about when times are feeling hard. I'm sure there are times in everyone's lives when it feels as though you've fallen off a cliff, and it's scary and quite often lonely too. Quite often when bad things happen we spend a lot of time wishing we could "wake up". But when that doesn't happen, you can either keep falling or try to fly. For me this quote (like all the best ones!) is about hope. 

 

03

 "On you will go... Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. Oh! The places you'll go!" - Dr Seuss, Oh! The Places You'll Go!

I. Love. This. Book. It's my life bible, and always makes me feel better every time I read it. It's inspirational, and funny, and one of the truest books I've ever come across. And it teaches a lesson I don't think is taught enough: it's okay to fail. Everybody does. 

 

04

"Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. 'I'm okay,' we say. 'I'm alright.' But then the truth arrives on you and you can't get it off." - Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Again, I loved this book and it has so many great quotes in it but I chose this one because it's always felt very perceptive. I think most people can relate to this feeling, but I've never heard it put into words quite as well as this. 

 

05

"Not my daughter, you bitch!" - Molly Weasley: J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

There are so many endless quotes I could choose from the Harry Potter series. But if I'm picking one, this one still just gets me. Every time. All hail Molly Weasley. 

 

06

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." - A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

I went back to this quote again and again and again while I was away at university. Saying goodbye to friends, family, and loved ones would regularly see me in floods of tears on the train (I've terrified many a train guard in my time). Always though I came back to this quote. Special shout-out to Cesca for this one too.  

 

07

"We must avoid the black hole of stupidity that is flat world theorists." - (paraphrased)My lecturer at university

This was such a priceless moment, I think half the class probably wrote it down when he came out with this epic one-liner. He was such a thoughtful and considered man, it made the sass so much more amazing. It definitely deserves a place here!

 

08

"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" - Corinthians 15:55

I first heard these words at a pretty hard time in my life, and amongst all the chaos that was raging around, these words just made everything go sort of still. It still has that effect on me, and I can't really put it into words so just going to leave it here and hope that it speaks for itself. 

 

09

“The kind of hope I often think about (especially in situations that are particularly hopeless, such as prison) I understand above all as a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we have hope within us or we don't; it is a dimension of the soul... Hope in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for success, but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." - Vaclav Havel

I first came across this when a friend shared it on his Facebook page, and it struck a chord straight away. I've cut most of it out but have left the beginning and end. It's very wise and compelling and doesn't need any explanation from me!

10

"Have courage and be kind" - Cinderella (2015 film)

I know, I know. Cinderella? Seriously? But I honestly think that these are words to live by. Having moved to London recently, I have found it a really weird transition. It's so different from small town seaside life - mostly, everyone just seems so stressed out and ready to push each other to the side. (I'm commuting in case you hadn't guessed haha)! So I really make sure to notice all the moments of kindness or shared moments between people now, and to try and stay true to these words rather than getting sucked into that weird competitive mentality. Have courage and be kind, and I don't think you can go too far wrong.