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15 Literary Mottos to Live By

We've been forever changed by the books we read, so why not try living by our favorite iconic characters mottos too?

We cannot deny the magic and freedom that comes from reading, its an escape into a fantastical world the author has created for us. The art of literature is not only an escape from reality but solace in our lives, it gives our hearts a sense of peace that can be difficult to find in everyday life but is guaranteed once we start a good book. Be it fantasy, mystery, poetry, or non-fiction, there is no limit to the creativity about to unfold in our minds, bringing us far and wide in this galaxy from the comforts of our minds.


The even more beautiful thing about the joys of reading is that stories, characters, and lessons stay with us long after we've finished the novel (possibly for the third time). When our souls connect with a book beyond its pages, we start holding dear to us the lessons and journeys we ourselves have gone through along with the characters. We hear the words of guidance from the wise, the mottos the story is built on, and somewhere deep in our minds and hearts, we find a kinship with those sayings. We find truth in the fiction, a deeper sense of calm from the author's words and so, those mottos stick with us long after we've put the book down.


Here are my Top 100 Literary Mottos


1. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only someone remembers to turn on the light.”

2. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

"We accept the love we think we deserve."

3. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

"People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of."

5. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

"'Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.'"

6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will."

7. Divergent by Veronica Roth

"Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it, that's the point."

8. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

“We need never be ashamed of our tears.”

10. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

11. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”

12. Dracula by Bram Stroker

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”

13. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

14. Petet Pan by J.M Barrie

“Just think happy thoughts and you’ll fly.”

15. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

I am an avid reader.


I have never been ashamed of this, but rather this phrase is a piece of my identity. I love reading and the journey I take because of them, they give an escape, whether intentionally or accidental but nonetheless wild and wanted.


Words upon words upon words are power, they reach different minds and bring change. Words are knowledge, literature the armor against this cold and terrifying world.


Words can build as quickly as they destroy.


Knowing the power, the ripple effect even one word can make there comes great responsibility to use it responsibly and wisely. Change is imminent and we are all responsible to grow our own foundation of knowledge through the power of words. Soak it all up, make your armor strong, and never relent in your adventures for truth, finding the truest powers behind words and the tales they tell.


Sincerely,

Me Today

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