Quote of the Day: Perfection

Here is a collection of quotes found on Goodreads revolving around the theme: Perfection.

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“Who are you to judge the life I live?
I know I’m not perfect
-and I don’t live to be-
but before you start pointing fingers…
make sure you hands are clean!” 
― Bob Marley


“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” 
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” 
― Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

“I abhor the idea of a perfect world. It would bore me to tears.” 
― Shelby Foote


“I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.” 
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Don’t mistake activity with achievement.” 
― John Wooden

“Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.” 
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“[F]or just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is. Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there’s nothing else. It’s here, and you’d better decide to enjoy it or you’re going to be miserable wherever you go, for the rest of your life, forever.” 
― Lev Grossman, The Magicians


“Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence.” 
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.” 
― Michael J. Fox

“Nobody’s perfect. We’re all just one step up from the beasts and one step down from the angels.” 
― Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses


“If people reach perfection they vanish, you know.” 
― T.H. White, The Once and Future King

“There is no perfection, only beautiful versions of brokenness.” 
― Shannon L. Alder

“Too late, I found you can’t wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else.” 
― Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

Quote of the Day: Mysteries

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“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.
― Albert Einstein

“Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.” 
― John Green, Paper Towns

“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” 
― Anais Nin


“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.” 
― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

“Nothing whets the intelligence more than a passionate suspicion, nothing develops all the faculties of an immature mind more than a trail running away into the dark.” 
― Stefan Zweig, The Burning Secret and other stories

“The sweetest smiles hold the darkest secrets…” 
― Sara Shepard, Flawless


“Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.” 
― Cormac McCarthy, The Road

“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.” 
― R.A. Salvatore, Streams of Silver

“Well, good-bye for now,” he said, rolling his neck as if we hadn’t been talking about anything important at all. He bowed at the waist, those wings vanishing entirely, and had begun to fade into the nearest shadow when he went rigid.
His eyes locked on mine wide and wild, and his nostrils flared. Shock—pure shock flashed across his features at whatever he saw on my face, and he stumbled back a step. Actually stumbled. 
“What is—” I began.
He disappeared—simply disappeared, not a shadow in sight—into the crisp air.” 
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses


“In my experience, boys are predictable. As soon as they think of something, they do it. Girls are smarter—they plan ahead. They think about not getting caught.” 
― Eoin Colfer, Half-Moon Investigations

“Every solution to every problem is simple. It’s the distance between the two where the mystery lies.” 
― Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant

“Love is an endless mystery, because there is no reasonable cause that could explain it.” 
― Rabindranath Tagore


Quote of the Day: Hard Times

“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.” 
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.” 
― Shaun Hick

“Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it.” 
― Tim Fargo


“There had been times when he knew, somewhere in him, that he would get used to it, whatever it was, because he had learnt that some hard things became softer after a very little while.” 
― Nick Hornby, About a Boy

“And hard times are good in their own way, too. Because the only way you can achieve true happiness is if you experience true sadness as well. It’s all about light and shade. Balance.” 
― Gabrielle Williams, Beatle Meets Destiny

“Some people make a bad bed, they just have to lie in it.” 
― Virginia Euwer Wolff, Make Lemonade


“Regardless of the situation, don’t let the bastards win … and have no regrets … for it will be a good day!
― R.G. Risch, Beyond Mars: Crimson Fleet

“The way I see it, hard times aren’t only about money,
or drought,
or dust.
Hard times are about losing spirit,
and hope,
and what happens when dreams dry up.” 
― Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust

“It’s funny how, when things seem the darkest, moments of beauty present themselves in the most unexpected places.” 
― Karen Marie Moning, Dreamfever


“Why wait? So precious is this life—this gift—this temporary blindness. Burn and drown and embrace the false dark, then grasp the unthinkable height of resulting joy. For in the end, in the light of truth when the flesh is cast off, there is nothing but this.” 
― Jennifer DeLucy

“Don’t regret that your life is too easy, mine is rather easy too; I think that life is pretty long and that the time will arrive soon enough in which “another shall gird thee and carry thee where thou wouldst not.” 
― Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“The most beautiful sunsets occur when the clouds try to prevent the sun from shining! Don’t forget that as you go through difficult times, the obstacles that appear lasting suddenly disappear and the sun comes out!” 
― Mehmet Murat ildan


“Hard times and fake friends are like oil and water : they don’t mix. 
― Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu

“In tough times will you whine or shine?” 
― Daren Martin

“I am not sure what you are going through. I don’t know the problem you are facing and I might not even understand, but I know that God won’t fail you and God will help you, trust in him. 
― De philosopher DJ Kyos


Quotes from: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Here is a small collection of quotes from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. If you want to read my review of it, you can find it here.

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“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?”
“Yes,” said Harry stiffly.
“Yes, sir.”
“There’s no need to call me “sir” Professor.”
The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


“He accused me of being Dumbledore’s man through and through.”
“How very rude of him.”
“I told him I was.”
Dumbledore opened his mouth to speak and then closed it again. Fawkes the phoenix let out a low, soft, musical cry. To Harry’s intense embarrassment, he suddenly realized that Dumbledore’s bright blue eyes looked rather watery, and stared hastily at his own knee. When Dumbledore spoke, however, his voice was quite steady. 
“I am very touched, Harry.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“Why are you worrying about YOU-KNOW-WHO, when you should be worrying about YOU-NO-POO? The constipation sensation that’s gripping the nation!” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“You could say sorry,” suggested Harry bluntly. 
“What, and get attacked by another flock of canaries?” muttered Ron.
“What did you have to imitate her for?”
“She laughed at my mustache!”
“So did I, it was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“Harry was left to ponder in silence the depths to which girls would sink to get revenge.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


“When you have seen as much of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of obsessive love.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being–forgive me–rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“Once again, you show all the sensitivity of a blunt axe.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Quotes from Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Here is a collection of quotes from Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. If you are interested in my review you can find it here.

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“Sometimes a hypocrite is nothing more than a man in the process of changing.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“To love the journey is to accept no such end. I have found, through painful experience, that the most important step a person can take is always the next one.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

The most important step a man can take. It’s not the first one, is it? 
It’s the next one. Always the next step, Dalinar.
” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“I will take responsibility for what I have done,” Dalinar whispered. “If I must fall, I will rise each time a better man.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer


Yes, I began my journey alone, and I ended it alone. 
But that does not mean that I walked alone.
” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“The most important words a man can say are, “I will do better.” These are not the most important words any man can say. I am a man, and they are what I needed to say.

The ancient code of the Knights Radiant says “journey before destination.” Some may call it a simple platitude, but it is far more. A journey will have pain and failure. It is not only the steps forward that we must accept. It is the stumbles. The trials. The knowledge that we will fail. That we will hurt those around us.

But if we stop, if we accept the person we are when we fall, the journey ends. That failure becomes our destination. To love the journey is to accept no such end. I have found, through painful experience, that the most important step a person can take is always the next one.

I’m certain some will feel threatened by this record. Some few may feel liberated. Most will simply feel that it should not exist. I needed to write it anyway.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“The trick to happiness wasn’t in freezing every momentary pleasure and clinging to each one, but in ensuring one’s life would produce many future moments to anticipate.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“A journey will have pain and failure. It is not only the steps forward that we must accept. It is the stumbles. The trials. The knowledge that we will fail. That we will hurt those around us. 
But if we stop, if we accept the person we are when we fail, the journey ends. That failure becomes our destination.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer


“But merely being tradition does not make something worthy, Kadash. We can’t just assume that because something is old it is right.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“Some men, as they age, grow kinder. I am not one of those, for I have seen how the cosmere can mistreat the innocent – and that leaves me disinclined toward kindness. Some men, as they age, grow wiser. I am not one of those, for wisdom and I have always been at cross-purposes, and I have yet to learn the tongue in which she speaks. Some men, as they age, grow more cynical. I, fortunately, am not one of those. If I were, the very air would warp around me, sucking in all emotion, leaving only scorn.
Other men…other men, as they age, merely grow stranger. I fear that I am one of those. I am the bones of a foreign species left drying on the plain that was once, long ago, a sea. A curiosity, perhaps a reminder, that all has not always been as it is now.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“Life was about momentum. Pick a direction and don’t let anything—man or storm— turn you aside.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“As long as you keep trying, there’s a chance. When you give up? That’s when the dream dies.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer


“Love wasn’t about being right or wrong, but about standing up and helping when your partner’s back was bowed.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“Plan every battle as if you will inevitably retreat, but fight every battle like there is no backing down.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

A Collection of Quotes from Signe Pike

Here is a collection of some of the best quotes from The Lost Queen by Signe Pike.

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“We may not always have the choice we would like. But we always have a choice.” 
― Signe Pike, The Lost Queen

“I have been a drop in the air. I have been a shining star. I have been a word in a book.
― Signe Pike, The Lost Queen

“In prehistoric times, early man was bowled over by natural events: rain, thunder, lightning, the violent shaking and moving of the ground, mountains spewing deathly hot lava, the glow of the moon, the burning heat of the sun, the twinkling of the stars. Our human brain searched for an answer, and the conclusion was that it all must be caused by something greater than ourselves – this, of course, sprouted the earliest seeds of religion. This theory is certainly reflected in faery lore. In the beautiful sloping hills of Connemara in Ireland, for example, faeries were believed to have been just as beautiful, peaceful, and pleasant as the world around them. But in the Scottish Highlands, with their dark, brooding mountains and eerie highland lakes, villagers warned of deadly water-kelpies and spirit characters that packed a bit more punch.” 
― Signe Pike, Faery Tale: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World


“I’d heard people say that as a traveler, you have to be careful not to get attached. Now that I’d felt it, I’d say that’s garbage. If you are lucky enough to find people worth getting attached to, attach yourself with nothing less than all of your heart. Because if you find a companion to walk a stretch of the road with you, a person whose warmth and kindness makes your journey feel much brighter, you have no other choice – you are among the very, very fortunate.” 
― Signe Pike, Faery Tale: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World

“Long ago, when faeries and men still wandered the earth as brothers, the MacLeod chief fell in love with a beautiful faery woman. They had no sooner married and borne a child when she was summoned to return to her people. Husband and wife said a tearful goodbye and parted ways at Fairy Bridge, which you can still visit today. Despite the grieving chief, a celebration was held to honor the birth of the newborn boy, the next great chief of the MacLeods. In all the excitement of the celebration, the baby boy was left in his cradle and the blanket slipped off. In the cold Highland night he began to cry. The baby’s cry tore at his mother, even in another dimension, and so she went to him, wrapping him in her shawl. When the nursemaid arrived, she found the young chief in the arms of his mother, and the faery woman gave her a song she insisted must be sung to the little boy each night. The song became known as “The Dunvegan Cradle Song,” and it has been sung to little chieflings ever since. The shawl, too, she left as a gift: if the clan were ever in dire need, all they would have to do was wave the flag she’d wrapped around her son, and the faery people would come to their aid. Use the gift wisely, she instructed. The magic of the flag will work three times and no more.
As I stood there in Dunvegan Castle, gazing at the Fairy Flag beneath its layers of protective glass, it was hard to imagine the history behind it. The fabric was dated somewhere between the fourth and seventh centuries. The fibers had been analyzed and were believed to be from Syria or Rhodes. Some thought it was part of the robe of an early Christian saint. Others thought it was a part of the war banner for Harald Hardrada, king of Norway, who gave it to the clan as a gift. But there were still others who believed it had come from the shoulders of a beautiful faery maiden. And that faery blood had flowed through the MacLeod family veins ever since. Those people were the MacLeods themselves.” 
― Signe Pike, Faery Tale: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World


“I wanted to find something of the beauty of myth that we’ve left behind, carry its shreds before us all, so we could acknowledge it, somehow bring it back to life. I wanted to delve back into that world that cradled us when we were young enough to still touch it, when trolls lived under creek bridges, faeries fluttered under mushroom caps, and the Tooth Fairy only came once you were truly sleeping. I wanted to see if enchantment was somehow still there, simply waiting to be reached. When I felt my loss, I realized that if I could do anything in this life, I wanted to travel he world, searching for those who were still awake in that old dreamtime, and listen to their stories – because I had to know that there were grownups out there who still believed that life could be magical.
And in that moment I decided: I am going to find the goddamn faeries.” 
― Signe Pike, Faery Tale: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World

“I don’t really believe in faeries. But I really want to. Not just for me, but for all of us. Because we are battered by adulthood- by taxes, by loss, by laundry. by nine to five, by deceit and distrust, by the crushing desire to be thin, successful, popular, happy, in love. All the while we are walking on a planet that is disintigrating around us.” 
― Signe Pike, Faery Tale: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World

Quotes from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts…but you cannot deny he’s got style…” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” 
― JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


“Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.” 
― J.K. Rowling , Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“Don’t put your wand there, boy! … Better wizards than you have lost buttocks, you know!” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scars than almost anything else.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“Mistletoe,” said Luna dreamily, pointing at a large clump of white berries placed almost over Harry’s head. He jumped out from under it. 
“Good thinking,” said Luna seriously. “It’s often infested with nargles.” 
― J.K. Rowling , Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix