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.

Oathbringer Review

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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

Quote of the Day: New Beginnings

Here is a small collection of book quotes about new beginnings.

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“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” 
― Rainer Maria Rilke

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!” 
― C. JoyBell C.

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.” 
― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

“The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.” 
― Arnold Bennett


“I guess it’s going to have to hurt, I guess I’m going to have to cry, And let go of some things I’ve loved to get to the other side
I guess it’s going to break me down, Like fallin when you try to fly, 
Sad but sometimes moving on with the rest of your life starts with goodbye” 
― Carrie Underwood

“A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare
to the jeweled vision of a life started anew.” 
― Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

“[T]hat old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air … Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.” 
― Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

“One can begin so many things with a new person! – even begin to be a better man.” 
― George Eliot, Middlemarch


“We all want to break our orbits, float like a satellite gone wild in space, run the risk of disintegration. We all want to take our lives in our own hands and hurl them out among the stars.” 
― David Bottoms

“But there’s a beginning in an end, you know? It’s true that you can’t reclaim what you had, but you can lock it up behind you. Start fresh.” 
― Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds

“All great beginnings start in the dark, when the moon greets you to a new day at midnight.” 
― Shannon L. Alder

“Set fire to the broken pieces; start anew.” 
― Lauren DeStefano

“It hurts to let go, to say goodbye for the final time and remain distant in your closure, it may even tear your heart out to the point of insanity; but somehow in it all you find the pieces of your worth and you start creating yourself again, and in that journey of transformation you find the essence of what truly matters, inner happiness. It’s life, we all fall at some stage but it’s up to you, to decide how long you want to stay there.” 
― Nikki Rowe


Quotes from Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

“Honor is dead. But I’ll see what I can do.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Why hasn’t anyone killed him yet?”
“Dumb luck,” Wit said. “In that I’m lucky you’re all so dumb.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“The only time you seem honest is when you’re insulting someone!”
“The only honest things I can say to you are insults.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Do not let your assumptions about a culture block your ability to perceive the individual, or you will fail.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance


“I ain’t grouchy,” Teft snapped. “I just have a low threshold for stupidity.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“A woman’s strength should not be in her role, whatever she chooses to be, but in the power to choose that role.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

tags: jasnah-kholin227 likesLikeWhat is a woman’s place in this modern world? Jasnah Kholin’s words read. I rebel against this question, though so many of my peers ask it. The inherent bias in the inquiry seems invisible to so many of them. They consider themselves progressive because they are willing to challenge many of the assumptions of the past.

They ignore the greater assumption–that a ‘place’ for women must be defined and set forth to begin with. Half of the population must somehow be reduced to the role arrived at by a single conversation. No matter how broad that role is, it will be–by-nature–a reduction from the infinite variety that is womanhood.

I say that there is no role for women–there is, instead, a role for each woman, and she must make it for herself. For some, it will be the role of scholar; for others, it will be the role of wife. For others, it will be both. For yet others, it will be neither.

Do not mistake me in assuming I value one woman’s role above another. My point is not to stratify our society–we have done that far to well already–my point is to diversify our discourse.

A woman’s strength should not be in her role, whatever she chooses it to be, but in the power to choose that role. It is amazing to me that I even have to make this point, as I see it as the very foundation of our conversation.
” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“I don’t talk to myself because I’m crazy.”
“No?”
“I do it because I’m awesome.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance


“Words are where most change begins.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Kaladin frowned. “Wait. Are you wearing cologne? In prison?”
“Well, there was no need to be barbaric, just because I was incarcerated.”
“Storms, you’re spoiled,” Kaladin said, smiling.
“I’m refined, you insolent farmer,” Adolin said. Then he grinned. “Besides, I’ll have you know that I had to use cold water for my baths while here.”
“Poor boy.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Power is an illusion of perception.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance


“I can see what you’re up to.”
“Five foot six inches,” Shallan said. “I suspect that’s all I will ever be up to, unfortunately.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“How . . .” Dalinar said. “You fell into a chasm!”
“I fell face-first, sir,” Kaladin said, “and fortunately, I’m particularly hard-headed.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“The world isn’t fair? What a huge revelation! Some people in power abuse those they have power over? Amazing! When did this start happening?” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Expectation wasn’t just about what people expected of you. It was about what you expected of yourself.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance