“Just remember,” she says, “no one can take away from you what you’ve put in your mind.”
From Death in The Book Thief.
Because humans, and the being human, may always a conundrum that even the powerful Death cannot figure out.
It’s been a while since I read a book that had me reaching for the tissue box so much. I think the last one was “The Fault in Our Stars“.
“Time is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think.”
Because when you turn your back on the world for a while, you can take refuge in a world of your own.
And that gives you more strength to face the world again.
“Failure is everywhere. It’s just that most of the time we would rather avoid confronting that fact…
Our efforts not to think about failure leave us with a severely distorted understanding of what it takes to be successful. An openness to the emotional experience of failure can be a stepping-stone to a much richer kind of happiness than can be achieved by focusing only on success.”
The phrase “failure is the mother of success” didn’t come from our predecessors for nothing – they knew the meaning and value of failure, something our society seems to be rediscovering – thankfully.