We are inspired by books in our daily lives but there are some that inspires us just a bit more. This may not be a Harvard supplement essay, but it does make for amazing reading. Many times it takes just one sentence that are so beautiful and make us fall in love with literature all over again. Here are some on those sentences that still gives us butterflies.
- “I’ve never had a moment’s doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life” – Ewan McEwan Ian Atonement
- “She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.” – Toni Morrison in Beloved
- “Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.” – Janet Fitch in White Oleander
- “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” – A.A. Milne in Winnie The Pooh
- “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” – Anne Frank in The Diary Of Anne Frank
- “I let it go. It’s like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let go, and the river brings you home.” – Five Quarters Of The Orange
- “Who, being love, is ever poor” – Oscar Wilde in A Woman of No Importance
- “The goal is not to live forever, the goal is to create something that will” – Chuck Palahniuk in Diary
- “Don’t panic” – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- “It’s our choices that shows us who we are, not our abilities” – J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
This seems like a good time to take a break and reflect on the sentences you’ve read so far. Embrace it and learn from it. That harvard writing supplement might be less daunting after you’ve inspired your mind.
- “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” – Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice
- “Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have travelled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.” – Jhumpa Lahiri in Interpreter of Maladies
- “He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.” – Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina
- “It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.” – Harper Lee in To Kill a Mockingbird.
- “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr Seuss in Oh The Places You’ll Go
- “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” – J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- “Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Stephen King in The Shawshank Redemption
- “My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Charles Dickens in David Copperfield
- “She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together” – J. D. Salinger in A Girl I Knew
- “Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly” – Khaled Hosseini in And the Mountains Echoed
- “Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life” – Betty Smith in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
- “The curves of your lips rewrite history” – Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray
- “If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me” – W. H. Auden in The More Loving One
- “It might be that to surrender to happiness was to accept defeat, but it was a defeat better than many victories” – W. Somerset Maugham in Of Human Bondage
- “How wild it was, to let it be” – Cheryl Strayed in Wild
Do not be afraid of reading fiction, it allows us to explore and open our creative sides. These sentences make up fall in love again and it give us the inspiration to continue reading. It might even help you complete your Harvard additional essay just because it inspires us to do better.
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