Five Quotes Friday

This is where I share my favorite quotes from the things I have recently read, or am currently reading.

I’m only on page 90 and I already have 5 quotes to share with you. This book is so full of thoughtful and beautiful phrases. I am re-reading this book and really enjoying it. Here are my thoughts from the first time I read it.

…it was the Grand Duke who took the young Count aside and explained that he must be strong for his sister’s sake; that adversity presents itself in many forms; and that if a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them.

To me this means that you cannot let feelings of hopelessness overwhelm you, because once you get swept under the tidal wave of helplessness there will be no coming up for air. The best way to deal with a situation is to first accept it and then move forward the best you can.

But imagining what might happen if one’s circumstances were different was the only sure route to madness.

If you cannot change something, then it will only drive you to madness and sorrow to dwell on that fact.

Honestly, I wish my kids (2 & 4) understood this concept. My four year old helped bake a beautiful “Mother in-law” cake that has strawberries, chocolate, cookies, and of course cake. I told my two year old about it and he was very excited to eat it. Unfortunately when he saw it he spent the next 10 minutes crying that he wants a “different strawberry cake”. He ended up not eating cake… I just gave him strawberries to calm him down.

The principle here is that a new generation owes a measure of thanks to every member of the previous generation. Our elders planted fields and fought in wars; they advanced the arts and sciences, and generally made sacrifices on our behalf. So by their efforts, however humble, they have earned a measure of our gratitude and respect.

I love this. I want my kids to know this. I want everyone to know this.

As such, the two young men hardly seemed fated for friendship. But Fate would not have the reputation it has if it simply did what it seemed it would do.

Fate will surprise you! (If you believe in that sort of thing.)

“Yes, yes,” she said with a roll of her eyes. “Everybody tells me that too.”

“Well, sometimes everybody tells you something because it is true.”

“Sometimes,” Nina clarified, “everybody tells you something because they are everybody. Did everybody write the Odyssey? Did everybody write the Aeneid?” She shook her head then concluded definitively: “The only difference between everybody and nobody is all the shoes.”

This quote stood out to me even in the audiobook version. My interpretation is that you shouldn’t believe something just because “Everybody” says it. You need to form your own opinion and only those opinions from people that have actually thought about the subject are valuable for consideration.

I’m sure I’ll have another quote in about 5 minutes.. this book is so full of them!

Discussion:

What’s the last book you read that you wanted to highlight/underline/memorize nearly everything?

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