I finally read Pride and Prejudice last year, and only recovered my notebook for quotes today. So, here it is. Sharing ten quotes from Pride and Prejudice.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Pride is a very common failing, I believe. There are very few of us who do not cherish a feeling of self-complacency on the score of some quality or the other, real or imaginary. Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.
The distance is nothing when one has a motive.
Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes, indirect boast.
The power of doing anything with quickness is always much prized by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.
Pride—where there is a real superiority of minds, pride will always be under good regulation.
We must not be so ready to fancy ourselves intentionally injured. We must not expect a lively young man to be always so guarded and circumspect. It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us.
You must not let your fancy run away with you. You have sense, and we all expect you to use it.
Reflection must be reserved for solitary hours, whenever she was alone, she gave way to it as the greatest relief; and not a day went by without a solitary walk, in which she might indulge in all the delight of unpleasant recollections.
Do not give way to useless alarm, though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain.
To expose the former faults of any person without knowing what their present feelings were, seemed unjustifiable.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I didn’t quite much relate about the running, but then this book is not just about running, but a memoir of Haruki Murakami.
Based on what’s written in this book, I must say that Mr. Murakami is:
- A novelist
- A runner
- Competes only with himself
- Is determined and committed
- Is resolved about himself.
I often tell a friend how I believe I’m not as likeable a person as I hoped I would be. I am emotionally awkward in ways that include inconsistent treatment towards people. I don’t hate you nor dislike you, sometimes I just don’t know how to react to a person, making me unacceptably and uncharmingly awkward and unlikeable.
But Mr. Murakami though, he says these lines and I just can’t contain myself from laughing and saying, “Yes, I get that. See? I’m not the only one.”:
I don’t think most people would like my personality. There might be a few—very few, I would imagine–who are impressed by it, but only rarely would anyone like it. Who in the world could possibly have warm feelings, or something like them, for a person who doesn’t compromise, who instead, whenever a problem crops up, locks himself away alone in a closet? But is it ever possible for a professional writer to be liked by people? I have no idea. Maybe somewhere in the world it is. It’s hard to generalize. For me, at least, I’ve written novels over many years, I just can’t picture someone liking me on a personal level. Being disliked by someone, hated and despised, somehow seems more natural. Not that I’m relieved when that happens. Even I’m not happy when someone dislikes me.
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We are all vulnerable. And we will all, at some point in our lives, fall. We will all fall. We must carry this in our hearts that what we have is special. That it can be taken from us, and when it is taken from us, we will be tested. We will be tested to our very souls. We will now all be tested. It is these times, it is this pain that allows us to look inside ourselves.
~ Coach Tyler, Friday Night Lights || Season 1 || Episode 1
Trust that all your influences—all the books you’ve read, all the movies you watched, all the conversations you participated (even silently)—lead to something beautiful and useful someday.
You are not wasting time. You are learning. You must trust your capacity to learn, absorb, filter, store, and share.
You will weave beautiful, meaningful, insightful, influential, and inspirational stories one day—exactly how you have always imagined, hoped, and prayed for. Yes, you possess the magic to affect and inspire people one day. But first, you must learn how to listen.
For now, be an exploring observer and learner of the world. Trust that one day soon will come at its right time. Be patient with yourself.
Remind yourself: Ancora Imparo.
** Inspired by the following quote from Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things:
The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming.
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As a daughter, it is my instantaneous response to care for my parents. I stumbled upon this TEDx talk by Jane Everson and Frances Hall about caring for our (aging) parents. I hope you can also learn something from it like I did.
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Here are some quotes that I would like to share from this TEDx talk:
When you encounter a need, when you encounter something that you don’t know what to do with, you have several choices: you can either take advantage of what is available, you can run screaming saying, “I can’t do this,” or, you can create your own solution.
It’s hard to watch someone decline. If we’re fortunate, we have the opportunity to journey with our parents as they age. But if we are wise, we acknowledge that this is a time that we get to make sure that that relationship is very solid. We get to deepen that relationship because time does run out.
Be gentle with yourself. We have to take care of ourselves because no one else can do that for us.