Hello fellow bookworms! It’s Sunday, which means it’s discussion time. This is when I write to think more deeply about books, why we read, and why literature is so important in our lives.
Throughout August, I will be talking about quotations in literature, focusing on why they are so important to us as readers, and what we can do to make the most of these small snippets of literature in our everyday lives. Today’s post is the final instalment in this collection talking about literary quotes, and I will be discussing some quotes I’ve found throughout my August reading, and why they jumped out at me in particular.
“…the distance between stories and real life did not yet seem so great.” – Hollow City
When I was younger, this quote was a lot more true than I feel it is now with children. I felt so connected to stories and believed in fiction a lot more than children these days. Children of this generation are too connected to the real world online and through social media that they forget stories exist; they forget there are so many other alternate universes they can visit in literature. I think it’s so important to establish your own personal distance between reality and stories, and to have a balance between them. After all, stories are used to escape the world we live in.
“Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.” – Hollow City
Similar to reading books to escape, you could be struggling in reality, but living the life you wish for whilst reading a book. It’s important to realise that it is possible to be happy and have things to look forward to, as well as be a little bit sad, anxious or worried about things currently happening, or anything in the future. A balance needs to be found between these two emotions, otherwise everything gets a little bit overwhelming! I think this quote sums this feeling up quite nicely.
“Laughing doesn’t make bad things worse any more than crying makes them better…” – Hollow City
This is more of a personally reassuring quote p, as it reminds me it’s okay to feel happy in bad times, and that crying really won’t fix anything, and can sometimes make things feel worse than they are. If crying won’t do any good, then why not laugh instead, because no harm can be done through happiness!
“I am Tessa Grey, and I believe in the importance of stories.” – The Whitechapel Fiend (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #3)
I chose this quote because I believe it to be the most true out of all of these. Stories should be seen as important by everyone in their own way, as they allow us to stretch our imaginations. There are so many lessons to be learned in stories that can be applied to everyday life, but they also supply us with a means of escapism, which is also incredibly important for a lot of people. There aren’t many of us who can stand reality 24/7!
“…you wish to be alone with literature all the time.” – Nothing But Shadows (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #4)
I loved this when I read it, because it made me think about being alone with literature like being with a person to keep you company. You’re never truly alone when you’re reading, and the idea of being able to ‘be with literature’ all the time sounds like a world I want to be living in!
What do you think of the quotes I can across in my reading this month? Have you come across any good quotes whilst reading recently? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…