I’m currently going through an interestingly productive yet unproductive reading phase where I’m having the time of my life devouring books yet I can’t bring myself to talk or write about them. It’s hard to explain. But in the meantime, I didn’t want my blog to fall into oblivion with inactivity so I’d like to share some beautiful lines from literature that’ve made me stop reading (or scrolling) because I couldn’t do anything but read and reread the lines below.
It’s like the literature took a physical form and decided it would sit heavy and comforting right on top of my heart and that’s one of my favourite things – that literature can evoke such deep emotion.
Fragile creatures of a small blue planet, surrounded by light years of silent space. Do the dead find peace beyond the rattle of the world? What peace is there for us whose best love cannot return them even for a day? I raise my head to the door and think I will see you in the frame. I know it is your voice in the corridor but when I run outside the corridor is empty. There is nothing I can do that will make any difference. The last word was yours.
Jeanette Winterson, Written On The Body
My dear heart, never think you are better than others. Listen to their sorrows with compassion. If you want peace, do not harbor bad thoughts, do not gossip and do not teach what you do not know.
I thought, lying there, that I might love him for the rest of my life. We did love each other—maybe we never said it, and maybe love was never something we were in, but it was something I felt. I loved him, and I thought, maybe I will never see him again, and I’ll be stuck missing him, and isn’t that so terrible.
John Green, Turtles All the Way Down
As I grow older, much older, I will experience many things, and I will hit rock bottom again and again. Again and again I will suffer; again and again I will get back on my feet. I will not be defeated. I won’t let my spirit be destroyed.
Banana Yoshimoto, Kitchen
If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But when it’s in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn’t mean it’s no longer love.
Ayobami Adebayo, Stay with Me
What are some awe-inspiring lines that you’ve come across in your reading journey? Please share them with me below!