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Inspiring Quotes From Your Favorite Books

Books have the power to do many things: inspire you, take you to different places, change your life, etc. Anyone who’s ever read a book has pulled one of their favorite quotes from one at some point or another regardless of whether it’s a young adult book, historical biography, or even a children’s story. Either way, inspirational quotes are all around us. We went ahead and compiled a list of 25 famous quotes from books ranging from classics, all the way to modern day novels.

 

1.“The only limits for tomorrow are the doubts we have today.” –Pittacus Lore (The Power of Six)

 

2. “We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” -Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale)

 

3. “Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up.” –Veronica Roth (Divergent)

 

4. “Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer.” –Dan Brown (Digital Fortress)

 

5.  “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” -Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451)

 

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” –Haruki Murakami (What I Talk About When I Talk About Running)

 

7. “Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best. Wherever you go, you will top the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, it’s true that bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you.” –Dr. Seuss (Oh! The Places You’ll Go)

 

8. “Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.” -Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

 

9. “Beautiful means ‘full of beauty’. Beautiful is not about how you look on the outside, beautiful is about what you’re made of. Beautiful people spend time discovering what their idea of beauty on this earth is. They know themselves well enough to know what they love, and they love themselves enough to fill up with a little of their particular kind of beauty each day.” –Glennon Doyle Melton (Love Warrior)

 

10. “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” –Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)

 

11. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” -J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

 

12. “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)

 

13. “His soul sat up. It met me. Those kinds of souls always do – the best ones. The ones who rise up and say “I know who you are and I am ready. Not that I want to go, of course, but I will come.” Those souls are always light because more of them have been put out. More of them have already found their way to other places.” -Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)

 

14. “You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day.” –M.L. Stedman (The Light Between Oceans)

 

15. “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” -J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)

 

16. “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” -Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

 

17. “I am [in your world].’ said Aslan. ‘But there I have another name, you must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.” –C.S. Lewis (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia)

 

18. “I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” -Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)

 

19. “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” -Stephen King (Different Seasons)

 

20. “We can experience nothing but the present moment, live no other second of time, and to understand this is as close as we can get to eternal life.” -P.D. James (The Children of Men)

 

21. “I was trying to feel some kind of good-bye. I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t you feel worse.” –J.D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye)

 

22. “Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. I hate such things, and though I think I’ve a right to be hurt, I don’t intend to show it.” –Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)

 

23. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” -Victor Hugo (Les Misérables)

 

24. “Although there are times I’d give anything to have her back, I’m glad she went first. Losing her was like being cleft down the middle. It was the moment it all ended for me, and I wouldn’t have wanted her to go through that.” –Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants)

 

25. “The worst part of holding memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” –Lois Lowry (The Giver)

13 Thrilling Facts About Friday the 13th

According to the Gregorian calendar, Friday the 13th is the unluckiest day ever. The origin of this chock-full superstitious day is unclear. Some believe it derived from the bible, others believe it comes from Norse mythology. Either way, this day frightens millions of people worldwide and causes them to act differently than they normally would. Here are 13 facts about Friday the 13th that might sate your curiosity surrounding its superstitious misfortune.

 

1. Many hospitals and hotels avoid having a floor 13 and a room with a 13 in it. They skip right over to 14.

 

2. There is an actual scientific term for the fear of Friday the 13th. It’s called paraskevidekatriaphobia. Fear of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia.

 

3. The ancient Egyptians believed the number 13 to be lucky because humans went through 12 stages of life and the 13th stage was related to the afterlife.

 

4. On April 13, 2029, an asteroid called 99942 Apophis will closely fly by the planet Earth, but fear not, scientists have found that there is no risk of it colliding with the Earth or the moon.

 

5. The famous movie franchise Friday the 13th popularized the fear of Friday landing on the 13th day of the month.

 

6. More than 60 million people worldwide claim to be affected by Friday the 13th and will even refuse to get out of bed, go to work, or drive a car.

 

7. Heavy metal was born on Friday, February 13, 1970 with Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album.

 

8. Some believe the misfortune of Friday the 13th was linked to the bible. For example, Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus was labelled the 13th apostle at the Last Supper which took place on a Friday.

 

9. During the 1930s through the 1940s, the townboard of French Lick, Indiana decreed all black cats to have a bell tied around their neck on Friday the 13th to ward off bad luck.

 

10. The wedding chapel Viva Las Vegas offers special Rocky Horror themed ceremonies on Friday the 13th.

 

11. In 1882 a group of thirteen men created the Thirteen Club. They gather every 13th of the month and defy superstitious beliefs. They would do things such as walk under ladders, break mirrors, open umbrellas indoors, etc.

 

12. In Spain, Tuesday the 13th is considered bad luck because they associate it with the Roman God of war, Mars. They go as far as to say not to get married on a Tuesday, or even leave your home.

 

13. Some folklore offer remedies for fear of Friday the 13th. One is to either climb to the top of a mountain or skyscraper and burn all the socks you own with holes in them. Another is to stand on your head and eat a piece of gristle.

Best Places to Travel to for Saint Patrick’s Day

It’s time to don your green and pack your bags because Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! Here’s a list of our top 10 destinations around the world that hold some of the best celebrations in honor of Saint Patrick.

 

1. Dublin, Ireland

The people of Dublin love to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in a more traditional manner. They listen to a lot of live music and pubs will hold feasts.

 

2. New York, New York

New York City holds one of the world’s largest parades. On Fifth Avenue, you’ll find 250,000 people marching. It has been a tradition since 1762.

 

3. Chicago, Illinois

Since 1962, Chicago has been pouring 40 tons of environmentally safe green dye into their river and every year, 400,000 people gather around to watch! This festive green color lasts for 5 hours!

 

4. Tokyo, Japan

In Tokyo, the Japanese hold an “I Love Ireland” festival every year in Yayogi Park. They have stalls selling corned beef, stalls selling green beer, bagpipe performances, live music, and more!

 

5.  Montreal, Canada

Since 1824, Montreal has never cancelled a Saint Patrick’s Day parade regardless of bad weather. Every year they have a huge Saint Patrick statue to signal the start of the parade. National Geographic labeled Montreal as one of the top 10 Saint Paddy’s Day celebrations in the world!

 

6.  Sydney, Australia

Every year, the Sydney Opera House is lit up with green lights in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. Sydney is home to the second largest parade in the world and the city uses the holiday to raise money for local charities with the sales of raffle tickets and event entry tickets.

 

7. Savannah, Georgia

Savannah holds the third largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade in the world. They have many events such as the live entertainment at the City Market on River Street, the viewing of the fountain in Forsyth Park spouting green water, the Clydesdale horses walking about, and more!

 

8. London, England

In London, you’ll find many Saint Patrick’s Day events starting with the 1.5 mile long parade in Trafalgar Square. There’s film festivals featuring Irish screenings, ceilidh dancing, Irish pubs with themed events, and more. You can even see the London Eye sporting festive green lights!

 

9. Munich, Germany

One of the largest Saint Patrick’s Day festivals in the continent of Europe is located in Munich, Germany. Leopold Strasse, where the Siegestor landmark is located, is closed off on this day for a successful celebration. When you’re done with the festivities, head on over to the world famous Hofbräuhaus for a big ol’ mug of beer!

 

10. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is the fifth largest Irish community in the world and also the location with the biggest Saint Patrick’s Day celebration in South America. The Argentinians here hold a 10 block street party filled with live music and dancing. Afterwards they’ll hit up popular Irish pubs such as the Temple Bar or the Kilkenny.

 

 

The Best Documentaries on Netflix

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy learning new information in nice, digestible chunks. There’s nothing like a good documentary to make you feel productive while watching TV. If you feel the same, then I have great news for you! Netflix has a plethora of documentaries for you to watch and absorb passively on your couch. So sit back, relax, and grab your popcorn. We’re delving into the realm of documentaries!

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American Anarchist

It’s a story of passion, fervor, and regret. In 1971, William Powell authored one of the most controversial books ever written, The Anarchist Cookbook. The book contained instructions on how to make everything from weapons to illicit drugs. It quickly became the book of choice for social deviants, including terrorists and freedom fighters. But, after converting to Anglicanism in 1979, Powell devoted the rest of his life to making sure nobody ever reads his book again. This is his story.

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Cosmos

When you look up at the night sky, isn’t in wonderful? Have you ever wondered what’s up there and how it all works? Wonder no longer! Neil Degrasse Tyson is here to tell you in his classic dulcet tones. Cosmos succeeds in making its subject matter accessible with easy to understand examples and comparisons. It’s a very humbling documentary, reinforcing how small we really are in the face of the universe. We are all made of stardust, which is a pretty cool idea to ponder on.

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Pumping Iron

If you’re at all interested in bodybuilding as a sport, this is the documentary for you. Originally released in 1977, this film follows Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno as they vie for the title of most aesthetic man alive. Pumping Iron pulls back the curtain on how the sport is fraught with body image issues and subjectivity in judging. This documentary is also a deluge of information about Schwarzenegger and Ferrigno. It’s worth a watch if the sport even remotely interests you.

Do you have any favorite documentaries? Leave them in the comments below!

Consider a “Staycation” This Summer

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Summer is officially here and vacations are on everyone’s mind. Whether it’s a friend or a neighbor, I’m sure you know someone planning an elaborate vacation this season. But is a big vacation to Florida or the Bahamas out of your reach? No worries! Here’s why you should love “staycations”.

Give Your Wallet a Break

It’s no secret; vacations are very expensive. The cost of hotels, gas, dinning out, and any activities adds up very quickly. American Express estimates the average per person cost of a vacation is $1,145! If you’re particularly tight for cash, like most college students are, it can put a damper on your vacation. Easily avoid those costs by deciding to take a staycation! You already pay rent, so why pay even more to sleep in a strange bed? You can also cook meals at home during your staycation or only go out to eat once or twice – instead of every night. The main thing your money goes to during a staycation is activities. You can do more extravagant things with the money you save from not traveling.

Reduce Your Stress

Planning a vacation can become very stressful. Getting your friends or family on the same page with where you want to go/how much you want to spend is always a hassle. Not to mention, traveling is stressful as well. Rushing to get to the airport so you don’t miss your flight and rushing to be gone by checkout at the end of your stay add unneeded stress. Instead, you can make your own schedule during your “staycation”. There’s also no need to rush because you’re already where you need to be – now it’s time to just relax. As a college student, trust me when I say you need less stress.

Enjoy the Comfort of Your Own Home

There’s nothing more unsettling than having to sleep in a strange bed – and potentially having to worry about it being dirty or even having bed bugs. With a “staycation”, you and your family/friends can sleep in your own comfy beds. You can relax on your own couch and cook in your own, familiar kitchen. You also don’t have to worry about forgetting anything because you already have everything you need. There’s no better feeling than not having to wake up to a screeching alarm, in your own bed, knowing you can do whatever you want today.

Benefits to the Local Economy

This is the biggest positive of a staycation – giving back to your town. Especially during tough times, it’s very important to support local businesses. Instead of traveling to Florida and eating at chain restaurants – find interesting restaurants you haven’t tried in your town. Plan a day to go to the local museum or you city’s theatre. Supporting your local economy benefits everyone, making your town a more pleasant to live.

So, next time you’re stuck on where to spend your summer break, consider a “staycation”! It’s cheaper, less stressful and you get to sleep in your own bed!