Downright Dreamy Bumper Sticker

One of my New Years resolutions every year is to read more. I mean, I already read quiteeee a fair amount but there is definitely time in the day I waste on crap like Facebook or pinching my fat in the mirror that could definitely be spent broadening my mind and calming my senses. So far this year I’ve bloody smashed it though and I’m already on my 4th book. Okay so I have read one of them already before and the book I’m currently reading is very slim as I’ve needed one small enough to shove down the front of my trousers under my apron so I can go hide in the toilet during work and read (hehe). Started 2018 off with a cracker, Eat Pray Love will always be one of my faves despite the fact I have to try and ignore how obviously American she is and act as though all her USA idioms don’t make me want to smother her with a heavy and slightly damp sofa cushion. I then read Ian McEwan On Chisel Beach which was just weird and I’m reading another of his which is also weird which sucks because I really liked Atonement…

But anyway. In between the disappointing McEwan’s I read (in just one day might I add which is the first time I’ve ever done that) Daniel Martin Kleins’ Every Time I Find The Meaning Of Life They Change It. Borrowed from a friend after the intriguing blurb and good reviews Klein reflects on years of philosophical quotes that he’d jotted down through various stages of his life and when and why they resonated with him. His passion for the seemingly unanswerable questions about life and the mind is inspiring and for a 70 year old guy his wit is sharp and young minded. He stumbles across an old notebook filled with scribbles and sayings of modern and ancient philosophers from all over the world and after flicking through puts together what is ultimately a clever compilation of reviews and remembrances.

I. Am. A. SUCKER for a good quote. Honestly put a few fancy words together and add a slightly deeper hidden meaning and I am actual putty in your hands. I love the emotion behind them, the romanticised drama of it all, hell even the syntax is aesthetically pleasing to me. I have been known to purchase books solely on the fact that I’ve read a beautiful quote on someone’s Insta post… Tragic. But they are the smile moments, the ‘life is or isn’t worth living’ moments during an intense reading session. Stumbling on a wise or life changing quote in a book is like accidentally discovering treasure. A small, perfectly formed collection of letters that make a simply perfect statement. So naturally after reading all of Kleins’ favourite quotes I dug out my little book of noted quotes and had a flick through to find the ones that made me all butterflyey inside.

So here’s a small sprinkling of my favorite one (or two) liners from some of the worlds greatest that at points have somehow managed to sum up my feelings better than I could ever imagine doing

‘I let it go. It’s like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let it go and the river brings you home.’
– Five Quarter Of The Orange, Joanna Harris

‘I was a pebble, I was a leaf. I was the jagged branch of a tree. I was nothing to them, and they were everything to me.’
– Wild, Cheryl Strayed

‘Drive away and try to keep smiling. Get a little rock and roll on the radio and go toward all the life there is with all the courage you can find and all the belief you can muster. Find truth, be brave, stand. All the rest is darkness.’
– Stephen King, It

‘I am as bad as the worst, but thank God, I am as good as the best’
-Walt Whitman

‘I am awfully greedy, I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish. You see it is difficult to get ll which I want, and then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger’
– Simone De Beauvior

‘Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living’
-Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer

‘I wondered if that was show forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany but with pain gathering it’s things, packing up and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night’
– Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

‘And as the sharp peaks of the mountains that resided within me softened to fern coated hills, I felt the weight of a thousand life times spent searching slip away like a warm breath on a clear November morning. All encompassing, then gone without a trace’
– Me 🙂

I’d really love to read all your favorite quotes as nothing gets me going quite like fanciful language— and if you fancy it check me out on Insta @charlotravel where we can chat about books and food and stuff

Love

C.J.R xox

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