15 Powerful Literary Quotes To Relate To

15 Powerful Literary Quotes To Relate To

An irresistible page-turner is a wonderful thing, but the very greatest novels pack sentences so prevailing that you stop reading, lower the book and simply live in the words for a moment.

The power and voice of a writer are like no other. These authors are able to connect to thousands of people with their beautiful language and words that they have created that so many others are able to relate to. In honor of amazing writers everywhere, here are 15 quotes from literary pieces of outstanding authors.

1) " What's in a name? that which wee call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet." -William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet-

It is one's essence, what's on the inside, that counts.

2) " Let's be men; on all occasions. Show in our words the truth that's in our hearts. Letting the heart itself speak out, not hiding. Our feelings under masks of compliment." - Molière, The Misanthrope -

It does no good to mask your frankest thoughts, your truest feelings.

3) " You are so very pretty, my dear, so good and so mannerly, that I cannot help giving you a gift' (for this was a Fairy, who had taken the form of a poor country-woman, to see how far the civility and good manners of this pretty girl would go). 'I will give you a gift,' continued the Fairy." - Charles Perrault, The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, "The Fairy"-

Indeed, showing kindness to strangers goes a long way. Really, you should always treat others the way you would wish to be treated.

4) " We should scrutinise ourselves no little. Before assuming to condemn our neighbours. And add the weight of exemplary living. To any censure that we pass on others." - Molière, The Misanthrope-

It can be easy to judge others sometimes for their differences, but it does no good to critique.

5) " If you are divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as these sticks." -Aesop, Aesop's Fables, "The Father and His Sons"-

If we are united, we will surely thrive, just as a bundle of sticks is stronger than the sticks individually.

6) "'Alas!' said the Horse, 'if you really wish to be in good condition, you should groom me less, and feed me more.'" -Aesop, Aesop's Fables,"The Horse and Groom"-

Tend to the fundamental needs first, not the superficial ones.

7) " My taste is for freedom and I have no relish for constraint." -Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote-

I don't believe anyone can really be happy if they are not free.

8) "If you were fooling enough to sing all the summer, you must dance supperless to bed in the winter." -Aesop, Aesop's Fables, "The Ants and the Grasshopper"-

An important lessons, to be sure. It never hurts to work hard and prepare for difficult times ahead.

9) "' Never more pray to me for help, until you have done your best to help yourself, or depend upon it you will henceforth pray in vain.' Self-help is the best help." - Aesop, Aesop's Fables, "Hercules and the Wagoner"-

You can simply wait for your circumstances to change or for someone to save you. If you do not try to help yourself, who will?

10) "The Pictures of the Pen shall out-last those of the Pencil, and even Worlds themselves." -Aphra Behn, Oroonoko-

Books, poems, letters- there is a certain power and longevity in the written word.Imagine people decades or even centuries from now enjoying the same works I do.

11) "Fine feathers don't make fine birds." -Aesop, Aesop's Fables, "The Peacock and the Crane"-

Just because one's plumage is attractive does not mean one's temperament matches.

12) "As nearly as I may I'll play the penitent to you, but mine honestly shall not make poor my greatness; nor my power work with it." -William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra-

It can be quite difficult not to let pride or vanity stand in the way of making an apology. But admitting one's mistakes does not diminish any power or greatness. It is a sign of a worthy leader.

13) "Honour and virtue are the ornaments of the mind, without which the body, though it be so, has no right to pass for beautiful." -Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote-

So much stock is placed in physical appearance, in the prettiness of the outside package. But such things do not really matter if one's soul does not possess such traits as honor and virtue; those are what makes one truly beautiful.

14) "We'll let time knit these gentle ties between us." -Molière, The Misanthrope-

Time is indeed quite mighty. It can heal wounds and build friendships when one least expects it.

15) "Then I defy you, stars!" -William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet-

I have found much about fate. It is true: sometimes we are simply given a bad lot. But why not try to make our own constellations?

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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