Quotes from ‘A Game of Thrones’ // Catelyn’s Perspective

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Book One of A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin is an exciting adventure. Here are the best quotes from the chapters of Catelyn’s perspective:

(Disclaimer: I’m just a fan of the books and the author, no affiliation with the publishers, etc. I own none of these words, I only enjoy them.)

If you missed them, here are the quotes from Bran’s chapters.

  1. “He must learn to face his fears. He will not be three forever. And winter is coming.” [Ned]
  2. “There are darker things beyond the Wall.” [Catelyn]fullsizeoutput_d48
  3. “Take the children. Fill her halls with noise and shouts and laughter.” [Ned]
  4. “…the darkness left his eyes.” [Narrator]
  5. “Where the king goes, the realm follows.” [Catelyn]
  6. “There is grief in this message, Ned. I can feel it.” [Catelyn]
  7. “This is no time for false modesty.” [Catelyn]
  8. “His road is no crueler than yours…” [Maester Luwin]
  9. “Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.” [Ned]
  10. Never draw your sword unless you mean to use it.” [Ser Rodrik]GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  11. “The pain was her scourge..” [Narrator]
  12. “…it is one thing to be clever and another to be wise…” [Catelyn]
  13. “I am not accustomed to being summoned like a serving wench.” [Catelyn]
  14. “…Old sweet friends should never hesitate to rely upon each other.” [Littlefinger]
  15. “Varys was lord of nothing but the spiderweb, the master of none but his whisperers.” [Narrator]
  16. “She would not let them see her grief.” [Narrator]GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  17. “Those who come late to meals don’t eat.” [Masha]
  18. “…one elderly knight, armored in loyalty.” [Narrator]
  19. “Common travelers attract less notice.” [Catelyn]
  20. “The crossroads made for odd companions…” [Narrator]
  21. “As she had suspected, he was more interested in telling his own story than in hearing theirs. Singers loved nothing half so well as the sound of their own voices.” [Narrator]
  22. “…the Starks know no music but the howling of wolves.” [Marillion]
  23. “So long as the fire’s warm and the straw reasonably free of fleas, I am a happy man.” [Man of the Night’s Watch]
  24. “Courage he had, and strength, but there was no kindness in him, and little loyalty.” [Narrator, Catelyn, on Bronn]
  25. “A woman can rule as wisely as a man.” [Catelyn]
    “The right woman can.” [Ser Brynden]
  26. “…their marriage was made from politics, not passion.” [Ser Brynden]
  27. “The dwarf is here, and not by choice. Chains or not, he is my prisoner.” [Catelyn]
  28. “…the looming mass of the great mounted shrouded in night, as black as a starless sky.” [Narrator]
  29. “Torches just blind you. On a clear night like this, the moon and the stars are enough.” [Mya]
  30. “…the wind was a living thing, howling around them like a wolf in the waste.” [Narrator]
  31. “No castle is impregnable.” [Ser Brynden]
  32. “…and yet in life she had never shed a tear. So in death, the gods had decreed that she would know no rest until her weeping watered the black earth of the Vale, where the men she had loved were buried.” [Narrator on Alyssa Arryn]
  33. “…it seemed cruel for a day to dawn so fair and end so foul…” [Narrator]
  34. “Too fond of the sight of blood on that golden sword of his.” [Ser Rodrik on Jaime]
  35. “…she was weary of futile arguments with her sister.” [Narrator]
  36. “You named yourself battle commander. Command.” [Catelyn]
  37. “Your father is not fearless. He is brave, but that is very different.” [Catelyn, to Robb]
  38. “You want cold cunning, I should think, not courage.” [Catelyn]
  39. “She had put despair and fear aside, as if they were garments she did not choose to wear…but now she saw that she had donned them after all.” [Narrator]
  40. “She masked her fears behind a face kept still and stern.” [Narrator]
  41. “A child sees an obstacle, and his first thought is to run around it or knock it down. A lord must learn that sometimes words can accomplish what swords cannot.” [Catelyn]GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  42. “…but some truths did not bear saying, and some lies were necessary.” [Narrator]
  43. “She would need to choose her words with care, and do her best to take no offense from his.” [Narrator]
  44. “Father says you should let the men see you before a battle.” [Robb]
  45. “It was a terrible sound, a frightening sound, yet there was music in it too.” [Narrator, on Grey Wind’s howling]
  46. “Grieve for them. Honor them for their valor. But not now. You have no time for grief.” [Catelyn]
  47. “We have won a battle, not a war.” [Catelyn]GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  48. “She wondered if indeed her heart would ever lift again…” [Narrator]
  49. “Wait, let these two kings play their game of thrones.” [Ser Stevron]
  50. “Ned stood at my side once more…but he is gone, and a hundred Whispering Woods will not change that.” [Catelyn]
  51. “I will mourn for Ned until the end of my days, but I must think of the living.” [Catelyn]
  52. “What have we fought for, if we are to put all back as it was before?” [Lord Bracken]

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Quotes from ‘A Game of Thrones’ // Bran’s Perspective

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A Game of Thrones gives us the first look into George R. R. Martin’s world of knights, dragons, and fantasy. Here are the best 38 quotes from A Song of Ice and Fire, Book One: A Game of Thrones, from the chapters of Bran’s perspective:

(Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the author or publisher of this novel. I do not own these words. I am just another fan.)

  1. “It was not courage. This one was dead of fear. You could see it in his eyes, Stark.”[Jon]
  2. “Jon’s eyes were a grey so dark they seemed almost black, but there was little they did not see.” [Narrator]
  3. “Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?” [Bran]
    “That is the only time a man can be brave.” [Ned]
  4. “If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.” [Ned]
  5. “…you must take no pleasure in the task, but neither must you look away. A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is.” [Ned]
  6. “Born with the dead, worse luck.” [Man in Ned’s Crew]
  7. “Easy to say, and harder to do.” [Ned]
  8. “Give me honorable enemies rather than ambitious ones, and I’ll sleep more easily by night.” [Jaime]
  9. “You should think less about the future and more about the pleasures at hand.” [Jaime]GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  10. I told you, the answer is flying, not crying. How hard can it be?” [The Crow]
  11. “There are different kinds of wings.” [The Crow]
  12. Every flight begins with a fall.” [The Crow]GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  13. “Choose. Fly or die.” [The Crow]
  14. “Wings unseen drank the wind and filled and pulled him upward…” [Narrator]
  15. “The stories are, before me and after me, before you too.” [Old Nan]
  16. “Fear is for the winter.” [Old Nan]
  17. “Fear is for the long night, when the sun hides its face for years at a time, and little children are born and live and die all in darkness…” [Old Nan]
  18. “The crow had promised him that he could fly.” [Narrator]
  19. “Spare me your false courtesies…” [Tyrion]
  20. “…so long as he did not hear them he was safe.” [Narrator]
  21. “Blood for blood.” [Theon]
  22. “His lean, dark face had a hungry look to it.” [Narrator]
  23. “Folly and desperation are ofttimes hard to tell apart.” [Maester Luwin]
  24. “A man’s worth is not marked by a ser before his name.” [Maester Luwin]
  25. “Let them mock, Bran thought. No one mocked him in his bedchamber, but he would not live his life in bed.” [Narrator]
  26. “The godswood was an island of peace in the sea of chaos.” [Narrator]fullsizeoutput_ccd
  27. “I don’t want to go. I have to.” [Robb]
  28. “She had gone south, and only her bones had returned.” [Narrator, on ‘Lady’ the direwolf]
  29. “You asked them and they’re answering. Open your ears, listen, you’ll hear.” [Osha]
  30. “Who do you think sends the wind, if not the gods?” [Osha]
  31. “So be it. I’ll wear my irons and hold my tongue. A man who won’t listen can’t hear.” [Osha]
  32. “There are some who call my order the knights of the mind.” [Maester Luwin]
  33. “Bran, when a man fights, his arms and legs and thoughts must be as one.” [Maester Luwin]
  34. “You must put these dreams aside, they will only break your heart.” [Luwin]
  35. “He was not made for chains.” [Bran, on ‘Summer’ the direwolf]
  36. “Fear can fever a man’s mind and give him queer thoughts.” [Luwin]
  37. “The man who trusts in spells is dueling with a glass sword.” [Luwin]
  38. “They were a people dark and beautiful, small of stature, no tall than children even when grown to manhood. They lived in the depths of the wood, in caves and crannogs and secret tree towns. Slight as they were, the children were quick and graceful.” [Luwin, on the children of the forest]

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this list. Please look out for the next posts containing more quotes from these amazing novels.

Quotes from “Jane Eyre” by Charolette Bronte

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Here is the PDF of all the quotes from Jane Eyre that stuck out to me. Many of them I used in my five part post about what this novel taught me about life. This PDF is quotes only – no insights, no comments, just straight quotes from the book.

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Jane Eyre Quotes

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Invaluable Life Advice from Jane Eyre (Part Five)

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This is the fifth and final post providing a collection of quotes from Jane Eyre. My hope is to read between the lines and spread the wisdom in these pages crafted by Charolette Brontë in 1847.

Here are the other four parts in case you missed them:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

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1 – Never let pride stand in the way of doing what’s right. 

“I was not heroic enough to purchase liberty at the price of caste.” Narrator (Chapter 3)

Doing the right thing is often difficult because it can come with backlash and judgement from those around us. However, it’s important to remember that facing moments of backlash is nothing compared to the regret that comes with neglecting to do the right thing.

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2 – You are strong enough to handle what the world has dealt you. 

“Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it. It is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear.” Helen Burns (Chapter 6)

“Why was I always suffering, always brow-beaten, always accused, forever condemned? Why could I never please? Why was it useless to try to win anyone’s favor?” Narrator (Chapter 2)

When going through hard times, it can often feel as if the universe is out to get us. Always remember that you are strong enough to face whatever is thrown your way.

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3 – Do not let day to day, petty issues infect your mood.  

“I can so clearly distinguish between the criminal and his crime; I can so sincerely forgive the first while I abhor the last; with this creed, revenge never worries my heart, degradation never too deeply disgusts me, injustice never crushes me too low. I live in calm, looking to the end.” Helen Burns (Chapter 6)

Looking at the big picture in life helps to reduce the significance of the daily stressors that can seem life altering in the moment. Always remember the most important things in life and don’t let anything less get you down.

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4 – Do not let fear get in the way of your goals and dreams. 

“The fear of failure in these points harassed me worse than the physical hardships of my lot; those these were no trifles.” Narrator (Chapter 7)

“It is a very strange sensation to inexperienced youth to feel itself quite alone in the world; cut adrift from every connection, uncertain whether the port to which it is bound can be reached, and prevented by many impediments from returning to that it has quitted. The charm of adventure sweetens that sensation, the glow of pride warms it; but then the throb of fear disturbs it;” Narrator (Chapter 11)

Fear is often the biggest obstacle in the path of reaching our dreams. “What if I fail?” “Will my friends laugh at me?” “Will I be taken seriously?” “Am I good enough?”

Fear is understandable and everyone faces it at some point in life. Yet that feeling of being afraid to fail does not mean you shouldn’t pursue your goals. On the other hand, it probably means you need to go for it. Don’t let fear hold you back, just as Jane continues on her journey is this novel even though she is scared to venture out.

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5 – Don’t try to be like everyone else – humans are flawed.

“Such is the imperfect nature of man – such spots are there on the disk of the clearest planet; and eyes like Miss Scatcherd’s can only see those minute defects, and are blind to the full brightness of the orb.” Narrator (Chapter 7)

“Most things free-born will submit to anything for a salary;” Mr. Rochester (Chapter 14)

The goals others have, the items they crave, and the lifestyle they dream of are all irrelevant. What matters is what you want, what your goals are, and how you strive to reach those goals. Advice from others is great, but you should always remember that everyone else has a different dream in mind. One person’s path to success with look absolutely different than another.

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6 – The heart’s feelings are not easily changed.

“I could not unlove him now, merely because I found that he had ceased to notice me – because I might pass hours in his presence, and he would never once turn his eyes in my direction – because I saw all his attentions appropriated by a great lady, who scorned to touch me with the hem of her robes as she passed – who, if ever her dark and imperious eye fell on me by chance, would withdraw it instantly…” Narrator (Chapter 18)

“There was nothing to cool or banish love in these circumstances, though much to create despair.” Narrator (Chapter 18)

“Blasphemy against nature! Every good, true, vigorous feeling I have, gathers impulsively round him. I know I must conceal my sentiments; I must smother hope; I must remember that he cannot care much for me.” Narrator (Chapter 17)

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When heartbroken or craving someone intensely, feeling angry at yourself is never a good response. The heart is going to want people and things that are not good for you, not right for you, or completely out of your reach. Don’t let yourself be mad at your heart for wanting things it shouldn’t. It’s natural to feel this way, so talk about it, write about it, discuss it with a friend, and grow from it.

Anger will never force your heart to change its desires.

7 – Words are much more painful than “sticks and stones.”

“Better tire my limbs than strain my heart…” Jane to herself (Chapter 25)

“And with that answer, he left me. I would much rather he had knocked me down.” Narrator (Chapter 34)

“My rest might have been blissful enough, only a sadheart broke it.” Narrator (Chapter 28)

“I so dreaded a reply that would crush me with despair. To prolong doubt was to prolong hope.” Narrator (Chapter 36)

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Words can cut deep and wound the soul. We all have scars on our hearts from the harsh words others have spoken. Always be careful what you say to others because a physical wound will heal, but a wound to the mind can last a lifetime.

8 – The mind holds the most beauty.

“Your mind is treasure, and if it were broken it would be my treasure still…” Mr. Rochester to Jane (Chapter 27)

“My very soul demands you…” Mr. Rochester (Chapter 37)

“…all the sunshine I can feel is in her presence.” Mr. Rochester (Chapter 37)

“I have worn it since the day I lost my only treasure…” Mr. Rochester on his bronze scrag (Chapter 37)

“…this obvious absence of passion in his sentiments toward her, that my ever-torturing pain arose.” Narrator (Chapter 18)

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Society is quick to value beauty as a result of the way people look. But the true beauty is found in the soul or the mind; the way a person treats others, the intelligence he/she holds, the quirks that are apparent, the music that she listens to when she’s sad – all of this is what leads to real beauty.

Instead of trying to look more appealing on the outside, we should strive to better our minds because that’s where the true value lies.

9 – Learn from those you admire.  

“…she was qualified to give those who enjoyed the privilege of her converse a taste of far higher things.” Narrator (Chapter 9)

“…she was smart in all she did, and had a remarkable knack of narrative…” Narrator (Chapter 4)

“What a smile! I remember it now, and I know that it was the effluence of fine intellect, of true courage…” Narrator on Helen Burns (Chapter 7)

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When that feeling of deep admiration hits, it must have some reasoning behind it. Why do you admire certain people and not others? Take the time to evaluate the feelings and learn from those you hold in high regards. Though these people are only human, they may possess qualities you wish to gain yourself. We typically learn best from others.

10 – Never lose hope. 

“…I believed in the existence of other and more vivid kinds of goodness, and what I believed in I wished to behold.” Narrator (Chapter 12)

The world can be a terrible place sometimes, but we can’t let the darkness overtake our hopes of finding happiness. No matter what happens, don’t lose your faith in the world and its people. Goodness does exist if only we can learn to look past the dark.

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Thank you for reading this post. I appreciate it and would love to hear comments about what others see in this amazing novel.

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Invaluable Life Advice from Jane Eyre (Part Four)

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Welcome to Part Four of this five part list of advice from Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Brontë. Whether you’ve read the book or not, enjoyed it’s story or despised it, I hope to highlight the areas where valuable life lessons can be learned. Check out Part One, Part Two, and Part Three if you missed them.

1 – Never make big decisions in times of high emotion.

“…you must really make an effort to tranquillize your feelings.” St. John (Chapter 33)

“I will hold to the principles received by me when I was sane, and not mad – as I am now.” Jane to herself (Chapter 27)

Take a breather and distract yourself, always, before committing to an action in a moment of extreme emotional highs and lows. Be careful not to make tough promises when you’re happy, send lengthy gut-spilling messages when you’re sad, or quit your job in a massive angry outburst.

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We later regret the decisions made and words spoken in those moments, so it’s best to step away, calm down, and decide how to act when our minds have settled down.

2 – Decipher between what’s desired and what’s necessary.

“That I should like to have it is certain; whether it would be judicious or wise is another question.” St. John (Chapter 32)

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Whether it’s a new car or a new boyfriend, it’s important to consider the necessity  and morale of whatever is desired. Is it right or wrong, will it still be wanted a month later? Think about it before jumping in.

3 – Connection is key.

“And you,” I interrupted, “cannot at all imagine the craving I have for fraternal and sisterly love. I never had a home, I never had brothers and sisters; I must and will have them now.” Jane (Chapter 33)

“…there is no happiness like that of being loved by our fellow-creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.” Narrator (Chapter 22)Image result for family

At the end of the day, we are human and need love and connection from others. That’s what most of us desire in life whether we admit it or not, and connection is what gives life true meaning.

4 – Do not idolize humans. 

“I could not, in those days, see God for his creature, of whom I had made an idol.” Jane on Mr. Rochester (Chapter 24)

Especially when infatuated with a new interest, it’s easy to place him/her on an impossible pedestal. We also do this with celebrities, parents, teachers, and other people in places of high admiration. It’s great to have role models but important to remember that these people are only human too. They will make mistakes and let us down, and that’s normal. To avoid heartbreak, know they’re human, not gods without imperfections.

Admire those who deserve it, but don’t hold them to inhuman standards.

5 – Forgiving enemies from the past will bring you peace. 

“It is a happy thing that time quells the longings of vengeance, and hushes the promptings of rage and aversion; I had left this woman in bitterness and hate, and I came back to her now with no other emotion than a sort of ruth for her great sufferings, and a strong yearning to forget and forgive all injuries…” Narrator on Mrs. Reed (Chapter 21)

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It’s an amazing experience to feel nothing at the sight of an old face that used to bring pain. Forgive, move on, and over time you will also forget. Peace will come as days go by and new friends come and go. Allow yourself to forgive and heal, and you’ll gain true serenity of mind.

6 – Help others. 

“…no service degrades which can better our race.” St. John (Chapter 30)

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Give a little change to a person on a street corner with a cardboard sign, pick up some trash in the ditch, clean up a mess so another doesn’t have to…the list is endless of tasks we can complete to help others. It should never be seen as degrading and we shouldn’t feel we are “above” doing something because we’re all human, here on this earth, surviving together.

7 – An experience is only as good as your attitude/mood in the moment. 

“I flew through Europe half mad, with disgust, hate, and rage as my companions; now I shall revisit it healed and cleansed…” Mr. Rochester (Chapter 24)

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Vacations, movies, theme parks, weddings, family functions, and any other events are only enjoyed when you have a clear mind. If you go on vacation immediately following a huge fight with your significant other, you likely won’t enjoy that vacation at all.

The good thing about attitude is that we have one hundred percent over our own. So no matter what happened leading up to today, you have the power to tell yourself to suck it up and have a great day.

8 – Forgive yourself, whether others forgive you or not. 

“…let him look higher than his equals for strength to amend, and solace to heal.” Jane Eyre (Chapter 20)

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Asking for forgiveness can be hard, especially if the other person refuses to accept the apology. However, nothing is as hard as forgiving ourselves.

Say it out loud, and say it everyday, “I forgive myself.” Over time, you’ll be able to lighten the burden on your heart.

9 – Keep yourself guarded.

“…I should keep him ignorant that harm to me is possible.” Mr. Rochester (Chapter 20)

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Be vulnerable when you need to vent, but keep those against you ignorant of weakness. Those people don’t deserve to see inside your soul to the beautiful person within.

10 – Never let the difficult times darken your spirit. 

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Keep a fighter’s motivation and push back when times grow arduous. Don’t let the darkness of others and the world around you infect your spirit. Stand strong and know that dark times are bound to change, and push away those people who only bring you down.Image result for book

Thanks for reading this post, and stay tuned for Part Five.

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Five More Life Lessons From ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens

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The love I have for this little novel is apparent. However, unbiased, the wise words by Charles Dickens are undeniable.

If you missed the first part, check it out.

Here are five more messages from A Christmas Carol everyone should take the time to consider:

1 – We are all equal in this universe. 

“It may be, that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man’s child.” The Ghost of Christmas Present (Stave Three)

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Seeing oneself as more valuable than another human – whether due to social class, career, or appearance – is absolutely ignorant. Who’s to say one life means more than another? We are one and the same.

2 – Cruelty will come with its own punishment. 

“However, his offences carry their own punishment, and I have nothing to say against him.” Nephew (Stave Three)

“I am sure he loses pleasanter companions than he can find in his own thoughts, either in his mouldy old office, or his dusty chambers.” Nephew (Stave Three)

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Holding grudges and seeking revenge is difficult to avoid, however, it’s best that we do stay away from this. Because quite often, people will end up facing their own cruelty in the end.

3 – Let them laugh if they will, just keep doing what’s good for you

“Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset…” Narrator (Stave Five)

People are going to judge you. It’s that simple. No matter what you find yourself participating in, saying, or believing in – you will be judged. Just do what you feel is right and don’t let others hold you back with their judgement.

4 – Spread the joy. 

“…there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.” Narrator (Stave Three)

“Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count ‘em up: what then? The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.” Scrooge (Stave Two)

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Laughter and kindness are beautiful. Let us all allow them to radiate from our souls.

5 – It’s never too late to make amends and change your ways. 

“…this is a fearful place. In leaving it, I shall not leave its lesson, trust me. Let us go!” Scrooge (Stave Four)

“But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change.” Scrooge (Stave Four)

“Why show me this, if I am past all hope?” Scrooge (Stave Four)

“I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.” Scrooge (Stave Four)

“Yes,” said Scrooge. “That is my name, and I fear it may not be pleasant to you. Allow me to ask your pardon. And will you have the goodness…” (Stave Five)

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Never let the fear that it’s “too late” keep you from setting things straight. The way that others take it is their own business. Do what you have to do to bring peace to your soul whether it’s six or sixty years after damage has been done.


Over 150 years after the publication of A Christmas Carol, we still have much to learn from the priceless pages. We’ve lost a lot of goodness in the modern ways of society, but we each have the power to find those meaningful values once again.

Thank you for reading this post. And I hope your holiday season is filled with kindness and laughter.

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All pictures and quotes in this post come directly from the book itself. (A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, 1843)

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Invaluable Life Advice from “Jane Eyre” (Part Two)

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Charolette Brontë’s Jane Eyre is a masterpiece full of amazing life lessons. Here is the second collection of quotes from this novel that provide invaluable advice for anyone willing to read the lines and listen.

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If you missed Part One, check it out.

1 – Life is too short to stress.

“Why, then, should we ever sink overwhelmed with distress, when life is so soon over, and death is so certain an entrance to happiness – to glory?” Helen Burns (Chapter 8)

This quote is coming from a child often scorned for little reason and soon to die from a terminal illness. She knows her life is especially short and sees each day as a special gift no matter what unfortunate things happen. For those of us with many years left, we really need to learn to appreciate each day as a chance to live. Gratefulness goes a long way in de-stressing the modern life.

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2 – Beauty is much deeper than outward appearance. 

“..a beauty neither of fine color, nor long eyelash, nor pencilled brow, but of meaning, of movement, of radiance. Then her soul sat on her lips, and language flowed, from what source I cannot tell.” Narrator (Chapter 8)

“…he seems to have more length of limb than vivacity of blood or vigor of brain.” Narrator (Chapter 17)

“But my curiosity will be past its appetite; it craves food now.” Mr. Rochester (Chapter 17)

“She was very showy, but she was not genuine. She had a fine person, many brilliant attainments; but her mind was poor, her heart barren by nature…” Narrator (Chapter 18)

“She was not good, she was not original…She advocated a high tone of sentiment; but she did not know the sensations of sympathy and pity.” Narrator (Chapter 18)

It might sound all too cliché to say that attractiveness should be based on a person’s personality rather than his or her level of beauty. In reading Jane Eyre, we see that this issue of personality over appearance is a timeless debate.

In the novel and in real life, most happy couples’ relationships go much deeper than having pretty faces. Just because a person is gorgeous with a perfect body does not mean that he or she is a good person deserving of your eternal love. We must learn to look deeper into people’s souls when choosing friends and significant others.

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3 – Make the most out of life.

“…her spirit seemed hastening to live within a very brief span as much as many live during a protracted existence.” Narrator (Chapter 8)

This quote, again, is regarding a child living an extremely arduous life. Yet, Miss Helen Burns smiles through her pain and still manages to enjoy what little joys life has given her. If a child like this can learn to make the most of what she’s been given, than so can we.

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4 – Do more of what makes you happy. 

“I feasted, instead, on the spectacle of ideal drawings which I saw in the dark; all the work of my own hands. “ Narrator (Chapter 8)

We should all strive to do more of the things that make us forget to eat. Those are the activities that will bring us true happiness and lead us to enjoy our mundane lives more and more each day. Search to find a passion and never stop pursuing what you love.

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5 – Who you are with is more important than what you have.

“Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.” Narrator quoting Solomon (Chapter 8)

The people we are with whether it’s at home, on vacation, at work, or suffering on the side of the street can make or break the entire experience we’re living. We have all probably been on miserable vacations where we reside in a beautiful place yet spend the entire time on edge because we are with negative people who make us grumpy or anxious.

On the other hand, we have all likely experienced a nice time at work occasionally with coworkers or clients who make us laugh though we are in the midst of mundane labor.

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Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, the experience is typically only as good as the people along for the ride with you.

6 – There is much to see in this world and yearning to experience all things in life is normal.

“I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had courage to go forth into its expanse to seek real knowledge of life amid its perils.” Narrator (Chapter 10)

“…the restlessness was in my nature; it agitated me to pain sometimes.” Narrator (Chapter 12)

“It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity; they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.” Narrator (Chapter 12)

“It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them; if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.” Narrator on Women (Chapter 12)

“To pass its threshold was to return to stagnation…” Narrator on Thornfield (Chapter 12)

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Nowadays we can look at pictures of far away places on the internet, but there’s still nothing better than going to those places and experiencing them for ourselves. It’s perfectly normal to want some adventure and when the itch to travel comes, nothing will ease the ache other than buying a ticket and heading out for a new adventure.

7 – Like it or not, some people just are the way they are and there’s nothing that can be done about it. 

“Partly because it is his nature – and we can none of us help our nature; and partly, he has painful thoughts, no doubt, to harass him, and make his spirits unequal.” Mrs. Fairfax (Chapter 13)

“But unimpressionable natures are not so soon softened, nor are natural antipathies so readily eradicated…” Narrator (Chapter 21)

Sometimes it’s hard to deal with people that are difficult or that seem to always disagree. The best thing to do is understand that he or she is the way he or she is. Accept this fact, don’t try to argue with him/her, and move on. You will be at peace.

8 – Never blame yourself for the actions of others.

“His changes of mood did not offend me, because I saw that I had nothing to do with their alteration; the ebb and flow depended on causes quite disconnected with me.” Narrator (Chapter 14)

If someone is rude to you without cause or reason, never blame yourself. We have the power to control our own actions, but never the power to affect the way others around us act. It’s hard to let go of trying to cheer someone up or to make a person like us when they are seemingly bothered by our presence, yet we can’t let these actions of others bring us down or lead to distress.

9 – Do not trouble yourself with things out of your control.

“…but where is the use of thinking of it, hampered, burdened, cursed as I am?” Mr. Rochester (Chapter 14)

The world is not always great, and terrible things often occur across all walks of life. A good way to keep the floods out of our own personal minds is to accept that many things are far beyond our control. If something can be done about a rough situation, that’s great. Go out and take of it. But if not, if there’s absolutely nothing you can do to improve the situation, move on. Try to make the most of what you can change and don’t worry about the rest.

10 – Expectations only bring disappointment. 

“…expectation has been so long baffled that it is grown impatient.” Jane on wanting to see Mr. Rochester badly.(Chapter 16)

“I was actually permitting myself to experience a sickening sense of disappointment…” Narrator (Chapter 17)

“I began to cherish hopes I had no right to conceive…” Narrator (Chapter 22)

“I feared – or should I say hoped? – the allusion to me would make Mr. Rochester glance my way; and I involuntarily shrunk further into the shade; but he never turned his eyes.” Narrator (Chapter 17)

Live life everyday with a fresh mind. Never play scenes in your head of how you’d like things to go or fantasize of how life will be if you ever win the lottery when most of us are never even going to play the lottery. All this does is create high expectations of life that are unrealistic and damaging. This destroys our ability to be grateful for what life has given us.

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If you haven’t read Jane Eyre yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. These quotes above and those in Part One are the lines that stuck out to me the most. The best way to learn is to pick up the novel yourself and fill your brain with its wisdom.

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Thank you for reading this post. ^_^

Carly Twelve

Invaluable Life Advice From “Jane Eyre” (Part One)

Books

In 1847, Charolette Brontë graced us with the now classic novel, Jane Eyre. Through reading this compelling story, numerous lines and paragraphs stand out for different reasons.  Whether it’s about love, loneliness, or a lost kid forced to live with an evil aunt, the words in Jane Eyre are a true gift to the world.

Advice, whether sought out or not, is always valuable. Hundreds of self-help books exist in book stores and online today, but reading this novel from the nineteenth century can provide just as much wisdom.

Here are ten life lessons/ pieces of advice from Jane Eyre: 

1 – If you don’t have anything nice to say…don’t say anything at all. And always, think before you speak.

“Be seated somewhere; and until you can speak pleasantly, remain silent.” Mrs. Reed (Chapter 1)

“…one should consider all before pronouncing an opinion as to its nature.” Jane Eyre (Chapter 13)

“Then no more need be said; change the subject.” Blanche (Chapter 17)

We live in a very loud society where most people are quick to shout their views to the world. It can help to take a step back and listen to these old words of wisdom, especially before spewing out any negativity around others.

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2 – Always respect your host and the home you’re living in.

“…you should try to be useful and pleasant, then perhaps you would have a home here; but if you become passionate and rude, missus will send you away, I am sure.” Bessie (Chapter 2)

Obviously little Jane Eyre wasn’t treated well in the home she lived in, and she didn’t deserve the harsh sessions of scorn from her aunt. But the point here is to hold respect for those taking care of you. Though those people may not be perfect and will give you a hard time every now and then, it’s important to acknowledge and uphold the rules put in place whether it’s living with your parents or dealing with a difficult boss. We should speak up for ourselves, yes, though with regards to those who are providing for us.

3 – Hardships will make sense later in life.

“Yet in what darkness, what dense ignorance, was the mental battle fought! I could not answer the ceaseless inward question – why I thus suffered; now, at the distance of – I will not say how many years, I see it clearly.” Narrator (Chapter 2)

We all go through dark periods in life and in different stages – childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, and so on. In the moments of pain it is difficult, if not impossible, to see what good could ever come from our suffering. Often later in life, when looking back on our worst days, we can take an objective perspective and see the lessons learned and skills earned during those rough times.

4 – People should not be judged by their income and/or residential status.

“Poverty looks grim to grown people; still more so to children: they have not much idea of industrious, working, respectable poverty; they think of the world only as connected with ragged clothes, scanty food, fireless grates, rude manners, and debasing vices; poverty for me was synonymous with degradation.” Narrator (Chapter 3)

“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education…” Narrator (Chapter 27)

“…these coarsely-clad little peasants are of flesh and blood as good as the scions of gentlest genealogy, and that the germs of native excellence, refinement, intelligence, kind felling, are as likely to exist in their hearts as in those of the best-born.” Narrator (Chapter 31)

Just because a person is homeless or earns a low income does not mean he/she is lazy, unintelligent, or a drug addict. We are all equal in the big picture of the universe whether you are a millionaire or living in a tent. It’s unfair and foolish to judge people by how they choose to live their lives if we’ve never even held a conversation with them.

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5 – Happy moments do exist in the darkest of lives.

“Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine.” Narrator (Chapter 4)

Life has its bleak and bland days mixed along with the sorrow and painful hours. Sometimes it can seem as if the world is falling downhill and your life is plummeting down to the depths. No matter how bad things get, look for something – anything – that can bring even a small moment of joy to the dark days.

6 – Leave the past behind.

“Gateshead and my past life seemed floated away to an immeasurable distance; the present was vague and strange, and of the future I could form no conjecture.” Narrator (Chapter 5)

Everyday is a new day and provides more chances to move forward with life. The past can weigh us down, especially the more that we dwell on it. It helps to focus on the present and hope for the best future for ourselves.

7 – Being alone isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“…without a companion, yet not feeling lonely…” Narrator (Chapter 6)

“…but my heart and mind would be free, I should still have my unblighted self to turn to; my natural unenslaved feelings with which to communicate in moments of loneliness.” Narrator (Chapter 34)

“As yet, I had spoken to no one, nor did anybody seem to take notice of me. I stood lonely enough; but to that feeling of isolation I was accustomed; it did not oppress me much.” Narrator (Chapter 5)

Being alone often has negative connotations attached to it. A lot of people are terrified of this state. Yet, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing and spending time alone can really be an enlightening experience.

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8 – Holding onto grudges will only trouble the mind.

“No ill usage so brands its record on my feelings. Would you not be happier if you tried to forget her severity, together with the passionate emotions it excited? Life appears to me too short to be spend in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.” Helen Burns (Chapter 6)

Holding onto a grudge often is hard to let go of because we feel it will let the person who has done wrong to us off the hook – like we’d be giving that person a “get out of jail free” card. However, letting go of grudges doesn’t free that wrong person, it frees you. It does absolutely no good to sulk in anger or frustration at a person’s actions outside of your control. Let go and forgive those who have wronged you, and be free to move on with your life.

9 – Your opinion of yourself is the most important.

“If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.” Helen Burns (Chapter 7)

“…a wanderer’s repose or a sinner’s reformation should never depend on a fellow-creature.” Jane Eyre (Chapter 20)

“I still felt as a wanderer on the face of the earth: but I experienced firmer trust in myself and my own powers, and less withering dread of oppression. The gaping wound of my wrongs, too, was now quite healed, and the flame of resentment extinguished.” Narrator (Chapter 21)

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained, I am, the more I will respect myself.” Jane to herself (Chapter 27)

No matter who you are, what you do, or where you are headed, there will always be someone out there who is not fond of you and your lifestyle. At the end of the day, that those critical people don’t really matter. The only person that can give you value and worth is you. Only you.

10 – Everyone deserves a second chance.

“We shall think you what you prove yourself to be, my child.” Miss Temple (Chapter 8)

Wherever someone came from, whatever rumors may exist, a person should be allowed a fresh start when moving to a new location and group of people. It’s not fair to judge based on past transgressions, former acquaintances, or trivial history. The best way to give someone a fair chance is to personally get to know him/her as he/she is now, yourself, with a clean slate for both parties.

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Jane Eyre by Charolette Brontë is a must read for everyone. Not only does it give us an amazing story of hardship, perseverance, and triumph, it also provides amazing life lessons.

Thank you for reading this post. ^_^

Carly Twelve