There are feelings and thoughts that churn inside us, longing to be heard and shared. At times, it can be truly difficult to free these feelings and thoughts, leaving them to build up inside. Eventually, they become too much. Like water bursting through a broken dam, these feelings and thoughts come pouring out of us.
Many marvelous things happen when our feelings and thoughts break free: paintings, speeches, songs, etc. One of the most mighty results, however, is literature.
Words have power. They are the bridge between reader and author. When we write, we allow our feelings and thoughts to flow from our hearts onto the pages, sharing them with the world. Words are a way for people to connect with each other and to understand the joys, pains, desires, and fears we all have inside.
As an avid reader, I’ve come across many lines – both negative and positive – in literature that have stood out to me. The following four quotes are the ones that have really struck my heart and left a lasting impression on me.
“Stumbling, that heart. Slowly, fading like a pale horse riding down a road. Fainter, fainter, fainter..."
— Steven Erikson, Memories of Ice
Imagine lying on the ground overcome with pain, sounds of battle clashing around you. You think of nothing – nothing but the heart thundering in your chest. Steady like a drum at first, but it then grows fainter. Fainter and fainter until it ceases to beat. And finally…nothing.
What really stood out to me about this quote was that it revealed the fragility of life. We could be alive and indestructible one moment, only to be desperately clinging to our lives the next. At our last moments, our life slowly drains away from us, leaving us to our inevitable fate. There is nothing to stop it. It’s just an inevitable part of our lives.
“At first Raoden stayed away from the library, because it reminded him of her. Then he found himself drawn back to it—because it reminded him of her.”
― Brandon Sanderson, Elantris
When reading this quote, I was overcome by bittersweet feelings. The sweet part came from the indecisiveness of the character Raoden. Love can make people do some pretty strange things at times, and Raoden constantly changing his feelings towards the library was one of them. To a normal person, it was just a library; to him, it was so much more. When people are in love, they often associate their loved ones with places they spend a lot of time with them. I just found it really heartwarming and adorable that Raoden couldn’t decide to go to the library or not because he directly associated it with his love. I pictured a guy staring at the entrance of a library, reaching out to the handle, but pulling away at the last second. Repeating this multiple times, then walking away – coming back a minute later…
The bitterness of this quote, however, comes from the fact that he can’t see his love anymore. He yearns to be back in the library, where he spent all his time with her; yet, he is afraid to go back, since it will remind him too much of her. It is one of those antagonizing moments in a person’s life where both options just seem equally grim.
“Having someone saying you're okay as you are and being needed by that person... It was nice to have someone like that...”
― Yuyuko Takemiya, Toradora
We all long to be accepted and loved for who we are – to have that one special person who thinks we are the greatest person ever, no matter how far we are from that title. One of the most dismal things that can happen to us is losing that one person. To be abandoned in this world and left among a sea of people who ignore us, dismiss us, and don’t accept us is absolutely heart-wrenching. This quote left me really shaken, having experienced that feeling before.
“And truly accept in our hearts
That if goodbye was never meant to be,
Then this can only mean
Until next time.”
― JD, “Goodbye?”
A few years ago was a time of uprooting change; I had to move away from some of the dearest friends I’ve ever made. After putting the last box on the moving truck, I gave one last look at my old town, never thinking I’d see my friends again.
I came across this quote when I went back to visit one of my friends. It opened my eyes and made me realise that moving away was not the end of the world – it wasn’t a goodbye to our friendships. It gave me hope that we can still be great friends, even with the distance between us. It was one of those times where the friendships between people were strong enough to change a menacing “goodbye” into a promising “until next time.”
There is a universe of quotes out there. Each one is a bridge to the author’s thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, with each reader having a different reaction to a quote based off of their own beliefs and experiences in life. I’d love to hear some of your own encounters and reactions to quotes you have stumbled across. Please feel free to share them with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by submitting them to inCon and adding a #impactingquotes to your submission. As you get to know me more, you’ll learn that I live for books, so a follow up to this article is a must! I will be sure feature the quotes you guys send me.