Let’s face it. Life can be tough. To help get you through, here are twenty of the best motivational quotes that literature has to offer . . .
Even on this small stage we have our two sides, and something might be done by throwing all one’s weight on the scale of breadth, tolerance, charity, temperance, peace, and kindliness to man and beast. We can’t all strike very big blows, and even the little ones count for something. ~ The Stark Munro Letters by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.” ~ Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” ~ Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw
“As long as the heart beats, as long as body and soul keep together, I cannot admit that any creature endowed with a will has need to despair of life.” ~ Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
Come what may, I am bound to think that all things are ordered for the best; though when the good is a furlong off, and we with our beetle eyes can only see three inches, it takes some confidence in general principles to pull us through. ~ The Stark Munro Letters by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The House of Mirth was was written by Edith Wharton and published as a book in October of 1905. (Earlier in that year it was serialized in Scribner’s Magazine.) The novel tells the tale of socialite Lily Bart as she deals with issues of money, a woman’s place in society and social expectations.
“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!” ~ A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Guest post by Lucy Adams
Literature has a way of preserving memories, entertaining a reader, and teaching valuable lessons to generations. People who have written it may have long been dead yet living because of their captivating pieces. Such was the case of Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915), an English novelist in the Victorian era. Here are more facts about her life and work:
- Braddon’s parents were separated – Her mother, Fanny, left her husband when Braddon was only four. The major reason for the move was infidelity. During that time, being a single mother was very rare.
- She was well educated – Braddon was privately educated in England and France.
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon was also an actress – Besides writing, Braddon was an actor. Her motivation was the fact that her family was going through financial difficulties. She supported her mother with the money that she raised. The acting career lasted for 8 years. Because of the controversy involved in being an actress, she took a stage name-Mary Seyton.
- She had famous mentors – Just like many great people, Braddon had mentors to offer her the advice and help that she needed to thrive in her career. The most prominent ones were John Gilby and Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
- Braddon was one of the founders of “sensation fiction” – Along with Willkie Collins and Ellen Wood (Mrs. Henry Wood), Braddon was responsible for the genre of sensation fiction. Her most popular sensational novel was the Lady Audrey’s Secret (1862).
- She founded a magazine – In 1866, Braddon founded the Belgravia magazine. She presented sensational novels, travel narratives fashion its and poems among other literary works to the audience.
- She had a controversial love life – In 1860, Braddon met John Maxwell. She moved in with him the next year, despite the fact that he was already married. Upon the death of the first wife, in 1874, the couple got married.
Certainly, Mary Elizabeth Braddon was a great writer and was able to overcome many odds in her life. She rose above these problems and is still famous today.
Phoebe Marks was a person who never lost her individuality. Silent and self-constrained, she seemed to hold herself within herself, and take no color from the outer world. ~ Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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