Need Some Advice? Grab a Book!

Some of the most life-altering wisdom we've ever received has come from the pages of our favorite books. On Sunday we asked you all to share your favorite quotes with us, and your answers were pretty great. See if your pick—or your favorite quote—is featured below!

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A living, breathing human isn't the only person who can hand over sound advice. Have a problem? Matilda might have the answer. Feeling down? Maybe Bilbo Baggins has something perceptive to say about it. Say hello to the 25 characters who give the best advice.

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1. "Write it all down." — Harriet in Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

2. "But you just gotta understand that that's the way it is and keep on steppin'." — Byron in The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

3. "God damn it, you've got to be kind." — Eliot in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut

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4. "Things didn't turn out the way they were supposed to, but what can you do? You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it." — Pi in Life of Pi by Yann Martel

5. "Never laugh at live dragons." — Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

6. Ride on! Rough-shod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on! Ride on over all obstacles, and win the race!" — Steerforth in David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

7. "Work is the best antidote to sorrow, my dear Watson." — Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure in the Empty House in The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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8. "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." — The Fox in The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

9. "To be, in a word, unborable…. It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish." — David Wallace in The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

10. "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that." — Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

11. "You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don't let 'em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change…it's a good one, even if it does resist learning." — Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

12. "It's wrong to hurt even bad people. Because they don't know any better, and because bad people sometimes become good." — Sohrab in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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13. "The thing to remember about love affairs is that they are all like having raccoons in your chimney." — Simone in Birds of America by Lorrie Moore

14. "It is terribly rude to tell people that their troubles are boring." ― Violet in The Blank Book by Lemony Snicket

15. "One cannot have too large a party." — Mr. Weston in Emma by Jane Austen

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16. "When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too." — Santiago in The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

17. "You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want." — Johnny Cade in The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

18. "Do not look back. It helps noone and nothing to look back. We can only go on." — Aelin in Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

19. "Don't feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that." — Nagasawa in Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

20. "Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable." — Matilda in Matilda by Roald Dahl

21. "Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not." — Frankenstein in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

22. "Now you be careful in the real world. Not everyone is as nice as us." — Armpit in Holes by Louis Sachar

23. "If you lack backup when you happen upon crooks caught in the act, disguise your voice and pretend to be the police. If that fails to produce the desired result, throw a stone through a window to feign a gunshot." — Nancy Drew in Nancy Drew: The Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene

24. "Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself." — Mrs. Whatsit in A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

25. "It's fine to just live in the now. But the best part about now is that there's another one tomorrow. I'm going to start making them count." — Sutter Keely in The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

From: AR Revista
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