Hey folks,

So I don’t know about you, but my first exams are on Friday and I am mentally preparing myself for this challenge with a lot of food and a lot of friend time. Not the ideal combination for the two hardest test but hey, sometimes you just have to roll with it. To be honest, there is some studying too… Like tonight, a few of us got together at my friend’s house to study for our Environmental Public Policy aka How to Clean Up After Big Boys Without Pissing Them Off 101. I have a love-hate relationship with the economics section of the lectures because as a defender of real fundamental democracy, I think everyone should clean up after themselves. In orthodoxly traditional families, mother makes the supper, they all eat and then dad leaves the table as it is and goes into the living room to relax. He defends his actions by saying that he is the breadwinner and worked all day already, therefore has no obligation to clean up the table.

Now, that is not okay. In this case, capitals are represented by the father figure and the government is the mother. Thinking of it from this perspective puts me on a edge too since I am a feminist.

Ugh… I really do not like this class.

But anyway… Considering that exams are around the corner for all of us, I decided to write a blog on some inspirational literary quotes. Who knows, if you like the quote, you may even decide to read the book. I hope that is the case because we need more people to read more books… Says the girl who thought Emile Zola’s Germinal is a dystopian novel when she read it the first time. Spoiler alert: It is not. So going off from Emile Zola, here is my top 10 favorite quotes about finding self, achieving, love and surviving in the midst of all inner and outer chaos:

10. “She wanted to live, and live fully, and to give life, she who loved life! What was the good of existing, if you couldn’t give yourself?” Emile Zola, The Joy of Life

9. “There is always something left to love” Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

8. “Knowledge is the driving force that puts creative passion to work.” Maurice Sendak

7. “I have failed at many things, but I have never been afraid.” Nadine Gordimer

6. “Those who do not complain are never pitied.”  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

5. “The man who never reads lives only once.” George R.R. Martin

4.  “Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you would have appeared to them to be otherwise.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

3. “Mistakes are portals of discovery.” James Joyce

2. “The thing is- fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream.” William Golding, Lord of the Flies

1. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

Stay cool… And possibly, read,

Published by Idil Ozer

Senior at Hope. International Studies major, Political Science minor. The Anchor, World News Co-editor. Blogger for the Odyssey and Thought Catalog. Feeds on news, politics and donuts.

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