“Thus far, our holiday has been simply a friendly sign of the survival of the love of letters amongst a people too busy to give to letters any more. As such it is precious as the sign of an indestructible instinct.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar.
I enjoy this quote because it shows the importance of literature through generations, it will always be present. It also sets up for the section of this essay on books and past influences. I find past literature to be an important influence on today’s writing.
“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” -Lois Lowry, The Giver.
Although memories are more of an object to be shared in this book, this quote still applies to the real world. It is important for our painful memories to be shared with others not only so others can relate, but so we can set them free and free ourselves of the burden taking pain on alone can bring.
“I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.” -Neil Shusterman, Unwind.
You do not have to be great at everything to be a good person. Some people are good at many things, some are not. It is best to focus on your passions and hone your skills in those areas rather than waste time being entirely brilliant at everything.