Have a problem? Matilda might have the answer. Feeling down? Maybe Bilbo Baggins has something perceptive to say about it.
  1. “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
  2. “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
  3. “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
  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. “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
  6. “One cannot have too large a party.” — Mr. Weston in Emma by Jane Austen
  7. “You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want.” — Johnny Cade in The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  8. “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
  9. “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
  10. “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
  11. “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
  12. “Now you be careful in the real world. Not everyone is as nice as us.” — Armpit in Holes by Louis Sachar
  13. “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
  14. “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
  15. “God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” — Eliot in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
  16. “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
  17. “Never laugh at live dragons.” — Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  18. "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
  19. “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
  20. “It is terribly rude to tell people that their troubles are boring.” ― Violet in The Blank Book by Lemony Snicket
  21. “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
  22. “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
  23. “Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.” — Nagasawa in Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  24. “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
  25. “Write it all down.” — Harriet in Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh