February 21, 2019

Ten lines to live by


It’s Thursday. You’re tired. The 24/7 news cycle and, specifically, Twitter is really bumming you out. You’ve got a couple of deadlines but you’re having trouble finding the motivation. We’re here to extend a few lines of inspiration from some of the greatest literary minds. From interviews featured in our critically acclaimed series The Last Interview, the following ten quotes are so incandescent and luminous, they just might give you the motivation you need to pick things back up and make the most of your day.


“We don’t have to kill things to survive. In fact, the complete opposite happens: If you kill, you will die.”


“If you don’t live the only life you have, you won’t live any life at all.”
—James Baldwin


“You can probably best deal with your problem by beginning with an analysis of self.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.


“There is no shortage of wonderful writers. What we lack is a dependable mass of readers.”
—Kurt Vonnegut


“That’s what you want. Transcendence. When that happens—oh, boy.”


“There can be no birth or growth without birth or growing pains.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Being an artist takes a certain amount of arrogance.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.


“The differences between you will be the key to love … the similarities take care of themselves.”
—David Bowie


-“If you’re shackled and restricted, it doesn’t matter how much money you got. Money won’t help.”




Michael Seidlinger is the Library and Academic Marketing Manager at Melville House.