Let us open up our discussion “A Few Beautiful Excerpts From Literature” with the beautiful words of C.S.Lewis which throws light on the literature that what it means to be literary and what literature is, he says,
“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”
And Alfred North further added to it, when he said,
“It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.”
There are millions of books that are published every year, but a few get recognized. A few are known to be masterpieces and we love not to skip them. This is only because the writer put so much energy into those works that we cannot leave them unnoticed.
In today’s blog post “A Few Beautiful Excerpts From Literature” let us bring out some of the beautiful excerpts quickly. So let us start, the first and foremost is,
“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
This quote highlights some of the best qualities of a human animal. Despite the hatred and rage directed at it, a heart that never hardens. Despite being put to the test daily, mostly by the same people, a temper that never tires. Even to those who have been threatening, a contact that never hurts but offers support and assistance.
How sad if we pass through life and never see it with the eyes of a child.
(Anthony de Mello)
All of reality, according to De Mello, is constantly evolving. When you’re a child, you pay more attention to what’s going on around you and inside you. The ladybug flies from the wall to the window, which you notice. You’ll make mistakes, crash, and all will happen at the moment, fearlessly. You respond in real-time. You’re not expecting anything just yet. All of reality, according to De Mello, is constantly evolving. When you’re a child, you pay more attention to what’s going on around you and inside you. The ladybug flies from the wall to the window, which you notice. You’ll make mistakes, crash, and all will happen at the moment, fearlessly. You respond in real-time. You’re not expecting anything just yet.
“Your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.”
(Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness)
The quote about strength and weakness by Joseph is timeless and still applicable today. Only by the submission of another can one gain leverage. It discusses the harsh reality of colonization, claiming that colonizing countries are only concerned with productivity and benefit. They can succeed in their imperialism simply because Africans or savages are “weaker” than they are.
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
(Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan)
In my interpretation, being in the gutter refers to a state of mind that we attain after falling, rolling around, falling again, and finally finding our way into the lowest minima possible, the gutter.
The quote means that we’re all fighting our wars, battling and making peace with our history.
We’re both lost in our worlds.
However, some lie there cursing their fate and blaming others for their deaths, and then others gaze up at the stars.
Those that can see beyond.
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
(Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar)
Its ‘old brag’ declares a tradition and a recurrent state of feeling. With the passage given, we can only guess as to why it is boasting, but we can presume that the narrator succumbs to it rather than listen to themselves (and, if the larger context of the book is known, we may look into how this plays into the themes of the novel as a whole). The following sentence, ‘I am, I am, I am,’ effectively employs repetition by simulating the cadence of a thumping heartbeat. Plath emphasizes the speaker’s re-evaluative state by forcing the reader to slow down with her and ponder alongside her.
I tried a little to add a few beautiful excerpts in your reading. These are carefully taken from the pages of literature, if you can add more, let us know.
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