Books, Quotes


An Abundance of Katherines

He didn’t want it to end, because he knew the absence of her would hurt more than any breakup ever could.
But she left anyway, and he was alone in his room, searching out anagrams for mymissingpiece in a vain attempt to fall asleep.
– An Abundance of Katherines by JohnGreen

Books, Quotes

Book Quotes ~ The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak


And I am back with Favorite Quotes from a recently read book. This time I am going to share The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak. I used paper tagging method this time and damn it saved me so much time while I was looking up the quotes.

1- “Father, I am from a different egg than your other children. Think of me as a duckling raised by hens. I am not a domestic bird destined to spend his life in a chicken coop. the water that scares you rejuvenates me. For unlike you I can swim, and swim I shall. The ocean is my homeland. If you are with me, come to the ocean. If not, stop interfering with me and go back to the chicken coop.”

2- I hunt everywhere for a life worth living and a knowledge worth knowing. Having roots nowhere, I have everywhere to go (Shams of Tabriz)

3- No matter who we are or where we live, deep inside we all feel incomplete. It’s like we have lost something and need to get it back. Just what that something is, most of us never find out. And of thise who do, even fewer manage to go out and look for it.

4- East, west, south or north makes little difference. No matter what your destination, just be sure to make every journey a journey within. If you travel within, you’ll travel the whole wide world and beyond. (Shams of Tabriz)

5- For a new Self to be born, hardship is necessary. (Shams of Tabriz)

6- Just as clay needs to go through intense heat to become strong, Love can only be perfected in pain. (Shams of Tabriz)

7- The quest for Love changes us. There is no seeker among those who search for Love who has not matured on the way. The moment you start looking for Love, you start to change within and without. (Shams of Tabriz)

8- All I know is some people feed on the miseries of others and they don’t like it when there is one less miserable person on the face of the earth. (Desert Rose the Harlot)

9- I know you like cooking. Did you know that Shams says the world is a huge cauldron and something big is cooking in it? We don’t know what yet. Everything we do, we, or think is an ingredient in that mixture.

We need to ask ourselves what we are adding to the cauldron. Are we adding resentments, animosities, anger and violence? Or are we adding love and harmony?

How about you, dear Ella? What ingredients do you think you are putting in the collective stew of humanity? Whenever I think about you, the ingredient I add is a big smile.  (Aziz)

10- It is easy to enjoy the good and dislike the bad. Anybody can do that. The real challenge is to love the good and the bad together, not because you need to take the rough with the smooth but because you need to go beyond such descriptions and accept love in its entirety.

11- There is only one more day before I meet my company. I cannot sleep.

Oh, Rumi! The king of the realm of words and meanings!

Will you know me when you see me?

See me!

12- Ella wondered if “space” was a code for a new love. … The speed with which human relations materialized and dissipated amazed Ella more than ever.

13- She (Ella) had discovered that once she accepted that she didn’t have to stress herself about things she had no control over, another self emerged from inside – one who was wiser, calmer and far more sensible.

“The fifth element,” she muttered to herself several times during the day. “Just accept the void!”

14- “I breathed into him of My Spirit,” God says. Each and every one of us without exception is designed to be God’s delegate on earth. Ask yourself, just how often do you behave like a delegate, if you ever do so? Remember, it falls upon each of us to discover the divine spirit inside and live by it.

15- Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not of the East, nor of the West…

My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. (Rumi)

16- Love cannot be explained. It can only be experienced.

Love cannot be explained, yet it explains all.

17- The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do no harm. Practice compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone’s back – not even a seemingly innocent remark! The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space, and they will come back to us in due time. One man’s pain will hurt us all. One man’s joy will make everyone smile. (Shams of Tabriz)

18- Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness.

19- If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment.

20- I passed over recently harvested wheat fields, where the wind fluttered the head scarves of peasant girls and at night, fireflies glinted here and there like fairy lights. It felt like falling, except falling upward into the bottomless sky.

21- “In this world take pity on three kinds of people. The rich who has lost his fortune, the well-respected man who has lost his respectability, and the wise man who is surrounded by ignorants.” (Prophet Muhammad PBUH)

22- Nothing should stand between yourself and God. Not imams, priests, rabbis, or any other custodians of moral or religious leadership. Not spiritual masters, not even your faith. Believe in you values and your rules, but never lord them over others. If you keep breaking other people’s hearts, whatever religious duty you perform is no good.

23- Let God and only God be your guide. Learn the Truth, my friend, but be careful not to make a fetish out of your truths.

24- Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.

25- Whatever you see as profitable, flee from it!

Drink poison and pour away the water of life!

Abandon security and stay in frightful places!

Throw away reputation, become disgraced and shameless!

26- The world is erected upon the principle of reciprocity. Neither a drop of kindness nor a speck of evil will remain unreciprocated. Fear not the plots, deceptions, or tricks of other people. If somebody is setting a trap, remember, so is God. He is the biggest plotter. Not even a leaf stirs outside God’s knowledge. Simply and fully believe in that. Whatever God does, He does beautifully.

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Favorite Quotes – Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom ❤ (Book)

Following are some of my favorite parts and quotes from the book.


1)      My thoughts are not your thoughts

Neither are your ways my ways

For as the heavens are higher than the earth

So are my ways higher than you ways

And my thoughts higher than you thoughts

(God – Book of Isaiah)


2)      Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe. –Reb


3)      My grandparents did these things. My parents, too. If I take the pattern and throw it out, what does that say about their lives? Or mine? From generation to generation, these rituals are how we remain… connected. –Reb


4)      There is no room for cynicism in this (God’s) line of work. –Reb


5)       God: Stop celebrating. For those were my children, too.

I think it is the first time I’ve heard that God might love the “enemy” as well as us.


6)      In any conversation, I was taught, there are at least three parties: you, the other person, and the Lord.


7)      When you come to the end, that’s where God begins. –Reb


8)      Most religions warn against war, yet more wars have been fought over religion than perhaps anything else. Christians have killed Jews, Jews have killed Muslims, Muslims have killed Hindus, Hindus have killed Buddhists, Catholics have killed Protestants, Orthodox have killed pagans, and you can run that list backward and sideways and it would still be true. War never stops; it only pauses.


9)      Reb (on wars): God does not want such killings to go on

Mitch: Then why hasn’t it stopped?

Reb: Because man does


10)   ‘He sleeps in a storm’: If we tend to the things that are important in life, if we are right with those we love and behave in line with our faith, our lives will not be cursed with the aching throb of unfulfilled business. Our words will always be sincere, our embraces will be tight. We will never wallow in the agony of ‘I could have, I should have.’ We can sleep in a storm.


11)   Much of what we called “depression” was really dissatisfaction, a result of setting a bar impossibly high or expecting treasures that we weren’t willing to work for.


12)   He knew why he was here: to give to others, to celebrate God, to enjoy and honor the world he was put in. his morning prayers began with “Than you, Lord, for returning my soul to me.”

When you start that way, the rest of the day is a bonus.


13)   Women: Poor child, you haven’t got a home.

Little Girl (with accompanied by her family): But we do have a home. We just don’t have a house to put it in.


14)   Mitch: You’re like that biblical quote. What profits a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul.

Reb: That’s Jesus.


15)   Getting old, we can deal with. Being old is the problem. –Reb


16)   Mitch: But what if someone from another faith won’t recognize yours? Or wants you dead for it?

Reb: That is not faith. That is hate.


17)   If the only thing wrong with Moses is that he’s not yours; if the only thing wrong with Jesus is that he’s not yours; if the only thing wrong with mosques, Lent, chanting, Makkah, Buddha, confession or reincarnation is that they’re not yours – well, maybe the problem is YOU.


18)   Mitch: When someone from another faith says, God bless you, what do you say?

Reb: I say, Thank You, God bless you, too.

Mitch: Really?

Reb: Why shouldn’t I?

I went to answer and realized I had no answer. No answer at all.


19)   I walked a mile with Pleasure;

She chatted all the way;

But left me none the wiser

For all she had to say


I walked a mile with Sorrow,

And ne’er a word said she;

But, oh! The things I learned from her.

When Sorrow walked with me

–          Robert Browning Hamilton


20)   You are not your past. –Pastor Henry


21)   When you give, you get. –Reb


22)   Reb: You know, we have a tradition. When you go to a funeral, you’re supposed to stand by the coffin and ask the deceased to forgive anything you’ve ever done. (He made a face.) Personally, I don’t want to wait that long.


23)   Reb: Mitch, it does no good to be angry or carry grudges. It churns you up inside. It does you more harm than the object of your anger.

Mitch: So let it go?

Reb: Or don’t let it get started in the first place.


24)   Reb: You know, in our tradition, we ask forgiveness from everyone – even casual acquaintances. But with those we are closest – wives, children, parents – we too often let things linger. Don’t wait, it’s such a waste.


25)   Nothing haunts like the things we don’t say.


26)   I am neither better nor smarter, only luckier. And I should be ashamed of thinking I knew everything, because you can know the whole world and still feel lost in it.


27)   Because when the world quiets to the sound of your own breathing, we all want the same things: comfort, love, and a peaceful heart.


28)   God was there before number one. :’)


29)   The only whole heart is a broken heart.




Don’t Die.. </3

My most favorite part from the book The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. This made me cry, and such a thing never happens with me. But this was just too sad. *Sigh*


As we held each other, Jai whispered something in my ear.

“Please don’t die.”

It sounds like Hollywood dialogue. But that’s what she said. I just hugged her more tightly.

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Pausch hugging his wife Jai at the lecture..
Books, Quotes

Favorite Quotes – The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (Book)

Following are some of my favorite parts and quotes from the book.


1)      If you dispense your own wisdom, others often dismiss it; if you offer wisdom from a third party, it seems less arrogant and more acceptable.

2)      When you are screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.

3)      No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.

4)      Time Management:

1-      Time must be explicitly managed, like money

2-      You can always change your plan, but only if you have one

3-      Ask yourself: Are you spending your time on the right things?

4-      Develop a good filing system

5-      Rethink the telephone

6-      Delegate

7-      Take a time out

5)      Ask yourself: Are you spending your time on the right things? You may have caused, goals, interests. Are they even worth pursuing?

6)      Time is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think.

7)      Too many people go through life complaining about their problems. I’ve believed that if you took one-tenth the energy you put in complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out.

8)      Treat the Disease, Not the Symptoms

9)      If at First You Don’t Succeed… Try, Try a cliché.

10)   Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

11)   It’s not how hard you hit. It’s how hard you get hit… and keep moving forward.

12)   Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.

13)   A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard.

14)   One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose.

15)   Halfhearted or insincere apologies are often worse than not apologizing at all because recipients find them insulting.

16)   Proper apologies have three parts:

1-      What I did was wrong.

2-      I feel badly that I hurt you.

3-      How do I make this better?

17)   Rights have to come from somewhere, and they come from the community. In return, all of us have a responsibility to the community. Some people call this the “communitarian” movement, but I call it common sense.

18)   When we are connected to others, we become better people.

19)   I’d always thought father/daughter thing was overstated. But I can tell you, it’s real. Sometimes, she looks at me and I just become a puddle.

20)   A parent’s job is to encourage kids to develop a joy for life and a great urge to follow their own dreams.

21)   As we held each other, Jai whispered something in my ear.

“Please don’t die.”

It sounds like Hollywood dialogue. But that’s what she said. I just hugged her more tightly.


Books, Quotes

Favorite Quotes – The Reef by Nora Roberts (Book)

Following are some of my favorite parts and quotes from the book.

The funny thing about some of these are that they’re quite similar to George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice And Fire. 😀 People who have read the books or watched the series will notice!! 😀

Enjoyy! 🙂


1)      Time, current, storms – they spread things out. –Mathew Lassiter


2)      Losing the grip on emotions made a man vulnerable, caused him to make foolish mistakes. –Silas VanDyke


3)      Present – The now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past. –James Joyce


4)      I’m never working to make ends meet again, never doing what needs to be done and forgetting what I want. –Mathew Lassiter [Most favorite quote ❤]


5)      But the night was wild and full of voices.


6)      Lassiters always pay their debts.


7)      I’ll take what is mine. –Mathew Lassiter


8)      I had the mistaken belief that common sense would outweigh lust. –Tate Beaumont