In quoting others, we cite ourselves.Julio Cortázar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds
If it is not obvious, I am a big quote junkie. Aside from my homepage, a testament to that would be my novels filled with highlighted sentences and phrases.
When I was in 10th grade, I developed this hobby of always carrying a highlighter whenever I am reading a physical book. Although I already sold most of my novels to my senior high school friends last year because my dad told me to focus on my college entrance exams, I still have remnants of that “highlighting” phase in the form of three unsold books.
I decided to scan through the three books and saw some highlighted lines that I found the need to share because I think they can help spark self-improvement even though they were not from books that fall under the self-help genre.
Here are the seven quotes that I saw that will likely (or unlikely) spark self-improvement:
From Amy Zhang’s This Is Where the World Ends
Most of us have our eyes only on the things we want to achieve not realizing that there are steps needed to be taken to reach it. Oftentimes, we are too busy convincing ourselves to have the courage to walk away from the things that are detrimental to us that we are forgetting that turning around is part of the process and is the first step.
I once read in an article written by Kyler Briscoe that more often than not, instead of a goal, what we have is a vision. The thing that sets the two apart is that goal is synonymous to plan while vision is just a picture.
To improve one’s self, one must have the courage to turn their vision into a goal.
Like what Abraham Lincoln famously said, “actions speak louder than words”. Although words allow us to feel different emotions such as anger, sadness, and happiness, we must never forget that they pass. Instead of being carried away with words, we must be carried away with actions.
I remember, there was this time when my dad told me a couple of hurtful words. He was fuming mad because I let my dog playfully bite me which resulted to some painful marks on my arms. When I saw how hard he was trying to know if I may have rabies, I realized that he only said those words because he was worried about me.
His worry may not be conveyed by his words but his actions spoke volumes.
No matter how hard you try to make it work for yourself or other people, sometimes things do not go as planned. Whenever that happens, instead of letting the mistake or shortcoming gobble you up, you must let it strengthen you.
Accept the fact that it happened. Sometimes, we are too busy thinking about resetting the past that we do not make use of our present to better our future.
From Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
The world is too big for all of us but sometimes we do not see that simply because we are focusing only on what is in front of us or sadly, ourselves. Sometimes, we are too engrossed with the small picture not realizing that it is only part of a bigger one.
When I was in 10th grade, I visited my school’s guidance center for the first time. I went there because the sadness that rooted from failing DSHAPE (DLSU Senior High Admission and Placement Exam) took a toll on my mental health. My adviser learned about the incident and decided to talk to me regarding it.
Although it was three years ago, I still remember the gist of what my adviser told me. It was the fact that failing DSHAPE is only a tiny portion of my life; There are other opportunities left for me to grab and focus my attention on.
The word “sorry” has always been the default word when someone had done something wrong to another person. Although that is the case, it is not enough to just say that 5-letter word. I believe “sorry” is only effective if it is accompanied by change, not guilt.
More often than not, guilt is the reason why most of us apologize to the people we have hurt. Instead of apologizing to lessen the hurt we brought to these people, we apologize to rid ourselves off of the guilt we are feeling.
From Wendelin Van Draanen’s Flipped
All of us see things differently. The main reason why beauty is considered subjective is because of that fact. Although that is the case, instead of respecting other people’s belief we sometimes tend to shove our own beliefs to them as if one belief holds superiority against others.
Oftentimes, most of us are afraid to cut off people in our lives even though they are already detrimental to us. Although we may not fully admit it, sometimes a couple of us let these people stay simply because we feel guilty to push them away.
One thing I learned from being an avid reader on the online platform called Thought Catalog is the fact that it is not selfish to do things for your good. Sometimes, we need to cut off people in our lives if they are not anymore making us feel good about ourselves.
Thank you for reading! I appreciate it a lot.
I hope you learned something from this post. I did not want to seem like a know-it-all but upon reading it, I realized that is how I somehow sounded like. Although that is the case, I still decided to push through with publishing this because I think someone out there might find it helpful and inspirational.
By the way, while I was writing this blog post, I remembered all the novels that I sold. I suddenly miss those novels. Before I never felt sad for giving them up because I know that losing them can help me focus on studying for my college entrance exams but looking back, I should have just hidden them somewhere.
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