The Great Book of Lists – Chapter 2.2 – The Words that Matter

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us

  • J.R.R. Tolkien, spoken by Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Words so important I tattooed them on my arm. In Quenya.

But in the end it’s only a passing thing, this shadow; even darkness must pass

  • J.R.R. Tolkien, spoken by Samwise Gamgee in The Two Towers
  • Because our worst moments will fade if we allow them to.

You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do

  • David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
  • A quote from a passage that I’ve highlighted to the point where more words are florescent yellow than not.

Give her hell from us, Peeves!

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Peeves, illustrated by Jim Kay in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • J.K. Rowling, spoken by Fred and George Weasley in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Because Peeves was underrated, Umbridge was the worst, and Fred and George gave me more laughter as a young teen than just about anything else.

A room without books is like a body without a soul

  • Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Because my entire life is books and the things they inspire me to do.

The secret, I don’t know… I guess you’ve just gotta find something you love to do and then… do it for the rest of your life.

  • Max Fischer in Rushmore
  • Because I’m still trying to figure out what that is.

The Great Book of Lists is a 52-week list making project with the objective to “reflect your happiness, your hopes, your project, your inclinations, the person you were, the person you long to become.”