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Sentimental Quotey Stuff

I won't begin to apologise for my prolonged absence, I'll do a life update in a few weeks (*makes note to self to actually do that*) but whilst I'm incredibly tired and incapable of doing revision currently, I figured I'd write this. 

In one of my mother's bedroom drawers, she has a Big Issue from 2007, one that commemorated the death of Anita Roddick, a really cool person that you should research. Anyway, every time my mum looks through the drawer, she always wants to throw it away, however, there are a few pages with quotes that she really enjoys. 

I should point out neither myself or my family are massively sentimental, we aren't the people that have framed quotes all over the walls or cardboard bookmarks and magnets with cringe-worthy sayings that have been typed in Comic Sans over a picture of flowers or seashells - you know the ones, "friends are the family we choose for ourselves" and that stuff. 

Back to the point. 

There are some times in my life, however, when I've read a line in a book, heard a famous person's quote, heard a line in a film or a song lyric and just really thought about it. 
(Nonetheless many have escaped my mind now so the ones below aren't necessarily the best I've heard). 

Together we will be heard - Malala Yousafzai

I read I am Malala a while ago now and it was one of the best books I have ever read, there's no doubt that Malala is a truly inspiration person and I truly believe that it is something that everyone should read; it made me really appreciative of my access to education and inspired me to stand up for what I believe in - no matter how small my actions. This specific quote is from her dedications at the beginning of the book and really made me think; sometimes in the Western world, I feel as though we can forget that those in less fortune parts of the world are exactly the same as us, they just happened to be born somewhere else. It made me realise that this really is everybody's fight for equality, it doesn't matter who you are. 

You can't fight the tears that ain't coming - Iris, Goo Goo Dolls

I think this is my favourite song so I couldn't not include SOMETHING in here, the song itself has brought be to tears previously and I can't listen to it if I'm feeling too emotional (I'm sad like that). To be honest, I'm not sure entirely why this line means something but it does. That's the thing about some quotes, you just like them. 

When I first met you, I honestly didn't know you were gonna be this important to me - anon 

I think one of my friends sent this to me and its simplicity made me think 'aww' (you get quality writing on this blog). But in a strange sense it's so true - particularly as I finish my GCSEs and therefore school , it's crazy to think that the person you sat next to in Science or Spanish or was introduced to you by a friend can end up becoming someone you confide in, someone that means a lot to you. 

You are all the colours in one at full brightness - Finch, All the Bright Places

First of all, this is an incredible, unique book that made me cry just a little bit. And I rarely do that at films or books. So I would definitely give it a read. The relationship between Violet and Finch is something that I've never really read before - I suppose it could be likened to a John Green novel, however, I don't want to give too much away. The novel itself is full of stand out lines but from memory, this is the one that stood out the most, it's so unique and seems like the most complete compliment - it suggests she's got so many amazing features that make her personality in entirety. Isn't that nice?

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. - The Twits, Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was such a large part of my childhood, my parents read me his books before I could read and they were some of the first books I read alone. This quote has always been prominent to me because my parents have always taught my brother and I to not be sheep and to be kind to others - growing up we were even made aware that it was unlikely we would become popular but we would grow to be understanding, good people. Hopefully it worked. I just remember my father reading this to me (he always made time in an evening despite having been at work all day) before bed and it made me giggle, Quentin Blake's illustrations to go with this were fantastic, if I remember rightly. I think this quote has been the basis of my attitude towards popularity and friendships since I was little, I don't want to be popular if popular means being a person I don't want to be. 

At this point I'm thinking I'll need to cut down and do some more another time. 

When you see my face hope it gives you hell - All American Rejects 

This makes me smile. It's just a massive f*ck you to people that haven't been the best in the past. need I say more?

Ok. So if you've made it to the end, well done. I'm going to write some more at a later date; I haven't even got on to the best ones, from my favourite book, To Kill a Mockingbird, from some of my other inspirations and powerful figures throughout history and various other sources. 

I hope you enjoyed this, I enjoyed reminiscing...
See you soon,
Elle 
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