Top Ten Lines To Live By

You know those lines in novels (and poems)–in great works full of great lines–that just stop you in your tracks? Lines that seem to serve a greater purpose than to merely further the rest of the work, like the author or poet had to insert their philosophical musings somewhere? Poets & Writers Magazine has a tumblr page devoted to just those lines, filled with reader submissions of the lines they live by. These are words on creativity, on writing, on happiness and misery,  but most of all on life, and all are pulled right from the page.

Below is a sampling, our top ten. Have any lines you choose to live by? Share them with us in the comments section beneath the post. I myself am tempted to buy one of Moleskine’s new Passion Book Journals to record all of those quotes that seem to slip my memory…

1. From Canada by Richard Ford

2. From The Tea Ceremony: The Uncollected Writings of Gina Berriault

3. Epigraph to Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

4. Middlemarch by George Eliot

5. Adrienne Rich’s “Tonight No Poetry Will Serve”

6. Dan Beachy-Quick, Wonderful Investigations: Essays, Meditations, Tales

7. From A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

8. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky

9. From “Industrious Amazement: A Notebook,” by Anna Kamienska, Poetry Magazine (March 2011)

10. From “Proverbios y cantares XXIX” (Proverbs and Songs 29) in Antonio Machado’s Campos de Castilla