50 Life Quotes From Famous Authors That Prove Everyone Has Bad Days

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You're never alone, and you'll get through this.

Inspirational, famous literary quotes about life motivate us. When words from someone famous touch your heart, it makes having a bad day easier because you realize you're not alone.

When bad things happen to you, no matter how many times you hear people say things like, “I can relate” and “I went through the same thing,” it ALWAYS feels like you’re going at it alone. Maybe you’ve just gotten over a terrible breakup.

You know, the one where you don’t think you’ll ever be able to think about them again without feeling heartbroken and regretful. Yeah, those kinds of breakups suck a LOT. Or maybe you’ve been dealing with personal issues that just don’t seem to go away, no matter how hard you try to keep your head above water.

Now, like I said before, you have probably heard this over and over again, but I’m going to repeat it: you’re not alone; you really aren’t.

And I don’t mean that the person who sits next to you in class is going through the same thing or your coworker for that matter. I mean that no matter who you are in this world — including those who seem like they’re too famous to have any heartache or crappy days — we all go through the same things.


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One of my favorite cathartic ways to cope with these bad days is to read inspirational life quotes. Reading can take you to a completely different place where nothing bad could ever happen, or it can take you somewhere you can relate to, except this time, the bad things don’t seem as unmanageable.

And believe it or not, even when the story is fiction, authors often find their inspiration from experiences they’ve already gone through, which means that breakup or crappy year you’ve been having, they’ve had it, too. It's motivating when you hear a life quote about how someone you admire overcame their own hardships.


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But more than just writing about these not-so-great feelings and experiences, authors give you advice on how to deal with it, even if you don’t realize it’s advice at first.

Take The Perks of Being a Wallflower, for example. At the beginning of the book, the main character is dealing with depression and anxiety, and doesn’t feel like he’ll ever get out of this endless loop of feeling like he doesn’t belong.

Yeah, everyone, myself included, can relate to these feelings. But by the end of the book, he learns how to manage what he’s feeling, make new friends, and knows how to take care of himself without feeling bad about it, which is something a LOT of us are still dealing with.

So, what can this book teach you? That every crappy experience is temporary; and more than that, there are always good days ahead. You journey might not be 200 pages long, but authors who write about life and love know that these things take time, all you need is a little push to help you on the right path.

Keep reading for quotes about life and love from some of the most popular authors who can relate to those times when things are not on your side.


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Thats all you need to do.
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"And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good." — John Steinbeck


 

To not fail is to not live.
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"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default." — J.K. Rowling


 

Defeat does not define you.
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"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." — Maya Angelou


 

Thats what makes it worth it.
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"Everything is hard before it is easy." — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


 

Not trying is worse than failing.
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"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." — Albert Einstein


 

Make it depend on you.
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"Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose." — C.S. Lewis


 

You are in charge of your destiny.
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"Even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there." — Stephen Chbosky


 

Because there is a lot of beautiful on the inside.
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"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." — Ray Bradbury


 

Always choose to smile.
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"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." — Dr. Seuss


 

Peace is so important.
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"It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace." — Chuck Palahniuk

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Never completely broken.
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"We are all broken, that's how the light gets in." — Ernest Hemingway


 

Only sometimes.
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"Monsters are real, ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes they win." — Stephen King


 

And thats okay.
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"It hurt because it mattered." — John Green


 

Let go of what holds you down.
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"Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go." — Herman Hesse


 

Because that way makes us stronger.
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"Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not." — Oscar Wilde


 

We are all human.
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"We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day." — Brad Meltzer


 

Never ever be afraid.
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"I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain." — Sylvia Plath


 

Yeah, why?
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"Life's not fair; why should I be?" — Margaret Atwood


 

And it is a beautiful one.
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"Life is a journey, not a destination." — Ralph Waldo Emerson


 

Love heals.
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"And in the end, we were all just humans... drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness." — F. Scott Fitzgerald

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You are strong enough to hold on.

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." —​ Franklin D. Roosevelt


 

No point in that, the future is always bright.

"Never look back unless you are planning to go that way." —​ Henry David Thoreau


 

You are strong enough to face your fears.

"Sooner or later  even the fastest runners have to stand and fight." —​ Stephen King


 

You can be that inspiration.

"We rise by lifting others." —​ Robert Ingersoll


 

Absolutely nothing.

"Nothing can dim the light that shines from within." —​ Maya Angelou


 

You are strong,

"I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it." —​ Maya Angelou


 

Don't ever think that.

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." —​ Alice Walker 


 

Truer words have never been spoken.

"Things usually work out in the end."

"What if they don't?"

"That just means you haven't come to the end yet." —​ Jeanette Walls


 

Very true, treat your self.

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." —  Audre Lorde 


 

That is key.

"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance." —​ Samuel Johnson

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You are strong on the inside and out.

"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong. Does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost." —​ J.R.R. Tolkien 


 

Everyone has obstacles they have to face.

"Challenges make life interesting, however overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." —​ Mark Twain


 

Be in touch with your emotions.

"There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion." —​ Edgar Allen Poe 


 

And you will make it through that forest.

"The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness." —​ John Muir


 

That you can have faith in.

"As you start to walk on the way, the way appears." —​ Rumi


 

You have that courage.

"It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still love it." —​ Oscar Wilde 


 

So true.

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." —​ Mark Twain


 

Always follow these words.

"To thine own self be true." —​ William Shakespeare


 

They don't deserve your time.

"Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them." —​ Ayn Rand 


 

Any pain teaches you and makes you strong.

"Straight roads do not make skillful drivers."  Paula Coelho

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You have to be fearlessly yourself.

"To avoid criticism: say nothing, do nothing, be nothing." —​ Aristotle


 

And always have hope.

"Dwell in possibility." —​ Emily Dickinson


 

Trust yourself .

"Trust our heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backwards." —​ E.E. Cummings 


 

Be adaptable.

"When you can't change the direction of the wind- adjust your sails." —​ H.Jackson Brown Jr. 


 

Believe in the best possibilities.

"Have faith have faith. When you have nothing else have faith." —​ Francine Rivers 


 

When you're down the only place you can go is up.

"Rock solid became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." —​ J.K Rowling 


 

Don't be afraid.

"Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. Start there." —​ Cheryl Strayed 


 

Go girl

"Know what? Bitches get stuff done." —​ Tina Fey


 

Don't take everything so seriously.

"Laugh loudly, laugh often, and most important, laugh at yourself." —​ Chelsea Handler 


 

Tough as nails.

"Life is tough my darling, but so are you." —​Stephanie Bennett Henry


 

 

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