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Literary Quotes to Beat the January Blues

To be honest with you, unless your birthday falls into the month of January, it probably isn’t your favourite month. Nevertheless, The Boar Books have compiled a whole host of literary quotes to get you through the most melancholy month of the year by putting the smile back on your face.


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
Dr. SeussOh, The Places You’ll Go!


“Fanny rode on a lion and felt very grand. Dick chose a horse”

Enid Blyton, The Magic Faraway Tree


“There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.”

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park


“My dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind


“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman


“[Mrs Ramsay] did in her own heart infinitely prefer boobies to clever men who wrote dissertations” (Don’t we all Mrs Ramsay?!)

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse


“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.”

Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss


“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.”

Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain


“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

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