If you've even had one or two conversations with me, you know that I love consuming pop culture — usually in the form of watching movies and reading books. When I read in particular, I love highlighting lines that I find profound so I can go back to them later and remember my favourite lines. However, not all of the following books and movies I've chosen to include in this post are particularly literary, but, in my opinion, they all have something really great to say. Maybe you'll agree, or perhaps you won't.
"No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms grace and courage under pressure."
—Ernest Hemingway in the movie "Midnight in Paris"
"She need not judge. There did not have to be a moral. She need only show separate minds, as alive as her own, struggling with the idea that other minds were equally alive. It wasn’t only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you. And only in a story could you enter these different minds and show how they had an equal value. That was the only moral a story need have."
—Ian McEwan on the character Briony in the book "Atonement"
"I thought I was over him, but I love him.”
“Big deal, so you fell in love with someone.”
“But I really miss him.”
“So miss him! Send him some light and love every time you think of him and then drop it. You know, if you could clear out all that space in your mind that you’re using to obsess over this guy and your failed marriage, you’d have a vacuum with a doorway. And you know what the universe would do with that doorway? BOOM. Rush in. God, rush in. Fill you with more love than you ever dreamed of. Man.”
—Liz and Richard in the movie "Eat Pray Love"
"Lucy leant her head on the edge of the fighting-top and whispered, 'Aslan, Aslan, if ever you loved us at all, send us help now.' The darkness did not grow any less, but she began to feel a little — a very little — better.... An albatross ... circled three times round the mast and then perched for an instant on the crest of the gilded dragon at the prow.... But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, 'Courage, dear heart,' and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan's."
—C.S. Lewis in the book "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"