Continuing the “Five on Friday” series I started last week, I’m doing a list of inspirational fiction that are I keep on remembering and re–reading no matter what other books I come across. In this installment of the series, we’re talking happier thoughts instead, just as Karla, Aileen, and Amanda suggested. Drama is so over–rated.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupÃ©ry
One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
If our friendship depends on things like space and time, then when we finally overcome space and time, we’ve destroyed our own brotherhood! But overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now. And in the middle of Here and Now, don’t you think that we might see each other once or twice?
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
One must find the source within oneâ€™s own Self, one must possess it.
The Red Badge Of Courage by Stephen Crane
Within him, as he hurled himself forward, was born a love, a despairing fondness for this flag which was near him. It was a creation of beauty and invulnerability.
So that’s my list of books that somehow managed to inspire me through the years. Of course it doesn’t include those I haven’t read yet, and I refrained from listing two books from the same author for my top 5, where certainly another Coelho would’ve made the list.
What are your favorite inspirational works?