Top Inspirational Quotes from Literary Texts

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The line that made me to fall in love with it and worth sharing is “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

The Old Man and the Sea

The context is it is a battle between an old and skilled fisherman, Santiago and a large marlin. Santiago has failed in catching a single fish during eighty-four days. On the eighty-fifth day, he goes again with a hope to catch something and this time he catches a large marlin. It is so big that he is pulled by the marlin and there his battle with the marlin begins. He keeps holding onto the line for two days and nights. As a result, he becomes exhausted though he does not give up. On the third day, he becomes successful in the epic battle with the marlin. On his way back to home, sharks start to attack the marlin. There again his struggle with the sharks start to protect the marlin. Sharks keep coming and he continues fighting. At the end, only the skeleton remains. Later, he and the boy Manolin promise to fish together once again. He is destroyed but not defeated.

In the quote, two words are focused- destroy and defeat. Destroy means breaking one’s morale and on the other hand, defeat here implies stubbornness in refusing to give up. It is the indomitable willingness to fight and fortitude of the old man make him the hero.

In life while chasing our goals, we often confront many obstacles and sometimes those shatter our hopes and dreams. In that respect it is pertinent and reminds us that it is the perseverance, endurance and resolution make us invincible. Being humans, we have those abilities and all we need to have is the realization. Therefore the profound meaning of the line made me to fall in love with it. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

  • In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer?


No matter how hard the people push you back, the power within you pushes you back on the right track as a better, stronger and happier person.

2. in the midst of winter, Albert Camus.

To me it means that you are stronger than you think. That there is something inside you more resilient than adversity. That invincible heat is within me. And it’s within you. The quote is very visual. The first part “in the midst of winter” is bare and grey; the second part “invincible summer” is dazzling and hot and celebratory.

My dear, in the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy.
For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me,
within me, there’s something stronger-
something better, pushing right back.

whether you are in a true valley of despair, … hope you can gather whatever strength you need and improve your circumstances. You absolutely can cultivate within yourself an endless summer. All those big and little ways you have learned to nourish yourself emotionally and bodily, spiritually, all of it, they are important and valuable. I hope those seeds germinate and sprout right when you need them to. I hope they bloom and brighten your scenery and attract the right people you need and want.  

  • “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” .
  • “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
  • Hibernation is a covert action for more overt –invisible man.
  • Music is like rose in – unbearable lightness of being
  • If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
  • Philosophers are in the right when they tell us, that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison.-Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels.
  •  To strive to seek and not to yield. Tennyson.

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