Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Book Quotes for Dark Days

Today, Wednesday 9th November 2016, Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th president of the United States. Millions of Americans voted for a candidate who is a racist, a sexist, a bigot and a liar. He has mocked and offended every group in society apart from white, middle class men and to be honest I'm still struggling to comprehend it. I'm British, and currently live in Scotland so it is arguable that I won't be directly affected by this outcome in terms of his political decisions, but I think the fact that I am genuinely scared of the social repercussions of this in terms of the effects on women, people of colour, the LGBTQ+ community and other minority groups across the world speaks volumes. I don't think this is just the victory of someone who holds different political views to me, but a victory for those who accept the marginalisation of, and violence towards the most vulnerable in society- and this won't only affect the US.

So, as I tend to do when I'm stressed and worried I've collated a few book quotes that make me feel a little better about the situation:

“It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl  

 “Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”

― Emily Dickinson

 “At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.”
― Lemony Snicket

“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre 

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”
― George Orwell

Now, I'm going to read some George Orwell and to make myself feel better, because to be honest, 1984 is starting to look quite inviting.

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