This week’s quote is from a book I recently read, and absolutely loved. There are so many great quotes from this book, but I think this one is particularly poignant:
For what matters in life is not whether we receive a round of applause; what matters is whether we have the courage to venture forth despite the uncertainty of acclaim.
– Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow
I feel like so many people make decisions in their lives based on how those decisions will be viewed, rather than how they will affect us. If you want to write a book, write a book. Sure, that book might a ton of amazing reviews, and it might not win a prize. But you shouldn’t be doing it just for the promise of those things. Yes, it’s nice to get recognition from others. But you’ll never know if you’re going to receive that round of applause until you try. There could be crickets in the auditorium, but you could also get a standing ovation. Either way, what matters the most is that you had the courage to try.
If you haven’t read A Gentleman in Moscow, I highly recommend it! It’s a brilliant piece of historical fiction – definitely a favorite!
Have you come across any quotes lately that you loved? I’d love to hear them!