It is a truth universally acknowledged that Sarah J. Maas books are the most hyped fantasy works at the moment in the reading community. The author is widely known for her amazing characterization skills, her outstanding capacity to create memorable fantasy worlds, as well as her swoon-worthy romances that are meant to echo through her fans’ hearts for centuries to come. There are also a lot of those that find Sarah J. Maas’ books to be overrated and engage in actual Twitter wars with her die-hard fans in order to let out some frustration. But no matter of a person’s position towards Sarah J. Maas’ books, her influence and impact in the booking community must be acknowledged.
I am for sure a complete fan of Sarah J. Maas’ books, and I will probably read every single thing that she will ever decide to write in the future, as I stand by most of the congratulating claims that are associated with her works. While I do not consider all of her books to be memorable masterpieces that will resist through centuries and will be classified as immortal classics by the generation to come, I truly enjoy all of Sarah J. Maas’ books. She is totally one of my favorite writers to date, although you won’t find me anytime soon engaging into any twitter war over my dedication to her fictional works.
My love for Sarah J. Maas’ books is something that means very much to me, and above all the other qualities her books may possess, my eternal admiration springs from the amount of strength and and hopefulness that I get when entering one of her magical worlds. Her characters are not perfect, but they are inspirational, they are motivating, and I think by reading Sarah J. Maas’ books I have become a better person with a greater understanding of my feelings, and have gained an increased desire to succeed in my endeavors.
I find so many of her quotes and citations to be true serotonin inducing sentences, and I will never tire to read and re-read through her volumes’ pages. When I am reading one of Sarah J. Maas’ books, I feel like my heart has come home. Getting swept into her magical worlds makes me feel like having a warm blanket wrapped around my shoulders.
I have compiled a list of my favorite citations taken out of all of Sarah J. Maas’ books which are meant to empower you through the hardest of times. Most of those have meant a great deal for me in various vulnerable moments of my life, and if souls could be engraved, I wish mine would carry the marks of Sarah J. Maas’ books, as her magical words will be eternal in my mind.
“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
For someone like me that suffers from anxiety and often feels petrified when doing anything that could impact my life in some way, this quote has always helped me put my mind to ease. I have heard lots of encouraging quotes during my life, I am even subscribed to a program that sends me some everyday, but nothing I have ever encountered comes close to the strength this citation gives me. Because each of us carry enough power to make choices that will take us to and over the galaxies. We can not only move the stars, but rattle them from the very core. It is due time for our fear to subside so we can finally raise.
“No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.”
For me, reading is like breathing. For those who have been following my posts, you may know that I read a lot. The saddest days of mine can easily be subsided with a good book to drown my sorrow in. During my life I have had periods which made me unable to read, and it is truly those periods I remember as being the ones truly terrifying from my past, for through any other difficult event, my books have always been with me. Sarah J. Maas’ books especially were a great comfort through years, and I am simply so grateful for this.
“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”
I used to be obsessed with not having scars. It is mostly from the way I was raised, my father was very strict with me never scaring myself when falling. Scars were seen as pure shame in my family, and it is has never been something easy to be addressed in my life. When I broke my leg, and I had to undergo surgery, one of my father’s biggest concerns was of the way my scars would look like after healing.
To sum it up, having any scar has always been reflected as a grave sin in my conscience, and for most of my life, I have lived like this. Seeing Sarah’s main character from her first series be proud and unapologetic of her whipping scars made me find a new love and appreciation for the ones I possessed. I have come to accept my scars as a form of healing, for this is what scars truly show on our bodies: the great amount of power we have to heal and move on.
“You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love.”
How easy it is to idealize someone? Too easy, in my opinion. When having friends, it is definitely easy to love them for being supportive and understanding through our endeavors. It is simply sublime to have someone be there for you and support you in your hardest moments, and you are more than willing to do the same. At least in theory. In practice, a lot of friendships and relationships come to an end because of people don’t live up up to our initial expectations. Desperate trials to change the other person to make them more to our liking are always tempting, but this simply does not work when it comes to real love.
You must be vulnerable and brave enough to show your real self and not try to please others all the time out of fear of losing them. It is very tempting, and I have found myself doing it more times than I am willing to admit. But when we love, we must love wholly. Love the other person’s broken parts too before you expect them to love you back. You can’t idealize people on the long run. You either love someone wholly, or you may not really love them, but the perception that you have created around their image. Choose those that are worthy on the long run, and love them well.
“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”
Guilty pleasures may be one of the greatest curses that have befallen our common language. The simple term implies that we must feel guilty for gaining happiness and joy out of doing something. It can be either an activity, a person, a movie, or a book that the society frowns upon. To sum it up, the social norms convinced us that we are guilty of liking some things that are not approved by the majority of people. Henceforth, we can only be excused of this sin by acknowledging our faults by calling the object of our adoration, guilty pleasure.
We have to stop allowing society to tell us what is okay to love, and what is wrong. Read Twilight and After, and watch the movies as well, but please, do it proudly. Don’t let yourself be shamed. I have been so ashamed for enjoying things that the society frowns upon, but now I am so proud of them. Be loud, and don’t let yourself be silenced. Wear ripped jeans with pride. Enjoy smutty historical romances and read them in your UNI classes. After all, it is all about making ourselves happy, not pleasing the society’s norms.
“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”
I have found this quote to be so motivating when I was feeling like falling apart. As far as I am concerned, I am widely known for being a stubborn person. The idea of fighting through my hardest moments in order to not let my dark days win is truly something that brings me a lot of motivation everyday.
I must have repeated myself this quote a hundred times ever since I’ve first read Sarah’s A Court of Mist and Fury book. We must never stop fighting through our hardships, for there are always better days ahead of us. A bad day is enough to bring us down completely, but one thing I have mastered over the last years is telling myself that no matter what, the best days of my life are yet to come.
“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”
Only by reading this out loud I already feel my inner strength fighting its way to the surface. It is so easy to let yourself become the victim of your story, and so hard to put yourself together over and over again. I am always healing, always surviving. Sometimes it is so hard. Sometimes I feel like an immense failure by letting myself be pushed around, for letting my so called loved ones make a fool out of me. But I am learning from my mistakes. And every time I fall, I know I will be able to put myself back together once more.
“The world,” Aelin said, “will be saved and remade by the dreamers.”
This means so much for me, as I have always been dreaming of better days. Even late at night when I can not sleep, I tend to imagine I am living my ideal aesthetic life in order to fall asleep. Dreaming has always made me feel better about any hard situation. If I can dream it- I am sure I can make it.
While people that have unrealistic dreams are often socially blamed for wasting time they could actually invest in making things happen, I know for a thing that dreaming of better days is always a good thing. I am eternally grateful to Sarah J Maas’ books for emphasizing so much on the importance of always dreaming of a better tomorrow.
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
We live in a society that puts some tremendous effort into making us hide our emotions as they are seen as a sign of weakness and vulnerability. But it is our very emotions that make us beautifully human. We are supposed to feel deeply. The denial of showing our emotions to the world can only lead to frustration and anxiety on the long run. We should not repress ourselves from showing our emotions to the world, for they are supposed to be celebrated, not tolerated.
I am so beyond happy to see that Sarah decided to emphasize so much through her books the way her heroines feel deeply and completely all the time, for this is the way we should always embrace the world. Be proud when you are crying, or when you are laughing out loud. All of your emotions are valid and everyone is entitled to feel the way they feel. Never forget that.
“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”
Probably my favorite quote from Sarah J. Maas’ books, these words have been an excellent reminder for me to keep going, when it felt impossible to do so. We all possess much more strength than we think we do, until life’s hardships make us express our inner power in order to save ourselves. I have thought some events to be absolutely impossible for me to overcome if they ever come to pass. And yet I did overcome them. Life will come and throw seemingly impossible tasks in our way, but we all possess the power to fight through them.
The only great difference between our lives and the existence of a fantasy heroine that is supposed to save the world is the change of scenery. Nevertheless, we are just as capable to save ourselves and the world. We always underestimate the power our minds and bodies have until we are forced to fight our ways through life. We are meant to be broken, for we are meant to learn how to put ourselves together. We are so much stronger than we ever dreamt we could be.
The list of citations could go on and on, for my love for Sarah’s magical worlds is infinite and vast like a sky with colliding stars. I have repeated myself the illustrious words I will not be afraid from her first ever published book maybe a million times, and I will do so every time I feel fearful. I have discovered so much inner power and self-love ever since I have first come across Sarah J. Mass’ books, and I truly hope everyone else can feel the same magic that I do.
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