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Survival Quotes

12 of the best book quotes about survival
  1. #1
    “I had no idea a living being could sustain so much injury and go on living.”
  2. #2
    “Something in me did not want to give up on life, was unwilling to let go, wanted to fight to the very end. Where that part of me got the heart, I don’t know.”
  3. #3
    “It’s harder to find a Jew in the dark. He sat on his suitcase, waiting. How many days had it been now? He had eaten only the foul taste of his own hungry breath for what felt like weeks, and still, nothing. Occasionally voices wandered past and sometimes he longed for them to knuckle the door, to open it, to drag him out, into the unbearable light.”
  4. #4
    “It came as an unmistakable indication to me of how low I had sunk the day I noticed, with a pinching of the heart, that I ate like an animal, that this noisy, frantic, unchewing wolfing-down of mine was exactly the way Richard Parker ate.”
  5. #5
    ″[T]o think that I’m a strict vegetarian. To think that when I was a child I always shuddered when I snapped open a banana because it sounded to me like the breaking of an animal’s neck. I descended to a level of savagery I never imagined possible.”
  6. #6
    “Survival had to start with me. In my experience, a castaway’s worst mistake is to hope too much and do too little.”
  7. #7
    “When your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival.”
  8. #8
    “Now he turned on to the side street . . . resisting the urge to sob or even imagine the safety that might be awaiting him. He reminded himself that this was no time for hope. Certainly he could almost touch it. He could feel it, somewhere just out of reach. Instead of acknowledging it, he went about the business of deciding again what to do if he was caught at the last moment or if by some chance the wrong person awaited him inside.”
  9. #9
    “I could not abandon Richard Parker. To leave him would mean to kill him. He would not survive the first night.”
  10. #10
    “It’s amazing that a man who is dead can talk to people through these pages. As long as this book survives, his ideas live.”
  11. #11
    “The display of ferocity, of savage courage, made me realize that I was wrong. All my life I had known only a part of her.”
  12. #12
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