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survival Quotes

96 of the best book quotes about survival
  1. #1
    “In desperate situations, people could live for three minutes without oxygen, three hours without warmth, three days without water, three weeks without food.”
  2. #2
    “This ain’t got nothin’ to do with no hate or like or love or friends or anything. All we care about is surviving. Drop your sissy side and start using that shuck brain if you got one.”
  3. #3
    “I have played the fox, now I must play the cat of the fable.”
  4. #4
    “Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flights–how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly.”
  5. #5
    “Yes, I do; as long as the heart beats, as long as body and soul keep together, I cannot admit that any creature endowed with a will has need to despair of life.”
  6. #6
    “‘I’m sorry,’ Laila says, marveling at how every Afghan story is marked by death and loss and unimaginable grief. And yet, she sees, people find a way to survive, to go on.”
  7. #7
    “The thought of drove him on, but he ran no more than a hundred feet, when he staggered and pitched headlong. It was his last panic. When he had recovered his breath and control, he sat up and entertained in his mind the conception of meeting death with dignity.”
  8. #8
    “He worked slowly and carefully, keenly aware of his danger. Gradually, as the flame grew stronger, he increased the size of the twigs with which he fed it. He squatted in the snow, pulling the twigs out from their entanglement in the brush and feeding directly to the flame. He knew there must be no failure.”
  9. #9
    “It was ... time to lie snug in a hole ... and wait for a curtain of cloud to be drawn across the face of ... space. ”
  10. #10
    “Working carefully from a small beginning, he soon had a roaring fire, over which he thawed the ice from his face and in the protection of which he ate his biscuits. For the moment the cold of space was outwitted.”
  11. #11
    “The particularity of our problems can be made bearable only through the recognition of our universal humanity. We suffer uniquely, but we survive the same way.”
  12. #12
    “Later the dog whined loudly. And still later it crept close to the man and caught the scent of death. This made the animal bristle and back away. A little longer it delayed, howling under the stars that leaped and danced and shone brightly in the cold sky. Then it turned and trotted up the trail in the direction of the camp it knew, where were the other food providers and fire providers. ”
  1. #13
    “He was bound for the old claim on the left fork of Henderson Creek, where the boys were already. They had come over across the divide from the Indian Creek Country, while he had come the round-about way to take a look at the possibilities of getting out logs in the spring from the islands in the Yukon. ”
  2. #14
    ″[Mama] would quickly subordinate her own desires to those of the family or the community, because she knew cooperation was the only way to survive.”
  3. #15
    “My remembery called up the feel of being locked in the stocks, of my face being burnt, of him watching me from across the courtyard; him watching out for me. ‘Twas Curzon who made sure I survived. ‘Twas he who had been my steadfast friend since the day they brought me here.”
  4. #16
    Suppose you fell over with this fish. Is there anything you could do? Sure. Pray. It’d be like falling out of an airplane without a parachute and hoping you’ll land in a haystack. The only thing that’d save you would be God, and since He pushed you overboard in the first place, I wouldn’t give a nickel for your chances.
  5. #17
    “Her Grace was not killing. Her Grace was survival.”
    author
    Kristin Cashore
    book
    Graceling
    character
    Katsa
    concept
    survival
  6. #18
    “Through every kind of disaster and setback and catastrophe. We are survivors. And we teach our kids about that.”
  7. #19
    “Above the South Col, up in the Death Zone, survival is to no small degree a race against the clock.”
  8. #20
    “Salva looked at the hollow eyes and the cracked lips of the men . . . and his own mouth felt so dry that he nearly choked when he tried to swallow.”
  9. #21
    “The fear I felt was no rational fear, but a panic terror not only of the Martians but of the dusk and stillness all about me. Such an extraordinary effect in unmanning me it had that I ran weeping silently as a child might do. Once I had turned, I did not dare look back.”
  10. #22
    “Do you see that group of bushes? You need only to walk as far as those bushes.”
  11. #23
    “You are strong and brave and you can get through this.”
  12. #24
    “It was as if Salva’s family were helping him, even though they were not there.”
  1. #25
    “And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
  2. #26
    “You’re the toughest 15-year-old on the planet.”
  3. #27
    “‘No. I can survive well enough on my own - if given proper reading material.’”
  4. #28
    “I had no idea a living being could sustain so much injury and go on living.”
  5. #29
    “They had worked two and three jobs, put children through high school and college, and become pillars of their community. I admired them, but I knew the whole time that I was merely encountering the survivors...”
  6. #30
    “When your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival.”
  7. #31
    “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.”
  8. #32
  9. #33
    “It’s a mean world...there’s nobody to take care of you out there.”
  10. #34
    “Katniss will pick whoever she thinks she can’t survive without.”
  11. #35
    “The particularity of our problems can be made bearable only through the recognition of our universal humanity. We suffer uniquely, but we survive the same way.”
  12. #36
    “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.”
  1. #37
    “The death of something living is the price of our survival, and we pay it again and again. We have no choice. It is the one solemn promise every life on earth is born and bound to keep.”
  2. #38
    “These giants of the forest are something to behold. Some have been growing for a thousand years, and each tree contains its own story of the centuries’ long struggle for survival. Looking at the annular rings of the wood, you can tell what seasons they have been through. In some drought years they almost perished, as growth is barely perceptible. In others, the growth was far greater.”
  3. #39
    “Distressed partners may use different words but they are always asking the same basic questions, ‘Are you there for me? Do I matter to you? Will you come when I need you, when I call?’ Love is the best survival mechanism there is, and to feel suddenly emotionally cut off from a partner, disconnected, is terrifying.”
  4. #40
    “The drama of love is all about this hunger for safe emotional connection, a survival imperative we experience from the cradle to the grave. Loving connection is the only safety nature ever offers us.”
  5. #41
    “Life was designed for you to thrive not survive. Survivors just get by, Thrivers actually live!!!”
  6. #42
    “A month or so ago, her mother had sewn the stars on all her clothes. On all the family’s clothes, except her little brother’s. Before that their identity cards had been stamped with the word “Jew” or “Jewess.”
  7. #43
    “They control the food, they control us. Some people know how to grow food, some know how to process it, others know how to cook it. But none of us know how to do it all. We could never survive on our own.”
    author
    Ally Condie
    book
    Matched
    character
    Cassia
    concepts
    controlsurvival
  8. #44
    “If Darwin were alive today the insect world would delight and astound him with its impressive verification of his theories of the survival of the fittest. Under the stress of intensive chemical spraying the weaker members of the insect populations are being weeded out. Only the strong and fit remain to defy our efforts to control them.”
  9. #45
    “I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it.”
  10. #46
    “He became quicker of movement than the other dogs, swifter of foot, craftier, deadlier, more lithe, more lean with ironlike muscle and sinew, more enduring, more cruel more ferocious, and more intelligent. He had to become all these things, else he would not have held his own nor survived the hostile environment in which he found himself.”
  11. #47
    “Winn-Dixie started to snore, and I nudged him with my foot to try to make him quit. I wanted to hear the rest of the story. It was important to me to hear how Littmus survived after losing everything he loved.”
  12. #48
    “The palms, trooping to the edge of the beach, were motionless in the night air. All the world seemed to hold its breath as this boy climbed up out of the sea.”
  1. #49
    “Part of me felt guilty. Was it selfish that I wanted to live, even though my parents were gone?”
  2. #50
    “The degree to which a surviving parent copes is the most important indicator of the child’s long-term adaptation. Kids whose surviving parents are unable to function effectively in the parenting role show more anxiety and depression, as well as sleep and health problems, than those whose parents have a strong support network and solid inner resources to rely on.”
  3. #51
    “I wondered how many other things were lurking around waiting to take a child’s life when you weren’t paying attention. I was useless. I was crazy to think I was doing this child a favor by whisking her away from the Cherokee Nation.”
  4. #52
    “If you are the light, if your enemies are darkness, then there’s nothing that you cannot justify. There’s nothing you can’t survive, because there’s nothing that you will not do.”
  5. #53
    “I knew for certain something would have to change if I were going to stay in that school. Either the students would have to change the way they behaved, or I would have to devise a better plan to protect myself. My body was wearing out real fast.”
  6. #54
    “You’ve gotta learn to defend yourself. You kids should have been given some training in self-defense . . . It’s never too late. It takes a warrior to fight a battle and survive. This here is a battle if I’ve ever seen one.”
  7. #55
    “She is dying Sara. She will die, either tonight or tomorrow or maybe a year from now if we’re really lucky. You heard what Dr. Chance said. Arsenic’s not a cure. It just postpones what’s coming.’
    My eyes fill with tears. ‘But I love her,’ I say, because that is reason enough.”
  8. #56
    “The child let out a soft cry and its tiny fists pummeled the air. Its fight for life had begun.”
  9. #57
    “Raw meat is not a nice thing to fill one’s pockets with, but they folded it up in fresh leaves and made the best of it. They were all experienced enough to know that they would feel quite differently about these squashy and unpleasant parcels when they had walked long enough to be really hungry.”
  10. #58
    “Survival had its price: guilt.”
  11. #59
    “But, Eva, dear, your shoes are carrying your most valuable possession-your life.”
  12. #60
    “Now that we had survived a major rebel attack together, it felt like these small bonds had sealed into something unbreakable.”
  1. #61
    “I didn’t save you . . . You saved me.”
  2. #62
    “what matters most is
    how well you
    walk through the
    fire.”
  3. #63
    “I am well and healthy. The food is good. Sometimes I eat turtle soup, and I know how to make acorn pancakes. I keep my supplies in the wall of the tree in wooden pockets that I chopped myself.”
  4. #64
    “The lamp l am writing by is deer fat poured into a turtle shell with a strip of my old city trousers for a wick.”
  5. #65
    “I looked through the clear water and saw the tracks of mussels in the mud. I ran along the log back to shore, took off my clothes, and plunged into that icy water. I collected almost a peck of mussels in very little time.”
  6. #66
    “Hunger is a funny thing. It has a kind of intelligence of it’s own.”
  7. #67
    “I left New York in May. I had a penknife, a ball of cord, an ax, and $40… I also had some flint and steel.”
  8. #68
    “Bitterness never staked its claim. Anger never metastasized into hatred. His heart never hardened; his resolve never vanished. He not only survived; he thrived.”
  9. #69
    “Without the assurance of food, clothing and shelter, unless you’re prepared to die, there’s no other way but to work.”
  10. #70
    “How can I not trust another human completely? We’re family—both part of the brotherhood of extinction.”
  11. #71
    “Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it.”
  12. #72
    “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.”

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  1. #73
    “Survival had to start with me. In my experience, a castaway’s worst mistake is to hope too much and do too little.”
  2. #74
    “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.”
  3. #75
    ″[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.”
  4. #76
    “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. #77
    “I could not abandon Richard Parker. To leave him would mean to kill him. He would not survive the first night.”
  6. #78
    “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.”
  7. #79
    “I am always saying ‘Glad to’ve met you’ to somebody I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.”
  8. #80
    “Mark Watney’s prolonged mission and fight for survival are giving us more knowledge about Mars then the rest of the Ares program combined.”
  9. #81
    “The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us.”
  10. #82
    “What I’ve started I must finish. I’ve gone too far to turn back. Regardless of what may happen, I have to go forward.”
  11. #83
    “If he survived, those patterns would become eternal, for his genes would pass them on to future generations.”
  12. #84
    “In a way we’re like a revolutionary group-repossessing society by violence. It’s inevitable. Violence is no stranger to you. You’ve killed. Many times.”
  1. #85
    “When you’re flat on your face there’s no time to wonder how you got in and when you’ll get out.”
  2. #86
    “Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.”
  3. #87
    The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question ‘How can we eat?’ the second by the question ‘Why do we eat?’ and the third by the question ‘Where shall we have lunch?‘”
  4. #88
    ″‘In an infinite Universe anything can happen,’ said Ford. ‘Even survival. Strange but true.‘”
  5. #89
    “Something else drove (Connor) to run to that porch, but whatever the real reason was, Connor’s keeping it to himself.”
  6. #90
    “Connor looks flustered and cornered for a moment before he comes to his senses and says, ‘Yeah. Yeah, I am.‘”
  7. #91
    ″‘You two can do whatever you like. Risa and I broke up this morning. Should I turn off the light when I leave?‘”
  8. #92
    ″‘So… everything that happened back there was all a show?’
    Now it’s Connor’s turn to be unsure. ‘I guess. Sort of. Wasn’t it?‘”
  9. #93
    “Even when there is no immediate threat, our body may remain tight and on guard, our mind narrowed to focus on what might go wrong. When this happens, fear is no longer functioning to secure our survival. We are caught in the trance of fear and our moment-to-moment experience becomes bound in reactivity.”
  10. #94
    “Whether in a suit or in a loincloth people are ignorant little thorns cutting into one another. They seem incapable of advancing beyond the violent tendencies which at one time were necessary for survival.”
  11. #95
    “The people say that the two seemed to be removed from human experience; that they had gone through pain and had come out on the other side; that there was almost a magical protection about them.”
  12. #96
    “He could not possibly survive until Discovery II made its rendezvous with Japetus, four or five years hence.”

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