#Quote : A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Berawal dari iseng-iseng di Goodreads, klik sana sini, perhatian saya tertuju pada quote dari buku A tree grows in Brooklyn. Quotenya bagus-bagus! Jadi penasaran dengan bukunya, terlebih lagi dengan edisi klasik Gramedia yang pantas untuk dikoleksi.

People always think that happiness is a faraway thing,” thought Francie, “something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains – a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re alone – just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness.”

“Because,” explained Mary Rommely simply, “the child must have a valuable thing which is called imagination. The child must have a secret world in which live things that never were. It is necessary that she believe. She must start out by believing in things not of this world. Then when the world becomes too ugly for living in, the child can reach back and live in her imagination. I, myself, even in this day and at my age, have great need of recalling the miraculous lives of the Saints and the great miracles that have come to pass on earth. Only by having these things in my mind can I live beyond what I have to live for.”

“Who wants to die? Everything struggles to live. Look at that tree growing up there out of that grating. It gets no sun, and water only when it rains. It’s growing out of sour earth. And it’s strong because its hard struggle to live is making it strong. My children will be strong that way.”

“As she read, at peace with the world and happy as only a little girl could be with a fine book and a little bowl of candy, and all alone in the house, the leaf shadows shifted and the afternoon passed. “

“If there was only one tree like that in the world, you would think it was beautiful. But because there are so many, you just can’t see how beautiful it really is.”

“Dear God,” she prayed, “let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry…have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere – be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.”

And, the last one, which is my fave :

From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”

Kebanyakan sepertinya ya :p Quote ini Mia bangetlah #halah. Masuk ke wish list lagi nih, haduuh banyak pisan wish listnya, puyeng sendiri. Memang untuk buku sepertinya tidak ada kata cukup🙂

3 thoughts on “#Quote : A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  1. Althesia says:

    Mia, aku lagi nulis review A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Aq juga suka quote yang :

    From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack intimate friends….

    aku pengen masukin ke reviewku, tapi klo bahasa indonesia kayaknya kurang keren. Aq pinjam cuplikan quote di blogmu ini ya..(khusus yg bagian akhir aja)

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