21 Literary Quotes To Read When You're Having A Bad Day

Some days the world is just out to get you. You miss the bus, or you spill coffee on your new shirt, or your lover leaves you, or your government violates your civil liberties. We've all been there. That's why literature exits. Sure, not every book is going to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside (looking at you, every Russian novelist). But books can help. Sometimes a simple line from a good book can make you feel just the tiniest bit better about all the rotten things going on in your life. So here are a few literary quotes to read when you're having a bad day.

Literature doesn't even need to be especially cheerful to make you feel a little bit better about yourself. As James Baldwin put it, “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”

So shake off that very bad, no good day you've had, fix yourself the hot or cold beverage of your choice, and enjoy some quotes that can cut through even the worst mood: