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The Pearl by Steinbeck always reminds me to be thankful for what you have.

 
“For it is said that humans are never satisfied, that you give them one thing and they want something more. John Steinbeck, The Pearl
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Books that give advice-A Night To Remember…Titanic’s lasting memory.

  • “Even against the greatest of odds, there is something in the human spirit – a magic blend of skill, faith, and valor – that can lift men from certain defeat to incredible victory.” …

Advice as to what we imagine to happen and what really happens. Or…what you want to happen.

“Of course there must be lots of magic in the world but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

When life gets you take, take Homer’s advice and chalk it up to just another adventure.

“Yea, and if some god shall wreck me in the wine-dark deep,
even so I will endure…
For already have I suffered full much,
and much have I toiled in perils of waves and war.
Let this be added to the tale of those.”
Homer, The Odyssey

Oh, yes. More great classics advice from Dickens.

“I never could have done what I have done, without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one object at a time.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Take heed to good advice. Dickens has it.

“My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Lovely, clear thoughts to make us smile.

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Hmm. Twain, you said well, classically speaking.

“′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”
Mark Twain

Well, enough said. READ! And read more.

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Dracula always brings lighted advice to our darkened worlds.

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”

—Bram Stroker, Dracula