Y9 & Y10 – 25/05/17

Due: 05/06 (Y9) & 07/05 (Y10) (Issued: 25/05)

Title: Personal Response


  • Read through the following literary quotations and decide on 3 that you wish to talk about
  • In your book, write down the quotation, and…
  • Identify (briefly) what you think the writer is trying to say, before…
  • Reacting to it. What does it make you FEEL, IMAGINE, and/or THINK? – explore your emotions, imagination and intellectual reactions. Why do you think that you have reacted as you have? What might they mean to you on a personal level? Why did you pick them over the others? How might they inform your understanding of life and of others? Why are they important and sacred life philosophies?
  1. “Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”
    ― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  2. “Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. “I’m okay” we say. “I’m alright”. But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can’t get it off. That’s when you realise that sometimes it isn’t even an answer–it’s a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.”
    ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
  3. “…I think we are well-advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends. We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were.”
    ― Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
  4. “To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”
    — Yann Martel, Life of Pi
  5. “She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”
    —J. D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew”
  6. “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart; I am, I am, I am.”
    —Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
  7. “Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.”
    —Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
  8. “Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”
    —Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  9. “What are men to rocks and mountains?”
    —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  10. “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
    —Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
  11. “I have spread my dreams under your feet; / Tread softly because you tread on my dreams”
    —W. B. Yeats, “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven”
  12. “I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”
    —Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
  13. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
    –F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
  14. “The seeds of life— fiery is their force, divine their birth, but they are weighed down by the bodies’ ills or dulled by earthly limbs and flesh that’s born for death.”
    — Virgil, The Aeneid: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
  15. “I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on the water.”
    — Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia