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25 Great Pieces of Life Advice From Literature

Everyone could use a bit of advice now and then. But what if you’re the type who eschews all human contact and prefers to converse only with characters in your books? Well, er, then even they might not be able to help you. All kidding aside, as any avid reader will know, many of the great works of literature are filled with wisdom, which you could do worse than to take to heart — especially in these back-to-school weeks, a time when a little extra advice can always help. So after the jump you will find a few nuggets of humanhood as doled out by literary (read: fictional!) characters who know a thing or two. Don’t see your favorite on here? Add it to the common pool of wisdom in the comments.

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“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.” — Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee)

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