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This Just Speaks to Me: Words to Live By… by Hoda Kotb, G. P. Putnam, US $24.00, Pp 384, October 2020, ISBN 9780593191080

We live in a world that is filled with sorrow and despair. Occasionally, there is also hope. In this world, we need to hear and think positive to make life bearable. In This Just Speaks to Me, Hoda Kotb has gathered quotes from others and her own short anecdotes for us to smile and act positive. In the introduction, she writes, “I suppose the unsettling truth about living is that the journey is a roller coaster of contentment and adversity. Life will never just become predictably smooth for any of us. From one day to the next, everything can change – and has – which must be why we crave quotes – brief, gentle reminders like ‘We are blessed’ or ‘It’s not too late’ or ‘Always be kind.’ I have realized, too, that a quote that may not resonate with you one day can suddenly become your quote because life has changed you. Words were just words until a deep pain, or an immeasurable love ignited their power.” Here are some of the quote to give you an opportunity to look inside the book!

The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all. Leo Rosten

When I saw you, I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew. Arrigo Boito

A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure. Henry Kissinger.

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Charles Spurgeon

Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of awareness. Alice Walker

Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your hearts. Roy T Bennett

It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. Rumi

Reality is a question of perspective. Salman Rushdi

We are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free. Ronald Reagan

Not enough black women had a seat at the table, so I had to go and chop down that wood and build my own table. Beyonce

If I know what love is, it is because of you. Hermann Hesse

Forget your troubles and dance. Bob Marley

A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw

Everything worth doing starts with being scared. Art Garfunkel

This Just Speaks to Me is a great collection of thought-provoking quotes for different situations. They are about lessons from life, acts of kindness, love and loss. This will be as good as you think it would be. Listening and reading positive is important to make life bearable and that is exactly what Hoda Kotb does in This Just Speaks to Me. It is absolutely relevant to our lives, society and times. If you are looking for insight, wisdom, wit, or fun, you will find it in this book. It should be on your bedside table.

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