Whether it’s a cause for celebration, a significant life transition, or even surviving a personal loss, change and growth are our only constants— especially in a busy world where careers, family, and life plans seem to evolve daily.
One of our kindest and most thoughtful friends started sending her friends a book each time she learned they were in the midst of a big life change. From welcoming a baby, moving to an unfamiliar city, starting a new job, or just experiencing one of life’s many heartaches or celebrations, she had a book for every occasion, and over the years, everyone’s library became just a little bigger as they adapted to their “new normal.”
Her books always came with a beautiful card and a meaningful quote from the chosen book, and we love the idea of sending along some thoughtful words to help ground a friend experiencing something new or different.
If you’d like to start this tradition for yourself, we’ve made a collection of our best-loved quotes from classic literature, guaranteed to help remind your people that regardless of life’s ups and downs, they’ve always got someone on their side.
1. “It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?”
- L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
2. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
- John Steinbeck, East of Eden
3. “I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”
– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
4. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
– Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
5. “I have been bent and broken, but—I hope—into a better shape.”
– Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
6. “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
– Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
7. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself."
– Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
8. “Courage is found in unlikely places.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
Of course, the only thing better than a new book is a bowl of soup or freshly baked cookies to go with it. And when things change, evolve, or go not-quite-as-planned, people still need to eat. Let us help friends and family navigate change and growth by delivering dinner straight to their door, and straight from your heart.