The Secrets of the World Elizabeth Murphy

“Why don’t people’s hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams.” (136)

This quote is asking why people’s hearts wouldn’t help or support the person’s dreams. “Because that’s what makes a heart suffer most, and hearts don’t like to suffer.” meaning that if the person tends to not be successful while following their dreams, it could lead to disappointment and/or having their heart broken. The heart can get very emotional and respond to fear or sadness in the wrong way. You should always pay attention to what your heart has to say. If a person knows ups and downs of their own heart, they can know themselves better more personally.

"There must be a language that doesn’t depend upon words, the boy thought” (46)

This quote is explaining that there must be multiple ways to communicate without words or motions. The 'language' might simply be like a natural instinct.

“It is this: that a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what is happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie” (10)

This quote is referring to what the human species is able to do in this world. The world's greatest lie is that humans believe that our futures are ruled by fate. By saying this is a lie, we imply that we create our own fate. There's always good and bad consequences of the choices we make. If something doesn't go into our benefit, we have the ability to make it right.

“Don’t let them see that you’re afraid, they are brave men and they despise cowards.” (145)

This quote is stating that if one being shows any type of fear towards their enemy, the enemy will take advantage. In any event that occurs with competition, your opponent should want to have the same amount of aggression that you have towards them. If you tend to be scared or afraid of something, it seems to be really hard to complete your task in that moment of life. This type of mentality helps when you compete in sports. You continue to prepare for the events you take place in for the competition. If you let one thing bother you, it could take your mind off the situation.

“I don’t want to change anything, because I don’t know how to deal with change. I’m used to the way I am." (52)

This quote is stating that you have the choice to stay the same and continue to go with things the way they are. Humans have the ability to a change in life if they don't like the way things are going for them. This statement can relate to a situation I have. My whole life I've been told that I am so tall that it's ridiculous.It's extremely difficult to be told that I'm a "freak of nature" or "giant." A certain point in my life I have stopped listening to others and just worried about what I had to get done at that time. When a person is told to be something that they are not, they either move on from it or they continue to process it through their brains that they need to be that type of way.

“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say. That way, you’ll never have to fear an unanticipated blow.” (134)

This quote is stating that it is better to listen to what your heart has to say; if you decide not to, it could lead to decisions that are negative. Letting your heart speak for itself is necessary in every-day life. It advises you and guides you through your toughest choices and decisions. Ignoring what your heart tells you, will sometimes lead you to the wrong destinations in life.


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