When a Magnificent Author and the Best Chef Talks About Life

So my cat was hugging and chilling on John Green affectionately (oh well, his books), and I could tell he loved the words of wisdom from the admirable author.

This month, I managed to get the top four books of Mr. Green, and I’m currently reading the best-selling ‘The Fault In Our Stars‘. This collection was supposed to be kept until the month of September and for my next vacation, but I could not resist any longer to unwrap these books. Who would anyway?

I believe most of you appreciate his writings, and of course, these are some of my favorite, eye-opening quotes from him:

  • “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”
  • “I just want to do something that matters. Or be something that matters. I just want to matter”
  • “Your life isn’t out there waiting, so don’t think all you have to do is find it and get it. No, your life is right here. And yeah, it sucks. Lives usually do. So if you want things to change, you don’t need to get a life. You need to get off your ass”


On a similar note, I also get really inspired by the story from an Italian chef, Massimo Bottura which also speaks about the real meaning of life and the way it supposed to be. This is his story:

“When I start & decided to cook, I was studying as a lawyer and I was working in my father’s company. But I wasn’t happy. I was waking up in the morning and I wasn’t happy. So one day, I decided to change everything and follow one of my passion. And I decided to be a chef.

And that impossible is nothing.

My father was like not happy at all. For 2 years, he didn’t even talked to me. In January last year, he passed away. The same month at the end, I got from the ‘Paris World Culinary Academy’, the title of “The Best Chef in the World”.

So this is life. It comes and goes. Just like that”.


Having these inspirational sayings at the back of my head, I realized that I need to make a change in my life. Something that makes me happy when I wake up in the morning and moment that makes me feeling excited about living.

What about you?

11 thoughts on “When a Magnificent Author and the Best Chef Talks About Life

    • figurynna says:

      Thank you Jamesharl and ohh yes you’re absolutely right about the ‘lucky’ thing! 😛

      I can’t wait for that day when I got up, feeling so energized and eager to start up my day (especially on Monday morning.. haha!). It ain’t easy for most people but it’s not impossible either, only a matter of time to achieve what you truly love and deserve to live up your freedom.

  1. Dayana says:

    I was reading about quotes on life on a beautiful cozy Sunday morning sipping my hot choc at the balcony… And I’m not too sure now how the journey got me to this blog. For me, as what I have recently learned, is to wake up in the morning and smile for the things that I already have in life – even during bad times we can still try to focus our minds on the little good things hidden in its shadows. That’s a happier way of living in the moment, rather than hoping for a better future that will make us happy someday.

    Hey Farah! Is that really you?? It’s me, Nana! How on earth did I get here?? Nice writing, babe. Keep on it! 😉 *hugs*

    • figurynna says:

      Helloooo gurllll! Can’t believe having you dropping by here! Worth of reading and searching during the cozy and lazy Sunday of yours, hopefully! 😀

      I’m glad in most part, that things has been worked out pretty well for you. Despite during bad days, at least you still know how to appreciate those tiny remarkable things in life.

      Thank you for your nice words. These bits and pieces of sweet thoughts has always been inspiring.

  2. lillyprince12 says:

    I LOVE John Green! I read The Fault in Our Stars earlier this year and was moved to tears. It was like reliving my My Girl years, except better. This post makes me want to read his other stuff.

    • figurynna says:

      Hi Lily 🙂

      Glad to have another fan of John’s here. I found the review of his other series were pretty great too, so I think it’s probably worth it. I especially love his quotes, soo much. Anyway, I’d suggest you to try getting the box set though! 😀

  3. Karen says:

    I’m an avid reader, and a collector of quotes. I’m also a chef : ) I haven’t read any John Green, but I plan to after reading your post. Thanks for sharing.

  4. rosephoebe says:

    I would enjoy nothing more than to drink coffee and stare at the sky – especially if I had a view of the ocean and boats like in your big picture. I personally can say one of my never fail authors is Maya Angelou. One of her quotes happens to be my blog inspiration
    “Life loves to be taken by the lapels and told, I’m with you kid, let’s go.”

    I hope you’ll get to check me out sometime! I’ll be following you most definitely (thanks to 20sb 🙂 Have an amazing day!

  5. Lindsay says:

    I need to make a change too. I’m trying to find a new job, joining a gym, and buying a bike. Maybe too much for one month?

    Your kitty sure is cute 🙂

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