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Top 5 | Lilian Kars’ Favourite Quotes from Literature

“WE ARE ALL LOOKING FOR HAPPY MOMENTS, WONDERFUL THINGS AND SUNNY SKIES, BUT THE WHOLE ESSENCE OF LIFE FOR ME IS TO GO WITHIN AND TO DISCOVER, UNFOLD ALL THE TREASURES WE ARE BORN WITH.” – LILIAN KARS

More Than a Me is based upon a quote from Rumi, a thirteenth-century poet, and scholar. Author Lilian Kars was inspired by his words so much that she created a whole world based on one simple sentence. With that in mind, we wanted to find out what other famous snippets and quotes from the vast world of literature have inspired and delighted Lilian – maybe some of them will give us a hint at her new book?!

The quote I love maybe most of all is the one by Rumi, which inspired me to write More Than A Me:

1. “You are not just a drop in the ocean; you are the entire ocean in a drop.”

     – Rumi

When you really let this quote sink in, you feel that we are all one. One with nature, one with each other, one with the Universe, one with God. There is no separation, that is what I live by.

My second book that will be published by MJP’s Tiny Tree is inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s words:

2. “It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see.”

     – Henry David Thoreau

This one helped me a lot throughout my life. You can look at things, circumstances and behavior from so many different angles and when you do, your empathy, your understanding for yourself and others just grows and grows.

Again: Rumi.

3. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

     – Rumi

This one always takes me ‘home’ to myself. It teaches me that there is no way I can find what I am looking for with anyone else. I have to go inside. It’s not the easiest way, but the only way to find true peace. And because you become the one to make you happy it is so empowering.

This small poem by Rainer Maria Rilke always makes me cry. Because of the very truth of it.

4.  “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act,

      just once, with beauty and courage.

     Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence,

     something helpless that wants our love.”

     – Rainer Maria Rilke

This small poem by Rainer Maria Rilke always makes me cry. Because of the very truth of it. We are all looking for happy moments, wonderful things and sunny skies. But the whole essence of living for me is to go within and to discover, unfold all the treasures we are born with.

Which brings me to my all time favorite from John Bradshaw:

5. “Every man is like an abandoned child on it’s way back to its true self.”

     – John Bradshaw

We are born with so many talents and gifts, but we bury them on our way to adulthood. We are conditioned by society, our parents, our teachers. This does not have to be a bad thing: it can teach us how to behave, how to interact. But somewhere along the way we lose sight on who we really are, what we really want, what our gift to the world can be. But if we realize that, we go on our own treasure hunt and the strength which we develop to break down all the walls we build so carefully to protect ourselves will help us to make our mark, to show ourselves and to fulfill our dreams. Only when we truly know who we are – the entire ocean in a drop – we are not scared to do so…


We are donating a portion of all proceeds from the sale of More Than a Me to War Child. War Child is a small charity with big ambitions. They are directly transforming the lives of tens of thousands of children and are campaigning to save the lives of even more. Tiny Tree Children’s Books / Matthew James Publishing will donate £1 from every copy of More Than a Me sold through our website. 10% of proceeds from the book will be donated when you buy from AmazonWaterstones, and WHSmith.