在www.shortlist.com的網站上看到一篇滿有趣的文章，標題是：「在小說中學到的50個人生智慧」（50 Pieces of Wisdom From Novels）。說是「文章」，其實沒幾個字，該文選出了50本書，每本摘出一句書裡的智慧箴言。
"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."（痛是難免的，苦是甘願的。）
"You may be poor, but the one thing nobody can take away from you is the freedom to fuck up your life whatever way you want to."
"The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn't one."
"You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question."
阿莎嘉‧克莉絲蒂，《牧師公館謀殺案》（Murder at the vicarage）
"The young people think the old people are fools -- but the old people know the young people are fools."
"Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them."
Bret Easton Ellis，《愛情磁場》（The Rules of Attraction）：
"No one will ever know anyone. We just have to deal with each other."
"We need never be ashamed of our tears."
"If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed."
"We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom."
"Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth."
"All your life people will tell you things. And most of the time, probably ninety-five percent of the time, what they'll tell you will be wrong."
"All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to."
"Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself."
"People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for."
“The best teacher is experience and not through someone's distorted point of view”
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.”
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."