Did you ever bought a book because it was pretty and it made you feel good? Well that’s totally the feeling we had towards “Whatever you are, be a good one” (which is an Abraham Lincoln quote by the way!) It gathers 100 inspirational quotations, hand-lettered by Lisa Congdon. Each quote has a different design and lets just say: it looks amazing.

Whatever You Are cover RGB

In the introduction, Congdon explains how she fell in love with lettering. The quotes in this book are part of her “365 Days of Hand Lettering” project, with certain additions.


The book is full of colors and will perfectly fit on your coffee table, easy to reach whenever you are sitting on the couch or at your desk.


Each page is unique and has a completely different design than the previous page. The quotes aren’t divided into separate categories, which makes it actually easier to read. We’re not going to lie, it was hard for us to pick our favorite one. Still, we really loved the design of the “It is not the length of life, but the depth of life” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) quote with the pretty drawing of the wale. “Be curious not judgmental” (Walt Whitman) is probably one of the most interesting one, not only because of the words themselves, but also because of the drawing. Putting the words in a closed bottle when you’re talking about judging is very powerful.


From Stephen King to Socrate, Marie Curie to Oscar Wilde, each page is a breath fresh air.


{Images: From Whatever You Are Be a Good One by Lisa Congdon, published by Chronicle Books 2014}

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