Whenever I'm feeling lost in life, I pick up this book. One must be able to see through to the underlying meaning in the plot, characters, and setting for the book to be worth what it is meant to.
A couple of my favorite quotes from the book (I couldn't choose just one!):
"Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life."
"And remember, also," added the Princess of Sweet Rhyme, "that many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond your reach. But someday you'll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow."