This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is devoted to quotes from books that have inspired me. Most of these are books I have actually read, but a few are quotes I’ve seen somewhere, and liked enough to jot them down. In this post I will share with you the quotes, and explain what they mean to me. Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish, who’ve created the Top Ten Tuesday meme. If you haven’t already, you should definitely check them out. So without further ado, here is my list of the “Top Ten Inspiring Book Quotes:”
“With a secret like that, at some point the secret itself becomes irrelevant. The fact that you kept it does not.” – Sara Gruen, Water For Elephants
1.) This quote inspires me to remember why it does no good to keep secrets. Secrets lead to secrets, which lead to more secrets. By the time they come out, the original secret is often not as important as the lengths you went through to keep it.
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscious tells him it’s right.” Martin Luther King, Jr. , A Testament of Hope: Essential Writings and Speeches
2.) This speech inspires me to always strive to do the right thing. It is easy to get persuaded away from following the moral and just path by fear. However, if you see a great injustice, staying silent is the same as committing the injustice.
“All I want, is for you to love me. Not because of what I can do, or what I look like, or because I love you – Just because I am.” – Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes
3.) I love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and there are many quotes in the books I love. However, this one inspires me to find someone who loves me for who I am, and not for superficial reasons. Beauty and talent can fade, and no one should stay with another out of obligation.
“I am quite illiterate, but I read a lot.” – J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
4.) Hahaha! This quote is so me. As you probably already know, I read A LOT. However, I often feel illiterate because I haven’t read as many classics as I think I’ve should by this point in my life.
“Whenever you’re unsure of yourself, whenever you’re in doubt, ask yourself three questions. What do you believe in? What do you hope for? But most important, ask yourself, what do you love? And when you answer, Tania, you will know who you are. And more important – If you ask these questions of the people around you, you’ll know who they are, too.” – Paullina Simons, The Summer Garden
5.) I just love this quote from Paullina Simons, The Bronze Horseman trilogy. It reads like great advice, and something I have done ever since I’ve read this book. I believe in God, that everything happens for a reason, and we all get what we deserve (eventually). I hope that when I look back on my life when I’m on my deathbed that I will have no regrets, and felt that I’ve really lived. I love my family, my friends, and my life. When faced with these questions, what would your answers be?
“We walk alone through this world, but if we’re lucky, we have a moment of belonging to something, to someone, that sustains us through a lifetime of loneliness” ― Paullina Simons, Tatiana and Alexander
6.) This quote inspires me not to just live my life for myself, but for others. Still working on this one…
“It’s discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” – Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit
7.) Ok, ok, so this isn’t a book quote, but a film quote. I snuck this one in, because of its veracity. As an honest person, I find I constantly shock people with my honesty. Could be my delivery, or the fact that people have just become so used to being lied to that it’s considered normal.
“When it comes to life, we spin our own yarn, and where we end up is really, in fact, where we always intended to be.” – Julia Glass, Three Junes
8.) I haven’t actually read this book, but I saw it and liked it. It must be my Viking fever, but between watching History’s The Vikings and reading Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories, this quote struck a chord with me. The Danes believed in fate, and that fate controlled everyone’s destiny. No man (or woman) rose to victory or fell in defeat unless fate decreed it was their destiny. For me, this quote inspires me to keep reaching for what I want, and to have faith that I will end up where I was always meant to me. It also reminds me that if I never try, I’ll never reach my goals, anyway.
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
9.) This quote is similar to the MLK one above. It’s brave to stand up for what you believe in, but standing up even when your friends try to hold you back is even brave. Especially, if it’s our friends who are in the wrong and need to be stood up to.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
10.) Another great Harry Potter quote (There are so many of them)! This quote inspires me to dream, but not to spend so much time dreaming that I forget to actually try and make them a reality. I’m still working on this one as well…
OK, folk! That was my list of Top Ten Inspirational Book Quotes. Did any of these make your list? Which ones on the list resonate with you the most? Feel free to chime in, and respond in the comments below! In the meantime, happy reading!