Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

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I’m so out of sync, new week and Thursday already! A bit too much happening in my life now, most if it fun, but the days seems too disappeared into…
Oh well, a bit late, but here is this week’s TTT.

Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books (anything that inspires you, challenges you, makes you think, encourages you, etc).

I loooove quotes! It could be something philosophical, whimsical, witty or just plain and simple beautiful. So in no particular order, here is my top ten!

I’ll start with a classic, Oscar Wilde is such a source of great quotations, and this one is one of my favorite (and a bit how I look upon random people 😉 )
1.“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious”
– Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

From one of my all-time favorite graphic novel! The character Hob Gadling argues with friends about the nature of death.
2. “The only reason people die, is because EVERYONE does it. You all just go along with it.
It’s RUBBISH, death. It’s STUPID. I don’t want nothing to do with it.”

– Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House

The works of Douglas Adams is filled with so many great passages and quotes, this is one of my favorite, and tells you how you learn how to fly! Epic.
3. “The Guide says there is an art to flying”, said Ford, “or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
– Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything

Great series and an awesome kick-ass heroine.
4. “I am stronger than my trials.”
– Dan Wells, Partials

From the witty ones over to some more philosophical and amazing quotes, starting with Tahereh Mafi’s beautiful words.
5. “I always wonder about raindrops.

I wonder about how they’re always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It’s like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn’t seem to care where the contents fall, doesn’t seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to tap on their doors.

I am a raindrop.

My parents emptied their pockets of me and left me to evaporate on a concrete slab.”
– Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

6. “Hope.

It’s like a drop of honey, a field of tulips blooming in the springtime. It’s a fresh rain, a whispered promise, a cloudless sky, the perfect punctuation mark at the end of a sentence. And it’s the only thing in the world keeping me afloat.”
– Tahereh Mafi, Unravel Me

7. “Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures.
No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.”

– Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me

Maggie Stiefvater is also one of those authors that makes great art, her Raven Circle series is amazing.
8. “A secret is a strange thing.

There are three kinds of secrets. One is the sort everyone knows about, the sort you need at least two people for. One to keep it. One to never know. The second is a harder kind of secret: one you keep from yourself. Every day, thousands of confessions are kept from their would-be confessors, none of these people knowing that their never-admitted secrets all boil down to the same three words: I am afraid.

And then there is the third kind of secret, the most hidden kind. A secret no one knows about. Perhaps it was known once, but was taken to the grave. Or maybe it is a useless mystery, arcane and lonely, unfound because no one ever looked for it.

Sometimes, some rare times, a secret stays undiscovered because it is something too big for the mind to hold. It is too strange, too vast, too terrifying to contemplate.

All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or kept from, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches — that’s what will be left at the end of it all.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

Well, it’s no secret that one of my favorite authors are Neil Gaiman, to many great books filled with row upon row of great words.
9. “Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. Truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.”
– Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Penryn and the end of days series is filled with a bunch of great one liners and lots of humor in a darker than dark post-apocalyptic world, and I just had to include the Pooky Bear to today’s list.
10. “He glares at me as if he already hates it. “What is it?” I consider lying but what’s the point? I clear my throat. “Pooky Bear”
He’s silent for so long I’m beginning to think he didn’t hear me when he finally says, “Pooky. Bear.” “It was just a little joke. I didn’t know.”
“I’ve mentioned that names have power, right? Do you realize that when she fights battles, she’s going to have to announce herself to the opposing sword? She’ll be forced to say something ridiculous like, ‘I am Pooky Bear, from an ancient line of archangel swords.’ Or, ‘Bow down to me, Pooky Bear, who has only two other equals in all the worlds.’ ” He shakes his head. “How is she going to get any respect?”

– Susan Ee, World After

There you have it, fun, thoughtful, strange, beautiful and to the point!
Do you have a favorite book that you like to quote from?


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