Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)
I like post-it notes. The skinny tab kind, preferably in bright colors. I don't dog ear my pages. I don't write in books. But I do use my brightly colored skinny tab post-it notes to mark passages and quotes that tug at my heartstrings, make me cry, make me laugh, and get me thinking in a book. In a lot of ways that's the indicator of a book I love. The more post-it notes, the more invested I was in the story. And those little post-it notes are why I love reading. From the comfort of my own chair I get to experience empathy, stretch my imagination, travel the world, and maybe learn a little bit about myself, and life, along the way.
Not everyone can pull this off, but some of the best make poetry out of words. Here are just a few of my favorite quotes.
What's on your list?
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
1) "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
There are so many J.K Rowling quotes that I love, especially scenes between Dumbledore and Harry, and this one stayed with me. Now if I can only get the teens that come into the Teen Room to understand this idea...
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
2) "I wish it need not have happened in time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
So Gandalf and Dumbledore are kind of cut from the same cloth. Both very wise old me. Both understand that any creature, no matter how old or young, big or small, can make a big impact, they just have to choose to do so.
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
3) "...the truth about forever is that it is happening right now."
I was tempted to put down "all of Sarah Dessen's words"...but of all of them, this is my favorite. While I hate "live like you were dying," I do like realizing that life is finite, and you can either wait for things to happen or live the life you want.
Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
4) But you see, Meg, just because you don't understand doesn't mean that the
explanation doesn't exist."
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, A Wrinkle in Time is my book, and Meg is my girl. Faith is hard. Love is hard. Courage is hard. But it's there, even if you can't see it.
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
5) "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin,
but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."
And this perfect line is why I'm not sure if I'm going to read the new Harper Lee release. Harper Lee is just so good.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
6) "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
Every time I read this small children's book, I find something new to tug at my heartstrings. So short, yet so profound and dear.
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
7) "KISS ME, HARDY! Kiss me, QUICK!"
The feels! Oh the feels! Just six small words and you understand real courage, friendship, and love. I'm tearing up just thinking about it...okay, got to move on...too much...
Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy
8) "Sometimes we set off down a road thinking' we're going' one place and we end up another. But that's okay. The important thing is to start."
Truth! And probably the hardest obstacle for me to over come. Just start.
John Green, Paper Towns
9) "What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person."
This one I fell in love with more and more the further I got from it. I read it. I liked it. But only now, several years (and experiences) later, do I truly
appreciate what it's saying.
Libba Bray, Going Bovine
10) "You've been assigned an identity since birth. Then you spend the rest of your life walking around in it to see if it really fits. You try on all these different selves and abandon just as many. But really it's about dismantling all that false armor,
getting down to what's real."
You didn't really think I'd have a list without Libba Bray, did you? She's my girl. My imaginary best friend. Who you are has always been there, you just have to have the courage to admit it.