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#TopTenTuesday: Inspirational & Thought-Provoking Quotes from Books

Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday! This meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. Today’s prompt is: Inspirational & Thought-Provoking Quotes from Books. Who doesn’t love coming across a good inspiring or thought-provoking quote in the book you’re reading? I’ve never thought about ‘rating’ the quotes I find, so these aren’t really my top ten of all time, but they are quotes that sparked something in me. In no particular order…


“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind

“You can’t change just one part, can you? When you sit there and wish things had happened differently, you can’t just wish away the bad stuff. You have to think about all the good stuff you might lose, too. Better just to stay in the now and focus on what you can do better in the future.”– Taylor Jenkins Reid, Maybe In Another Life

“Whatever happens, love that.” – Maddie Dawson, Matchmaking for Beginners

“Human bodies are very complicated. Inside us there are all kinds of genes, hormones, and chemicals that affect our moods, and sometimes people have a certain combination of those things that makes them feel sad.” – Glendy Vanderah, Where the Forest Meets the Stars

“Once you figure out what matters, you’ll figure out how to be brave.” – Emily X.R. Pan, The Astonishing Colour of After

“Why wasn’t friendship as good as a relationship? Why wasn’t it even better? It was two people who remained together, day after day, bound not by sex or physical attraction or money or children or property, but only by the shared agreement to keep going, the mutual dedication to a union that could never be codified.” – Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

“People make a grievous error thinking that a list of facts is the truth. Facts are just the bare bones out of which truth is made.” – Greg Iles, Natchez Burning

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. There are seven words that will make a person love you. There are ten words that will break a strong man’s will. But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire. A name is the fire itself.” – Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” – Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice

“It’s plausible to hypothesize that these patterns will be reflected in events and people in each dimension. That people who have met in one quantum reality will be likely to meet in another. Certain things that happen will happen over and over, in different ways, but more often than you could explain by chance alone.” – Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You

What are some of your favorite quotes? Have you also done a Top Ten Tuesday post? Leave a link to your post in the comments and let’s talk quotes 🙂

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27 thoughts on “#TopTenTuesday: Inspirational & Thought-Provoking Quotes from Books

    1. Yes! I really enjoyed the Astonishing Colour of After 😍 I’m not usually a big fan of magical realism but I loved this book. It’s a good exploration of cultural identity, and it’s also very touching. I was bawling by the end! I would recommend it 🙂

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    1. I loved it too! I wanted to add one of my favorite quotes from the end of the book (the speech!) but it’s so long, I thought people might get bored reading it 😂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. OOoh nice quote picks! Lots of new to me ones! Though the A Thousand Pieces of You one reminds me that I still need to finish that series! Lol.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT post!

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    1. Thank you for visiting my TTT in return! A Thousand PIeces of You was such a great series that made me wish the multiverse reality and time-travel and all that stuff was real right now 😂

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  2. Oooh, I debated adding a quote from The Astonishing Color of After in mine, too! It’s such a lovely book, filled with beautiful ideas. But I had so many depressing quotes that I swapped it out for a lighter quote. xD I just absolutely LOVE that Patrick Rothfuss quote. I know I keep saying this, but I really do need to get my butt in gear and read his work. Soon as I catch up on ARCs, he’ll be the first author I go to.

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    1. It really was lovely. I’m not the biggest fan of magical realism but it worked for me in that one! I had quite a few depressing quotes too, but I tried to input some lighter thoughtful ones 😝 Hope you enjoy Rothfuss when you get to him! I still have to read the rest of the series but he’s so great!

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  3. Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author I’m curious about, but haven’t read anything by. Perhaps I’ll finally pick on up! Also, *SWOON* the Jane Austen quote is a fabulous edition! 🙂

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    1. I didn’t read TJR before this year but the two books I picked up so far have been amazing — one is Evelyn Hugo which is one of my top/favorite reads this year! I hope you pick her up and enjoy her writing when you do 😃

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  4. Love the quote about friendship. I have that book on my shelf but haven’t read it, yet. I’m not sure I’m ready as I’ve heard it’s an emotional read.

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    1. A Little Life is honestly one of my all time favorites. It really takes a lot out of you emotionally but imho it’s worth it. It’s quite triggering though and if you’re a sympathetic reader, prepare to feel all the feels!

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      1. I’m definitely a sympathetic reader. I’ll have to brace myself. It will have to be a summer break read so I can cry without people watching me at work.😂

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  5. Goodness, what thought-provoking choices. I had to re-read the quote by Rothfuss a few times to process it, even more reason to bump it up my tbr list. The Shadow of the Wind is so quotable, I read your choice and remembered the story fondly.

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    1. Thank you! I really need to continue reading Rothfuss’ series. And yes, Shadow of the Wind is such a beautiful story and it is so quotable! I can’t wait to also continue with this series, but not without a reread first! 😀

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