#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!