Top Ten Tuesday: Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

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Here are some of my favourite inspirational and thought-provoking quotes. I honestly have no idea what else to write in the introduction to this post, so let’s move on to the quotes!

1. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”  – Neil Gaiman, Coraline

2. “I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.”  – Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

3.  ““What you imagine as overwhelming or terrifying while at leisure becomes something you can cope with when you must-there is no time for fear.”   – Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

4. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”  – Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968

5. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”  – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

6. “Whatever comes,” she said, “cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”  – Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

7. “Adversity is like a strong wind. It…tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.” – Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

8. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”  – Oscar Wilde, The Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Wilde

9. “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.”  – John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

10. “But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.” – Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth

138 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

  1. Lydia, You have a fascinating blog here with some myriad topics to read up on.

    All these quotes are great.

    But love what Stephen King always says.

    “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    This is also a very precious book.

    Have a great week ahead!

  2. I love the Gaiman and King ones! But I also love the one from The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I’ve never read it before- but it definitely speaks to me. Great list!

  3. I’ve always loved that Neil Gaiman quote! So beautiful.

    That quote from Stephen King is one of my favorites, too. Ah, so painfully true. Even if you don’t want to, gotta just roll up your sleeves and get to it.

    • Thank you. Yeah, that movie was very scary…and not just for kids! I still shudder at the thought of the characters who had buttons for eyes.

    • I’d never made those associations before, but I can totally see why you’d think that.

      Yes, Oscar Wilde was a very witty many.

      And thanks. 🙂

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