Top Ten Tuesday: Inspirational Book Quotes

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a fun one: Inspirational Book Quotes. We both have a tendency to dog-ear pages and leave sticky notes in books when we find quotes or passages we like, so this was an easy one. Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for another great Top Ten Tuesday!


Indiana’s Five:

“Don’t wish me happiness – I don’t expect to be happy . . . it’s gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor – I will need them all.”
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.”
~ Joan Didion, “On Self-Respect” (this one is technically an essay . . . but it was too good to not put on the list)

“Sure the world breeds monsters, but kindness grows just as wild…”
~ Mary Karr, The Liar’s Club

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


Pete’s Five:

“I have found, through painful experience, that the most important step a person can take is always the next one.”
~Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“We cannot blame ourselves for the wars our parents start. Sometimes the very best thing we can do is walk away.”
~Becky Chambers, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

“That’s what History teaches us, I think, that life goes on, even though individuals die and whole civilizations crumble away: The simple things last; they are repeated over and over by each generation.”
~Philip Reeve, A Darkling Plain

“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you” ~Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.” ~ Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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