It’s time for my weekly feature, as created by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday! I love this day of the week, as not only do I get to share with you my favourites, but I also love reading other peoples posts – please feel free to link your post in the comments and I’ll check them out!
April 14: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books (anything that inspires you, challenges you, makes you think, encourages you, etc.)
Right now I’m so thankful my Baratheon Game of Thrones notebook, in which I’ve written a dozen or so quotes from books which have made me think in some way, or I’d really struggle to write this post. These quotes are in order of when they meant something to me (in the case of the first one) or when I wrote them down in my notebook.
1. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” (Albus Dumbledore, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling)
I simply couldn’t omit my very favourite quote, and my blog title now, could I?! This was the very first quote that stuck with me entirely. From aged seven it has been somewhat of my mantra, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Go Jo!
2. “Fear cuts deeper than swords” (Arya Stark, ‘A Clash of Kings’ by George R.R. Martin)
Arya is strong willed, brave and loyal – I don’t think the sorting hat would have difficulty settling on Gryffindor – and she speaks sense. Since I am notoriously bad at worrying, it has helped me to understand and appreciate that fear is often worse than the truth.
3. “If you’re always early, you’re never late” (Nick Dunne’s father, ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn)
Well done Nick’s father. Not only is this entirely obvious, it is completely accurate, and I love it. I am always that person who is early to everything, mainly for fear of being late, so this is a perfect quote for me.
4. “When you’re flat on your back you’re not on your feet” (Carey Taylor, ‘Bared to You’ by Sylvia Day)
This is simply brilliant. Just get off your bum and do something.
5. “I’m a big fan of the lie of omission” (Nick Dunne, ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn)
Oh Nick, you devil you. In all honesty, I don’t know why this resonates with me, but it is very deep and rather disconcerting.
6. “Sorcery is the sauce fools spoon over failure to hide the flavor of their own incompetence” (Tyrion Lannister, ‘A Clash of Kings’ by George R.R. Martin)
Despite thinking the book wasn’t all that great, there were pearls of wisdom dotted through it, usually spoken or thought by Tyrion – I think he might be the only sane character I’ve come across.
7. “I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul” (Etienne St. Clair, ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ by Stephanie Perkins)
I believe this originated from poetry (in fact I know it did). It is too deep for a YA romance book, and would be better suited to some form of fanfiction, but I love the passion behind it.
8. “Sometimes, just saying you hate something, and having someone agree with you, can make you feel better about a terrible situation” (Narrator, ‘The Bad Beginning’ by Lemony Snicket)
I could not agree with this more! Being able to agree with someone about something, good or bad, is a powerful thing. Friendships are created and loyalties are bonded by shared perspectives.
9. “There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort” (Narrator, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte)
I picked this quote up in ‘Billy and Me’ by Giovanna Fletcher, but since it’s Bronte, I went with the original source. It’s so beautiful – maybe I should give that classic a try?
10. “Nothing worth doing is easy. Especially not in the beginning” (Frank Porter, ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Morgan Matson)
Very true. Everyone knows this to be true, it’s just sometimes they don’t want to believe it. You just have to overcome the difficulties to achieve the success.
I hope at least one of these quotes resonated with you. Whether they did or not, I hope you have a great day, and remember “Life’s full of ups and downs, but keep smiling.”
My journey will also be instagrammed frequently on @charlottebibliophile