Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes I Loved from the Past Year or So

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is about our favorite quotes from books that we’ve read in the past year or so. I think books always have that one gem hidden in them somewhere that always manages to shine through, so here are ten of the quotes I loved:

  1. “Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    1. I love this quote because it’s just beautiful and true: happily ever after is extremely hard to achieve, but if two people work hard enough at it, then it’s the best thing ever.
  2. “‘Let’s go rattle the stars.'”Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
    1. I just love the simplicity of the statement, but there’s so much meaning behind it. In context, it’s war and fighting for everyone and their survival. Even without context, the line is just simply beautiful. Imagine rattling the stars: how much power, courage, and determination you’d need to do that. Stunning.
  3. “For too long, I’ve made my past my future, afraid to imagine anything else. And I acted like that – static – afraid of my own kinetic energy. Maybe it’s time to start imagining, maybe it’s time to be in motion. Maybe it’s time for me to fight back against the sadness inside of me.”My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
    1. As someone who has battled and dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts, I understand this line all too well. It’s the turning point, the realization that it will get better, that it’s okay to live. I love this line because of the desire to live, to push through it all.
  4. “We were both silent for a minute. And I wondered for the fist time whether ‘feeling feminine’ just meant feeling good in your own skin.”None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
    1. It’s important to remember that very phrase, regardless if you’re male, female, whatever you identify as: feel good in your own skin. It doesn’t matter what you look like, what you believe yourself to be, identify as, or what other people say: feeling good in your own skin is the most important thing you can possibly do. I’m still working on it, but I’ve gotten pretty good lately.
  5. “He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    1. I think a lot of times people, especially young people, go from relationship to relationship sometimes without realizing that it really is about finding that “shore worth swimming to.” And, when you do find that someone, it’s pretty great. And it doesn’t even have to be a romantic relationship: friendships, family relationships, coworkers, etc, are all important. Keep those “worth swimming to” close to you.
  6. “Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures.
    No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.”Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

    1. Coming from a reader/writer perspective, this is a beautiful and true statement. Words are so much more powerful than anything in existence. They are there when you go to sleep at night, or when you’re trying to catch your flight. They’re there no matter where you go, and I think that this quote is just so beautiful.
  7. “Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
    1. Many people believe that our lives here are meaningless and that we exist just to exist, but sometimes there are those moments in time where we can’t deny that there’s something more, a bigger purpose than we realized. It can be big or small, but it’s there, and I think this quote nicely defines that, because it truly does take a lot of courage and strength to act on it when it’s there.
  8. “I see only reminders that nothing lasts forever, not even greatness.”
    “Some things last.”
    I faced him. “Really? And just what would that be?”
    “The things that matter.”The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

    1. Again, this is so true. Not everything lasts forever, but the things that matter – especially if they matter to you – will last forever. To me, love and hope will last forever.
  9. “There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
    1. Honestly, this is just too romantic not to be a favorite of mine. So cute, so sweet, so much raw emotion. I love it.
  10. “Just because you can’t experience everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.”Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
    1. Seriously: you’re not going to be able to do everything possible in your lifetime. But you still need to experience what the world has to offer you right here, right now.

What are some of your favorite quotes and why? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Inspiring Quotes

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish! Today’s topic is inspiring quotes from books. We all have quotes that we love from books, so whether they inspire you to write, challenge you, encourage you, makes you think, and more. So here are my top ten quotes that inspire me one way or another:

1. “We were both silent for a minute. And I wondered for the first time whether ‘feeling feminine’ just meant feeling good in your own skin.” -“None of the Above” by I.W. Gregorio. This quote just strikes a kind of happy nerve with me because I often am not sure how I feel in my own skin, but this one, about “being feminine,” as a woman it just makes me feel good to know that I should be happy in my own skin. And I’m working on it.

2. “‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,’ said Jogen. “The man who never reads only lives once.'” – “A Dance with Dragons” by George R.R. Martin. As an avid reader and lover of books, this quote is very resonant within me right now, and frankly, always has been. I love reading and the fact that I get to travel to new worlds, time periods, and meet and fall in love or hate characters, is truly mind boggling to me. (No, I haven’t read this book yet, but it’s on my shelf waiting to be read.)

3. “‘I am in love with you,’ he said quietly.

‘Augustus,’ I said.

‘I am,’ he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. ‘I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.'” – “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. This quote inspires me because it makes me think: what if someone loved another so much that they proclaimed it this way? What if there was such an undying love for another that it makes them just say everything they believe and that they know they love a person? Really, this quote just makes me warm and fuzzy inside, but it also inspires me in terms of how I want the romances I write to be seen: large and wonderful and dynamic.

4. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friend. In the end it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy… this book… is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.” – “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” by Stephen King. This book is on my TBR for this month, and though I haven’t read it yet, when I saw this quote it just brought something to life within me. Writing is magic. It’s beautiful and freeing and all encompassing. It’s a glorious gift to be able to write, and to write well. But it’s also something that we can’t take for granted.

5. “Bravery hides in amazing places.” – “The One” by Kiera Cass. This quote is just true: sometimes the bravest acts are from the ones you least expect it from, and in the most trying of circumstances.

6. “‘Guards are of no use in a library.’

Oh, how wrong he was! Libraries are full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.” – “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J Maas. Books are some of the most dangerous weapons of all – use them wisely.

7. “What people never understand is that depression isn’t what’s on the outside; it’s about the inside.” – “My Heart and Other Black Holes” by Jasmine Warga. This quote rings so true to me that I’d shout it from rooftops if I could. Just because an outward expression of happiness or joy is being used in that current moment, doesn’t mean that the person isn’t dealing with something more dangerous and chaotic on the inside.

8. “‘I see only reminders that nothing lasts forever, not even greatness.’

‘Some things last.’

I faced him. ‘Really? And just what would that be?’

‘The things that matter.'” – “The Kiss of Deception” by Mary E. Pearson. It’s so very true: the things that matter are the things that last forever: family and love are two of the biggest things I can think of personally.

That’s all I could think of for this week, but that’s a pretty decent amount, right? Some quotes that have inspired, hit me hard, made me smile, and all that.

What’s your number one quote that you’ve been inspired/encouraged by? Let me know!