Top Ten Tuesday: Let’s get wordy!

TTTHappy Tuesday! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, the weekly meme hosted by the always lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish. I’m incredibly excited for this week’s topic because it’s about something I love dearly: QUOTES! That’s right: this week’s theme is Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books, and boy, do I have a lot of them! I always highlight and write down quotes that spark my interest while reading, so narrowing down my ever-growing list to only ten was quite a challenge. There are so many more that I could have included, so maybe there will be a part two to this in the future? For now, here are the ones I’ve decided to include, in no particular order. Click on the pictures to see where I found these beautiful graphics!

I go to seek a Great Perhaps1. “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” ~ poet Francois Rabelais

I first came across this quote while reading Looking for Alaska by John Green, and it has remained one of my absolute favorite quotes ever since. (Seriously- I even used it as my senior quote in the yearbook!) There are so many ways to interpret this quote, which is what makes it wonderful. I can see myself being able to apply this to my life no matter how old I am or what path I am traveling on. Whether interpreted literally or figuratively, the possibilities are endless!

happiness-can-be-found-even-in-the-darkest-of-times2. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ~ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Leave it to J.K. Rowling to write such a lovely quote! I love this quote because it is such an important reminder that everything will be okay if you just look for the positive side of things. The way she connects it to light and darkness is brilliant, because those are elements of life that we all can connect with.

All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us3. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ~ The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

This quote is especially helpful when you’re stressing out about everything that you need to accomplish. We are given time in the present but the future is always uncertain, and therefore all we can do is live our lives to the fullest in this moment. Some things are just out of your control, and all you can do is do your best with what you have the power to change.

Happiness is only real, when shared4. “Happiness is only real, when shared.” ~ Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

This book is inspirational in itself- the idea that someone can just pick up and leave their everyday life on a quest for true happiness. This quote in particular is a great reminder that the best kind of happiness is that which we can celebrate with others. I don’t think it’s saying that we need to rely on others in order to be happy, but rather that we should spread happiness as much as possible when we have it.

I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons5. “I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.” ~ The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

There are so many great quotes from this book, but this is the one that I think is the most inspirational. Not only does it encourage people to accept their pasts, but it also emphasizes that we can change the direction our lives our heading in at any moment. You don’t need to wait for a special occasion to make a change- go out there and start today!

To a great mind, nothing is little6. “To a great mind, nothing is little.” ~ A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In his own way, Sherlock Holmes is inspiring us to see the significance in the small things that life has to offer. Of course, he’s viewing it from the perspective of a detective, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t apply his advice to our own lives! No success is too small to celebrate, and no great thing is too small to find joy in. For all his grumpiness, Sherlock sure can be inspirational!

Don't Panic Quote7. “Don’t Panic.” ~ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

I think we can all use a reminder like this every now and then, especially during this busy time of year with school nearing its end, exams looming in the future, and plans for next year being hammered out. No matter how stressful and hectic exams or the end of the school year might be might be, it’s encouraging to know that everything will be okay. So take the wise advice of the hilarious, witty, and brilliant author Douglas Adams, and don’t panic!

Mindy Kaling Quote8. “”I just want ambitious teenagers to know it is totally fine to be quiet, observant kids. Besides being a delight to your parents, you will find you have plenty of time later to catch up.”  ~ Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

When I read these words in Mindy Kaling’s memoir I felt this overwhelming sense of being understood, like this woman was peering into my soul or something. YES, FINALLY! I found myself wanting to shout, Someone actually understands! I’m not necessarily shy, but I am quite quiet and observant. In a world that seemingly worships outgoing extroverts, it’s rare that the more quiet kids get any praise. But the wondering Mindy Kaling knows what’s up!

The Help Quote9. “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”  ~ The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Sometimes the most simple statements are the ones that strike the strongest chord within us, and these words from The Help certainly fall into this category. If you ever need a little pick-me-up on a rainy day, just remember the inspirational sentiments of Aibileen Clark and you’re sure to perk back up even just a little! It’s important to be reminded that we’re all important in our own ways, even when you don’t fully believe that you are.

DFTBA10. “Don’t Forget to Be Awesome” ~ the Vlogbrothers

 And last but not least, we have this fabulous phrase from the Vlogbrothers. This is sort of cheating because it’s not from a book, but I just couldn’t justify leaving it out because I love it so very much! I don’t know exactly who came up with this initialism, but ever since I started watching the Vlogbrothers’ videos back in middle school I’ve tried to live by this wonderful motto. You have the power to make each and every day an awesome one, so why would we ever want to let ourselves forget that amazing ability? DFTBA!

And there you have it- the top ten inspiration quotes from books that popped into my mind first. There are a plethora of other quotes that I could have included in this list, so perhaps a second part is warranted?

What inspirational quotes from books are your favorites? What do you think about the quotes on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!



15 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Let’s get wordy!”

    Got to say though – I keep coming back to The Perks of Being a Wallflower one…and you’re right – Mindy Kaling’s quote is the freakin’ Don!


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