Monday, April 13, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Inspiring/Meaningful Quotes from Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic asks us to list our favorite inspiring or meaningful quotes from books we've read. I actually thought this would be hard, but it ended up being much easier than expected. If you click the book covers, it'll take you to the Goodreads page.


"Whatever you are physically...male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy-all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but YOU are the light inside."
-Jem from Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 


“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” 
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel


"They thought to use and shame me but I win out by nature, because a true freak cannot be made. A true freak must be born."
-Katherine Dunn, Geek Love


“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through your fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know.” 
― Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall


“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” 
― Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul


“Our individuality is all, all, that we have. There are those who barter it for security, those who repress it for what they believe is the betterment of the whole society, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it, in grace and love and wit, from peculiar station to peculiar station along life's bittersweet route.” 
― Tom RobbinsJitterbug Perfume


“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” 
― Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke & Bone


“Not living your life is just like killing yourself, only it takes longer.” 
― A.S. KingGlory O'Brien's History of the Future


“Listen to me. They may control what you do, but no one can pee on your soul without your permission.” 
― A.S. KingEverybody Sees the Ants


“If you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all.” 
― John GreenPaper Towns

What are your favorite quotes?

<3 Michelle


  1. I love the quotes from Clockwork Angel. You've picked some great quotes! My TTT!

  2. Some really fantastic quotes here! Love the Cassie Clare ones and Paper Towns is full of beautiful and inspiring words. Thank you for sharing!
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  3. What a great list! I've not read Before I Fall but loved that quote!
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  4. I really like the quote on Cassandra Clare <3

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  5. I have that quote from Daughter of Smoke and Bone as one of my honorable mentions! I used a different quote from DoSaB in the actual top ten!
    Great list!
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  6. Great List
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  7. I love the Jitterbug Perfume quote! I am very protective of my independence though sometimes that seems harder then it should. I also really identify with the Before I Fall quote - I really need to work on mindfulness and living in the moment.

  8. So many wonderful and inspiring quotes! Some of these are new to me and I'll definitely be noting them down for the future. Thanks for sharing! :)

  9. I love the Before I Fall quote, even though I chose another one from the book. The Daughter of Smoke & Bone quote nearly made my list too. That trilogy has so many meaningful and simply just awesome lines.
    Lovely list. :)

  10. I love your Cassandra Clare and Laini Taylor quotes - I've actually seen them on a few lists today, so they must be more popular than I thought! And that John Green quotes sounds like something straight out of Alice in Wonderland, don't you think?
    Beth x

  11. I've not read Cassandra Clare yet but that second quote from Clockwork Angel is brilliant! So true!

    Lauren @

  12. Oh, I *almost* added that quote from Before I Fall! But I went with Delirium instead. I love #2, I have seen that on a few lists, it is really great! And I like the one from Glory O'Brien too! GREAT list :)
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

  13. Oh wow! Some really amazing books you featured here. LOVE A. S. KING! Just... this Top Ten List of Quotes has been one of the best for me in reading others. ~ Perpetual New Girl

    P. S. Here's mine in case you'd like to check out my TTT.

  14. What lovely quotes! Some of them are new to me, and I absolutely loved reading them. They make me read the whole book now. I especially love the one by Cassandra Clare, Laini Taylor and John Green (od course!). Nice picks!

    Thank you for stopping by my post earlier. Happy reading!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  15. I love all the Cassandra Clare series. What did you think of Before I Fall? I've not read it yet but I liked the Delirium series really well and thought I might like that one. You got some really nice quotes. I've only read Clockwork Angel but the rest of the books look like really good reads. Thank You for stopping by yesterday.

    1. Before I Fall is one of my favorite books ever. It really stuck with me and made me try to appreciate and take notice of the little things in life.

  16. Gah! That DoS&B quote ♥ That series is so completely quotable! Miss Taylor has mad-skills when it comes to writing gorgeous prose that you want to swim in for ever. I still need to read The Infernal Devices, Before I Fall and anything by Douglas Adams, but they're all on the old tbr shelf ;) Love your quote selection Michelle^^ And thanks for stopping by my post yesterday!

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

  17. Wow, number eight is intense!! Love it. Thanks for stopping by :)

  18. I love the Infernal Devices! So many great quotes!

  19. Wow, you took this seriously! These quotes are so inspiring and so powerful ;)

  20. Love this! Before I Fall is such a great book! :)

    Audri, Baked Book Pages