Top Ten Tuesday: Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl in which we create bookish lists about everything from our favorite characters to love triangles and everything in between!

This Week's Theme: Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes!

For today's post, I compiled ten different inspirational or thought provoking quotes that I've found in books throughout the years. They're in no particular order and not ranked my importance -- they're all near and dear to my heart! So without further ado, let's get into it.

1. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 
-Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

2. “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” 
― Dr. Seuss (A true classic and one of my favorites!)

3. “There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” 
― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

4. “Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.” 
― Sarah Dessen, Someone Like You

5. “When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.” 
― John Green, Looking for Alaska

6. “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end.” 
― Gilda Radner

7.  “Tell me, what is it you plan to do  with your one wild and precious life?” 
― Mary Oliver

8. “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes...you're Doing Something.” 
― Neil Gaiman

9. “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

10. “Living in that childish wonder is a most beautiful feeling - I can so well remember it. There was always something more - behind and beyond everything - to me, the golden spectacles were very, very big.” 
― Kate Greenaway

So those are ten inspirational and thought-provoking book quotes that I've found over the years! What are yours? Comment down below and let me know!


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  1. Books and beyond. Love the Mary Oliver quote and so many from John Green. My TTT favorite quotes of the year

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    1. Yes, John Green always has so many great ones! :-) -Jessica @ TBB :)

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  2. You have some great quotes here! My favorite one is the one by Neil Gaiman, I love his work so much.
    https://bookishtreats.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/top-ten-tuesday-inspirational-bookish-quotes/

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    1. He's definitely an excellent writer! -Jessica @ TBB :)

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  3. Yes! I love a Dr Seuss quote. Wonderful list. My TTT

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    1. Dr. Seuss is one of my faves! -Jessica @ TBB :)

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  4. I think I like the Neil Gaiman quote and the Dr. Seuss one the best.

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    1. That's what a lot of people have been saying! -Jessica @ TBB :)

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  5. I love the Gilda quote so much. She was such a legend.

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  6. That Maya Angelou quote is so powerful.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. She as a person was so dang powerful! -Jessica @ TBB :)

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  7. Mary Oliver is one of my favourite poets. It was so nice to see something from her in your list.

    My TTT.

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    1. Thank you, Lydia! Glad you enjoyed it! -Jessica @ TBB :)

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  8. I love that Dr Seuss quote, it's one of my favourites!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/top-ten-tuesday-209/

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  9. Wow. I totally forgot about that FIOS quote. I love it.

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    1. That book is packed full of amazing quotes! I think a reread is in order in my future! -Jessica @ TBB :)

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  10. John Green is so quotable! I shared one from Paper Towns.

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    1. Right? He comes up with so many great lines! -Jessica @ TBB :)

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  11. Love the Gilda Radner quote and the ones from Sarah Dessen's books! I like this one from Audrey Hepburn: Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!

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    1. Ooooh, that's another great one! I love super powerful women!! -Jessica @ TBB :)

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