Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes
This may be my favorite topic so far. I love book quotes and as I’m reading I highlight as many as I come across
“History is a myth shaped by the tongues of conquerors.”
THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING
But also, this book is a heist story with a diverse cast that challenges the idea of “real” history and cultural apropiation. Especially when talking about relics and the concept of “exotic” objects and people.
“Perhaps all love sailed too close to madness. The deeper the love, the more dangerous.”
― Cassandra Clare, The Red Scrolls of Magic
The book is a story on young love and giving yourself to another person. I liked how the authors explored what it means to be loved and love in return.
“She had wanted consistency, normalcy. She had turned a cold shoulder on the truth: nothing could ever stay the same for long.”
― Tara Sim, Firestarter
The inevitability of change is something I’ve always had present in my life, no matter how much we want something to last forever the universe is in constant movement and Tara Sim doesn’t shy away from that fact in the last book of the trilogy.
“Rebirth always follows death.”
Mythology is the best way to explore human nature, we can’t help but see recurring themes no matter how far apart some stories are (both chronological and geographycal-wise) I had no idea how important the topic of rebirth was on Norse mythology but I must say that ragnarock is one of the best end-of-the-world I’ve read so far.
“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”
Have you ever read a book that was actually a love letter to all books? That’s the feeling you get from reading Carlos Ruiz Zafón’ series The Labyrinth of Forgotten Books-
“I was written into that map as a landmark. Before I’d even known it, I’d been a part of this place, and it was increasingly hard to pretend it wasn’t a part of me. Something of it lived under my skin, indelible as a tattoo. It was the home that might have been and for the first time I felt the loss of it.”
As a child immigrant I felt this in my soul, the protagonist here grew up travelling with her family and didn’t go back to her birth country until she was a teenager. The feeling she describes here is how I felt when I came back to Argentina
and I’m still not over that loss
“…stories can make someone immortal as long as someone else is willing to listen.”
(Ignoring the fact that most of this book had me crying on the floor) This quote is basically why people write and read stories, you can always go back to your favorite book and revive characters and moments time and again
“I had to settle for what magic I could create on my own. I could read more. Learn more. Make new dreams.”
― Roshani Chockshi, The Star-Touched Queen
If you, like most of us, wish you lived in an actually magical world, somewhere you could fix your problems with a magic wand or deal with people you hate with a giant sword, then you’ll understand why I find this particular quote inspiring.
“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.”
Angie Thomas is a goddess with words and this doesn’t even need my commentary
“It is about the sudden understanding that you are something other than what you thought you were, and that what you are is more beautiful than what you once thought you had to be.”
― Anna-Marie McLemore, Blanca & Roja
Last but not least, one of my 2019 favorite reads. Blanca & Roja is a sotry about sisterhood and colorism, it deals with love and feeling like you don’t belong. I loved every second of it and highlighted over 40 different passages because the prose was just that great-
Those were my most inspiring quotes! What are some of yours?
If you participated on this TTT let me know so I can read them!