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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!

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Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

I do book quote posts periodically, both through the TTT and not. I’ll try not to repeat any quotes here, but since I haven’t kept very good track of which ones I’ve used before I make no promises.

I know that the official prompt is “inspirational/thought-provoking” quotes, but it is my experience that different things are inspirational or thought-provoking to different people. So while these inspired me or made me think, they might not do the same for you. I’ll be curious to see what quotes other bloggers add to their TTT this week in comparison.


1. Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint

You’ve got to find yourself first. Everything else’ll follow.


2. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

People love to say, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” What they don’t say is, “And it would be nice if you gave him a fishing rod.” That’s the part of the analogy that’s missing.


3. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

It can be easy, when hearing about someone else’s adventures in a far-off, magical land, to say “I would never choose the mundane world over the fantastical. I would run into rivers of rainbow as fast as my legs would carry me, and I would never once look back.” It is so often easy, when one has the luxury of being sure a thing will never happen, to be equally sure of one’s answers.


4. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

History was indeed controlled by blind forces, as well as character and courage and treachery and love. And accident and random chance. And stray bullets and telegrams and tips. And cats.


5. “I Sing the Body Electric” by Ray Bradbury

Men throw huge shadows on the lawn, don’t they? Then, all their lives, they try to run to fit the shadows. But the shadows are always longer.


6. Cosmos by Carl Sagan

What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.


7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Angry people are not always wise.


8. Becoming by Michelle Obama

For every door that’s been opened to me, I’ve tried to open my door to others. And here is what I have to say, finally: Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.


9. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

There is wanting and there is needing, and when you want, you can make good choices, but when you need, it’s important the people around you not be looking to take advantage.


10. Mort by Terry Prachett

“THAT’S MORTALS FOR YOU, Death continued. THEY’VE ONLY GOT A FEW YEARS IN THIS WORLD AND THEY SPEND THEM ALL IN MAKING THINGS COMPLICATED FOR THEMSELVES.”

Do you have any favorite book quotes? Do any of the ones I listed speak to you?

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21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

    1. I will sometimes do a book quote post when I need a Throwback TTT (because I didn’t like the real topic). I’ve also included quotes as part of my random Linkity posts, or sometimes with various tag posts. Usually I decide to write another one when I’ve found a quote that I just HAVE to share with the world. 🙂

  1. Great choices. I loved the Trevor Noah quote. SO true. Jane Austen too.
    I love Connie Willis so I really need to read To Say Nothing of the Dog. The quote definitely reminded me that it’s been on ,my TBR for a while.

  2. I love quotes. You are unsurprised, I am sure. 😉 I’m always surprised by how many great quotes I see from Ray Bradbury. My favorite quote from To Say Nothing of the Dog:
    “The reason Victorian society was so restricted and repressed was that it was impossible to move without knocking something over.”

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